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Frequently Asked Questions & GP Access Poster

Improved Access FAQsGP Access Poster

Evening and Weekend Appointments

To improve appointment availability you can now access appointments in the evening until 8pm on weekdays and on a Saturday if you are registered at a practice in the Bridgwater or surrounding area. 

In the Bridgwater and surrounding area the following practices are currently involved in this scheme:

Cannington Health Centre                                     Quantock Medical Centre

Cranleigh Gardens Medical Centre                          Redgate Medical Centre

East Quay Medical Centre                                      Somerset Bridge Medical Centre

North Petherton Surgery                                       Taunton Road Medical Centre

Polden Medical Practice                                         Victoria Park Medical Centre 

How do I book an appointment?

To book an evening or weekend appointment please contact a practice during their normal opening times and they will be able to advise you at which GP practice an appointment is available to suit your needs.

Health staff at these appointments will have access to your medical records (only if you consent for your records to be shared).

The service is for anyone who is booking an appointment to discuss a routine problem with their doctor or practice nurse.  If you don’t want to visit a different surgery then you don’t have to – it’s entirely up to you.

What are the benefits of the service?

Many practices already offer appointments in evenings and at weekends. What is new here is that practices are working in groups to offer more appointments at more flexible times which should make it easier for patients to see a doctor or nurse.

But won’t the doctor need access to my patient record?

In order for this service to work, the doctors and nurses need access to your patient record. Your practice has signed a local Data Sharing Agreement (not linked to any national data sharing agreement) to allow this to happen, but you can opt out at any time.

For more information about the Improved Access pilot scheme please see the attached or speak to your registered practice.

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