WE have some great news to share with you all about extended access – Wave 1 of the service commenced operational delivery on June 12. Thanks to your efforts, the service has in its first three weeks provided over 270 additional GP appointments operating Monday to Friday, along with other services provided by our Voluntary Care Service colleagues. We are now successfully offering extended access to 25% of the Bradford population – that is over 115,000 people including patients from both the Bradford CCG areas.

OUR Wave 1 practices have been fully involved in promoting the services to their patients and booking patients into the service.

Thank you to all the Wave 1 practices for working with the project delivery group on resolving the teething problems – thankfully these have been relatively minor.

We are now commencing patient engagement on the shape of the service from December 1 when it is required to operate over the weekend period, and agree the sites for future waves of extended access.

Last month, Richard Haddad and Adrian Roebuck presented an update to the Patient Network on the implementation and future expectations, and a meeting was held on July 4 with a representative from the People’s Board and Patients Network.

Its aim was to agree how we will progress engagement with our patients.

We are also intending to write out to all Patient Participation Groups, via Practice Managers, with a series of questions to gain further feedback from as many patients as possible regarding the delivery of the weekend service.

More information on how patient engagement is progressing will be provided in our next newsletter

Now that Wave 1 is operational, we are planning the further roll-out of extended access in line with the specification requirements.

If any practice/federation wishes to be considered as a potential site for the delivery of extended access, please contact martin.myers@bradford.nhs.uk.