Extended Access and Out of Hours
Part of the national agenda by NHS England, Extended Access means patients are able to book routine appointments to see a GP, practice nurse, or other qualified healthcare professional, at a time which may be more convenient - in the evenings, at the weekend and during bank holidays.
In Shropshire, local practices are working together in a network of ‘hubs’ to provide this Extended Access service. This ensures patients can access appointments at a nearby practice in their local area – the practices will take turns on a rota basis and patients will be advised about location at time of booking, so they can make an informed choice.
The pre-bookable appointments will be available between:
- Weekday evenings (Monday to Friday)
between 6.30pm and 8pm (at a local area hub)
between 8am and 1pm (at a local area hub)
- Sundays and bank holidays
between 8.30am and 12.30pm (at a single site in central Shrewsbury)
How to book:
Arranging a pre-bookable evening, weekend or bank holiday appointment is easy to do - patients simply need to contact their practice. Appointments may not be with the GP a patient is currently registered with but will be with another GP or other qualified healthcare professional.
Further information sources about Extended Access:
- NHS England website
- FAQs for Extended Access
- Press release: Local GP Practices to offer evening and weekend appointments from 1st October
Out of Hours
Out of Hours refers to when GP practices are closed.
If you need urgent medical advice outside of your GPs opening hours, but its not an emergency, call NHS 111.