GP Extended Hours

Enhanced Access

Out-of-hours GP services have changed.

We want to provide the right services at a time which is convenient for 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 for 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, nurses, pharmacists and health care assistants.
  • More choice about the type of appointment you want. These include a mixture of in-person face-to-face appointments and remote appointments like telephone, video, or online 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 available closer to your home.

From Saturday 1 October 2022, out-of-hours appointments will be available from 6.30pm to 8pm on weekdays, and from 9am to 5pm on Saturdays.

When we asked local people what you wanted from these appointments you told us you would be happy to travel to any of Chelmsford City Health’s practices which are all within a close proximity of one another. In response to this, we have arranged the following.  For the month of October, out of hours appointments will be available at your usual surgery with a focus on providing mainly flu and COVID vaccinations.  From November, most appointments will be available at the Baddow Village Surgery, Longmead Avenue, Great Baddow, Chelmsford, CM2 7EZ.

Out-of-hours appointments were previously planned by Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) on behalf of many GP practices in a bigger area. From Saturday 1 October 2022, this is now being planned and delivered locally by Primary Care Networks (PCNs).

We are working together with other GP practices in our local area as part of the Chelmsford City Health Primary Care Network. You can find out more about Chelmsford City Health Primary Care Network on our PCN website at 

An out-of-hours appointment might not be at your regular GP surgery. When you book an appointment, you will be told where the appointment will be.

All the out-of-hours appointments will be routine and not available as walk-in appointments. You will need to book the appointments 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 which healthcare professional is the right person to help you.

If you need medical help now but it's not an emergency, you can also go to 111 online or call 111.

As part of the 2022/23 contract with NHS England, GP Practices, as part of a Primary Care Network (PCN), have been asked to deliver enhanced access appointments (evening and weekend slots) to patients across the PCN.

These appointments will be provided by various practices within the PCN and will be open to all registered patients from the respective GP Practices within the PCN.

This means that, in order to deliver this service and provide the same level of care that you would receive from your own practice, we must share your GP records with those delivering the appointments to ensure they have access to all the clinical information about you that could be relevant to your issue. These clinicians will also record information about the consultation back into your registered GPs clinical record, ensuring that all of your primary care information is available in one place.

Partner PCN Practices that your information could be shared with is Chelmsford City Health.

Your registered practice will remain data controller for this information, and all rights under the Data Protection Act and UK GDPR would be dealt with by them, as detailed elsewhere within this privacy notice.

Patients are able to decline this sharing, however this means that you cannot be provided with an appointment delivered by another PCN Practice in the enhanced timeslots, instead an appointment with your registered practice will need to be booked in normal hours.