From 1 April people registered with GP surgeries in Corby will have access to more appointments as NHS Corby CCG introduces a new Extended Access service. The additional appointments will mean people can access GP services between 8am and 8pm on weekdays and slots will also be available at weekends and Bank Holidays including Christmas and Easter.
Corby's new Extended Access service will allow people to book routine and on the day appointments with a GP or other healthcare professional, including nurses, health care assistants and first contact physiotherapists seven days a week. To access these additional appointments, people contact their GP practice in the usual way and are then booked into the Extended Access service as appropriate.
Toby Sanders, Accountable Officer for the Northamptonshire CCGs said:
“We understand our patients are leading increasingly busy lives and there is increasing demand to be able to get healthcare in their GP practice outside normal working hours.
“The GP Extended Access Service will make it easier for patients to book an appointment at a time which suits them, including at evenings and weekends. Patients needing a primary care appointment will still contact their GP practice in the usual way but now may be offered an appointment with the GP Extended Access Service, if this is right for them.”
The service is being delivered by Aspiro Healthcare at Woodsend Medical Centre and will be exactly like an appointment at a patient's GP practice. The service will be tailored to meet the needs of the Corby population.
Senior GP partner, Dr Akram Khalid, Senior Partner from Aspiro Healthcare said: “We are really excited to have been awarded this contract. We will work with the local practices and the patients to ensure that this truly delivers the highest quality of care for our patients. We look forward to working with all our local practices and clinicians and patients in Corby to ensure patients get the right service at the right time from the right clinician. We are an experienced provider who already provide a range of services such as urology, minor surgery and community ear wax from our site for patients in Corby and across north Northamptonshire. “
Patients needing healthcare when their practice is closed should continue to call NHS 111.
For more information, visit: www.corbyccg.nhs.uk.
For more details on the service visit: https://www.corbyhub.co.uk/