Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) plan and buy healthcare services for the local population in your area.
National funding is available from 2018 to improve access to GP services. This includes ensuring that everyone has more convenient access to GP services, including a mixture of same day and routine appointments on weekday evenings after 6.30pm, and at weekends based on local needs. This piece of work is known as ‘delivering extended access to GP services’.
As local CCGs we are currently considering how best to deliver extended access in your area so that it meets the needs of our population, is realistically deliverable within the budget we have been allocated to provide this additional service. There is a national and local shortage of GPs and other clinicians who work in general practice. This means that extended access services could be provided at a venue other than your own surgery and that you may not see your own GP or even a GP from your usual practice. Should that GP need to access your medical records, your consent will be sought when you book the appointment.
The CCGs would like to find out more about your views on extending access to GP services in the evenings and at weekends.
By completing the survey you have the opportunity to tell us:
- How likely you are to use GP appointments in the evenings and weekends.
- The kind of services you might want to use in the evenings and at weekends.
- Whether you would consider alternatives to face to face consultations.
If you have any queries regarding this survey please contact the Primary Care and Community Development Team at NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG/NHS Crawley CCG on 01293 600300 x4138 or send an email to: HSCCG.Primary-Care@nhs.net
To take part in the survey click here: http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/GPExtendedAccessSurvey