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Bromley GP surgeries now providing extra evening and weekend appointments

PUBLISHED: 15:26 28 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:26 28 July 2017

There'll be over 6,000 more appointments during the week

There'll be over 6,000 more appointments during the week

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They'll be available from Bromley GP Alliance hubs in Beckenham, Bromley and Orpington

Bromley’s NHS Clinical Commissioning Group has announced that GP surgeries in the borough will be providing more patient appointments in the evenings and at weekends.

These extended services are availavle from 4pm to 8pm in the evening, and 8am to 8pm at the weekends at one of the three Bromley GP Alliance access hubs.

An additional 600 appointments will be available during the week and 240 at the weekends.

There will also be a nurse-led wound dressing clinic available three days a week.

Dr Andrew Parson, clinical lead at NHS Bromley CCG and Bromley GP, said: “Patients have told us that they needed better access to GP services and that it was hard for people who worked during the day to get an appointment.

“In response we set up a pilot extended GP service over a year ago, which ahs proved very popular with patients. Tjis has now been made a permanent arrangement and we are sonfident these additional appointments will further improve access and patient satisfaction.

“I encourage people to keep themselves fit, healthy and treat minor ailments and injuries at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet. By doing this it helps us ensure that when you need to see a GP, one is available.

“Whether you feel ill or not it is essential that you register with a GP that is local to you. Registering means you have easy access to a doctor when you need one. Your GP provides general medical advice on a range of conditions and can also refer you to more specialist services if needed.”

To get an appointment at one of the hubs, call your GP practice. If your need is urgent and there is no appointment available in your practice, you will be offered an appointment at one of the other hubs.

Hubs are located in Beckenham, central Bromley, and Orpington.

Over 90 per cent of patients already using the access hubs said they were satisfied or very satisfied with the service.

Minor conditions and injuries can also be advised upon by pharmasists.

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