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Enhanced Access Services Survey: South East Hampshire
Posted on 14 Jun 2022
Patient Survey regarding Enhanced Access to General Practice outside of standard opening hours (Survey closes June 26)
NHS England and Improvement has set a national strategy to ask GP Practices to work together in Networks to provide access to services on weekdays before 8am and until 8pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm. At the moment those services are provided by other services providers within the NHS, but from 1 October 2022 Primary Care Networks (PCNs) have been asked to do this. This will mean that some of the General Practice Surgery sites across our area will be open for the times above (not all practices are being asked to be open for all of the times). There continue to be workforce constraints in the NHS which is why it will be so important for practices to work together in networks. This means that if you are offered a face to face appointment outside of standard opening hours it may be at another local surgery. Please note that the clinical details of any appointments you attend (in clinics which are not at your local practice) will be recorded on your clinical record.
Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are formed through local GP Practices agreeing to work together and with the wider health and social organisations. They comprise of a range of staff such as GPs, Practice Nurses, Paramedics, Care Navigators, First Contact Physios, Social Prescribers to name but a few. PCNs build on existing primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care for people close to home. Clinicians describe this as a change from reactively providing appointments to proactively caring for the people and communities they serve - NHS England.
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