People in Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees can now access GP services until 8.00pm on weekdays and up to 5.00pm on weekends and bank holidays in addition to 24 hour urgent care services at North Tees and Hartlepool hospitals.
The extended access GP centres are sited at:
- Chadwick Practice, One Life Centre, Hartlepool
- Tennant Street Medical Practice, Stockton-on-Tees
- Woodbridge Practice, Ingleby Barwick
The evening and weekend appointments are available to everyone registered with a GP in Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees and patients can book an appointment by contacting their GP practice or NHS 111.
The service will be open during the following hours;
Monday to Friday Evenings
All locations 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Chadwick Practice, One Life Centre, Hartlepool 10.00am – 1.00pm
Tennant Street Medical Practice, Stockton-on-Tees 10.00am – 1.00pm
Woodbridge Practice, Ingleby Barwick 2.00pm – 5.00pm
Chadwick Practice, One Life Centre, Hartlepool 11.00am – 1.00pm
Tennant Street Medical Practice, Stockton-on-Tees 11.00am – 1.00pm
Woodbridge Practice, Ingleby Barwick 2.00pm – 4.00pm
Patients across Hartlepool and Stockton can access appointments at any of the listed sites.
Dr Boleslaw Posmyk, Chair, NHS Hartlepool and Stockton-on-Tees Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said, ‘We have listened to patients that have told us that local services are confusing. By opening 24 hours urgent care centres at North Tees and Hartlepool hospitals and evening and weekend GP appointments, we hope patients find the service much easier to navigate.
‘During the day, patients will still be able to contact their GP practice in the same way as they do now. After 6pm, by calling NHS 111, which is available 24/7 and free to call from landlines and mobiles, people will be signposted to the most appropriate service for their needs. This could be at one of the extended hours GP centres at Chadwick Practice in the One Life Centre in Hartlepool, Tennant Street Medical Practice in Stockton-on-Tees or Woodbridge Practice in Ingleby Barwick or the urgent care centres at North Tees and Hartlepool hospitals.
‘For life threatening or serious injuries, people should of course dial 999. The service was launched on April 1 and we have had excellent feedback from patients and want to raise awareness of the new evening and weekend GP appointments to those who don’t know about it.’