This week, the government announced £240 million investment to improve access to GPs and end the “8am rush” for GP appointments.
This funding will support GP practices in migrating to modern telephone systems to help manage patients more efficiently.
In April, Glenlyn Medical Centre in East Molesey launched one such system. Their new cloud-based phone system will allow patients to leave the queue for an appointment and receive a call back when it’s their turn to speak to a receptionist, increasing flexibility for patients.
In a further boost to primary care, £645 million is being invested into helping pharmacies deliver a greater number of services, freeing up to 10 million GP appointments and improving patient choice.
Locally, as part of Our Plan for Esher and Walton constituency, I will work to increase the number of GP appointments and reduce waiting times by supporting the redevelopment of Molesey Hospital, and by expanding the range of care and services at our local community hospitals and GP practices.
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