See if your doctor's surgery is trialling weekend opening

Clacton and Frinton Gazette: See if your doctor's surgery is trialling weekend opening See if your doctor's surgery is trialling weekend opening

Almost 20 doctors practices will have weekend surgeries in a bid to take the pressure off A&E.

The North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group has released the latest list of doctors’ practices which are taking part in the trial which runs until the end of March.

So far 18 out of the 43 practices in the area have confirmed they are taking part.

The clinical commissioning group has up to £100,000 from the national Winter Pressures budget to pay towards the scheme.

A spokesman said: “The advice to patients is to please contact your surgery, if its one of those on the list, to ask to book an appointment at the weekend.”

Dr Shane Gordon, chief officer of the North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group and a GP at the Bluebell Surgery, in Colchester, said: “We hope to test the idea that having some GPs working will help relieve some of the pressure on A&E.

“I would very much encourage all GPs to consider what they can offer.

“We have enough money to fund all surgeries to do this until March, so if fewer practices are involved we could extend the pilot beyond March.”

He stressed that all appointments must be pre-booked and there is not a walk-in service.

The opening hours will also vary by surgery.

List of surgeries taking part:

Mayflower Surgery, Main Road, Dovercourt Layer Road Surgery, Layer Road, Colchester Castle Gardens Medical Centre, East Hill, Colchester Parsons Heath Medical Practice, Parsons Heath, Colchester Creffield Medical Centre, Cavalry Road, Colchester Portland Medical Centre, Ypres Road, Colchester Mill Road Surgery, Mill Road, Colchester Stanway Surgery, Winstree Road, Stanway Tiptree Medical Centre, Church Road, Colchester East Lynne Medical Centre, Turner Road, Colchester Wivenhoe Surgery, The Avenue, Wivenhoe.

Caradoc Surgery, Station Approach, Frinton St James Surgery, Wash Lane, Clacton-on-Sea Great Bentley Surgery, The Green Abbeyfield Medical Centre, Ypres Road, Colchester.

Ambrose Avenue Group Practice, Colchester North Hill Medical Group, Colchester Thorpe-le-Soken Surgery, High Street.

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7:12pm Sun 2 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

How on earth is that going to take the pressure of of a&e.think about it dummies!
How on earth is that going to take the pressure of of a&e.think about it dummies! stevedawson
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8:20pm Sun 2 Mar 14

calamity says...

Because on weekends people will be able to go to their doctors dummy.
Because on weekends people will be able to go to their doctors dummy. calamity
  • Score: 12

1:01am Mon 3 Mar 14

Boris says...

But if you have an ailment at the weekend, you go to the "walk-in" centre, not to A and E. So Steve is right to say this should make no difference to pressure on A and E.
Anyway, the doctors will only offer appointments on Saturday mornings, so for the rest of the weekend you go to the WIC or, in an emergency, to A and E.
But if you have an ailment at the weekend, you go to the "walk-in" centre, not to A and E. So Steve is right to say this should make no difference to pressure on A and E. Anyway, the doctors will only offer appointments on Saturday mornings, so for the rest of the weekend you go to the WIC or, in an emergency, to A and E. Boris
  • Score: 2

10:04am Mon 3 Mar 14

alfcavill says...

How will this help when certain surgeries cannot get enough doctors during the week, let alone the weekend and you'll still have to book up for an appointments anyway.
How will this help when certain surgeries cannot get enough doctors during the week, let alone the weekend and you'll still have to book up for an appointments anyway. alfcavill
  • Score: 3

10:05am Mon 3 Mar 14

stevedawson says...

So calamity when was the last time you made an appointment to have an emergency?
So calamity when was the last time you made an appointment to have an emergency? stevedawson
  • Score: 0

11:52am Mon 3 Mar 14

Checkout says...

This initiative might have some merit if the weekend opening of the surgeries was on an open surgery basis only. However, I cannot see the point of set appointments doing much to alleviate pressure on A&E. It might take some pressure off regular surgery appointments though. I think Boris makes a fair analysis of the current situation.
This initiative might have some merit if the weekend opening of the surgeries was on an open surgery basis only. However, I cannot see the point of set appointments doing much to alleviate pressure on A&E. It might take some pressure off regular surgery appointments though. I think Boris makes a fair analysis of the current situation. Checkout
  • Score: 3

1:16pm Mon 3 Mar 14

romantic says...

People go to A & E because they don't know where else to go. The walk-in centre is known to some people, but by no means all. The problem faced is how to publicise it. The other problem is that different people have different levels of what they would call an emergency. One person's slight gash is another's panic situation. All that can be done is try to educate people to assess the situation realistically rather than assume little Johnnie is just about to die because he's cut his knee.

Opening up doctors surgeries on evenings and weekends makes sense for anybody who works 9 to 5. The rare times I've had to visit doctors, it has always meant taking a morning or afternoon off. Not sure if it will lessen the pressure on A & E especially, but certainly good for those who are at work.
People go to A & E because they don't know where else to go. The walk-in centre is known to some people, but by no means all. The problem faced is how to publicise it. The other problem is that different people have different levels of what they would call an emergency. One person's slight gash is another's panic situation. All that can be done is try to educate people to assess the situation realistically rather than assume little Johnnie is just about to die because he's cut his knee. Opening up doctors surgeries on evenings and weekends makes sense for anybody who works 9 to 5. The rare times I've had to visit doctors, it has always meant taking a morning or afternoon off. Not sure if it will lessen the pressure on A & E especially, but certainly good for those who are at work. romantic
  • Score: 2

5:46pm Mon 3 Mar 14

William George says...

Boris wrote:
But if you have an ailment at the weekend, you go to the "walk-in" centre, not to A and E. So Steve is right to say this should make no difference to pressure on A and E.
Anyway, the doctors will only offer appointments on Saturday mornings, so for the rest of the weekend you go to the WIC or, in an emergency, to A and E.
If the main reason for this trialling is of very little help to A & E. Is it a trial in advance to wrongly help the Jeremy Hunts hospital closure clause instead.

Jeremy Hunt will be making a wrong unwise decision if the hospital closure clause goes ahead because more dangers the patients of our public have to then face if the closure clause happens.
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: But if you have an ailment at the weekend, you go to the "walk-in" centre, not to A and E. So Steve is right to say this should make no difference to pressure on A and E. Anyway, the doctors will only offer appointments on Saturday mornings, so for the rest of the weekend you go to the WIC or, in an emergency, to A and E.[/p][/quote]If the main reason for this trialling is of very little help to A & E. Is it a trial in advance to wrongly help the Jeremy Hunts hospital closure clause instead. Jeremy Hunt will be making a wrong unwise decision if the hospital closure clause goes ahead because more dangers the patients of our public have to then face if the closure clause happens. William George
  • Score: 1

12:25pm Tue 4 Mar 14

Shambolic says...

It's so difficult to get an appointment at Mill Road surgery as it is. I was told patients to Doctors ratio had doubled. Is this going to help?
It's so difficult to get an appointment at Mill Road surgery as it is. I was told patients to Doctors ratio had doubled. Is this going to help? Shambolic
  • Score: 1

10:12pm Wed 5 Mar 14

mbr1955 says...

As my Doctors surgery is closed in the week we have got no chance of weekend opening. Get real please. I thought we had a shortage of Doctors so how can Surgeries offer weekend appointments.??????
As my Doctors surgery is closed in the week we have got no chance of weekend opening. Get real please. I thought we had a shortage of Doctors so how can Surgeries offer weekend appointments.?????? mbr1955
  • Score: 0

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