Extended hours and GP Hubs provide better access to appointments for Havering patients

PUBLISHED: 07:00 23 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:44 23 May 2018

Hornchurch GP Dr Kofo Jegede talks about what appointments are available to help to put people in the picture about local healthcare services.

Hornchurch GP Dr Kofo Jegede talks about what appointments are available to help to put people in the picture about local healthcare services.


Patients should be finding it easier to get a doctor’s appointment due the extended hours being offered by GPs working in the Havering Clinical Commissioning Group.

Latest figures from the NHS show that 87per cent of people registered with a GP can book an appointment on Saturday, Sunday and outside the normal surgery hours on weekdays.

This is up from 63pc in March 2017.

A further 7pc of patients can get to see a doctor on one or more of these extended hours periods.

But 7pc of registered patients, that’s 18,692 people, are with a surgery that does not offer any extended hours appointments.

The data was gathered by the NHS from 96pc of GP practices in England.

Of the 44 practices that provided data in the area, 36 offer appointments on all extended hours and four do so for one or more of the periods.

The Government says that everyone should have, “more convenient access to GP services, including appointments at evening and weekends.”

It has set a target date of October 1st for all patients to have access to extended hours.

Dr Kofo Jede, Hornchurch GP said: “We know that many people can’t always get a nurse or a GP appointment that’s convenient and fits in with their family life and work commitments.

“To help people, same day appointments are available between 6.30pm and 10pm on weekday evenings and between 8am and 8pm on weekends.

“This is with a GP or a nurse at one of the seven NHS GP hubs, located conveniently across the boroughs.”

There are 7,153 GP practices in England. Currently, just over 6,000 of them offer some access to appointments on Saturdays, Sundays and during extended weekday hours.

In most instances, practices get together to form hubs or federations that provide the service, so patients may not see their usual doctor.

The most common days for extended hours to be offered in Havering CCG are Friday and Saturday and the least common days are Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.

GP hub appointments need to be booked by calling 020 3770 1888 or contacting NHS 111.

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