Both Wellington Medical Centre and Luson Surgery have extended their opening hours for patients to make appointments to fulfil the Government’s decision to improve primary care provision across the country.
Appointments can now be made until 8pm on weekdays and on Saturday mornings for patients registered with either of the practices. However, the appointment offered may be at one of the surgeries within the Taunton Deane area operating the new national scheme.
The surgeries are College Way Surgery, Creech Medical Centre, Crown Medical Centre, French Weir health Centre, Lister House Surgery, Luson Surgery, Lyngford Park Surgery, North Curry Health Centre, Quantock Vale Surgery, St James Medical Centre, Taunton Vale Healthcare, Warwick House Medical Centre and Wellington Medical Centre.
Patients who wish to book an appointment in the evening or on Saturday morning should contact their own GP practice between 8am and 6.30pm. They will then be advised of both the time of their appointment and the location – which may be at a neighbouring surgery within the Taunton Deane area as the surgeries are operating on a rotational basis. Practitioners at all the surgeries within Taunton Deane have access to patients’ medical records.
Luson Surgery is now open for routine appointments on Monday and Thursday evenings until 8pm and on Saturday morning in addition to its normal opening hours. There is no walk-in service available.
Wellington Medical Centre is open until 8pm for appointments two days a week on Monday & Tuesday one week and on Wednesday & Thursday the following week in addition to its normal hours. It is not open on Saturday mornings as another surgery in the area is open.
Dr Ed Ford, chairman of the Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “Extending the availability of primary care appointments to the evenings and weekends should be a significant change for those patients who find it difficult to attend a primary care appointment during the day time.”
This service does not replace the current Somerset Out-Of-Hours Urgent Primary Care Service. If patients or their family members become ill overnight or at the weekend and need medical advice or help outside opening times, they should continue to call NHS 111.