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Extended Access

What we do

Previously known as Extra Care, our Extended Access service supports our Gateshead GP Practices by providing GP, Healthcare Assistant, Advanced Nurse Practitioner and Community Psychiatric Nurse appointments during normal working hours, in the evenings and at weekends, over 6 days a week.

We currently provide this service across three site locations in Gateshead. These are Blaydon Primary Care Centre, The Queen Elizabeth Hospital and Trinity Square Health Centre.

We deliver Extended Access in partnership with Primary Care Networks and practice colleagues in line with the Direct Enhanced Service (DES) requirements across the whole of Gateshead. We support and deliver system resilience in times of escalation and surge. We also work extremely closely with QE Facilities and the NHS111 service.

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How does it work?

Appointments can be booked in advance or for the same day through your GP practice, and can be made for face to face or as a telephone consultation. The patient will be given the choice when they would like to book their appointment for and given information on where to attend.

These appointments may also be available by contacting NHS111 on a Saturday. If a patient requires a specialist referral following the extended access appointment, we will work in collaboration with their own GP to arrange this. 

Services we can offer within the Enhanced Access are listed below:

Benefits

  • 52 weeks per year cover. No need to worry about cover for annual leave or sickness

  • Potential for increased income as all coding is to QOF standards and supports the practice DES and LES schemes

  • Increased staff capacity – reduced workload for GPs, Nurses, Practice Pharmacists, Practice Technicians and administrative staff.

  • Increased space in practice – the team work remotely from the practice freeing up valuable workspace

Our Clinics

Healthcare Assistant Clinics

We provide Healthcare Assistant appointments outside normal GP practice hours. These appointments can be made for the following services, Blood Tests, Blood Pressure and Long Term Condition checks. All appointments must be booked through your GP practice or NHS111 services.

Evening appointments: 6pm - 8pm

Blaydon Primary Care Centre, Trinity Square Health Centre & the Queen Elizabeth Hospital 

Saturday appointments: 9am - 6pm

Blaydon Primary Care CentreQueen Elizabeth Hospital

All blood test requests must be added to ICE prior to booking an appointment.

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GP or Advanced Nurse Practitioner Clinics

We provide GP an Advance Nurse Practitioner appointments both in an outside normal GP practice hours. Please book the most appropriate appointment for the patient and can be made for face to face or Telephone (Telephone appointments for GP only) All appointments must be booked through your GP practice or NHS111 services. 

 

Weekday appointments: 8am - 8pm

Blaydon Primary Care Centre, Trinity Square Health Centre & the Queen Elizabeth Hospital 

Saturday appointments: 9am - 6pm

Queen Elizabeth Hospital

Please note: We do not visit housebound patients with this service.

Community Psychiatric Nurse Clinics

We provide routine and urgent Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN) appointments both in an outside normal GP practice hours. Please book the most appropriate telephone appointment for the patient and If a patient requires a face to face appointment after initial telephone call they will be seen by our CPN. All appointments must be booked through your GP practice or NHS111 services. 


Same booking criteria as PCN CPN in your Practice.

 

Weekday appointments: Monday, Tuesday and Friday 8am - 8pm

Queen Elizabeth Hospital 

 


Ages 18 - 65 only.

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Urgent
Primary Care
Services

Please see more information on other services we provide in Gateshead. 

If you would like to know more on how we can support you in your GP practice please get in touch below.

GatDOC

We provide a GP for urgent patient care out of hours 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

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Urgent Treatment 
Centre

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We provide GP support to the Urgent Treatment Centres for minor illness and injuries.

OUR PARTNERS

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Tom Schatzberger

CBC Director and 

Clinical Lead of Urgent Primary Care

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