A series of bus adverts, commissioned by NHS Southend and Castle Point and Rochford Clinical Commissioning Groups, aims to raise public awareness about the availability of more convenient GP evening and weekend appointments, in south east Essex.
The adverts run on the side of local buses from 26 November for four weeks and on the back of local buses, from 10th December for four weeks. The bus advertising idea was is to enable the CCGs to get their message to far wider and more diverse audiences across south east Essex, including bus passengers, drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
As the adverts will be constantly on the move, it is hoped they will catch the public’s eye and it will encourage them to share this information with their families and friends.
Dr Kashif Siddiqui, Clinical Chair of NHS Castle Point and Rochford CCG, said: “We understand that people cannot always go to see their GP during standard working hours. Appointments may not be at your usual practice, but if you talk to your GP practice receptionist they can help you find the right service, at a time that works best for you, where possible.”
Local residents will see a GP or healthcare professional that may or may not be, from the practice they are registered with. The GP or other healthcare professional will have access to medical records to ensure that you receive the best possible care and support.”
GP or Nurse appointments are now available from 6:30pm - 8:00pm, Monday to Friday and from 9:00am - 3:00pm on the weekends and public holidays; opening hours may vary between the practices however.
To make an appointment you can call your own GP practice during normal business hours.These appointments are in addition to the usual GP surgery opening hours from 8am to 6.30pm.
This means that patients who contact their doctor will be offered appointments at an accessible time and day at surgeries where appointments are available, which may not always be patient’s usual practice.
We are keen to find out how many people have spotted our adverts on local buses, so if you have seen them, please tweet us and tell! @CPRCCG or @SouthendCCG.