Twelve Days of Christmas Care – on the third day, seeing your GP

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As part of NHS Mid Essex CCG’s Twelve Days of Christmas Care campaign, today we’re highlighting some changes locally in how you can see your GP and access GP services.

Twelve days of Christmas care

Over the past six months, the CCG has worked with all 46 GP practices across mid Essex to look at how money from a new primary care development fund could help local services.

In April, almost £900,000 was reinvested into practices with the aim of creating partnerships to help sustain services and to increase the number of appointments available to patients across the mid Essex area.

Our GP practices so far have invested the funding to: 

  • Create an extra 95,000 appointments over the next 12 months
  • Employ healthcare assistants and advanced nurse practioners 
  • Introduce nurse prescribers and provide support for care homes
  • Introduce extended appointment times for patients with complex conditions
  • Offer medical apprenticeships

Recently, getting an appointment has also gone digital across mid Essex with the introduction of GP online.

The GP online service is available via a website, while mobile device users can also download an app to give them access on their smartphone or tablet.

Dr James Booth, a local GP in Melbourne, Chelmsford, said: “Our patients tell us that they value the convenience of making an appointment at any time day or night, or requesting a repeat prescription without having to visit the surgery.

“Having access to their GP records through online services also means that people can be more in control of their health and ways to help them Live Well.”

You can register for GP online services by taking two forms of identification to your GP surgery. For more information visit follow this link.