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Topic: extended opening hours

November 11, 2008
Department of Health statistics show an increase in the number of GP practices offering extended opening hours since September

The number of practices offering extended opening hours has increased again, according to the latest Department of Health (DH) figures.

Of 8,263 practices, 4,864 (58.9%) offered extended opening hours on 21 October 2008. This compares with 51.4% in September.

The DH data show the number of GP practices within each commissioner area (PCTs and care trusts) and how many of those practices were offering extended opening hours.

October 14, 2008
GP practices have achieved the government's target for longer opening hours three months early, DH figures show

More than 50% of GP surgeries are now offering patients extended opening hours, hitting the government target three months early, the Department of Health (DH) announced today (14 October 2008).

Statistics released by the DH show that in under six months there has been a 40% increase in the number of practices offering more flexible early morning, evening and weekend opening.

September 19, 2008
Study claims that increasing general practice opening hours could prevent more than 500 strokes a year in England alone

A new study claims that increasing general practice opening hours could prevent more than 500 strokes a year in England alone by improving the opportunity for assessment and urgent referrals.

Patients with a transient ischaemic attack (TIA) or minor stroke usually choose to seek help from their GP rather than through the emergency services. Previous research shows that any delay in access to health services for these patients can have serious consequences.

August 13, 2008
Department of Health statistics reveal a 9% increase in practices offering longer opening times since June

Many more practices are offering extended opening hours, data released today by the Department of Health show.

Statistics for month ending July 2008, published today (13 August 2008), show the number of GP practices within each commissioner area (PCTs and care trusts), and how many of those practices were offering extended opening hours on the census date (21 July 2008).

Key findings include:

October 17, 2007
Three-quarters of GPs do not think that opening surgeries for longer would be a good way of spending NHS resources

More than 70% of GPs do not believe extending opening hours is a good way to spend scarce NHS resources, according to the survey of 11,000 GPs conducted by the British Medical Association (BMA).

However, the survey also shows that around half (53.3%) of GP partners would consider extending opening hours if the resources were available.

The BMA believes that extending surgery opening hours should not just mean that GPs hold extra appointments, but that it also has to mean the whole practice team and hospital and community support services are available.