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Evening and weekend GP appointments now available

The new appointments slots can be booked through your GP or by calling 111
By Waltham Forest Echo

Dr Mark Rickets, clinical lead for primary care at NHS North East London (credit: NHS NEL)
Dr Mark Rickets, clinical lead for primary care at NHS North East London (credit: NHS NEL)

GP practices across Waltham Forest are now offering weekday evening and Saturday appointments in an effort to improve access to healthcare.

Patients will be able to book routine appointments – such as for vaccinations, health checks or cancer screening – from 6.30-8pm on weekdays and from 9am-5pm on Saturdays.

The new appointment slots can be booked via your normal GP practice (or by calling 111 if the surgery is closed) and will take place either at the practice or a nearby NHS site.

This is part of a nationwide change intended to make it easier for people to access primary healthcare.


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Dr Mark Rickets, a local GP and clinical lead for primary care at NHS North East London, said: “Having access to an appointment when you need it, is important to all of us.

“Not everyone finds it easy to arrange an appointment during their surgery’s normal opening hours so, working closely with our primary care networks, we’ve changed the way that appointments are provided so it’s easier for people to book one when they need it. 

“Making these changes will help ensure patients across north east London can see a GP, nurse, community pharmacist or other health professional at a time which is most convenient for them.”

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