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Evening and weekend GP appointments now available to Crawley patients

The majority of patients registered with a GP in Crawley can now access evening and weekend GP appointments.

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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.”

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Don’t miss out on the Lymphoedema Awareness Workshop at Crawley Hospital

The workshop is being held in March.

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As part of Lymphoedema Awareness Week 2019, which is 3rd – 9th March, the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre is holding a Lymphoedema Information and Education Workshop on Wednesday 6th March 2-4 p.m at
The Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre, Wentworth House, Crawley Hospital, West Green Drive, Crawley RH11 7DH.

This workshop will be led by Yvette Jordan, UK Lymphology Clinics Training Director and she will be supported by Olive Tree volunteer therapists Anna Parsons and Juliette Cross.

Affecting 1 in 5 patients, lymphoedema is a distressing condition and a known side effect of cancer treatment. It is caused because the flow of fluid within the lymphatic system has been disrupted because of surgery and having lymph nodes removed. 

This makes it harder for the lymph fluid to drain away which means that this excess fluid can then build up between the tissues and cause swelling of the arm, leg or surrounding area. 

Lymphoedema can develop weeks, months or even years after cancer treatment but early diagnosis by healthcare professionals and treatment by specialist lymphoedema therapists can help to reduce the severity of the condition.

Attendance will be of great value to anyone affected by cancer, including patients and healthcare professionals and will provide everything they need to know about lymphoedema. 

Topics covered will include:

• What is Lymphoedema?

• How does Lymphoedema happen?

• Who is most at risk?

• Recognising clinical signs of early Lymphoedema

• Best methods and early applications for a preventative approach

• Questions and answers

Yvette Jordan, who will be leading the workshop said:

“Much more awareness is needed with early intervention which is essential to help patients manage this disabling disease”.

To book your place on this informative workshop for 2-4 p.m. please call 01293 534465

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