GPs in Dudley have come together to offer patients extended access to GP appointments during the winter months.
Thanks to funding from Dudley Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG), a number of practices are now open on Saturdays and Sundays.
The aim is to improve access to primary care services during weekends and reduce the pressure on hospital A&E departments, allowing them to concentrate on more urgent cases.
In recent years extended opening hours in Dudley has been successful in increasing access for patients whilst providing continuity of care. Weekend appointments also offer flexibility for those working through the week and ultimately offer care closer to home.
Steve Wellings, Chair, Primary Care Commissioning Committee said, Dudley CCG said: “It’s really good news that practices in Dudley are opening on weekends throughout this winter, which is the busiest time of the year for the NHS.
“This has proven to be popular in the past and has been successful in alleviating pressure on local practices by providing extra appointments for patients in general practice.”
So instead of visiting A&E, patients should contact their own practice to see if it is open or if the can book them an appointment at one of the practices offering additional weekend appointments to patients who are not registered with them.
They can also access urgent care through the NHS 111 service, instead of waiting at A&E when they don’t need to. Minor illnesses should be treated at home or with the help and advice of your local pharmacist ”
Practices offering weekend opening are:
|Cross Street Surgery|
|Dudley Partnerships for Health|
|Netherton Health Centre|
|St James Medical Practice|
|Clement Road Surgery|
|Feldon Lane Surgery|
|High Oak Surgery|
|Kingswinford Medical Practice|
|Moss Grove surgery|
|Quincy Rise Surgery|
|Three Villages Medical Practice|
|Coseley Medical Practice|
|Northway Medical Centre|
|Woodsetton Medical Centre|
|Chapel Street Surgery|
|The Limes Medical Centre|
|Wychbury Medical Group|