IT is easier to see a healthcare professional in North Staffordshire thanks to a new NHS initiative.
GP practices have got together to transform the way primary care services are delivered over the next three years.
The new service is being provided by GP Federations with patients being offered an appointment with the most appropriate healthcare professional.
Ian Gibson, of the North Staffordshire GP Federation, explained: “Patients will generally not be seen by their usual doctors or nurses but the clinician who sees them will have access to the patient’s records as long as the patient gives consent.
“We believe this offers the best way to provide extra appointments for patients in an equitable way while maintaining a high quality of care.”
The extended hours service is operating from Bradwell Hospital, Haywood Hospital, Leek and Moorlands Hospital and Longton Cottage Hospital from 4pm until 8pm each weekday and weekend mornings.
To book an appointment people need to contact their own GP surgery.
The new service came into force on September 1.