Extended hours make it easier to see a GP

Patients can see a doctor at weekends or evenings in Oxfordshire to help them stay healthy this winter.

These extended hours appointments allow people to see a GP or other healthcare professional at a time that better suits them. 

People who contact their GP surgery or the NHS 111 service may be offered an extended hours appointment at their own surgery or at a nearby practice. Or, they can request one if it is more convenient.

Dr Ed Capo-Bianco, Urgent Care lead at Oxfordshire CCG, said: “Extended hours make it easier to see a GP at times that are more convenient for people who work late or have other commitments. It means patients can see a GP, or other medical professional, for prompt advice and treatment at times that suits them, even though it may not be at their own surgery.” 

Ed said: “This additional capacity allows GPs to see more vulnerable patients, especially older people more promptly reducing the risk of them being admitted to hospital. And, as we enter the busy winter period, evening and weekend appointments will help to relieve some of the pressure that practices are experiencing during usual opening hours, helping GPs to meet the increasing demand for appointments. 

“However, patients can also help themselves stay well this winter by getting a free NHS flu vaccination if they are eligible. And, by having a personal winter plan ready to help prevent coughs and colds from getting worse. It’s about being prepared and tackling illnesses at the earliest opportunity.” 

A winter plan could include: 

  • Having a free NHS flu vaccination if you are eligible
  • Getting help early before your cough or cold worsens
  • Getting repeat prescriptions in plenty of time before bank holidays
  • Finding out where your local minor injuries unit is located
  • Seeking advice from your local pharmacy
  • Keeping an eye on elderly or frail friends, neighbours and relatives 

You can watch a short film which explains how your high street pharmacist can help keep you well this winter: