Extended access to primary care

by | Apr 6, 2018

GPs are here for you, for longer

People living in the Greater Huddersfield CCG area can visit a GP after work and on weekend under a new scheme launched at the end of March 2018. The CCG awarded the contract for this new service to out-of-hours provider Local Care Direct working with My Health Huddersfield (MHH) Ltd, a federation of local GP practices.

We know that some people find it difficult to get an appointment at their practice so this new service helps to make sure that people can get the right care at a time that suits them. Having these additional appointments available also helps to reduce pressure on both general practice and hospital emergency departments by allowing patients to visit a GP at a convenient time that fits better with their work and other commitments.

Appointments are available evenings, weekends and bank holidays this winter. 

Pictured is Huddersfield GP, Dr Louise Oliver, one of the GPs you may see at your extended access appointment.

Listen to information about the extended access scheme

In July 2018, Kelly Chadwick from My Health Huddersfield talked to KR Talking News which provides information and advice for anyone in Kirklees with sight loss. Please click below to listen to Kelly talk about the extended access scheme in Greater Huddersfield.

How do I book one of these appointments?

These appointments are available for any Greater Huddersfield patient in the Primary Care Centre ‘hub’ at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

This information sheet will help you find the Primary Care Centre ‘hub’ once you have arrived at the hospital.

Appointment times with a GP are between 6.30pm and 8.30pm each weekday, with additional slots available on weekends between 8.45am and 5.15pm.

There are ‘pre-bookable’ and ‘on-the-day’ appointments which can be accessed through your own GP practice, or by calling the free NHS 111 phone line out of normal working hours.

In addition, some local GP practices also offer evening and weekend appointments so please check with your practice first.

Appointment times for physiotherapy  are available Monday – Thursday evenings and Saturdays. These are available at the Hub and Holmfirth and Armitage Bridge. Appointments can be booked through your GP practice.

Blood tests can be taken Saturdays between 9.00am-1.00pm. Patients must collect a blood form from their GP practice before attending.

If you spot an error on this page, or if you have any suggestions on how we can improve it, please let us know by email to: contactus@greaterhuddersfieldccg.nhs.uk