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Saturday, 26 July 2014

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Feedback wanted on plans for seven-day-a-week GP service

Details of plans to create a seven-day-a-week GP service for patients in Workington will be revealed next week.

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Dr Niall McGreevy

A public event is being held to get feedback about the Workington Better Together health programme.

The town was one of just 20 areas nationally chosen to host the pilot project as part of the £500,000 Prime Ministers Challenge scheme.

After successfully securing the funding, the town’s family doctors have been working on plans to improve access to GP services. More details will be revealed at the public event held on Thursday, July 10 at St Michael’s Church.

It has been organised by NHS Cumbria Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to give patients in Workington an opportunity to hear about and contribute to the plans.

The pilot will see health services redesigned and modernised for more sustainable and higher quality care.

The town’s five practices – James Street, Oxford Street, Orchard House, Solway Health Services and Beechwood – are working closely together to develop this new way of working.

They aim to create a primary care access centre at Workington Community Hospital and set up a new way for improving long term conditions management.

Extended opening hours aim to improve access to GP services, allowing more people to be seen and reduce emergency hospital admissions.

Dr Niall McGreevy, CCG lead for Allerdale, said: “This is great news for patients in Workington. The five GP practices who serve 33,900 people in Workington and surrounding villages have worked closely together to develop this new way of working to improve access to GP services.

“Each practice has contributed to the development which will see a new Primary Care Access centre open seven days a week, from 8am until 8pm.

“The centre will offer same-day urgent appointments and minor injuries care.”

The public event will take place from 7pm to 9pm.

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