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​More GP and nurse appointments available in Southwark

More GP and nurse appointments are now available for Southwark residents in the daytime, evening and at weekends, following a funding boost from the local NHS.
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NHS Southwark Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has invested £2 million per year in the Extended Primary Care Service to make it easier for people to see or speak to a doctor or nurse at a time that suits them. The service provides pre-booked appointments from 8am – 8pm, 7 days a week, including bank holidays. Local GP practices are working together to deliver the extended service from two sites in Bermondsey and Peckham. Initially the service is focusing providing care for people with same day or next day health needs, but will be delivering broader primary care services over the coming months.

To get an appointment at the service patients call their GP practice in the usual way or when their practice closed, contact the GP out of hours service (SELDOC) on 020 8693 9066. Patients with more complex needs that are better managed by their own GP would be seen in their own practice.

Dr Emily Gibbs, local GP and clinical lead for primary care at NHS Southwark CCG, said: “Southwark residents have been telling us for some time that they sometimes find it difficult to get an appointment with the GP or practice nurse. We have used this feedback to develop an extended service, which is proving popular with patients.

“It’s particularly important for people to be able to access GP services when they need to over Winter and this extended service is giving our local practices much needed capacity to ensure their patients are seen quickly.”

Ask your GP practice about the Extended Primary Care Service or read more about how it works.