GP Extended Hours and Access

09 February 2023

Appointments are available: 


  • From 6.30pm to 8.00pm on weekday evenings by one of the 4 Surgeries in the PCN (the reception desk will not be open during this time). 
  • From 9am - 5pm on Saturdays at Westlands Medical centre 

    If you would like further information about this, please speak to one of our receptionists or read the information below: 

    What is the Extended Access Service? 

    The Extended Access Service provides evening and weekend pre-bookable routine appointments with GPs, Nurses and other Health Care Professionals. The service is available in Fareham & Portchester which makes it easier for you to get a routine appointment at a time that suits you. 

    The NHS 111 and the Out of Hours service is still available for unplanned primary health care needs. 


When are these appointments available? 

Appointments are available from 6.30pm to 8pm on weekday evenings and 9am-5pm on a Saturday 


Who can access these appointments? 

Everyone registered with the following GP practices: 

  • Centre Practice 
  • Portchester Health Centre 
  • Gudgeheath Lane Surgery 
  • Westlands Medical Centre 

Temporary residents can also access the service providing they are registered as a temporary resident with one of the above GP practices.  




What can I discuss at the appointment? 

An ‘extended access’ appointment is just like an appointment at your own GP practice; they are for routine primary care health needs. 


Will I speak to my own GP and/or nurse? 

You will be spoken to by experienced GPs, Nurses and other Health Care Professionals but you may not be spoken to by your own GP or Practice Nurse. Continuity of care continues to be extremely important to all four practices and whenever it is in the patient’s best interest we will aim to make sure you have an appointment with a team member that knows you, although this may not always be possible.    

If you would prefer to see your usual GP or Practice Nurse, please book an appointment with your surgery during normal practice hours. 

Will the clinician I speak to have access to my medical records during my appointment? 


Yes.  This ensures that your patient record is updated by the clinician, and the information is available to your practice. 

How do I book an Extended Access appointment? 

You can put in a healthcare request for a weekday or weekend appointment via your GP surgery.  

If urgent care is required outside your GP’s usual opening hours, please call 111.  If your need is life threatening, please call 999 or go immediately to the nearest A&E Department. 


How do I cancel an appointment? 

To cancel your appointment, you should phone your GP surgery during their normal opening hours.   

Where do I go for my appointment? 

Weekday evening appointments will be available through your registered Practice 


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