Somerset’s GPs are reminding patients that routine GP appointments are available each weekday evening until 8.00pm and at weekends.
For more than a year, registered patients have been able to pre-book an appointment with a GP, practice nurse or other health professional into the early evening.
Appointments must be booked in advance and during normal practice opening hours (Monday to Friday from 8.00am to 6.30pm). This is not a walk-in service and the GP Practice with the first available date / time for a routine appointment may not be at the usual practice. The consulting clinician will have access to your medical records and will be aware of your medical history.
Dr Ed Ford, a Somerset GP and Chairman of Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, explained: “For some time Somerset’s GP Practices have been offering extended routine appointments into the early evening. This can be particularly helpful for patients who are working and for whom an early evening appointment might be more convenient.
“As we enter the winter months family doctors expect to see many more patients presenting with colds, flu and sore throats. Patients with such minor illness could help themselves and the NHS by approaching their community pharmacists first and seeking their advice and support with over-the-counter remedies. However, where an appointment with a GP or practice nurse is required, booking an extended evening appointment can be helpful.”
To find out more or book a routine appointment, please speak to your practice receptionist.
The advice from Somerset’s family doctors is if you become ill and need an urgent, same-day appointment at your GP Practice, just telephone the practice in the morning and request an urgent appointment.
If you become ill overnight and need medical advice or support just telephone NHS 111. They can direct you to the GP Out-of-Hours service if required.
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