Improving access to GP services
Local GPs are reminding patients that they can have routine appointments on weekday evenings and at weekends if they need to.
Since last year, surgeries across the Frimley Health and Care Integrated Care System (ICS) - from Slough in the north to Farnham in the south - have been offering increased access to GP services.
The change was made to further open up GP services to as many people as possible, recognising that large sections of the population can struggle to attend appointments during normal working hours.
The slots are not for walk-in or emergency appointments and patients should book their sessions by contacting their surgery during normal hours.
Sir Andrew Morris, Lead of the Frimley Health and Care ICS, said: "We want people across our health and care system to not only have the best possible health services – to treat their conditions and to support them in managing their own health – but also to have improved access to those services.
"Our General Practice partners have worked extremely hard to provide extra appointments to meet the needs of more of our population than was possible before. This will help to improve the health and wellbeing of our whole community and is a great example of the impact that health services can have when working more closely together."
Evening and weekend appointments are provided by GPs working together across communities,
meaning that a patient may be seen at a different location than their usual surgery.
GPs, Practice Nurses and other healthcare professionals will be providing the extra routine appointments, as well as specific services, such as blood tests, which can be requested at the time of booking.
More information about arrangements in each area can be obtained by either contacting your GP surgery directly or by visiting their website.
Anybody requiring urgent care in the evening or at weekends should call NHS111 and in cases of emergency, call 999 or attend the local hospital Emergency Department.