Weekend pop-up GP clinics at Brighton and Portslade extended

The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton

The Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton

First published in News by , Health reporter

A pilot project to hold weekend pop-up GP clinics has been extended due to high demand.

The walk-in clinics were introduced in Brighton and Hove to help ease pressure on the Royal Sussex County Hospital’s accident and emergency department over the winter.

People do not have to book an appointment beforehand and the aim was to provide an extra alternative to A&E to cut the number of visitors coming into the department when they didn’t need to.

The clinics were due to end this month but have been so successful, Brighton and Hove Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is continuing them for another six weeks.

This will cover the busy Easter period and the school holidays up until May 11.

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust runs the Royal Sussex and the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath.

On Friday it was operating on red alert, the second highest out of four levels, although the situation fluctuates regularly.

It means the trust has capacity issues, high numbers of people coming into A&E, extended ambulance turn-around times and staff shortages.

A spokeswoman said: “Providing alternatives to A&E is key to unlocking the issue and we absolutely welcome the extension to this walk-in service to cover the Easter period.”

The cost of running the clinics between December and March was covered by extra Government funding awarded to the city to help health services cope with winter pressures.

The CCG is funding the extension from its own budget, at a cost of £45,000.

Around 400 people have visited since they began on Boxing Day and problems have included chest infections, migraines and wheezing or mild breathing problems.

Many of them, when asked, said they would have gone to A&E had the clinic not been available Chairman Xavier Nalletamby said: “We know that our A&E department is bursting at the seams and when we looked into why, people told us they didn’t know where to go.

“We are really pleased that people have been finding the clinics so useful.”

The clinics, based at the fracture clinic in the Royal Sussex and Portslade County Clinic in Old Shoreham Road, are open on weekend mornings.

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6:51am Tue 25 Mar 14

Plantpot says...

It is long overdue that the NHS be available when its customers are available.
It is long overdue that the NHS be available when its customers are available. Plantpot
  • Score: 4

7:20am Tue 25 Mar 14

Helen Ariel says...

Why do people go to A and E with coughs and colds?! Get a grip and wait till you can visit the gp so people who really need emergency services can access them quickly.
Why do people go to A and E with coughs and colds?! Get a grip and wait till you can visit the gp so people who really need emergency services can access them quickly. Helen Ariel
  • Score: 7

7:30am Tue 25 Mar 14

HJarrs says...

Good service. Saved a trip to A&E for us recently. I am surprised it was not permanent, it should be.
Good service. Saved a trip to A&E for us recently. I am surprised it was not permanent, it should be. HJarrs
  • Score: 6

8:07am Tue 25 Mar 14

maria m says...

Most people do not know of these places, they have not been very widely advertised, if more people knew they were there, it would reduce the numbers going to the rsch.
Most people do not know of these places, they have not been very widely advertised, if more people knew they were there, it would reduce the numbers going to the rsch. maria m
  • Score: 7

2:23pm Tue 25 Mar 14

melee says...

That's funny, there used to be a walk-in clinic at the Portslade County Clinic but they cancelled it a few years ago. Now suddenly it is a new idea. Still, we could do with having them again, it's just taken me a month to get an appointment to see my GP which is ridiculous.
That's funny, there used to be a walk-in clinic at the Portslade County Clinic but they cancelled it a few years ago. Now suddenly it is a new idea. Still, we could do with having them again, it's just taken me a month to get an appointment to see my GP which is ridiculous. melee
  • Score: 2

5:30pm Tue 25 Mar 14

clubrob6 says...

maria m wrote:
Most people do not know of these places, they have not been very widely advertised, if more people knew they were there, it would reduce the numbers going to the rsch.
Agree im quite well informed but I did not know about these clinics I knew about the station clinic.Perhaps there lies the problem lack of communication.
[quote][p][bold]maria m[/bold] wrote: Most people do not know of these places, they have not been very widely advertised, if more people knew they were there, it would reduce the numbers going to the rsch.[/p][/quote]Agree im quite well informed but I did not know about these clinics I knew about the station clinic.Perhaps there lies the problem lack of communication. clubrob6
  • Score: 1

5:51pm Tue 25 Mar 14

a person says...

What is ridiculous is that local Gps only work between the hours of
9 am to 5 pm , Monday to Friday .
Not all of the hours , and It used to be that they visited patients.
at home .

Now if you want a doctor after 6 you have to phone 111, or go to a&e.

Other shops / firms work 7 days a week on a shift rota , if doctors
actually worked from 9am to 9pm 7 days a week on a shift rota , a&e would then be able to cope .
Also people would be able to get a doctors appointment the same week they are ill.
What is ridiculous is that local Gps only work between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm , Monday to Friday . Not all of the hours , and It used to be that they visited patients. at home . Now if you want a doctor after 6 you have to phone 111, or go to a&e. Other shops / firms work 7 days a week on a shift rota , if doctors actually worked from 9am to 9pm 7 days a week on a shift rota , a&e would then be able to cope . Also people would be able to get a doctors appointment the same week they are ill. a person
  • Score: 1

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