GP out-of-hours in south Buckinghamshire

Do you live in south Buckinghamshire? We need your views on the GP out-of-hours service.

Background

NHS Buckinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG) acts on behalf of residents to ensure the provision of local healthcare services, including general practice (GP), both in and out of hours.

An out-of-hours service offers access to a general practitioner from 6.30pm to 8am Monday to Friday, throughout the weekend and on bank holidays.

These appointments are for people who need to see a doctor urgently. They are not for routine appointments. This could be via a telephone call or an appointment, usually at the out-of-hours base, in certain circumstances, at your own home. The service is accessed via NHS 111.

We are working with patients and practices in south Buckinghamshire to make sure that we provide a local, convenient and consistent out-of-hours service.

This service is relevant to patients registered at the following practices:

  • Burnham Health Centre, Burnham
  • Southmead Surgery, Farnham Common
  • The Allan Practice, Chalfont St Peter
  • The Hall Practice, Chalfont St Peter
  • The Misbourne Practice, Chalfont St Peter
  • The Ivers Practice, Iver
  • Threeways Surgery, Stoke Poges

Currently the GP out-of-hours service runs from 6.30pm until 8am on weekdays and from 6.30pm on Friday evening until 8am on Monday morning.

For patients of Southmead Surgery, Burnham Health Centre and Threeways Surgery who need an appointment with a GP, after phoning 111, they go to Royal Berkshire Bracknell Clinic in Bracknell or the Herschel Medical Centre in Slough.  Patients registered with the other practices on this list are seen at either Amersham Health Centre or Wycombe Hospital. 

We are proposing that from 1 March 2019 patients who phone 111 and need to see a doctor out-of-hours will be able to book an appointment at a local base in south Buckinghamshire, as well as Amersham, from:

  • 6.30pm until 10pm Monday to Friday
  • 9am until 10pm Saturday
  • 9am until 7pm Sunday

On the very rare occasion when patients urgently need to see a GP overnight (from 10pm until 8am on weekdays; from 10pm until 9am on Saturdays; and from 7pm on Sundays until 8am on Mondays), they can book an appointment by phoning NHS 111 and will need to travel to Amersham or Wycombe.

We would like to know your views on the out-of-hours service and also where you would prefer the out-of-hours GP appointment to be held. We have tried to provide patients with a solution that is easy to find and where parking is available. Members of the patient participation groups from the practices have been involved in helping to shape our proposed options.

Help us shape the future of your local out-of-hours service by completing this short survey.

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Timeline

  • Opened
    26 Nov 2018 at 16:00
  • Closes
    25 Jan 2019 at 17:00
  • Response Published
    03 Feb 2020

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