Help Us Help You: GP Access
This December, NHS England and Public Health England are introducing a new campaign ‘Help Us, Help You’ GP Access to highlight that appointments with a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional are now available in the evenings and weekends, either at a local practice or another nearby NHS service in Wiltshire.
These appointments are available 18:30-20:00 Monday-Friday, and on some Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays. This collaboration will ensure all patients in Wiltshire have this option, but this might mean you will be offered an appointment at another practice.
Appointment types will vary – some being face-to-face, some on the phone – and there will be a mixture of bookable and same-day appointments available across the week. You will be offered appointments with GPs as well as with other healthcare professionals, such as a Practice Nurse or Health Care Assistant. To book an appointment, contact your local Surgery during normal opening times. A receptionist will explain the process, and ensure the booking is appropriate.
Evening and weekend appointments have been made available to provide you with more choice, greater convenience and increased access to healthcare appointments, when and where you need them. By utilising these appointments, you can stay well, prevent illness getting worse, access the correct healthcare when you need it and get well again sooner.
The ‘Help Us Help You’ campaign aims to make it easier for you to understand the things you can do to manage your own health and get the best out of the NHS. This includes accessing the right NHS services for your medical need, such evening or weekend appointments with a local GP, nurse or other healthcare professional.
For more information on GP Access service visit www.nhs.uk/GPaccess