Members of the public are being invited to have their say on proposals to change seven-day access to primary care services.

NHS Durham Dales, Easington and Sedgefield CCG has launched a six week formal public consultation on the proposed changes.

Commissioners want to talk to the public about proposed changes to the GP ‘hubs’, which are GP Practices or groups of practices working together offering additional appointments after 6pm on weekdays and additional appointments on a weekend.

Following public consultation about urgent care services, the CCG introduced nine new ‘extended primary care hubs’ across the area on 1st April 2017.

It was agreed at the time to review the service after six and 12 months which involved engaging with members of the public and local GPs. The review highlighted that the ‘hubs’ were valued but were significantly underused, with the appointments being made available being double the national requirement.

The CCG wants to hear people’s views about their recommendation to deliver the extended primary care service from a reduced number of hubs located in;

  • Bishop Auckland (Dales area)
  • Spennymoor/Newton Aycliffe and Sedgefield (Sedgefield area)
  • Peterlee/Seaham (Easington area)

A number of public consultation events have been arranged, where people can find out more about the plans and have their say. The times and dates of those events are shown in the table below. If you wish to attend please register by calling 0191 371 3222.