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‚ÄčExtra GP and nurse appointments in Southwark, 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week

GPs and nurses in Southwark want to raise awareness of the availability of extra GP and nurse appointments in the borough. Available from 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week, from two locations in the north and south of the borough, these extra appointments are for most of the normal things people see their GP or nurse for.

The service is called the Extended Primary Care Service and is provided at Lister Health Centre in Peckham and Spa Medical Centre in Bermondsey. This is not a walk-in service; patients are offered an appointment at one of the centres by contacting their own GP surgery. When their surgery is closed, patients should call the out of hours GP service on 111.

Dr Sharjeel Hasan, GP and clinical lead, north Southwark Extended Primary Care Service said: "The Extended Primary Care Service is an extension of your own GP surgery. You may not see your usual doctor or nurse but they will have the same skills. Any doctor or nurse that you see or speak to will, with your consent, have access to your health information and history. This means they will be able to offer the right care and treatment for you."

"Appointments in the evenings and weekends are more convenient for many patients so, if you're not sure whether the Extended Primary Care Service is right for you, ask your surgery and they will ensure you are seen in the right place."

Launched in the south of the borough in November 2014 and in the north in April 2015, the Extended Primary Care Service is funded by NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group and provided by Southwark's two GP federations, Quay Health Solutions and Improving Health Limited. GP federations are made up of all the GP surgeries in the borough and work together to improve services and health outcomes for patients.

The Extended Primary Care Service will be able to provide 87,000 additional GP and nurse appointments per year across the borough.