New out of hours health appointments launches across South Lincolnshire
Patients registered at GP practices across Stamford, Bourne and the Deepings can now access pre-booked appointments for routine GP services in the evenings and weekends.
This new service, which launched on Monday, is part of an extended access service commissioned by South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), and covers the hours between 6.30pm-8pm weekdays and time on Saturdays and Sundays. It will also include appointments being available on bank holidays and across Easter, Christmas and New Year.
Patients will be seen at hubs and they are located in Stamford, Bourne and Market Deeping, as well as Spalding, but should book via their normal GP practice.
Chairman of the CCG Dr Kevin Hill said: "These appointments are for pre-bookable, non-urgent consultations with GPs and nurses for things like chronic illness, asthma checks, medicines reviews and routine GP appointments."
The new service is part of a wider plan to strengthen the group’s out of hospital strategy, integrate care within the community and improve collaborative working between local GP practices.
“We are pleased to be able to work with Allied Health South Lincolnshire, our local federation of GP practices, and Lakeside Healthcare Stamford to offer this service to patients in South Lincolnshire. It will be of particular use to those unable to get an appointment during the daytime due to other commitments, such as work and school,” added Dr Hill.
“We hope the new service will reduce pressure on other local health services that people tend to use if they cannot see their family GP, such as A&E, urgent care and out of hours.
“However, It is important to remember these are pre-bookable and not for urgent, acute ‘on the day’ issues,” added Dr Hill.
The pre-bookable appointments represent additional capacity across the local GP practices and are part of a national commitment to making local GP services more accessible, so that patients can get the care they need when they want it.