|H &F Residents Can Now See a GP Seven Days a Week|
Five practices in borough offer walk-in service at weekends
Patients in Hammersmith and Fulham are now able to access GP services seven days a week.
The new weekend opening service has been launched by NHS Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to provide an alternative to A&E for people who need access to care at the weekend.
Patients can see a GP and it is hoped that this will help free up A&E departments for those with life threatening illnesses or injuries.
Five practices across the borough are offering the walk-in service on Saturdays and Sundays, and patients can see a GP without an appointment. They do not have to be registered with the practice, and using the service will not affect their registration with their own GP.
The practices that offer the service are:
Brook Green Medical Centre, Bute Gardens, London, W6 7EG
The service has been introduced as part of NHS Hammersmith and Fulham CCG’s Out of Hospital Strategy, which aims to bring care closer to home and into a local, more familiar environment for the benefit of the patients.
Dr Susan McGoldrick, vice-chair of Hammersmith and Fulham CCG says: " Statistics show that many patients attend A&E when their GP practice is closed, even if they don’t have a life-threatening illness. These more minor illnesses can be treated by a pharmacist or GP.
" We are opening GP practices at weekends for all residents to use so they can see a GP on Saturday and Sunday by booking an appointment or simply going to the walk-in service offered by these practices.
" The clear message is that there are alternative services available so don’t go to an A&E unless you really need to."
January 9, 2015