Patients can book additional evening and weekend appointments at a town hub to help them stay well this winter and beyond.
The service was designed by NHS Crawley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), working in partnership with local patients and clinicians. The hub is run by Alliance for Better Care Ltd, the local GP Federation.
The GP hub offers both routine and urgent appointments for the majority of registered patients, which can be booked through participating GP practices in the normal way, during normal opening hours.
CCG Clinical Chair and local GP, Dr Laura Hill, said:
“We want to ensure that more patients in Crawley get the best possible care in the right place, at the right time. We know winter is a time when the NHS is under pressure, but it’s that way because it’s the time when our patients often need us most.
“We have designed this new GP service in partnership with local people. You told us that having access to a GP in the evenings and weekends – particularly on a Saturday was important to you.”
How to book an appointment
The majority of patients will be able to book an evening or weekend appointment by calling their own GP practice in the normal way, during normal opening hours.
Clinicians working at the town’s hub will be able to access a patient’s medical records with your agreement. Patients will be asked before any information is shared and can decline if they wish.
Dr Hill added:
“Increasing access to GP services is one of the CCGs highest priorities and I am thrilled that we are able to offer this improved service to help the majority of our local patients and help our local NHS deal with rising numbers of patients who all need our care.
“Although patients using our new hubs may not see their usual doctor at their own practice they can still expect to receive a high level of treatment and care.”
K2 Crawley launches new management partner with Olympic and Paralympic medallists
Olympic medallist Colin Jackson CBE and Paralympic Champion Katie-George Dunlevy were on hand to help launch the new partnership between Everyone Active and Crawley Borough Council.
The 14 November marked the start of the 10-year relationship which will see the award-winning leisure operator take over the management of K2 Crawley, the Bewbush Centre and Broadfield 3G Pitch and Pavilion.
Jackson hosted the day and shared his experiences of working as an Everyone Active Sporting Champions ambassador while Dunlevy shared details of her training at the centres in Crawley and winning Paralympic gold in Rio.
Jackson then set a series of gym challenges before cheering on pupils from Thomas Bennett Community College trying to beat the times set by the Olympian.
World record holder, Jackson, said:
“I was thrilled to be at the launch of the new partnership between Everyone Active and Crawley Borough Council. It was a great day. I can’t wait to see the partnership progress in the future.”
Paralympic Champion, Dunlevy, said:
“The day went really well. I know that everyone is very positive about the relationship and the future. I know that everyone is really excited to get started.”
Stuart Mills, Everyone Active area contract manager, said:
“This is a very exciting time for sports and leisure in the borough. The Council has already invested in improving centres to ensure people have access to state-of-the-art facilities, and we’re proud to have been chosen to deliver these across the community.
“We are very much looking forward to working with Crawley Borough Council and helping them achieve their goal of providing a top quality service while building healthier communities by encouraging more people to get active.”
Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing at Crawley Borough Council, said:
“This is an exciting new chapter in the history of K2 Crawley, the Bewbush Centre and Broadfield 3G Pitch and Pavilion.
“Our partnership with Everyone Active will provide leisure users with a quality service and inspire more and more people to get involved in physical activities.”