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We are improving access to appointments

From 01 October, GP and nurse appointments are now available during the evening and at the weekend for people across Coastal West Sussex.

This means that urgent appointments are available up to 8pm during the week, and during clinics on a Saturday and Sunday.

This aims to improve access to GP appointments and help local people to get the help and support they need.

The service is run by Innovations in Primary Care (IPC), a not-for-profit company owned by local GP practices.

The appointments will be available at local GP access hubs, run from GP surgeries, and they will be both routine and urgent appointments with a doctor, nurse or healthcare professional.

The teams will see new illnesses when you urgently need to see a health professional, and offer planned appointments such as family planning and smear tests that can be hard to arrange whilst at work or when you are caring for family or a loved one.

IPC has been running the MIAMI clinics in Adur and Worthing for the last three years, which has offered a very similar service, offering help for ‘Minor Injury Assessment & Minor Illnesses’.

These clinics have been successful and helped local people to access the help they need outside of normal opening times.

We hope that this roll out of the hubs across the whole of Coastal West Sussex will mean that all patients registered with a GP practice in our area can benefit.

You book into the GP access hubs by ringing either the Coppice Surgery or Angmering Medical Centre , and you may also be offered an appointment at one of the hubs at the weekend if you call NHS 111 for urgent health advice and support.

The hubs may be at your GP practice or they may be at a neighbouring GP practice locally in the community around you.

The teams will have access to your medical records with your consent, and any care they provide will be added to your notes so your GP practice can continue any ongoing care.

Pharmacists

Narmen Bahig

Clinical Pharmacist (2011) MPharm - attached to the practice 2 days a week

Community Midwives

Community midwives are responsible for nursing care in pregnancy and childbirth. They hold antenatal clinics at Angmering Medical Centre. They can be contacted via the 'maternity bleep' by telephoning Worthing Hospital or a message can be left at reception.

Community Nurses

The district nurses provide a wide range of nursing services for patients at home. Messages for the nurse can be left at reception. They are not based at either surgery. Or you can ring One Call for advice (0845 0920414).

One Call One Team (ONE-CALL)

This is for patients, carers and relatives to ask about community health services which can be provided in the patient's own home. Calls can be made about changing dressings, taking blood samples, support for patients after leaving hospital, taking care of patients recovering from falls, occupational therapy and physiotherapy. The contact number in 0845 0920414.

Health Visitors

The health visitors provide advice for families, particularly those with children under the age of five. They also offer information and support on parenting, child development, immunisations, postnatal depression and lifestyle concerns (e.g. smoking cessation and diet). The health visitors' direct line in 01903 787071.

 
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