From 1 July 2015, patients of Wigan GP practices have the choice to access GP services during weekends and evenings at their convenience.
Wigan GPs are working in partnership to provide the extended hours of service for patients and the service is currently available from two hubs, Pemberton and Shevington surgeries, and is accessible to all patients in the borough
Any patient in the borough is able to book an appointment to see a GP or Nurse during the additional hours 6.30pm to 8pm weekdays and 10am to 4pm Saturdays by using a central booking number 01942 482848.
This project in Wigan is known as the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund (PMCF) Extended Access Programme and will ultimately deliver extended access from nine hub locations across the Wigan Borough.
The project is expected to provide benefits for groups who may find it difficult to access GP services during existing opening times, such as working people and carers who are dependent on others who work to take over their caring duties whilst visiting primary care services. It is expected that health outcomes and continuity of care will improve for these groups.
The plans also include the future provision of ‘wrap around’ services including phlebotomy services, health checks, community nursing, long term condition clinics, and social care.
A single clinical IT system will provide access to ‘Shared Clinical Records’ across all practices and wraparound services and each site will have access to innovative technology to allow telephone and video consultations with primary care services.
Should you require any further information contact the service on 01942 482848.