GP's lunch date for access target
Dr Vasant Manudhane is running an extra two-hour lunchtime session each week to help his primary care trust hit its 48-hour access target.
Under the three-month pilot, five practices in Stoke on Trent take it in turns to pick up 'overflow' patients who were unable to see a GP at their own surgery before it closed for lunch.
Ten-minute appointments are booked by the patient's practice.
'Some GPs find this difficult to accept, but this is patient power patients being able to access treatment without much headache,' he said.
The slots are not always fully booked. 'Patients don't always like to see a GP from a practice they are not registered with,' said Dr Manudhane. 'There is a culture the profession needs to change.'