Patients registered in Guildford and Waverley can now book GP appointments beyond their usual practice hours.
Appointments are available on weekday evenings between 6pm and 8pm, on Saturdays between 8am and 12pm, and on Sundays 10am until 2pm.
The service began on August 6th this year and the weekend hours will increase over a number of weeks to provide a full eight hour day on Saturday and six hours on Sunday.
The appointments take place at two separate 'hubs', one in Guildford, at Fairlands Medical Centre, and one in Waverley, at Binscombe Medical Centre. Patients can book these appointments no matter which Guildford and Waverley GP practice they are registered with. They are currently staffed by a GP and a receptionist. As we grow, we will quickly increase the service to include phlebotomist and healthcare assistant appointments and specialist nurse clinics such as asthma, diabetes and complex wound care.
The clinics are already filling almost to capacity, and there has been excellent feedback from patients who appreciate the convenience and shorter waiting times.
Patients will book as they normally would with their usual practice and the appointments will be offered at both host practices.
Information sharing agreements are in place to ensure that practice records are available to the GP who is handling the appointment, giving a safe and innovative service. The record of the clinic appointment will also be available to the patients' own GP.