GP extended hours for the busy Christmas period

In one of the busiest months of the year, Herefordshire healthcare professionals are reminding people that they can access GP or nurse appointments in the evening and on weekends.

December is a busy time of year for most people with work commitments, work parties and organising festivities. Winter is also a time when we can be more susceptible to illness, with less time to take care of ourselves.

The extended hours service makes it easier and more convenient for people to access a GP or nurse. With many people being tied up during weekdays, the appointments allow patients to see a GP or nurse at a more convenient time.

Dr Ian Tait, GP and CCG Clinical Chair from NHS Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:

“We are happy to be able to offer more flexible hours for people to access healthcare services. Though you may not be able to see your regular GP or nurse when getting an extended hours appointment, you will still be seen by an experienced professional.

“People should be aware that these extended hours appointments are not walk in appointments. In order to see a GP or nurse on weekday evenings and weekends you will need to book an appointment in advance through your usual practice.”

How to access extended hours appointments:

Taurus Healthcare manages three primary care hubs which offer local GP and nurse services to patients from across the county.

The South Wye Medical Centre based at the Asda superstore, Hereford, is open from 6.30pm to 8.30pm on weekdays and 8am to 8pm on weekends and Bank Holidays. The Marches, located in Leominster, and Pendeen Surgery, located in Ross on Wye, are open 8am- 12pm on weekends and Bank Holidays.

To arrange an evening or weekend appointment call your GP Surgery and they will refer you to one of the Taurus Hubs.

Dr Mike Hearne, Medical Director, Taurus Healthcare said:

“The hubs have been carefully chosen to best serve the rural and geographically diverse population that live in Herefordshire.

An appointment can be made by calling the patient’s usual GP and requesting an appointment during these times or by calling 111 where patients will be triaged. Details of the consultation will be made available to the patient’s usual GP.”