Huge strides are being made to improve access to GP surgery appointments in Gloucestershire.
40,000 more appointments are being made available this year and this includes 750 extra evening and weekend appointments a week to fit in with people’s busy lives.
As part of local initiatives from the GP practice clusters, patients who need an urgent appointment with a doctor can wait for the next available slot at their GP surgery or choose to attend another healthcare centre in their area.
Increasing the number of appointments and improving access is a big benefit for patients as it means they can see a GP or nurse more quickly. It also reduces some of the pressure on practice staff and receptionists.