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Thinking Differently

Extended Access – GP Appointments

NHS Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is committed to improving GP access for its residents. This includes making appointments available at times that are convenient to patients outside of their normal GP opening hours.

We are working in partnership with all GP Practices to provide extended access to appointments between 8am and 8pm Monday to Friday and at weekends.

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.