Enhanced Access – Local GP practices working together to offer more convenient appointment times for patients.
As from 1st October, 2022, we will be part of a network of practices in Shropshire, working together to offer patients ‘Enhanced Access’ to pre-bookable appointments - in the evenings and on weekends.
In Shropshire, local practices will work together in a network of ‘hubs’ to provide this service. The ‘hubs’ will take turns to provide the Enhanced Access appointments to patients. This means patients could be offered an appointment at their own surgery or at a nearby practice in the local area (part of the hub). Patients will be advised about appointment location at time of booking, enabling them to make an informed choice about where and when they access care.
Locally the pre-bookable appointments will be available as follows:
Weekday evenings (Monday to Friday) between 6.30pm and 8pm (at a local area hub)
Saturdays between 9am and 5pm (at a local area hub)
Arranging a pre-bookable evening, weekend or bank holiday appointment is easy to do - patients simply need to contact us, during normal opening hours, and speak to the practice receptionist or a member of the practice team who will be able to help. Appointments may not be with your registered GP but will be with a GP or other qualified healthcare professional.
Enhanced Access adds to the existing range of healthcare services already available in Shropshire to help patients, including pharmacists, NHS 111, the walk-in centre, minor injury units, and A&E (which is there 24/7 for life threatening serious emergencies only).