People in Dudley who need to see a doctor after work, at weekends or Bank Holidays can access extended GP opening hours.
Dudley CCG has secured funding to offer additional appointments through the GP extended hours service which has been running in Dudley since 2017.
The additional money is being used to provide an extra 636 GP appointments each week across Dudley’s 43 GP practices and 40 appointments each Bank Holiday.
Patients can ask for an extended access appointment by contacting their GP surgery. They can also be referred via the NHS 111 out of hours service, or through the Urgent Treatment Centre at Russells Hall Hospital outside normal opening hours.
This will offer better flexibility closer to home for those patients who work during weekdays, and should reduce the need for patients to use hospital accident and emergency services which is a key part of the long term plan for the NHS.
Dr Tim Horsburgh, GP and Clinical Lead said, Dudley CCG said: “This is really good news for patients in Dudley.
We hope this will make it easier for patients to get advice and appointments through our GP surgeries, and would encourage them to use the extended service.
They can also get urgent advice by calling 111, and local pharmacists are happy to help with minor ailments.
It’s important that people only use the hospital accident and emergency services for serious issues. Minor illnesses could and should be treated at home, and that will both save time and reduce the pressure on those emergency services.”
To book an evening or weekend appointment, patients should contact their own practice during normal opening hours.