More appointments offered under West Norfolk GP access plan
A new scheme which will give people the chance to book GP appointments during evenings and weekends has been launched in West Norfolk.
The move, which is part of a broader national programme, is intended to make it easier for patients to get the care they need at a time that is more suitable to them.
Officials have said that patients may have to go to a different practice than the one they are registered with, or see a different clinician from the one they normally do, to take advantage of the offer, because many practices are working together to provide the additional capacity.
But Dr Paul Williams, chairman of the West Norfolk clinical commissioning group (CCG), believes the plan will improve care.
He said: “We are delighted that West Norfolk residents will now have even better access to primary care services.
“Having more evening and weekend appointments will hopefully make a real difference, meaning our patients can access an appointment at a more convenient time for them.
“The appointment may not be at your usual practice, but will be at a convenient time, which we hope will improve everyone’s experience of accessing care.”
The CCG says patients should contact their own surgery for more information about arrangements in their area or to book an appointment.
They should also continue to use the NHS 111 service when practices are closed.