GP EXTENDED ACCESS
(COLLABORATIVE WORKING BY THE FAREHAM GP PRACTICES)
Making evening and weekend appointments - giving you more choice
For more informtion please see https://www.shpca.net/ipcas-gpea/
On the 1st June 2019, The Southern Hampshire Primary Care Alliance went live with new streamlined service that provides pre-bookable GP extended access appointments as well as urgent out of hours GP and Acute Practitioner appointments. What this means is greater availability of appointments outside of core working hours in order to address the health needs of the general public particularly useful for workers with little flexibility.
Five centralised hubs will be open in the evenings and at weekends in order to enable patients from our 38 member practices to access appointments they may not ordinarily be able to attend due to work commitments etc. In addition, the out of hours GP and Acute Practitioner service accessed via 111 means that patients can avoid going to the Emergency Department and be managed in the community as and when appropriate.
The five hubs are run by reception staff, nursing staff and General Practitioners who all live and work locally and supported by three managers who work both remotely and on-site in order to provide the best possible care for our patients.
Your local 'hub' locations are located at Fareham Community Hospital Portchester Medical Centre and Forton Road Medical Centre.
There, you will be seen by a locally-based healthcare professional - the service is led by GPs but also includes other staff such as nurses and healthcare assistants. The staff can - with your consent - access your medical records, ensuring a high quality service.
Please note: the new extended opening hours is not a walk-in service - you need to make an appointment.
You can make an appointment by talking to our surgery staff and booking a slot in the normal way, or - if we are closed and you think you need to see someone more urgently - you can call NHS 111 or ask to make an appointment.