From this Saturday, 4 May, people living in Braintree District, Chelmsford City and Maldon District will have access to more GP-led services at the weekend. If you live in Witham or South Woodham Ferrers, you can now ask for an appointment in your own town, too.
You can choose to be seen at any of the ‘Extended Access hubs’ in mid Essex. Two, in Chelmsford (North Chelmsford Health Centre, near Sainsbury’s) and Maldon (at Blackwater Medical Centre) are open during weekends and weekday evenings seven days a week. A third hub in Halstead (at Elizabeth Courtauld Surgery) is open six days a week and a fourth at Mount Chambers Surgery in Braintree is open on Sundays.
From Saturday the 4th, two more hubs will be open on Saturdays. These new hubs are at Greenwood Surgery in South Woodham Ferrers and at Douglas Grove Surgery in Witham. You can see a healthcare professional, including nurses and GPs, at either hub from 8am to 2pm on any Saturday, including bank holiday weekends, so someone close to home is available if you can’t get to your own surgery during the week, perhaps due to work commitments.
Also new to Extended Access is a cervical screening service, commonly known as smear tests. These have not previously been available in Extended Access appointments, but are now part of the service and are carried out by a nurse. Appointments for these or any other services at the new hubs are available from your GP surgery now.
You do not have to be registered with any of the surgeries hosting a hub, simply with a GP practice anywhere in mid Essex. There is no walk-in service but you can ask for an appointment through your own practice, or, if you need to book outside its opening hours, by calling NHS111.