Patients in Andover and surrounding villages are now able to see a GP, practice nurse or healthcare assistant in the evenings and at weekends.
Kit Malthouse MP is visiting Andover War Memorial Hospital on Friday 10 November to open officially a new service offering evening and weekend appointments for people registered at surgeries in Andover, Whitchurch and Stockbridge.
The service will be based at the War Memorial Hospital (next to the Minor Injuries Unit) and will be open from 5-8pm on weekdays, and 8am-12noon at weekends (both Saturday and Sunday).
The service has been funded by NHS West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and will be run by the local GP Federation, Mid Hampshire Healthcare, with Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust providing the space at Andover War Memorial Hospital.
Professor Clare Wedderburn, Clinical Director for Primary and Community Care, at West Hampshire CCG said: “We are very pleased that this new service is up and running. People are now able to make an appointment to see a GP in the evenings or at weekends.”
Patients can book a routine appointment by ringing their own GP surgery. Urgent appointments will be booked by the out of hours GP service via NHS 111 when GP surgeries are closed.
Alex Whitfield, chief executive of Hampshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Andover War Memorial Hospital, Basingstoke and North Hampshire Hospital and Royal Hampshire County Hospital, in Winchester, said: “We are delighted to be able to host this extended hours service at Andover War Memorial Hospital, giving more people the chance to see a GP.
We have a long history of working with our GP partners and are always looking for new ways of collaborating to provide the best possible service for the people of Hampshire.”
All clinicians will have full access to the patient’s electronic primary care records as long as the patient has given their consent when they book their appointment.
Dr Ben Inglis, Clinical Director at Mid Hampshire Healthcare, added: “We are all really looking forward to providing this excellent new service for local people. We welcome the interest from our MP, Kit Malthouse, for him to learn more about the service and to open it officially.”