Don’t wait at A&E on a Saturday – visit your GP practice instead

People are being reminded not to wait at A&E if they have an urgent health problem on Saturdays during the winter – as many GP practices in Bradford are open extra hours to see patients.

Thanks to funding from Bradford City and Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and NHS England, many practices are open every Saturday morning this winter.

Being ill is never fun, especially over winter; that’s why people across Bradford are being urged to get prepared as part of the local NHS Stay Well campaign.

Instead of waiting at A&E with an urgent health problem, patients should check if their practice is open and get an appointment there.

Details of which practices in Bradford City and Districts CCGs are open on Saturday mornings, until 31 March 2015, are available on the Bradford CCGs’ websites: www.bradfordcityccg.nhs.uk or www.bradforddistrictsccg.nhs.uk


Practices will also have this information on their websites, NHS Choices and in reception areas. Some practices routinely open on Saturdays but during the winter many more patients will be able to access urgent healthcare from their local surgery.

Helping people make the right choice about which health service to use not only benefits themselves, but also helps doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals in making sure people receive the right care over the festive period.

Dr Aamer Khan, urgent care lead for Bradford City CCG, said: “It’s really good news that so many practices in Bradford are opening on Saturday mornings throughout the winter, which is the busiest time of the year for the NHS. Patients of practices which are not open will still be able to access urgent care through the NHS 111 service, instead of waiting at A&E when they don’t need to.

“Demand on emergency services increases dramatically at this time of year, so it is important that patients stop and think: does this injury or illness really require emergency treatment?  Many winter health problems can be solved by staying at home and taking over the counter cold and flu remedies. Unnecessary trips to A&E not only put a strain on NHS resources but also put others lives at risk.”
There are many different ways that people can get help themselves get the right treatment and allow busy NHS services to help the people who need them most.

The options are:


  *   Self-care – look after yourself at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet
  *   Pharmacist (chemist) – for expert advice on common illnesses and the best medicines to treat them
  *   GP (Doctor) – for illnesses that just won’t go away, arrange to see your doctor
  *   Call 111 – if you need urgent healthcare, contact NHS 111 which will help you access the local service that can help you best
  *   A&E or 999 – only if you need very urgent medical attention.
People are also urged to visit: www.nhsstaywell.org – which is an easy-to-access resource for a range of information, aimed at helping people enjoy good health during the winter.


Bradford GP practices: Saturday morning opening 1 November 2014 to 31 March 2015

Bradford City practices – all 9am to 11.30am every Saturday except *Mughal Medical Centre

Avicenna, Barkerend Health Centre = 01274 664464
Bradford Student Health Service = 01274 371380 – Patients will be seen at Little Horton Lane Medical Centre
City Practice, Whetley Health Centre = 01274 256213
Clarendon Health Centre = 01274 736996
Dr Akbar, Barkerend Health Centre = 01274 663553
Dr Bavington, Kensignton St Health Centre = 01274 496433
Dr Gilkar, Little Horton Lane = 01274 731700
Dr Iqbal, Kensington St Health Centre = 01274 499209 – patients will be seen at Little Horton Lane Medical Centre
Dr Malik, Moor Park Surgery, Barkerend Health Centre = 01274 778400
Dr Mall, Little Horton Lane = 01274 721924
Family Practice (Whetley Health Centre) = 01274 544915
Frizinghall = 01274 495577
Grange Medical Centre, Horton Grange Road = 01274 957908
Hillside Bridge (LCD) = 01274 777517
Lister Practice, Westbourne Green Health Centre = 01274 202495
Manningham (LCD) = 01274 724418
*Mughal Medical Centre = 01274 504425 – (10am to 1pm)
Parkside Medical Centre, Horton Park = 01274 521111 – patients will be seen at Little Horton Lane Medical Centre
Park Grange = 01274 522904
Peel Park, Undercliffe Health Centre = 01274 634989
Picton, Westbourne Green = 01274 202500
Primrose Surgery, Hillside Bridge = 01274 729602
Valley View, Undercliffe Health Centre = 01274 637115


Bradford Districts’ practices

The following practices are working independently:
Dr Hamdani, Eccleshill Village Surgery – 1 November 8.30am to 10.30am, rest of scheme 9am to 11am = 01274 637417
Dr Longfield, Woodroyd Centre – 9am to 11am = 01274 736564
Haigh Hall – 9am to 10.30am = 01274 613326
Parklands, Park Road Surgery – 9am to 12 noon = 01274 678464

The following practices are working as a hub across two sites – patients will be seen either at Windhill Medical Centre (2 Thackley Old Road, Shipley, BD18 1QB) or Moorside Medical Centre (370 Dudley Hill Road, Bradford, BD2 3AA).

The hubs will be open 8am to 12.30pm until Saturday 31 March.
Ashcroft
Bowling Hall
Farrow
Idle Medical Centre
Moorside Surgery
Rockwell & Wrose
Saltaire
Windhill


To book an appointment, call Windhill Green on: 01274 584223 or Moorside Surgery on: 01274 643579.

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