The General Practice Forward View published in April 2016 set out plans to enable clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) to commission and fund additional capacity across England to ensure that, by 2020 everyone has improved access to GP services including sufficient routine appointments at evenings and weekends to meet locally determined demand, alongside effective access to out of hours and urgent care services.
However, good access is not just about getting an appointment when patients need it. It is also about access to the right person, providing the right care, in the right place at the right time. ELM Alliance Ltd has delivered extended hours access to primary care services for patients of the South Tees area since 2017 and is continuing to support our local GP practices by delivering a GP Improved Access service from 1 August 2021. Delivering 255 hours of clinical time from four hubs, some which are outside of core daytime practice hours, ELM Alliance ensures that GP practices have access to all levels of primary care services for local patients.
Primary Care Access Clinics
Based in Redcar Primary Care Hospital and 11a Trinity Mews, North Ormesby Health Village, Middlesbrough, these two clinical hubs provide primary care services for patients with suspected or confirmed coronavirus. Operating Monday to Friday 10am – 6pm, patients are referred by their GP practice for a same day face to face appointment with either our GP or Advanced Nurse Practitioner.