Improving access: Extended hours in South Birmingham

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Twenty three practices came together to work on its My Healthcare project, aimed at extending hours and enhancing services while relieving the pressure on the urgent care system.

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Birmingham South Central CCG brought 23 practices to work together on its My Healthcare project, aimed at extending hours and enhancing services while relieving the pressure on the urgent care system.

Using funding from the Prime Minister’s GP Access Fund, which was matched by the CCG, the project took shape. Three main practice hubs were established in a locality serving over 120,000 patients. The hubs deliver out of hospital and enhanced services usually only available in hospital and are accessible seven days a week, including early morning and late evening.

A number of new roles also introduced as part of My Healthcare including a virtual GP and roving GP, which are absorbing the pressures of local surgeries, allowing GPs to concentrate more on face to face consultations and continuity of care.

Find out more about My Healthcare’s GP Access Fund scheme.

Region: Midlands and East.