Extended Access is a government initiative that requires our Clinical Commissioning Group to offer patients appointments outside of core hours. This differs from, and is in addition to our existing hours sessions offered at two of our sites. The main difference is that it will be organised and operated by our local federation: Dacorum Healthcare Providers (DHP) who will employ clinical, administrative and reception staff to run this service.
The service will be operated as a locality (for us, this is Dacorum) and will service all 18 practices in the Dacorum area. Appointments will be offered at three different locations, known as hubs, across the locality. It is envisaged there will be two hubs in Hemel Hempstead and one in Tring at The New Surgery. The service will commence during May and all Dacorum patients will be able to book appointments via their own practice to be seen outside of core hours at one of the hubs.
We are working with DHP to get this service running and will keep you informed on progress.