People living on the Fylde coast can now see a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional seven days a week thanks to a new service.
Anyone registered with a Blackpool, Fylde or Wyre doctor is now able to make an appointment in the evening and at weekends.
These additional appointment times are booked by calling your GP practice as usual.
The appointments will be at Whitegate Health Centre for people registered with GPs in Blackpool and Cleveleys and, for people living in Fylde and Wyre, at either Fleetwood Health and Wellbeing Centre or Freckleton Health Centre.
This will mean that while people will most likely not see their regular GP they will still have access to an appointment at a more convenient time. All health professionals providing the appointment will have access to a patient’s medical record and therefore be able to update accordingly as required meaning that a patients usual GP will be kept up-to date.
These routine, non-urgent appointments can be booked up to a week in advance.
NHS Blackpool and NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), the organisations that plan and buy health services to meet the needs of local people, have worked with GP practices in the area to provide the additional appointments at more convenient times.
Many people struggle to attend appointments within the usual working hours for a number of reasons. This could be due to work commitments, parental responsibilities or reliance on a carer for travel and support at an appointment.
Dr Amanda Doyle, a Blackpool GP and Chief Clinical Officer at NHS Blackpool CCG, said: “Weekend and evening appointments will provide extra flexibility for people living across the Fylde coast.
“With the winter not too far away, these extra appointments will also hopefully help to relieve some of the pressure on other services.
“Patients may not see their usual GP but the service will ask for permission to access medical information so they are fully aware of the patient’s needs. The details of the appointment will be shared back with the patient’s regular GP so there is continuity of care.”