GP practices across Billericay Primary Care Network are working together to provide the right services at a time which is convenient to you. We’ve listened to feedback from people in our local area, and we are making changes to our out-of-hours appointments to deliver better services to you.
The new way of delivering out-of-hours appointments will give you:
- Access to more healthcare professionals. This new service will be delivered by professionals including GPs, Advanced Practice Nurses and Practice Nurses.
- More choice about the appointment you want. These include a mixture of in-person, face to face appointments, and remote appointments like telephone appointments.
- Make it more convenient for you to travel to out-of hours appointments. These appointments are being planned and delivered locally, so it is likely they will be available closer to your home.
From Saturday 1st October 2022, out-of-hours appointments will be available from 6:30pm to 8pm of weekdays, and from 9am-5pm of Saturdays.
Out-of-hours appointments were previously planned by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) on behalf of many GPs Practices in a bigger area. From Saturday 1st October 2022, this is now being planned and delivered locally by Primary Care Networks (PCNs).
An out-of-hours appointment may not be at your regular GP surgery. When you book an appointment, you will be told where the appointment will be.
These appointments will not be available as walk-in appointments. You will need to book them in advance.
To book an out-of-hours appointment, you should contact your regular GP practice in the usual way. They will advise you on the appointments which are available, and with healthcare professional is the right person to help you.
If you need medical help now but it is not an emergency, you can also go to 111 online or call 111.