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CCG increases practice hours


4 November 2013

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Brent clinical commissioning group (CCG) has increased afternoon, evening and weekend appointments for some member practices. 
In response to patient demand, more appointments are being offered between 3-9pm Monday to Friday and 9am-9pm on Saturday as part of a pilot. 
Patients who are unable to see their GP within 48 hours will now be offered an appointment at a practice in their area which is offering the extended hours service. 

Brent clinical commissioning group (CCG) has increased afternoon, evening and weekend appointments for some member practices. 
In response to patient demand, more appointments are being offered between 3-9pm Monday to Friday and 9am-9pm on Saturday as part of a pilot. 
Patients who are unable to see their GP within 48 hours will now be offered an appointment at a practice in their area which is offering the extended hours service. 
Dr Ethie Kong, chair of 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.
“We will monitor this trial service to see if it is useful for patients.”

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