Saturday GP appointments launch for south Camden Patients
A Saturday GP and nurse appointment service for patients in south Camden launched on 6 February at South Camden Centre for Health. Patients from 14 GP surgeries in the south of the borough (you can view the surgeries here) who find it difficult to attend appointments during normal opening hours can now book to see a GP or nurse on a Saturday.
The service is funded by Camden CCG and delivered by the Camden GP Federation.
Dzenana Hozic from Bloomsbury was one of the first patients to be seen by the Saturday service. Dzenana said: “I called my surgery at 5pm on Friday and was offered an appointment the next day. It’s brilliant being able to see a GP on a Saturday – it means I’ve avoided a visit to the urgent care centre”.
Patients make an appointment in the usual way through their GP surgery. All consultations take place at South Camden Centre for Health on Drummond Street between 9am and 5pm each Saturday.
Shira Rotem, from Bloomsbury, visited the service on 6 February. Shira said: “I think it’s great. My GP doesn’t do Saturday appointments and I work during the week. When you are sick you don’t want to wait a week to be seen – being able to come on a Saturday really helps”.
Similar Saturday services are being developed for patients in the north and west of Camden.
For more information visit http://www.camdenccg.nhs.uk/saturdayappointments
Extra GP appointments this winter
GPs in Camden are providing 14,000 extra appointments this winter - many of them same-day appointments so more patients can get an urgent appointment when they are ill.
Winter is the busiest time of the year for the NHS, with lots of people getting sick with flu and other bugs. A&E and other hospital services are often overstretched and people can face long queues to see a doctor.
Many of these people would be better off seeing a GP. To make this easier, Camden (a joint initiative by Camden CCG and Camden Council) has invested £250,000 to secure 14,000 extra GP appointments between December and March.
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