People living in the NHS Greater Huddersfield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) area are now able to book phlebotomy appointments on a Saturday between 9.00am and 1.00pm as part of the extended access scheme. Patients must collect a blood form from their GP practice before attending.
These appointments supplement the other aspects of the extended access scheme launched earlier this year which includes:
- ‘Pre-bookable’ and ‘on-the-day’ physiotherapy appointments which can be booked through your GP practice. Appointment times are between 6.30pm and 8.30pm on Wednesdays and Thursdays, and 9.00am to 1.00pm on Saturdays.
- GP appointments are available between 6.30pm to 8.30pm each weekday, with additional slots available on weekends between 8.45am to 5.15pm. These are also a mixture of ‘pre-bookable’ and ‘on-the-day’ appointments and can be booked through your own GP practice or by calling the free NHS 111 phone line out of normal working hours.
Having these additional appointments available reduces 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.
Dr Steve Ollerton, local GP and Chair of NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG said: “We know that some people find it difficult to get an appointment at their surgery, particularly those with work and other day-time commitments. The extended access service, now offers even more flexibility as patients can now additionally access phlebotomy appointments on a Saturday.”
All of these appointments are available for any Greater Huddersfield patient in the Local Care Direct ‘hub’ at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary. In addition, some local GP practices are also offering evening and weekend GP appointments. Patients are asked to please check with their practice. Further information, including directions to the ‘hub’ can be found at www.greaterhuddersfieldccg.nhs.uk/extended-access-primary-care