Patients from across Norfolk and Waveney are now able to book routine GP and nurse appointments during evenings and weekends as part of a national drive designed to improve access to primary care.

Surgeries are offering patients the chance to book appointments outside of traditional office hours to improve convenience for those who work or have other commitments. This could include appointments with a GP, practice nurse or to help people manage long term conditions.

The appointment may not be at the patient’s usual surgery and may be with a clinician from a different practice. This is because in many areas, GP practices are sharing arrangements. 

Paul WilliamsDr Paul Williams, Chair of West Norfolk Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “We are delighted that West Norfolk residents will now have even better access to primary care services. 

“Having more evening and weekend appointments will hopefully make a real difference, meaning our patients can access an appointment at a more convenient time for them. The appointment may not be at your usual practice, but will be at a convenient time, which we hope will improve everyone’s experience of accessing care. 

“We would like to remind anyone needing medical assistance when their practice is closed should continue to dial NHS 111.”

Patients should contact their own surgery for more information about arrangements in their area or to book an appointment.