GP hours extended to boost patient care

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Patients will have access to GP appointments on evenings and weekends after funding was secured to boost services.

GPs will be available at Ossett Health Village until 8pm on weekdays and all day at weekends to extend access to appointments for people in the west of the district.

The surgery is part of a group of practices awarded £1.4m for a pilot scheme to test extended hours and appointments by email and video link.

Ossett Health Village, which houses the town’s Church Street and Prospect surgeries, was chosen as a central out-of-hours location following the pilot.

The other surgeries are Chapelthorpe Medical Centre, Middlestown Medical Centre, Horbury’s Orchard Croft Medical Centre and Lupset Health Centre.

Dr Chris Jones, a GP at Church Street Surgery, said patients were consulted on the new arrangements.

He said: “We continue to involve patients in developing our plans through our patient panel and soon to be established youth panel.”

NHS England is inviting surgeries to apply for a second round of funding to improve services.

Its deputy medical director Mike Bewick said: “Even more patients across the country will now be able to see their family doctor in the most convenient way for them and at a more convenient time.”