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EXTENDED ACCESS

You are now able to make a routine appointment to see a Doctor or Nurse, at a location other than Bedworth Health Centre surgery, outside of our normal opening times (i.e. in the evenings and at weekends). This can be useful if the date / time of the next available appointment at the surgery, is not convenient for you. This service is known as ‘Extended Access’ and is provided by the Coventry and Rugby GP Federation. Extended Access is not be confused with Extended Hours, which is provided by Bedworth Health Centre surgery. More information on Extended Hours is available through the Opening Hours page, underneath the Opening Hours tab, on our website.

There are a number of locations throughout Coventry, Rugby and Nuneaton that deliver the Extended Access service, although this varies on a daily basis. The locations that provide Extended Access appointments (and their location in relation to the surgery) can be accessed through the below link – when booking an appointment you can specify which location you wish to be seen at, although as the locations available change on a daily basis, it is not guaranteed that the location you wish to be seen at, will have available appointments on the date / at the time that you wish to be seen on / at. You book and cancel Extended Access appointments through Bedworth Health Centre surgery as you would with any appointment at the surgery.

Map of Extended Access Locations

To be eligible for an Extended Access appointment, we require your consent to share your medical information to allow the Extended Access service to view limited confidential medical information about yourself to provide you with treatment and care, and for them to send back to us the details of what treatment was provided so that we can ensure your medical records are up to date. You will be asked for this consent every time an Extended Access appointment is made for you.

The Nurses at the Extended Access providers are able to carry out:

  • Smears; Ear Syringing; Child Immunisations; Dressings; Asthma Reviews; Blood Pressure (BP) Checks; Contraception (including Depo injections^); B12 Injections^.

^Patients attending for a Depo or B12 injection will need to bring the injection with them. 

If you require an appointment with the Nurse for something else, please book an appointment at the surgery. The Practice Nurse Provision page, underneath the Clinics & Services tab on our website, provides more information as to what procedures our Nurses can carry out.

If you are unsure whether your problem is suitable for an Extended Access appointment, please speak to a member of staff who will be happy to help*.

As you may know, the NHS is blighted by missed appointments, which could have been given to other patients if they were cancelled. These missed appointments add to the pressure on the service. Therefore, in an effort to combat the Did Not Attend (DNA) rate, patients are only able to have one Extended Access appointment outstanding at any one time.

*PLEASE NOTE: As there are only specific procedures that the Nurses at Extended Access can perform, staff are required to ascertain the reason for the appointment to check whether you are eligible to be seen in an Extended Access appointment. Patients who are unable to provide this information are unable to be seen in Extended Access appointments.

 
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