Early morning, evening and weekend appointments now available for North Devon Patients – Improved Access Service

As you may have heard, nationally GPs are being asked to offer their patients appointments outside of normal hours.  The aim of the GP Improved Access Service is to make it easier for people to get an appointment at a time that suits them. This includes early morning, evening and weekend appointments.

In North Devon, a collaboration of local GPs, including some GPs and Nurses at Combe Coastal Practice have come together to provide this service for North Devon patients.

This new scheme is an extension of the usual GP practice services that patients across North Devon will be used to – it is not a walk-in or urgent service.  Patients will still need to contact their practices directly to make an appointment.

When using the Improved Access Service, patients might not be able to see their usual GP or Practice Nurse and may have to attend a different GP surgery. If that is the case, the clinician they see will be from another GP practice in North Devon for example in Barnstaple or Bideford.

Community Pharmacists based in Barnstaple, Bideford and Ilfracombe will also be offering additional appointments for North Devon patients.

From 1st October 2018, patients will be able to book face to face or telephone appointments at one or more of these surgeries to see or speak to either a GP or practice nurse or other health professional in the evenings or at weekends from:

8.00am to 8.30am – Monday to Friday
6.00pm to 8.00pm – Monday to Friday
9.00am to 12.30pm – Saturday
9.00am to 12.00pm – Sunday

If you are seeing a Doctor or nurse in a surgery that is not your usual surgery, we will ask your consent for the Doctor or nurse to see your clinical records.  Your records will not be accessed without your permission. This will enable your usual Doctor to see what investigations and treatments you have had.

To arrange an early morning, evening or weekend appointment, speak to the practice receptionist or member of the practice team or call the practice on 01271 863119

Please continue to contact your surgery in the usual way during normal hours.