Vale of York residents that are registered with a GP will benefit from extra GP appointments over the festive period and up to the middle of January 2018.
NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has worked with local GPs to create extra GP appointments at its member practices.
The appointments are for patients who have an illness that won’t go away and are unable to see their GP during normal opening hours.
Dr Andrew Phillips, a local GP and Joint Medical Director at the CCG said: “Thanks to national funding and collaborative work with local GP practices, an extra 4,000 GP appointments will be available in the Vale of York.
“Local people have told us that they need more GP appointments and our collaboration with member practices means that we are able to deliver this for them as part of our winter plans that also include providing online GP advice for common illnesses and ailments.”
“The extra appointment slots form part of local work to help the community to stay well over the winter period and it is hoped that these will reduce pressure on other health services and partners too.
“Individual GP practices are offering extra appointments and patients are asked to check with their own GP surgery for the times these will be available.”
Our online GP advice for common illnesses and ailments is available at www.valeofyorkccg.nhs.uk/winter