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Enhanced Access Services in Greater Manchester

Some local areas offer GP appointments on evenings and weekends for people who are registered with a GP in their area.  Find out more about your local service below.

Your GP practice is part of a Primary Care Network. This is a group of practices which work together to make sure you can access a range of healthcare services at a time and a place that meets your needs.

GP practices in Bolton are usually open from 8am and 6.30pm, Monday to Friday.

Appointments are also available out of hours from:

  • 6.30pm to 8pm, Monday to Friday
  • 9am to 5pm on Saturdays

The enables you to not only be seen by a GP, but also a wide range of other clinical staff. These include a practice nurse, an advanced nurse practitioner who can prescribe medication, and a phlebotomist for taking bloods.

You can access a number of different appointments including:

  • Routine care
  • Screening such as well man/woman and cervical
  • Vaccinations and immunisations such as COVID, flu, shingles and pneumovax (please note, the service does not offer travel vaccinations and baby/childhood immunisations)
  • Phlebotomy (taking bloods)
  • Management of long-term conditions such as diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and heart failure

How do I book an appointment?

To book an appointment out of hours contact your GP practice.

What is Enhanced Access?

To put it simply, it’s an extension of your general practice.  Your practice is part of a Primary Care Network, this involves a group of practices working together to make sure you can access a range of healthcare services at a time and place that meets your needs.

GP practices in Bury are open between 8am and 6.30pm on weekdays.

Enhanced Access offers pre-bookable urgent and routine appointments outside of core contractual hours. Appointments maybe:

  • Same-day or pre-booked weekday evenings and Saturday appointments
  • Face-to-face and remote (telephone and video) appointments
  • A range of clinical staff available
  • Flexible appointment times, outside of traditional working hours
  • Local healthcare professionals delivering care at the right time to meet your needs

What can I expect from the service?

This service enables you to see the right clinician to meet your needs, including a GP where required, but also a wide range of other clinical staff.  These include a practice nurse, advance nurse practitioner who can prescribe medication, and phlebotomist for taking bloods or a clinical pharmacist if that is the right person for you to see.

Furthermore, patients can expect a mixture of face to face and remote consultations, ensuring the service is accessible to all. This gives you more choice and flexibility about the time and location of your appointment, making accessing appointments easier than ever. This means, you have access to several different appointments including:

Routine care and management of more complex, long terms conditions.

When attending your appointment, you may not be seen by the clinical staff from your registered practice, however, all healthcare professionals in Enhanced Access can access your medical records, with your consent.

How do I book an appointment?

To book an appointment, please contact your GP practice and ask for a slot in the Enhanced Access service.

What is Enhanced Access?

To put it simply, it’s an extension of your general practice.  Your practice is part of a Primary Care Network, this involves a group of practices working together to make sure you can access a range of healthcare services at a time and place that meets your needs.  GP practices in Heywood Middleton and Rochdale are usually open between the hours of 8am and 6.30pm on weekdays. Enhanced Access offers pre-bookable urgent and routine appointments outside of core contractual hours. Appointment maybe:

  • Same-day or pre-booked weekday evenings and Saturday appointments
  • Face-to-face and remote (telephone and video) appointments
  • A range of clinical staff including GPs offering different appointments
  • Flexible appointment times, outside of traditional working hours
  • Local healthcare professionals delivering care at the right time to meet your needs

What can I expect from the service?

This service enables you to not only see a GP but also a wide range of other clinical staff.  These include a practice nurse, advance nurse practitioner who can prescribe medication, and phlebotomist for taking bloods.

Furthermore, patients can expect a mixture of face to face and remote consultations, ensuring the service is accessible to all. This gives patients more choice and flexibility about the time and location of their appointment, making accessing appointments easier. This means, you have access to a number of different appointments including:

Routine care

  • Screening such as well man/woman and cervical
  • Vaccinations and immunisations such as COVID, flu, shingles and pneumovax (please note, the service does not offer travel vaccinations and baby/childhood immunisations
  • Phlebotomy (taking bloods)

Management of long-term conditions such as;

  • Diabetes
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Heart failure

When attending your appointment, you may not be seen by the clinical staff from your registered practice.  However, all healthcare professionals can access your medical records, with your consent.

How do I book an appointment?

To book an appointment, patients should contact their GP practice.

Your GP practice is part of Primary Care Network.  This involves a group of practices working together to make sure you can access a range of healthcare services at a time and place that meets your needs.  GP practices in Tameside are usually open between the hours of 8am and 6.30pm on weekdays.

However, from 1 October 2022, you can book appointments on a weekday evening or a Saturday via the Enhanced Access Service: Monday to Friday from 6.30pm to 8pm and Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.

The service enables you to not only be seen by a GP but also a wide range of other clinical staff.  These include a practice nurse, advance nurse practitioner who can prescribe medication, and phlebotomist for taking bloods.  This means, you have access to a number of different appointments including:

  • Routine care
  • Screening such as well man/woman and cervical
  • Vaccinations and immunisations such as COVID, flu, shingles and pneumovax (please note, the service does not offer travel vaccinations and baby/childhood immunisations
  • Phlebotomy (taking bloods)
  • Management of long-term conditions such as;
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
  • Heart failure

How do I book an appointment?

To book an appointment out of hours patients should contact their GP practice or their local Primary Care Network (PCN) in Tameside:

For more information on a range of services you can use locally in Tameside go to Right Care Right place.

The Wigan Borough GP Extended Access Service offers appointments with a GP or Nurse for any patient registered within the Wigan Borough out of normal surgery hours.

These surgeries run from 6.30 pm – 8.00 pm on weekdays and from 10.00 am – 4.00 pm on weekends and bank holidays at various GP practice locations across the Borough.

To make an appointment, please call 01942 482848.

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