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Primary Care Network Extended Access Services

From Saturday 1st October 2022, the Thurrock Health Hubs service will no longer be available and will be replaced by the Primary Care Network’s (PCN) extended access service for late evening and weekend appointments.

Aveley, South Ockendon and Purfleet (ASOP) PCN hereby provide the following statement regarding this service change:

We want to provide the right services at a time which is convenient for you. We’ve listened to feedback from people in our local area, and we are making changes to our extended access appointments to deliver better services for you.

The new way of delivering extended access appointments will give you:

  • Access to more healthcare professionals. This new service will be delivered by professionals including GPs, nurses, Advanced Nurse Practitioners and paramedics as appropriate
  • More choice about the type of appointment you want. These include a mixture of in-person face-to-face appointments, and remote appointments like telephone, video, or online appointments.
  • Make it more convenient for you to travel to extended access appointments. These appointments are being planned and delivered locally, so it is likely they will available closer to your home.

From Saturday 1 October 2022, extended access appointments will be available from 6.30pm to 8pm on weekdays, and from 9am to 5pm on Saturdays. In Thurrock, appointments will continue to also be available on Sundays from 12pm to 3pm until Sunday 12 February 2023.

When we asked local people what you wanted from these appointments you told us You wanted more late night and weekend access. In response we have setup additional clinics Monday to Friday (6:30pm till 8pm) and Saturday (9am – till 5pm)

Extended access appointments were previously planned by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) on behalf of many GP practices in a bigger area. From Saturday 1 October 2022, this is now being planned and delivered locally by Primary Care Networks (PCNs) (apart from the additional Sunday appointments available until Sunday 12 February 2023).

We are working together with other GP practices in our local area as part of the ASOP Primary Care Network. You can find out more about ASOP Primary Care Network on our PCN website at www.asoppcn.nhs.uk

An extended access appointment might not be at your regular GP surgery. When you book an appointment, you will be told where the appointment will be.

These appointments will not be available as walk-in appointments. You will need to book them in advance.

To book an extended access appointment, you should contact your regular GP practice in the usual way. They will advise you on the appointments which are available, and which healthcare professional is the right person to help you.

If you need medical help now but it’s not an emergency, you can also go to 111 online or call 111.