Thurrock’s Health Hubs offer access to doctors and nurses out of hours
THURROCK is one of the few areas to offer out of hours primary care services on Wednesday evenings and at the weekends.
This means there is the opportunity to see a GP or a nurse every day of the week in Thurrock.
Since the hubs first started in 2015, they have offered 38,325 appointments. Every week there are over 360 appointments available and a third of them are not booked, so there is no need to wait!
Appointments are available on Wednesday evenings and during the mornings on Saturdays and Sundays to enable patients to access care when they need it.
Patients can book appointments for their local health hubs through their usual GP surgery.
Gemma Curtis, Locality Manager at Thurrock CCG and Hubs Manager, who coordinates the rota of GPs and Practice Nurses said:
“Patients tell us how useful it is to be able to see a doctor or nurse outside of the working day. We want to raise awareness about the availability of out of hours appointments.
“The CCG hopes this will help to reduce some of the strain on appointments during the day and on our A&E services during the winter period.”
Dr Manjeet Sharma, one of the GPs who offers out of hours care at the hubs said:
“What the hubs do really well is offer increased access to traditional general practice for all patients. The working population can take advantage of screening, immunisations and health checks that otherwise may have been difficult to access.”
What services are provided at the health hubs?
Nurses can provide the usual range of every day health checks, including: Smear tests, child immunisations, travel health and changes of dressings.
GPs provide a range of services, including referrals for blood tests and general medical advice. Any further investigations are referred back to the family GP.
The health hubs are open from 6.30pm – 9.30pm on Wednesdays and 9am – 12pm on Saturdays and Sundays. They are located in Grays, South Ockendon, Tilbury and Corringham. The dates and times are published online: http://www.thurrockccg.nhs.uk/your-health/primary-care/thurrock-health-hubs
People wishing to use the service should book the appointment through their GP in the usual way. From the 1st April 2018 the hubs will offer appointments every evening as well as mornings on Saturdays and Sundays.