Extra GP appointments available for Walsall patients

Extra GP appointments available for Walsall patients

Patients registered with a Walsall GP have been benefiting from the Extended GP Access Service.

NHS Walsall Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has worked with local GPs from 2017 and created four local Hubs which were based at Darlaston Health Centre, Pinfold Health Centre, Broadway Medical Practice and Portland Medical Practice. The Hubs were run by a group of local GPS.

Since launching the service in December 2017 and up until May 2018, more than 15,500 patients have accessed the service.

When can I get an out-of-hours appointment?

Currently only two Hubs are in operation, Broadway Medical Practice & Pinfold Health Centre.

Extra GP appointments will be available between:

 6.30pm – 9pm weekdays (Both Hubs)

 10am – 3pm weekends (excluding Darlaston Health Centre & Portland Medical Practice)

 11am – 1.30pm Bank Holidays (Both Hubs)

However, people will only be seen if they have booked an appointment.

How can I book one of these appointments?

A dedicated number has been set up and appointments can be booked by calling: 01922 501999 during the following times:

 8am – 9pm weekdays

 10am – 3pm weekends

 11am – 1pm bank holidays

NHS 111 will also be able to book an appointment for you if they feel you need to see a GP.

Do I need to be registered at one of the four surgeries where the Hubs are based to use the service?

No, you can be registered with any GP in Walsall to access the extra appointments. However, please note you will need to travel to one the four Hubs (listed above).

What if I’m not registered with a Walsall GP?

If you are not a registered patient at a Walsall GP, you will not be able to access these out-of-hours appointments. More information about these services can be found on Walsall CCG’s website: www.walsallccg.nhs.uk.

 When should I use the Hubs?

The extra appointments are for patients who have a pressing illness or injury and are unable to attend their GP during normal opening hours. They are not walk-in centres and both of Walsall’s urgent care centres and its A&E department will still be open as normal for people to use in serious or life threatening emergencies.

Covid-19 Booster Vaccine

We are pleased as from 20th September 2021 we are able to offer you the covid-19 booster.
You will be offered a booster dose at least 6 months (160 days) after you had your 2nd dose.
The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have a booster dose. It’s important not to contact the NHS for one before then.
Most people will be invited to book an appointment at a larger vaccination centre, pharmacy, or local NHS service such as through your GP surgery.
Frontline health and social care workers will be invited to book an appointment through their employer.
Who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine
Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have already had 2 doses of a vaccine.
This includes:
  • people aged 50 and over
  • people who live and work in care homes
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • carers aged 16 and over
  • people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

Book online if you’ve been contacted

You can book your COVID-19 booster vaccine dose online if you have been contacted by the NHS and you are either:
  • aged 50 and over
  • aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19
If you have been contacted by the NHS you can follow the link below to book your booster vaccine.

Latest update: Face Coverings

Patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in all healthcare settings.

 

England’s Chief Nurse has today reminded the public that everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules.

However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors.

That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.

Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.

The NHS will continue to support staff in ensuring that the guidance is followed in all healthcare settings.

“It is vital that in healthcare settings, we do all we can to reduce the risk of infection for those working in our services and those who need our care.  We urge all our patients to wear some sort of a face covering when attending the surgery.”

 

                      We thank you for your support.

COVID-19 VACCINATION UPDATE – Booster Vaccine

As of Monday 2oth September 2021 our practice is pleased to be able to start offering the 

Covid-19 Vaccination Booster to our patients.

How and when to get your COVID-19 booster vaccine

You’ll be offered a booster dose at least 6 months (160 days) after your 2nd dose.

The NHS will let you know when it’s your turn to have a booster dose. It’s important not to contact the NHS for one before then.

Most people will be invited to book an appointment at a larger vaccination centre, pharmacy, or local NHS service such a GP surgery if allocated (this may not be your own GP surgery).

Who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine

Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have already had 2 doses of a vaccine.

This includes:

People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

Which COVID-19 vaccine will I get?

Most people will be offered a booster dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine or Moderna vaccine.

This means your booster dose may be different from the vaccines you had for your 1st and 2nd doses.

Some people may be offered a booster dose of the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine if they cannot have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine.

Book online if you’ve been contacted

You can book your COVID-19 booster vaccine dose online if you have been contacted by the NHS and you are either:

  • aged 50 and over
  • aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts you at high risk from COVID-19

Please wait to be contacted by the NHS before booking your booster dose.

Once you have been contacted please click the link below.

Frontline health and social care workers will be invited to book an appointment through their employer or alternatively if it has been 6 months to your 2nd dose you can book via the link below for your appointment but will need to provide proof of employment when attending for the appointment.