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GP Surgeries To Open On Saturdays

Tuesday March 18 2014

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DOCTORS' surgeries across Barnsley will be opening on Saturday mornings in a bid to reduce pressure on the accident and emergency department.

Goldthorpe's Furlong Road Surgery and Hollygreen Practice, Great Houghton Medical Centre, Grimethorpe Surgery, Park Grove Medical Centre, Royston Group Practice and St George's Medical Centre, Athersley, are offering appointments to patients needing urgent medical advice or repeat prescriptions.

Dr Nick Balac, chairman of the Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "This will allow patients with an urgent need to see a GP at their own surgery.

"We will see more practices open up on Saturdays over the next few months and patients whose surgery isn’t currently part of the scheme can still call NHS 111 if they have an urgent health need and there will be the normal out of hours care available."

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Reply Posted by VLR on Tuesday March 18 2014 at 16:19
Does this mean that Royston Group Practice will actually answer their phones on a Saturday morning then? They have opened on a saturday for months, but only for pre-booked appointments. My daughter was very poorly and ideally the GP should have come to us. As they just let the phone ring I carried her up there, only to be told it was booked appointments only and they were fully booked. Safe to say, a totally unecessary trip to A&E for the required antibiotics!!

Reply Posted by Princess on Friday March 21 2014 at 15:42
Myself was getting very annoyed this morning with Royston surgery they tell to phone back at 11:30 for perscription the line wasn't even on until 11:45, plus they say you can't get a perscription after 4pm it's all wrong. Time the doctors got their ideas together, plus it was only the other month I couldn't get my dads perscription because they say he needed to say the doctor first this oki but you can't get Appoitment for nearly two weeks

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