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Evening and weekend GP practice appointments to launch in Swinton

Patients at GP practices in Swinton will be able to have evening and weekend appointments following the launch of the Salford Wide Extended Access Pilot on Monday, August 14.

The pilot, run by Salford Primary Care Together, means patients at Swinton’s four practices - The Sides, The Poplars, Silverdale and The Lakes will be able to book appointments later in the evening Monday to Friday and on a Saturday and Sunday morning at Swinton Gateway.

The aim is that by spring 2018 all patients in Salford will be able to benefit from this service and have evening and weekend appointments at a venue in the area they live, most likely the local Gateway Centre. Appointments will be booked via the patient’s own GP practice.

Salford Primary Care Together is a Community Interest Company created by GP practices in Salford. Chief Executive Dr Neil Turton said: “We know that GP practices have worked really hard over recent years to extend the hours they are open. The roll out of the Salford Wide Extended Access Pilot gives us the opportunity to build on that. This is fantastic news for patients who may find it hard to attend for appointments during traditional opening hours – perhaps people who work shifts or a long distance away from their practice or maybe parents and carers who need to fit appointments around work and other day-time commitments.”


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