Cannock Practices’ Network Surgery project has now been officially informed by NHS England that it can continue and that it will be funded until at least March 2019.
The surgery was established following a successful £320,000 bid to the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund last year and was designed to improve patient access to primary care by offering greater flexibility of appointments including evenings and weekends.
It first opened its doors last September and has already benefited more than 4,500 patients.
The surgery is based in Cannock Hospital and offers same day appointments with either a GP or a nurse between 3:30pm and 8pm during the week and on Saturday and Sunday mornings when a patient’s own GP Surgery has no appointments available.
Clive Cropper, Practice Manager at Moss Street Surgery and Project Lead, said: “We were thrilled to receive confirmation that the funding will be continued for another three years.”
“Nearly all of the patients who have been seen at the surgery said they wanted to see it carry on. We’ve fed that response back to the national team, who have been evaluating how the projects across the country have been working, so we’re delighted that this funding will now enable that to happen. The support from local people has been a really important factor. I would also like to thank the staff who helped to set up the service and also to those who have worked in the surgery and made it such a success.”
In addition to providing additional doctor and nurse appointments for patients, the project has helped to free up time in the participating GP practices to enable GPs to provide longer appointments in order to review vulnerable and complex patients with multiple conditions.
The surgery is based in the GP Suite on Level 2 in Cannock Chase Hospital and offers doctor and nurse appointments to patients when their own practice either has no appointments left or is closed. It is open from 3.30pm till 8pm on weekdays and from 9am till 1pm on Saturday and Sunday.
The 12 practices who will be involved in the second phase of the Improving Patient Access Project are: Alderwood Medical Practice, Chadsmoor Medical Practice, Colliery Practice, Heath Hayes/Chase Medical Practice, Moss Street Surgery, Dr Murugan’s Surgery, Dr Rasib’s GP Suite Surgery, Rawnsley Surgery, Red Lion Surgery, Dr VK Singh’s Surgery, Dr Yi’s Surgery and Dr Chandra’s Surgery.