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Patients prioritise weekday access over seven-day opening

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These findings are consistent with our general findings that extended hours is met very favourably by the public that have accessed them. About 20-25% say they would have attended A&E if these appointments were not available. These figures are from a patient survey of about 200 people. If this refflects the whole population of people attending extended hours (over 7,000 patients), this means a large number of people. It is roughly consistent with the fewer number of people attending A&E this year for the Primary care stream, than the previous year. In addition there is a 50% reduction in people attending A&E who say they 'can't get an appointment at the GP' However, weekend attendance has been less keenly taken up. Saturdays get filled, but as yet Sunday surgeries often have unused capacity. When I think back at Sunday retail opening, I do remember not wishing to use shops on Sundays, but now I know they are open and find it difficult to shop during the week, I often go shopping on Sundays. I know lots of readers will blow a fuse at the suggestion that attending a GP is like shopping, but actually, it is. There, send you angry anonymous comments, or if you want a sensible discussion then email ivan.benett@nhs.net

Posted date

08 Dec 2014

Posted time

4:28pm

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