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Scheme introduces additional doctors appointments in Sudbury to ease pressure on health service


By Priya Kingsley-Adam


Paul Driscoll, medical director andchairman of Suffolk GP Federation. (5725389)
Paul Driscoll, medical director andchairman of Suffolk GP Federation. (5725389)

Additional doctor appointments have been introduced in Sudbury to ease the pressure on the health service.

The scheme is part of Suffolk GP Federation, a not-for profit organisation which provides support to GP surgeries.

Mildenhall is among the towns providing GP+ extended hours, while the service has already been implemented at other surgeries across the county, including in Bury St Edmunds and Haverhill.

The scheme is designed to ease the demand on the health service, while providing around 1,700 extra appointments each week.

Paul Driscoll, medical director of the Suffolk GP Federation, said: “We have been running GP+ for more than three years now and this latest news is all part of our plan to expand the service further.

“By extending the reach of this service, we want to help relieve some strain faced by the NHS in Suffolk.

“It means we can help reduce the pressure on both general practice and hospital emergency departments by allowing patients to attend an appointment at a convenient time that fits in with their working day.”

Appointments will be available during the evening, at the weekend and over bank holidays.

Patients can request a GP+ appointment by contacting their doctor’s surgery, or by referral via the NHS 24 hour non-emergency medical helpline on 111.



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