Primary Care Networks & Extended Hours
As part of the ongoing changes to primary care within the NHS, new organisations called Primary Care Networks (PCN) have been established. Boultham Park Medical Practice is part of a new PCN called Apex.
The first additional service being commissioned by NHS England through the PCNs is the extended hours service. This is additional to the improved access clinics we already provide, but will see further clinics being run in the surgery. Initially these will also run on a Tuesday evening alongside our Improved Access clinics. The difference between the two services is that the improved access clinics are available to patients registered at any of the Optimus group of practices where as the extended hours clinics will solely be for patients registered at their own practice
In addition to the GP and Healthcare Assistant clinics that we already run on a Tuesday evening, we will now be adding nurse practitioner, chronic disease and routine treatment room nurse clinics as well. These clinics do put an additional strain on manpower and we ask that patients use these clinics diligently, in particular making sure that they really can attend prior to booking these appointments and don't then fail to turn up. We hope patients will find these extended hours of service useful and thank you for your help in making them run efficiently.