To enable patients, who find it difficult to attend during normal surgery hours, to access surgery sessions outside those times – early morning, evening and at weekends.
- Until further notice.
- Wales and England have their own extended access schemes.
£3.01 per registered patient.
What it involves
- The practice is required to provide a minimum extra 30 minutes of GP/other healthcare professional consultation time per 1,000 registered patients per week.
- Extended hours sessions are to be provided outside of core contracted hours.
- They are to be provided on a consistent basis, for example, at the same time each week, if appropriate and reasonably practicable.
- The practice must publicise its extended hours arrangements to patients.
- Consultation time must be provided for pre-booked appointments as well as for urgent and routine care.
- Smaller practices with list sizes of between 1,000 and not more than 3,000 patients will be required to provide 30 extra minutes of consultation time per every 1,000 patients on a pro rata basis, one week in two.
- Practices with list sizes of 1,000 patients, or less, will be required to provide 30 extra minutes of consultation time one week in four.
Security and safety issues; persuading staff to work extended hours; ensuring DES payments more than covers additional expenses on overheads such as energy and staff costs.
More information is available in a circular from the Scottish government's Health and Social Care Integration Directorate, which can be downloaded by clicking here.