The satellite units enable patients to access an evening and weekend service at one of four locations across the city when they need an urgent appointment with a GP or nurse practitioner. These are located at Crookes Practice, North (The Healthcare Surgery), Sloan Medical Centre and Woodhouse Health Centre.
Patients are booked an appointment at a satellite unit by their GP practice if they need to be seen urgently – please note: appointments aren’t available on a walk-in basis.
The appointments will be with the on shift GP or nurse practitioner, depending on the patient’s needs. The units open outside of standard practice hours covering weekday evenings 6pm – 10pm, and weekends 10am-6pm. The units have all been set up within either existing practices or as an extension to the current out of hours service and are staffed on a rota basis by GPs and nurses across the city.
Patients will find it easier to get a GP appointment when they urgently need one and avoid having to wait to see their GP or consider going to A&E unnecessarily. You are booked into satellite units through your registered GP practice or if they are closed by calling 111 and then via the out of hours service – you cannot book yourself directly into a satellite unit appointment.
Practices will be more able to meet the demand for their services, with reduced daily pressure on GP workloads.
“Just to let you know that we used the satellite unit on saturday and the feedback for this service was fantastic. My mother had a chest infection and at 82 years old needed a doctor. I called her surgery who directed me to 111 and all within just over an hour she had been triaged by 111, rung by a gp from the out of hours service, an appointment made at a local surgery ( Woodhouse ) attended and prescription collected and home. This whole experience was good from start to finish.”