Queen Camel, Bruton, Milborne Port, Millbrook and Wincanton GP Practices are now working collaboratively to offer appointments to their own and each other’s patients who cannot easily access primary care services during normal working hours. Four of the practices in turn will offer extra appointments with a health care professional between 6.30pm and 8.00pm Monday – Friday and Queen Camel will offer appointments (for all practices) between 9.00am and 10.30am on a Saturday. Millbrook Surgery will additionally offer appointments from 7.30 – 8.00am on a Tuesday. The appointments will be with the host practice staff, not necessarily your registered practice staff.
This is a new initiative across Somerset whereby patients can make appointments at extended times (up until 8pm at night Monday-Friday and on Saturday mornings) at other practices across the local area. Appointment types will vary some being face to face and some on the telephone and there will be a mixture of pre-bookable and same day appointments available across the week. They may be with a doctor but could also be with another healthcare professional such as a primary care practitioner or a nurse. We are keen to balance the importance of continuity of care with convenient access for patients whilst ensuring that the service is safe. To book an evening or weekend appointment please contact your registered practice during normal opening times, this will help us to signpost you to the most appropriate option for your particular problem. By contacting us we can fully explain the process, ensure that the booking is appropriate (as we hope to be able to meet your needs by offering an appointment with your usual GP) and cover all the relevant information (and consent) that we need to before we book an appointment for you.
This is NOT a walk in service and anyone who turns up at a practice without a pre-booked appointment will be asked to contact the Out of Hours service.