Additional afternoon, evening and weekend appointments have been introduced at a number of practices across Brent to make it easier for patients to see a GP or nurse.
The extended hours service is being tested by NHS Brent Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in response to patient demand for evening and weekend appointments.
If you call your practice for an appointment and are unable to see a GP or nurse within 48 hours, you will now be offered an appointment at the practice in your area that is offering the extended hours service within 24-48 hours.
The additional appointments are available Monday to Friday, 3pm to 9pm and Saturday 9am to 9pm at GP practices in Harlesden, Kilburn, Kingsbury, Willesden and Wembley. Appointments can be booked up to two weeks in advance for less urgent conditions.
Dr Ethie Kong, Chair of NHS Brent CCG, said: “Accessing a GP appointment in the evenings and weekends came out as a key requirement from our patient survey and the CCG is trialling this new extended GP access service in response to this patient feedback.
“GPs across Brent are working closely together on this in their locality groups in Harlesden, Kilburn, Kingsbury, Wembley and Willesden to increase capacity at times that suit patients.
“If patients can’t get an appointment at a time that suits them, they will be offered an appointment at the practice in their area that is offering this new service. Additional afternoon appointments are also available.
“We will monitor this trial service to see if it is useful for patients.”
Most practices in Brent are able to book their patients into the service, which is offered at the following practices:
Harness Wembley Practice, Chaplin Road
Harness Harlesden Practice, Hilltop Avenue
Staverton Surgery, Staverton Road
Kilburn Park Medical Centre, Cambridge Gardens
The Burnley Surgery, Willesden Centre for Health and Care, Robson Avenue
Chalkhill Surgery, Chalkhill Road
Integrated Health CIC, Sudbury Primary Care Centre, Vale Farm
These additional appointments are only available through your own GP practice. You should speak your GP practice to find out more about this service.