NHSE has mandated that all CCGs commission Extended Access deliver extended General Practice access to 100% of the population by October 2018. National GP Patient Surveys shows that year on year there are increases in the numbers of patients who would like more flexible opening hours.
The Welwyn Hatfield Extended Access service will be available 365 days a year service including bank holidays.
The service will provide a weekday provision of pre-bookable and same day appointments for 1.5 hours after 6.30pm.
Offering Extended Access to the registered patients of the Welwyn Hatfield locality involves practices coming together to provide services on a HUB basis and not at individual practices. To support this and the continuity of care on patients, each locality practice will need to ensure access for sharing patient records and have My Care Record (MCR) Information Sharing Agreements in place.
The HUB will be based at Spring House Medical Centre, Ascots Lane, Welwyn Garden City, AL7 4HL.
Opening hours for the Hub will be
Monday – Friday 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Saturdays 8.00am – 4.00pm
Sundays 8.00am – 12.00pm
A combination of GP and nurse appointments will be available for patients to book.