Basildon and Brentwood Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is currently working with member GP practices to arrange for extra evening GP appointments, having been allocated some additional funding by NHS England.
This is a short term programme to provide some additional access to GPs during the winter period.
The CCG is working with the 41 practices in the area to identify those practices which will be part of the extended access winter programme and details have yet to be finalised.
The CCG is continuing to work with the GP practices and other local providers to develop a longer term approach to ensuring there are enough GP appointments.
Patients are reminded that for minor ailments and lesser injuries they should seek the advice of their local pharmacist in the first instance and self-treat where advised.
For anyone unsure of which service is the right one for their illness or injury, the NHS Choices website provides a symptom checker and information on how best to treat a wide range of less urgent problems.
Orsett Minor Injuries Unit is open from 10am-7.30pm, seven days a week. Find more information on the Minor Injuries Unit at http://www.nelft.nhs.uk/services-bsbwtk-minor-injuries-unit
NHS 111 is the number to call when you need medical help fast but it is not an emergency.
Whenever you have a GP appointment arranged, please don’t miss it and remember to cancel your appointment if you feel you no longer need to see your GP so that the appointment slot is not wasted. Even if you don’t need your appointment, someone else does.
Hospital A&E departments are for serious and life-threatening injuries and conditions only. If you are in any doubt, please call NHS 111 – calls are answered by trained advisors who will assess your symptoms and direct you to the appropriate source of support.
Date: 13 January 2017