GP practices across north east London are changing the way they provide evening and weekend appointments to ensure patients can get help more easily when they need it.
From Saturday (October 1), appointments will be made available outside of normal practice hours, usually 8am to 6.30pm on weekdays, via two ‘enhanced access’ services.
Patients will be able to book routine appointments, including for things such as vaccinations, health checks, and cancer screening, on weekday evenings from 6.30pm to 8pm and on Saturdays from 9am to 5pm. These evening and weekend appointments may take place by phone, video, or face-to-face depending on clinical need.
These routine appointments can be booked via your GP practice in the usual way on the phone or online and will either take place at your local surgery or at a nearby NHS site in your local area. You can find more information on your GP practice website.
The changes taking effect are happening across England. They have been developed locally by primary care networks – groups of local GP practices – which have worked closely with NHS North East London to ensure primary care services meet the needs of local people.
In addition to this, GP Access Hubs will continue to offer access to urgent appointments on weekday evenings between 6.30pm and 10pm (8pm in Hackney and City of London), and on weekends and bank holidays from 8am to 8pm.