The GP Extended Access Clinics that are currently available across North West Surrey will continue to be provided over the Easter holiday period. So far, since this extended GP service has been made available, there has been over 2,300 extra GP appointments offered to patients in North West Surrey between Christmas and the end of February 2018.

These GP Extended Access Clinics allows patients to access prebooked GP appointments at a local practice that are 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 until 6 April 2018, providing extra appointments Monday to Friday, 5pm to 8pm and Saturdays 8.30am to 11.30am. On Good Friday (30 March) and Easter Saturday (31 March) the GP Extended Access Clinics will be open 8.30am to 11.30am and 12.30pm to 4.30pm. These dates excludes Sundays and Easter Monday (2 April 2018).

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. You will be offered an appointment at a GP Extended Access Clinic via your GP practice if there are no available appointments at your practice.

As a health system, we continue to work hard to reduce the inappropriate use of A&E. 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.”

Patients already have access to medical advice, from the NHS111 service, pharmacies and Walk-in-Centres. Patients who have regular medication are reminded to request repeat prescriptions well in advance of the Bank Holiday weekend to ensure they do not run out of medication. 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.”