GP Extended Access

GP Extended Access


NHS Nene Clinical Commissioning Group is improving access to primary care services. This includes making appointments available at times that are more convenient to you. If you:

  • find it difficult to attend an appointment during the working day;
  • are a busy parent with small children;
  • or rely on working carers to take you to appointments;

The Extended Access Service offer more bookable appointments with GPs available in Northamptonshire, making it easier for you to get an appointment at a time that suits you, including evenings and weekends.

What can I be seen for?

A GP Extended Access appointment is exactly like an appointment at your own GP practice.  The service can see babies and children and nurse appointments are available for treatments such as wound care and ear irrigation. You will be seen by experienced Northamptonshire GPs, nurses, pharmacists and other health professionals, but it is unlikely that you will be seen by your own GP or nurse. If you would prefer to see your usual GP or practice nurse, please book an appointment with your usual practice during their normal opening hours.

When are these appointments available?

  • Northampton - 6.30pm-9.30pm on weekdays and 9am to 5pm on weekends.

Will the GP I see have access to my medical record during my appointment?

Your medical record may, with your consent, be available to the GP that sees you, to ensure that they have the information they need to give you the best possible care.  Notes of your appointment will be sent back to your own GP practice electronically to ensure that your record is up-to-date. An appointment with this service will be just like an appointment at your own GP practice.

How do I book an appointment?

The majority of patients will need to contact their GP practice in the usual way to request an appointment.  If there is no appointment available at your practice, they may offer you an appointment with the GP Extended Access Service, if this is right for you. 

How do I book an appointment when my practice is closed?

We are working with NHS 111 to enable the direct booking of appointments at the GP Extended Access hub.  This is still in the very early stages, but as it goes live in each district you will be offered an appointment if appropriate.  Please note your consent will be required in order for an appointment to be booked for you.

If urgent care is required please call ‘111’ for further advice. If it is life threatening, please go to A&E or call 999.

For support with the management of minor ailments, please contact your local pharmacist or visit the NHS website.