Waltham Forest mother recommends weekend GP and nurse appointments

Waltham Forest mother is recommending that local people use a new joined-up weekend GP and nurse appointment service after it saved her one-year-old son from going to hospital.

Amanda Jemmeson used the service after her son had been suffering from a high fever and her GP practice was closed. 

She called the Waltham Forest Enhanced GP Service on 020 8519 3999 where she was able to book a weekend appointment at a clinic in Leytonstone. The clinic is one of three ‘hubs’ that now offer weekend GP and nurse appointments on behalf of all Waltham Forest GP practices. They are available to all Waltham Forest residents who are registered with a GP practice. 

Amanda says: “I arrived at the weekend clinic and we saw the doctor almost straight away. The doctor on duty asked my permission to view my son’s medical records and instantly he could see his full medical history, including the medicines he had been prescribed just two days before. 

“The advice the doctor gave was comprehensive and my son was diagnosed with a chest infection. This could have been serious for him if left untreated.” 

Amanda, who has worked in the NHS for 15 years, says this is the first time she has experienced joined up healthcare.

“I found it exceptional that the doctor could access my son’s information and health record and being able to see a GP on a Saturday meant I didn’t need to go to A&E and wait for couple of hours before my son could be seen. 

“I have a real pride that Waltham Forest can offer this service that makes a big such a big difference to patients.” 

If you would like to book a weekend GP or nurse appointment you can call 020 8519 3999 between 10am and 4pm Monday to Friday, or 9am to 5pm on Saturday or Sunday. The phone number is also included in the NHS 111 Directory of Services. 

The extended hours’ service has been made possible by GP practices forming a Network, known as the Waltham Forest GP Federated Network (FedNet). The three hub clinics are located in Chingford, Walthamstow and Leytonstone and have been offering the extra weekend appointments to help local people who normally struggle to get weekday appointments due to work or school commitments. 

NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has also been working with GPs and other local health organisations to join up IT systems. This means if you give permission your important health information can be shared by all of the health professionals who look after you.