Evening and weekend appointments at GP practices are becoming available to patients across the Chorley, South Ribble and Greater Preston area.
Most practices across the area are working together in groups to offer weekend, bank holiday and weekday evening appointments for their patients.
This means that if you request an appointment outside your GP practice’s normal opening hours, you might be offered an appointment at another practice within the group rather than at your usual GP surgery.
Regardless of the time or location of the appointment you are requesting, you must ring your own practice in their normal opening hours in order to book an appointment.
To find out if your GP practice currently offers extended access arrangements contact the practice directly.
There are plans for full extended GP access, including evening and weekend appointments, to be available for the whole population of Lancashire and South Cumbria by March 2019.
Extended GP access is part of the national strategy to modernise primary care services and reduce the pressure on busy A&E and ambulance services in the evenings and at weekends.
Denis Gizzi, Chair of Chorley and South Ribble CCG and Greater Preston CCG, said:
“It’s important that our services adapt to people’s needs so we’re delighted to be able to offer an increasing number of evening and weekend appointments.
“GP services are the bedrock of NHS care and provide a vital service to the public.
“Improving access to GP services will help free up hospital services, allowing the rest of the health system to function better.
“We ask residents to continue to use services appropriately, and to remember to cancel any unwanted appointments so they are available for those who need them.”