Bury GP Federation’s initiative to provide 7-day extended access to GP services was recently featured on BBC News. The film highlighted the success of Easy GP, the service that was funded by the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund to allow patients to see GPs during evenings and at the weekend.
Bury GP Federation, which covers 30 of Bury’s 33 practices, is delivering improved GP services to the people of Bury. This includes making GP appointments available to all patients from 8am to 8pm on weekdays and 8am-6pm at weekends. To make the service viable all of the extended hours appointments take place at five local practices.
The project is supported by Vision 360, a web-based solution that holds a secure centralised copy of patient records and appointments, which are made available to authorised GPs and practice staff using a web browser. It allows receptionists to book evening and weekend appointments into the extended service, regardless of which practice the patient is actually registered at. It also allows GPs to see patients’ medical histories during these extended service consultations, and information they add is automatically relayed back to the clinical system at the patient’s registered practice.
The subject of 7-day GP opening is surrounded by controversy, so it was great to see the BBC highlighting Bury GP Federation’s success.