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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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Free cancer course comes to Crawley

A leading cancer charity is hosting a free support course in Crawley for people with cancer and their close supporter.

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Penny Brohn UK’s two-day Living Well course takes place at the Olive Tree Cancer Support Centre, West Green Drive, on 6 and 13 July, from 10am to 5.30pm.

The course addresses cancer’s physical and psychological impact and shows how healthy eating, exercise and relaxation can improve health and wellbeing, before, during and after medical treatment.

Penny Brohn UK Living Well regional partnership manager Supriya More said:

“Cancer can be overwhelming, but many small things can add up to make a big difference to the way people cope as they prepare for, undergo or recover from treatment.

“Our Living Well helps people take back some control of their lives.”

A recent course attendee added:

“I highly recommend this to everyone with cancer and those supporting them.

“If anything, it was more valuable to my husband (I’m the one with cancer) – it gave him the opportunity to talk to others in the same situation.”

With nearly 40 years’ experience, Penny Brohn UK recognises that people with cancer need more than medicine.

Its Bristol Whole Life Approach provides integrated whole person cancer support that works alongside medical treatment to achieve the best health and wellbeing.

The approach explores areas such as diet, exercise, relationships and managing stress, through free residential and day courses, one-to-one therapies, groups and national helpline.

Living Well courses are free and empower people with cancer and their supporters to rediscover their joy of living.

Places are limited and first come, first served. To attend the course you must book in advance by calling 0303 3000 118 or emailing bookings@pennybrohn.org.uk. For more information visit www.pennybrohn.org.uk.

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