GP Extended Access
Extra GP appointments in the evenings and at weekends are available to Barnet patients
Urgent and routine appointments with a local GP or nurse, either same day or in advance are available at any one of ten GP extended access hubs, making it much easier to get the care you need when you want it at a location that is convenient for you.
Who can access the service?
Patients registered with a Barnet GP practice can book an appointment at the service.
What are the opening times?
Hub opening hours are 6.30pm - 9pm weekdays and 8am - 8pm weekends and public holidays.
How do I book an appointment?
You can request an appointment with a local GP or nurse at any one of the hubs by either:
- contacting your own GP practice directly during core opening hours (8am-6.30pm), or
- Call Barnet Federated GPs call centre 6.30pm – 8pm weekdays, 8am – 8pm weekends and bank holidays on 020 3948 6809
- calling NHS 111 weekday evenings, weekends and bank holidays when your GP practice is closed.
What does the service offer?
Our GP extended access hubs are staffed by experienced GPs and nurses and offer assessment and treatment for adults and children. Our GPs can help with the following (this is not an exhaustive list):
- Urinary tract infections, earache and sore throats, headaches and rashes
- Stomach pain and nausea
- Strains and sprains
- Bites and stings
- Minor head injuries
- Minor limb injuries
- Minor skin and tissue infections
- Emergency contraception
- Contraception – Oral contraceptive “Pill Checks”
- Urgent / Emergency problems for which you would normally go to your own GP
Note; we provide these as routine appointments (50% of our appointments are pre bookable for routine problems that mirror primary care – we can refer order diagnostics etc.
Our nurses can help with the following (this is not an exhaustive list):
- Blood Pressure monitoring
- Stitch/ staple / clip removal
- Routine asthma checks
- Vaginal / MRSA/ Swabs that you might need to have before going into hospital
- Family Planning routine Pill checks
- Coil advice and swabs
- Depo Contraception (you must bring your medication with you)
- B12 (you must bring your medication with you)
Please note that nurse appointments must be booked in advance via your GP practice or by contacting NHS 111.
We cannot treat the following issues:
- Routine reviews of mental health problems (e.g. schizophrenia, depression, bipolar affective disorder, personality disorder) – patient best seen by registered/regular GP
- Ear syringing
- Dental problems
- Minor surgery
- Open wound injuries that require closure of wounds
- Injuries where an object has gone all the way through a part of the body
- Very heavy bleeding that is not stopping, including nose bleeds
- Injuries where broken glass may have entered the wound
- Sexual health screening
- Contraceptive implant or coil fitting
- HPV immunisation
- Phlebotomy (blood test)
- Travel vaccinations
- Private letters
- Forms such as fitness to work
What can I expect at a hub consultation with a GP or nurse?
One of the added benefits of the primary care access service is that the GP or nurse will have access to view a summary of your medical record during your visit to the primary care access hub. Having access to view your medical record means that the clinician will have a greater understanding of your medical history and health needs and can then choose the treatment that is right for you. The clinician will ask you for your consent before accessing your medical record.
Using this service will not affect your registration at your usual GP practice.
Who will have access to my medical record?
Authorised clinicians only, such as a GP, practice nurse or healthcare assistant, will have access to view your medical record. Clinicians can only review your medical record if you have given your expressed consent. The clinician will not be able to amend your medical records but will send a summary of the consultation and treatment provided to your registered GP.
Your medical information will be treated with the strictest of confidence. All Barnet GP practices have agreed to sign up to a data sharing agreement which sets out what information will be shared, how and when.
What if I don’t want my medical records to be shared?
If you don’t want your medical records to be viewed by any other healthcare professional other than your GP or other GPs at your GP practice, then you have the right to opt out of having your medical record shared with other healthcare providers. Ask for further details at your GP practice.