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a clock imageMay 11 2018

New data indicates 805 general practices across England do not provide any extended access to patient services. These practices provide care to 5.4 million patients, NHS England has announced.

Extended access is described as “the offer, to registered patients of a practice, of pre-bookable appointments outside of core contractual hours, either in the early morning, evening or at weekends.” 

In its latest report on the provision of extended access, NHS England says: 

  • full provision of extended access was available at 2,821 (40.9%) practices in March 2018, an increase of 8.5 percentage points since September 2017 – these practices serve 22.6 million (39.7%) registered patients.
  • 6,087 (88.3%) practices provide some extended access, either partial or full extended access, to their patients, an increase of 0.5 percentage points these practices serve 51.6 million (90.5%) patients;
  • In London 97.9% of registered patients are with practices that offer either full or partial extended access. Over 76.6% of patients in London are registered with practices offering full extended access.

The proportion of practices offering extended access seven days a week has increased from 32.5% last September to 40.9% at March 2018.

Links:
NHS England announcement
NHE England ‘Extended access to general practice’        

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