Access to GPs made easier with GP Care Wakefield

 GP’s in Wakefield have come together, in a new scheme to enable patients across the district to have access to GP support after normal practice hours.

“GP Care Wakefield”, part of the Connecting Care programme, started with a phased launch on 5th September with the full scheme due to be in place across the district by the 10th October.

The scheme enables patients to have access through their normal GP practice telephone number between 18:00 and 22:00hrs Monday to Friday and from 09:00 to 15:00hrs Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays to receive medical advice and, if required, access to a Wakefield GP appointment.

Using supportive telephone technology, patients only have to call their normal GP number to access this service managed by Wakefield GPs. Patients who use the service are provided with medical advice from a dedicated nursing team, who can then refer the patient to a GP appointment that day, if required, at one of two sites across the district.

Utilising a patient record sharing system, the scheme enables the GP seeing the patient to have access to the patient’s records if the patient gives consent.

Dr Phil Earnshaw, Chair of NHS Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group said:

“This scheme offers patients direct access to GP advice beyond the normal hours of GP practices. By ensuring the patient only has to use their own practice number, there is no confusion of special numbers to use the service and it is really an extension of each practices services.

“It is hoped by broadening the availability of GP access to patients, and by providing medical advice from experienced nursing staff, patients will be able to receive support quicker and therefore no longer seek to go to A and E for conditions that are not suitable.”

Dr Omar Alisha from Trinity Medical Centre involved in the planning of the GP Care Wakefield said:

“GP Care Wakefield offers a consistent and streamlined offer of support to patients during evenings and weekends. The scheme will provide an extra level of support to patients through medical advice and an appointment if needed.  This will create a more responsive primary care system which is more in line with patient needs”.

The phased introduction of the scheme will take place in these stages:

Phase one: 5th September:

Practices to offer the scheme:

  • Patience Lane Surgery
  • Crofton Health Centre
  • Trinity Medical Centre
  • Warrengate Medical Centre
  • Eastmoor Health Centre
  • Maybush Medical Centre
  • Ash Grove Medical Centre
  • Northgate Surgery

Phase two: 12th September

Practices to offer the scheme:

  • Homestead Clinic
  • New Southgate Surgery
  • Outwood Park Medical Centre
  • Stanley Health Centre
  • Castleford Medical Centre
  • Pinfold Surgery
  • Drs Diggle and Phillips
  • Prospect Surgery

Phase three: 19th September

Practices to offer the scheme:

  • Kings Medical Practice
  • Friarwood Surgery
  • Henry Moore Clinic
  • St Thomas Road
  • Tieve Tara Medical Centre
  • Chapelthorpe Medical Centre
  • Church Street Surgery

Phase four: 26th September

Practices to offer the scheme:

  • Ferrybridge Medical Centre
  • Park View Surgery
  • Queen Street Surgery
  • College Lane Surgery
  • Riverside Medical Centre
  • Dr Singh and Partners
  • Lupset Health Centre

Phase five: 3rd October

Practices to offer the scheme:

  • Stuart Road Surgery
  • The Grange Surgery
  • Orchard Croft Medical Centre
  • Middlestown Medical Centre

Phase six: 10rd October

Practices to offer the scheme:

  • Alverthorpe Surgery
  • Station Lane Medical Centre
  • White Rose Surgery
  • Newland Lane Surgery
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