Following the successful GP Extended Access Clinics over the Christmas and New Year period and being able to provide over 1,100 extra GP appointments in North West Surrey, these will be continuing until the end of March 2018. These GP Extended Access Clinics will allow patients to access prebooked GP appointments at a local practice, with appointments being booked via their normal GP practice. Patients booking appointments online via Patient Access will not have the option to access the GP Extended Access Clinics.

The GP Extended Access Clinics will be available from 27 January to 31 March 2018, providing extra appointments Monday to Friday, 5pm to 8pm and Saturdays 8.30am to 11.30am.

Dr Charlotte Canniff, Clinical Chair for North West Surrey CCG and local GP explained: “These GP Extended Access Clinics are within local GP practices and the clinician who sees you will have access to your GP records making the appointment just like visiting your own GP practice.

As a health system, we continue to work hard to reduce the inappropriate use of A&E. Patients already have access to medical advice, from the NHS111 service, pharmacies and Walk-in-Centres. Parents with young children can also download the HANDi App (from Google Play or Appstore), which was developed to provide advice and support if their children have symptoms of common childhood illnesses and give parents confidence in dealing with minor conditions themselves at home or the most appropriate place to seek support.

“These GP Extended Access Clinics have been put in place so that those presenting at A&E, are those that really need urgent or emergency help.”