By next year, people in London will be able to see a GP, nurse or primary care professional in the evenings and at weekends or speak to one by phone, video or email, it has been announced.
For patients, this will mean:
Greater convenience with more appointments in the evenings and at weekends, plus the
option for video, email and telephone consultations; existing practices across London will expand to increase clinical space and offer more treatment like minor surgery. More tests, treatments and services will be offered closer to people’s homes.
220 practices will benefit from an estimated £34.9 million to pay for improvements to surgeries used by 1.6 million people.
Care Minister Norman Lamb said:
“We want to have a fairer society, and that means better care, closer to home for everyone. Today’s announcement helps patients get easier access to their GP.
“Our investment in out of hospital care will not only improve and join up services where people live but also keep people healthier in the community for longer.”
Tom Brake commented:
“I’m pleased to see that greater access to GPs will be available to over 1 million registered at 150 surgeries around London. This will help people juggle trips to their GPs around busy work and family lives”
Earlier this month NHS England announced that Sutton CCG as one of the first 29 areas in the country to join up specialist doctors, social and mental health workers, community nurses and family doctors to provide joined up, proactive care. This new way of delivering care will be supported through a £200 million transformation fund.