As part of the NHS-wide response to Coronavirus (Covid-19), GP practices across the Black Country and West Birmingham will be offering appointments over the Easter Bank Holiday.
GP practices in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall, Wolverhampton and West Birmingham will have GP and Nurse appointments available for their patients on Good Friday and Easter Monday. To access an appointment, patients are asked to call their GP practice.
This change in service will see GP Practices aligned to the rest of the NHS, who will be treating Good Friday and Easter Monday as ordinary working days to ensure health services can be maintained.
Dr Anand Rischie, GP at Pleck Health Centre in Walsall said: “During this difficult time, I want to reassure local people that GP practices in Walsall are here for their patients. We are all working hard to make sure our patients have access to primary care services when they need it most, and offering appointments on Good Friday and Easter Monday is a great way we can support not only our patients but the wider NHS.”
Extending access to GP appointments is just one of the ways GP Practices across the Black Country and West Birmingham are joining the fight against Covid-19. Over the last month, GP practices have joined forces across the region and coordinated a number of additional services to support patients in their own homes through video consultations and in their communities and by setting up Acute Respiratory Hubs (Hot Hubs) to care for those who are unable to manage their respiratory symptoms at home.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus (a high temperature or a new, continuous cough), use the 111 coronavirus service online to find out what to do. To protect others, do not go to places like a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.