Improving out-of-hours medical services

March 29, 2018

A new evening and Sunday service for patients registered with Lyme Regis and Charmouth Practices opened at Bridport Hospital's Minor Injuries Unit on 19th March 2018.

 

The service, initially led by Nurse Practitioners helped by Practice Nurses and Healthcare Assistants, is open every weekday evening from 6.30pm to 8.00pm, and offers some weekend clinic sessions.

 

Its purpose is to offer extra primary care appointments at times when GP surgeries are normally closed, as an extension of the patient’s usual general practice. The initial provision will be extended over the first few months, with more hours, and a wider range of services. 

 

This service offers urgent same day appointments and routine appointments, bookable through a patient's own GP Practice. The established Out-of-Hours provision obtainable through 111 continues as before if a doctor is needed urgently. The Minor Injuries Unit at Lyme Regis Medical Centre also continues, open 8.00am - 8.00pm on weekdays and 8.00am - 1.00pm at weekends and Bank Holidays.

 

Given the distance and transport needs, the new service will not suit everyone. It does, though, offer a useful alternative, particularly for people working during the day. More information is available from the Reception staff at each GP Practice.

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