More ‘on the day’ appointments - GP practices go the extra mile to ease ‘winter pressures’

Patient with GP at Norwich Practices Health CentreMore appointments to see a GP or nurse practitioners are being laid on throughout Norfolk this winter. Most practices will be offering extra ‘on the day’ appointments, between now and early March 2017.

Dr Simon Cooke, a GP in Norwich and Chair of OneNorwich - the new alliance of GP Practices in the city - said: “GP Practices are doing their bit to help a growing number of patients who feel unwell because of winter - and help ease the pressure on the wider NHS that it is always under.”

Antek Lejk, chief officer of both North and South Norfolk CCGs added: “All of the NHS feels extra pressure during winter and many staff go the extra mile to ensure patients receive the care they need, when they need it.

“Many GP practices changed their appointment slots to offer more ‘on the day’ appointments over Christmas and New Year. We are grateful to them for again rising to the challenge.”

At each practice there may be a handful extra appointments per day, or more offered in a block. But added together, the numbers are impressive - across all the participating Norfolk practices over about 8 weeks there will be nearly 12,000 additional appointments offered.


Clinical pharmacists helping Norwich patients stay safe and well

Clinical pharmacists JohnandGrahamPatients at five GP Practices in Norwich are being helped to stay safe and well at home thanks to a new team of clinical pharmacists.

And, according to one local GP “they have added a whole new dimension to patient care.”

The clinical pharmacists are part of NPL, the consortium of GP practices that runs the walk-in centre and registered practice in Rouen Road. They work from Rouen Road and four other GP Practices as part of a national ‘pilot scheme’ set up NHS England and other national bodies, supported by NHS Norwich Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Healthy Norwich money helps grassroots groups grow

Gardening is good for your health and is great for where you live.

And that’s why two green-fingered community groups have been awarded a total of £7,000 by Healthy Norwich, the city-wide programme to help people lead healthier lives.

Lakenham and Town Close Green Spaces sprung up three years ago, to transform local pockets of land and improve them as amenities for local people. They have been awarded £2,000.