East Riding residents are being given the chance to have their say on plans to improve access to GP services in the region by making more appointments available outside of normal GP practice opening hours. NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is looking to use funding from NHS England to offer additional appointments from 2019 and is running a short survey to help shape what this may look like.
Gina Palumbo, local GP and Clinical Chair of the CCG said:
“Some GP practices in East Riding of Yorkshire currently provide a limited service outside of standard opening hours but we want to extend this so that everybody in our region is able to access appointments in evenings and weekends if they wish to do so.
“We are looking to an extended service which will provide more same day and routine appointments with a mix of doctors, nurses and pharmacists, depending on what the patient’s clinical need is. We want to use a range of locations across the region that will allow all East Riding of Yorkshire patients to access appointments as part of this extended service, but it may not necessarily be at their own practice.
“A short survey has been created that will be running until the end of January for local residents to give us their views and this will help to inform our discussion with GP practices to make sure that these proposals fit the needs of the East Riding population.”
You can complete the CCG’s survey online at www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/ERYextendedaccess. Printed copies of the survey will be available to pick up at GP practices or by contacting the CCG to request a copy on 01482 672156 or ERYCCG.firstname.lastname@example.org.