Same day GP appointment service to start in Fareham
Hundreds of Fareham patients are set to benefit from a new same-day GP appointment service which will start next month.
Four of the ten GP practices in the borough have worked in partnership to develop a new way of offering same day appointments to their patients.
Highlands Practice, Jubilee Surgery, Stubbington Medical Practice and Whiteley Surgery, joined forces to provide the new Fareham Primary Care Service (FPCS).
Highlands, Jubilee and Whiteley will launch the service on September 20, 2017 – with Stubbington joining the project from January 2, 2018.
Other practices may follow if the initiative proves successful.
But it will be run along similar lines to the Same Day Access Service (SDAS) which has been run by four of Gosport’s 11 GP practices at Gosport War Memorial since late 2015. See the other story below for the success of the Gosport scheme.
The initiative aims to help ensure that those patients who most need an urgent same-day appointment receive one – and ease pressure on practices and GPs..
The FPCS will operate out of a hub at Fareham Community Hospital (pictured), as part of the local NHS’s commitment to introduce new services and increase use of the site.
Download the leaflet (for the Fareham scheme) on this page to find out more information, including details of how to access the service.
The Primary Care Service is not a drop-in service.
Gosport Same Day success
A detailed evaluation of Gosport’s Same Day Access Service (SDAS), from January 2016, shortly after its launch, to April 2017, found that:
The number of calls triaged by the service between January and December 2016 was 44,793 - an average of 3,700 a month. The SDAS is an urgent primary care hub, which provides registered patients from the four participating GP practices (Waterside, Stoke Road, Forton and Brune medical centres) with easier access to same-day consultations with a healthcare professional.