Give your views on evening and weekend GP and nurse appointment availability

Residents in Waltham Forest could be able to book GP appointments between 8am and 8pm seven days a week in the future. 

Before any changes are made, residents’ views are being sought on the existing Enhanced GP Service and on the proposals to extend the hours. 

The Enhanced GP Service is a pilot scheme that has been operating since June 2015 from three centres across Waltham Forest, offering evening and weekend appointments to residents. 

Currently residents can book a weekend GP or nurse appointment by calling 020 8519 3999 between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday, or 9am to 5pm on Saturday or Sunday. 

NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is now looking at the possibility of extending appointment hours to 9.30pm on weekdays as well as extending the weekend service to offer appointments from 8am – 8pm.

Dr Anwar Khan, Chair of Waltham Forest CCG said: “The service has now been in operation for over a year. 

“Feedback has shown that it is well valued by the patients who have used it but we want to gather the views of more residents in the borough. 

“People also tell us that it is difficult for them to get a GP appointment at times. We have here a chance to increase the availability of booked appointments, but we need local residents to share their thoughts with us first.” 

The CCG is asking local people to share their views on the current service and the proposals to extend the hours by completing the Enhanced GP Service patient survey by 15 January 2017. 

If you would like further information or have any queries about the survey, please email communications@walthamforestccg.nhs.uk