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Increased weekend GP appointments in Watford and Three Rivers

An increase in the number of weekend appointments for people registered with a GP in Watford and Three Rivers is on offer this winter.

Until now 11 practices in the districts have been offering weekend appointments to their patients, but thanks to Herts Valleys CCG – the organisation that holds most of the NHS budget locally – all 26 practices are now offering this service over the winter months.

Dr Kevin Barrett, a GP in Watford and Three Rivers, said: “Herts Valleys CCG has provided additional funding so that we can now offer weekend GP appointments to all patients registered with a practice in Watford or Three Rivers in the winter months – traditionally the busiest of the year for NHS services.

“We have been offering this service at 11 practices since 2014 as part of funds awarded to us from the pilot Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund. Being able to extend this out widely is great news for local people.”

Speaking about the news, Richard Harrington, MP for Watford, said: “I have been working with the CCG for some time to get this through and thank them for providing additional weekend GP appointments. I think this will really help with pressure on A&E and help those patients who find it difficult to get to see their GP during the week.”

Welcoming the news, David Gauke, MP for South West Hertfordshire, said: “This is welcome news. It is important that west Hertfordshire residents have the opportunity to obtain GP appointments across the week, providing a better service for patients and reducing the burden on A&E services."