GP practices have launched an out-of-hours telephone service to give patients access medical advice when their surgery is closed.
Six surgeries in Wakefield have launched Trinity Care, which will offer the phone service on evenings and weekends from next month.
Trained nurses will be on call to offer advice and arrange for patients to see a GP if necessary.
Patients registered at the Almshouse and Sandal Castle, Eastmoor, Grove, King Street, Maybush and Warrengate GP practices will be able to use the service, which is funded by Wakefield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).
It will be open after surgeries have closed on weekdays from 6.30pm-8pm and from 9am-3pm at weekends, with GPs from the six practices providing out-of-hours cover.
And from January, it will be extended to offer a telephone service on weekdays from 8am-8pm.
Omar Alisha, the GP leading the Trinity Care project said: “I am really pleased that Trinity Care is bringing together six GP practices to work together in this way, supported by Wakefield CCG.
“I believe that it will offer our patients much easier access to someone who can help them manage problems that need attention the same day and book them to see a GP as needed.”
The new scheme aims to improve care for around 46,000 patients registered at the six surgeries.
Dr Phil Earnshaw, chairman of NHS Wakefield CCG said: “One of the main things we hear from patients is that they want it to be easier to talk to their GP practice.”
The six GP practices, who are working together under the Trinity Care name, have taken the initiative on improving access, and we hope that patients will soon start to see the benefit of the additional contact points.”
Patients can call Trinity Care on 01924 784100.