Extended opening hours for surgeries

Chorley Health Centre
Chorley Health Centre
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Patients will be able to see GPs at evenings and weekends, as several surgeries extend their opening hours.

Fourteen practices in Chorley are among 50 in the Chorley, South Ribble and Greater Preston area now offering extended opening hours.

Some practices will stay open until 8pm on weekdays, while others will offer appointments on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Extra daytime clinics will be held by some on weekdays.

The extended opening times will operate until March on a trial basis and could become permanent.

Jan Ledward, chief officer at Greater Preston CCG and Chorley and South Ribble CCG, said: “Patients have told us that during the busy winter months it can be difficult to get an appointment with their GP at a time that is suitable for them.

“These extended opening hours will offer patients and doctors greater flexibility.

“We hope that by GPs offering extended opening hours, it will help to alleviate the pressure on other areas of the NHS during the busy winter period. We would encourage anyone who feels unwell to contact their GP in the first instance for an appointment rather than going straight to hospital.”

Dr Bamford And Partners, at Chorley Health Centre, is among those involved.

Dr Shashidhar Khandavalli, from the practice, said: “We are acutely aware of the difficulties working patients have getting to see us, especially over the winter period when demand for appointments is so great.

“We have already seen patients benefitting from the service and hope that patients who have traditionally found it difficult to get time to see their doctor can make use of the weekend surgeries.”

Kerry Claringbold, receptionist at Eaves Lane Surgery, said: “We already do extended hours on a Wednesday and we are doing it on a Monday as well.

“There is quite a lot of demand for a late clinic.”

For a list of GP practices with extended opening hours, go to www.chorleysouthribbleccg.nhs.uk.