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South Warwickshire patients to benefit from evening and weekend GP appointments

Ian Hughes 6th Sep, 2018

PATIENTS in South Warwickshire can now get evening and weekend appointments with GPs.

The new service, called GP+, is being provided by the South Warwickshire GP Federation (SWGP), made up of 34 practices across the area which together care for some 270,000 patients.

Patients registered with any GP practice in south Warwickshire can book face-to-face or telephone appointments at two GP+ ‘hubs’ from 6pm to 9pm on weekdays and 9am to 1pm on weekends.

Routine and same day appointments will be offered with GPs, nurses and clinical pharmacists.

There will also be same day appointments from 6pm to 9pm on weekdays for children aged up to 16 who need treatment after school hours. Appointments are booked via a patient’s normal practice.

South Warwickshire GP+ will run initially from two centrally located hub locations – Trinity Court Surgery in Stratford and Waterside Medical Centre in Leamington.

The hubs will be staffed by GPs and nurses from local GP practices, with some specialist roles recruited specifically for the new service.

GP+ clinicians will have access to patient records, so the patient’s full medical history is known and records can be updated regardless of when or where patients are seen – subject to patient consent.

SWGP managing director Tim Morris said: “Attending GP appointments is not always convenient for patients, particularly for those who work full time. GP+ will make it easier for people to see a GP, nurse or pharmacist, whether that’s for a specific illness or to keep up to date with important screenings or medication reviews.

“By operating from two central hubs, we have been able to maximise the range of services and the extra hours available to patients across South Warwickshire. We are particularly pleased to be offering the children’s clinic which will allow young people to be seen and treated at short notice without having to attend A&E.”

South Warwickshire GP+ is commissioned by South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group and is being delivered by SWGP in partnership with Care UK and the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust.

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