Everyone registered at a GP practice in Maldon District, Chelmsford City or Braintree District can now book GP-led appointments at a wider range of times: on Saturdays and Sundays, over bank holidays and later into weekday evenings.
Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has introduced the scheme, called Extended Access, under a national programme allowing 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.
You have a choice of evening and weekend appointments across mid Essex. These three hubs are open 7 days a week, 6.30pm-8pm on weekdays (9pm at Maldon) and 8am-2pm on weekends and bank holidays:
- Blackwater Medical Centre in Maldon
- Elizabeth Courtauld Surgery, Halstead
- North Chelmsford Health Centre in Springfield, Chelmsford
Three more hubs are available for weekend appointments between 8am and 2pm:
- Douglas Grove Surgery in Witham (Saturdays only from 4 May 2019)
- Greenwood Surgery in South Woodham Ferrers (Saturdays only from 4 May 2019)
- Mount Chambers Surgery in Braintree (Sundays only)
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. Appointments will be with the most appropriate clinician for their condition, which may be a nurse practitioner, GP or other healthcare professional.
If you no longer need an Extended Access appointment you have booked, you should contact your own practice during working hours, or outside surgery hours, call 07384 579479 to cancel.
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 find out more about the service by reading the Extended Access FAQ:
And about how we use data for people booking Extended Access appointments through our Fair Processing Notice: