People in Ealing now have access to a GP seven days a week.
A new service has been launched by the NHS Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) as an alternative to a trip to accident and emergency for people with non-life-threatening illnesses or injuries.
To receive weekend GP care, patients should call the non-emergency 111 helpline. If the trained advisor thinks they need to see a GP they will be directed to the nearest open practice, which are taking turns to provide the service at weekends.
Ealing CCG chairwoman Dr Mohini Parmar said: “We have introduced this service as part of our drive to encourage people to use the correct service for their need.
“We want to encourage patients to be seen in primary care for non-life-threatening illnesses, so hospital services can prioritise those who are seriously sick or injured.”
The new service is part of Ealing CCG’s out of hospital strategy, which aims to bring care closer to home and into a local and more familiar environment for the benefit of patients. Using the service will not affect patients’ registration with their own GP. Anyone not registered with a GP can still call 111 for advice.