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Extended Access

Making evening and weekend appointments – giving you more choice

On the 1st June 2019, The Southern Hampshire Primary Care Alliance went live with new streamlined service that provides pre-bookable GP extended access appointments as well as urgent out of hours GP and Acute Practitioner appointments. What this means is greater availability of appointments outside of core working hours in order to address the health needs of the general public particularly useful for workers with little flexibility.

Five centralised hubs will be open in the evenings and at weekends in order to enable patients from our 38 member practices to access appointments they may not ordinarily be able to attend due to work commitments etc. In addition, the out of hours GP and Acute Practitioner service accessed via 111 means that patients can avoid going to the Emergency Department and be managed in the community as and when appropriate.

The five hubs are run by reception staff, nursing staff and General Practitioners who all live and work locally and supported by three managers who work both remotely and on-site in order to provide the best possible care for our patients. If you are a patient at any of our 38 member practices and unable to attend your own surgery during core hours, you will be offered an appointment at one of the hub sites. To book an appointment please contact your GP.

For more information, please visit https://www.shpca.net/ipcas-gpea

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