News

Extended Access to GP services in mid Essex

From 1 August 2018, your local NHS is introducing a wider range of times when most people living in Braintree Town, Chelmsford and parts of the Colne Valley can get appointments at a GP practice.

Evening and Weekend Appointments

Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is pleased to announce the local roll-out of national plans, called Extended Access, for appointments into the evening, at weekends and at bank holidays. Extended Access will allow people who might not be able to get to their GP surgery during normal ‘working hours’ to see nurse practitioners, GPs and healthcare assistants at other times.

The CCG has been working with GPs at Elizabeth Courtauld Surgery in Halstead and North Chelmsford Health Centre in Springfield, Chelmsford, to introduce appointments between at those two locations to patients registered at most practices in Chelmsford, and some in Braintree and the Colne Valley area from 1 August.

This is the start of a phased launch, with other parts of mid Essex getting Extended Access appointments in the autumn. Due to IT systems that differ from those at the Extended Access centres, people registered at Blandford House in Braintree or, in the Colne Valley, Brimpton House, Hilton House, the Castle Surgery or Coggeshall Surgery will not be able to book Extended Access appointments until 1 October.

From that date, appointments will also be available from two further hubs – Longfield Medical Centre in Maldon and another in the Braintree area currently being finalised. There should be no impact on appointments for patients registered at the practices offering Extended Access appointments due to the planning and extra resourcing for the project.

People wanting an Extended Access appointment book it through their own practice as they would any other appointment. Please note, these are not walk-in appointments – all appointments should be booked in advance. Appointment will be with the most appropriate clinician for their condition, which may be a nurse practitioner, GP or other healthcare professional.

If you no longe rneed an Extended Access appointment you have booked, you should contact your own practice during working hours, or call 07384 579479.

Dr Caroline Dollery, Chair of Mid Essex CCG and a local GP herself, said, “This is great news for patients across our area, as people who struggle to get to weekday appointments in the daytime can now access professional NHS services more easily.

“In most cases, people going to their GP practice have a condition for which nurse practitioners and allied health professionals can offer the right advice and treatment, and the new service follows this model. It’s part of wider plans at the CCG to build a strong foundation for primary care – our GP practices – and make sure they continue to serve our local population long into the future.”

You can book an Extended Access appointment now, at any of the hubs currently operating, if you are registered with the following practices.

In Braintree and the surrounding area:

  • Church Lane Surgery
  • Mount Chambers Medical Practice
  • Blyths Meadow Surgery
  • Silver End Surgery

In Chelmsford and the surrounding area::

  • Dickens Place Surgery
  • Moulsham Lodge Surgery
  • Stock Surgery 
  • Whitley House Surgery
  • Rivermead Gate Medical Centre
  • Melbourne House Surgery
  • Beauchamp House Surgery
  • The Writtle Surgery
  • Beacon Health Group
  • Little Waltham & Gt Notley Surgeries
  • Baddow Village Surgery
  • Tennyson House Surgery
  • Humber Road Surgery
  • Chelmer Village Surgery
  • North Chelmsford NHS Healthcare Centre
  • Sutherland Lodge Surgery

In the Colne Valley area:

  • Kelvedon & Feering Health Centre 
  • Freshwell Health Centre
  • The Elizabeth Courtauld Surgery
  • The Pump House Surgery

You can find out more about the service by reading the Extended Access FAQ: 

pdf (178 KB) pdf Extended Access patient FAQ (178 KB)

And about how we use data for people booking Extended Access appointments through our Fair Processing Notice:

pdf Fair Processing Notice - GP Extended Access in mid Essex (58 KB)