Extended access to GP services across South Tyneside
South Tyneside Health Collaboration is pleased to announce that following an open tender exercise the local South Tyneside CCG have awarded a nineteen month contract (Sept 2017-March 2019) to deliver extended access to GP services for locally registered patients.
The Health Collaboration is a local consortium of 17 GP practices collaborating together to develop and deliver new models of extended GP services.
The models, being developed by the Collaboration and the CCG, involving patients from the beginning, will offer extended access to GP services across South Tyneside. The aim is to provide improved access for patients until 8pm on weekday evenings and some provision on the weekend, by ringing their own GP practice or the NHS 111 service.
The service began on 1st September 2017, with additional hours planned for 2018. This new model is not a replacement for the Urgent Care Hub but addresses the need identified by the government’s GP Forward View document for extended primary care access.
A representative of the Collaborative said:
“We have been working in collaboration to try and understand the needs of our patients and member practices in relation to extended GP access. We will base the final models on discussions we have had and the views of our patients and member practices. We hope to provide a realistically achievable high quality service for the patients of South Tyneside.”
”GP Provider Organisations are groups of GPs who are working collaboratively together to strengthen primary care and GP services.”