GP Extended Access – making it easier to get a GP appointment at a time that suits you
Do you find it difficult to attend an appointment during the working day?
Are you a busy parent with small children?
Or do you rely on working carers to take you to appointments?
The Northampton GP Extended Access service makes it easier for you to book an appointment with a local GP or other healthcare professional at a time that is more convenient, including evenings, weekends and Bank Holidays. Appointments are available in Northampton.
When are appointments in my area available?
- 18:30 – 21:30 Monday to Friday
- 09:00 – 17:00 Weekends
- 10.30 – 13.30 Bank Holidays
If you would prefer to see your usual GP or practice nurse, please book an appointment with the practice during normal opening hours.
What type of appointments are available?
A range of appointments are available through the service, including the following:
- GP – routine GP Appointments & test results
- Advanced Nurse Practitioner – acute minor illness
Where will I be seen?
All appointments for the Northampton GP Extended Access Service are available on the ground floor of Highfield Clinical Care Centre, Cliftonville Rd, Northampton NN1 5BD
Ask us about GP Extended Access. When your practice is closed please contact NHS 111 if you require health support or advice.
For support with the management of minor ailments, please contact your local pharmacist or visit the NHS website.
People are being urged to keep an extra special eye on themselves and the people they care for over the winter period so minor illnesses don’t become more serious.
People who are older or have long term conditions may be particularly vulnerable to winter bugs which could become serious and require hospital treatment. Getting help earlier may prevent this from happening.
To make sure winter bugs don’t become more serious:
- Have your flu jab
- If you start to feel ill, get help from your pharmacy straight away.
- Keep your home warm, at least 18 degrees
- Make sure you take any medicines as directed
- Get any repeat prescriptions filled in advance as many surgeries and pharmacies close over Christmas
- Keep a supply of cold and flu remedies in the house so you don’t need to go out if the weather is bad
- If you are prescribed antibiotics finish the course
- Don’t go to A&E or call 999 unless it’s an emergency. If you are in any doubt, NHS 111 can help you get the right treatment
Self Care For Life
It’s Self Care Week 2019 (18 – 24 November) – making small changes can make a big difference. Moulton surgery are supporting this initiative to help you take care of your own health and wellbeing.
It is often quicker and easier, rather than waiting for an appointment at the practice, for you to visit a Community Pharmacist for minor and/or self limiting conditions, including acne, dandruff and fungal nail infections. Pharmacists are highly trained health professionals who are able to give advice, recommend the right treatments for these self treatable conditions and can explain the normal duration of symptoms. They can also offer you help to stop smoking, manage your weight, and can often provide flu jabs and blood pressure checks. Many pharmacies also have private consulting rooms.
Follow these small steps to a healthier you:
- Get active; advice is to exercise for at least twenty minutes a day, it’s ideal if you can incorporate this into your day by ditching the car and walking to work, or walking the dog, taking the stairs or even dancing around the kitchen table to your favourite songs!
- Eat well. We all know that healthy eating is crucial to our health so we can start by swapping unhealthy snacks for healthy options such as nuts, seeds and fruit. Ask your pharmacist for advice on managing your weight.
- Make positive changes! Take steps to stop those bad habits that don’t serve you well. This Self Care Week make a plan to stop smoking, reduce your alcohol intake and get active! Your pharmacist can help with lifestyle changes such as weight management and stop smoking services.
- Rest. A good’s night’s sleep is as essential to our health and wellbeing as eating healthily and exercising so, make sure you get the recommended 7-8 hours a night!
- Stop! These days we lead such busy lives that we sometimes forget to slow down and stop. Find time in your day to just quieten your mind. Mindfulness or yoga might be helpful.
The following websites contain lots of helpful information and factsheets on common ailments and how they should be treated as it is not always necessary for you to book an appointment to see your Doctor:
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