From 1 October 2018 general practice services will be available during the evening and at the weekend for people across Coastal West Sussex.
This means that urgent appointments are available up to 8pm during the week, and during clinics on a Saturday and Sunday.
This aims to improve access to GP appointments and help local people to get the help and support they need.
The service is run by Innovations in Primary Care (IPC), a not-for-profit company owned by local GP practices. The appointments will be available at local GP access hubs, run from GP surgeries, and they will be both routine and urgent appointments with a doctor, nurse or healthcare professional.
The teams will see new illnesses when you urgently need to see a health professional, and offer planned appointments such as family planning and smear tests , including family planning, cervical smears and long term condition reviews for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma that can be hard to arrange whilst at work or when you are caring for family or a loved one.
IPC has been running the MIAMI clinics in Adur and Worthing for the last three years, which has offered a very similar service, offering help for ‘Minor Injury Assessment & Minor Illnesses’.
Appointments will be available for all patients registered at any local GP surgery however the appointment itself may be at another local surgery. You will only be able to access these appointments via your practice, so please call us first. You may be offered an appointment at one of the hubs at the weekend if you call NHS 111 for urgent health advice.
At the GP Access Hub you will be seen by a GP, nurse, or paramedic practitioner, who – with your consent – will have access to your medical record and any care they provide will be added to your notes so your GP practice can continue any ongoing care.
The types of conditions the clinics can see are:
- Sore throat
- Ear ache
- Persistent diarrhoea
- Stings, bites or allergies,
- And sprains and strains
Dial 999 or go to the nearest A&E in the case of:
- Severe shortness of breath
- Severe cuts
- Severe burns
- Head injuries with a loss of consciousness
- Severe and unusual headache
- Bleeding that does not stop
- A rash that does not fade
- Threat of suicide
- Drug overdose
- Life-threatening injuries
- Severe allergic reactions