New hub to provide late night GP service in Dagenham

It's going to get easier to book a late night appointment. Picture: PA

It's going to get easier to book a late night appointment. Picture: PA - Credit: PA WIRE

Booking an evening GP appointment is set to get easier thanks to the opening of a new hub.

Together First is introducing a late-night service in Dagenham following the success of its inaugural practice in Barking.

The new hub, which opens at the Broad Street Centre in Moorland Road on Monday, will offer weekday appointments between 6.30pm and 10pm for anyone registered with a GP in Barking and Dagenham.

It aims to improve care and help ease the pressure on local A&E departments.

And after seeing an evening GP, details of the consultation and any medicines prescribed will be sent to the patient’s own GP by 9am the following day.

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Dr Arun Sharma, local GP and chair of Together First, said the GP group wanted to ensure that Dagenham residents could also benefit from the service. The group’s first late night hub, which is based at Barking Community Hospital in Upney Lane, opened in January.

“Opening another practice late into the evenings means there are now even more appointments available outside of normal GP opening hours for people who might otherwise have waited to be seen at a walk-in centre or at A&E,” Dr Sharma added.

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“This means that booking an appointment with this new service could not only save you time, but it could also help to free up local A&E departments for the most serious or life threatening cases.”

To book an appointment, call 020 3770 1888 between 2pm and 9pm on weekdays.

Alternatively, call your own GP or ring the NHS on 111.

Appointments must be booked in advance. Patients can’t walk in or turn up on the day without an appointment.

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