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Manchester Extended Access Service (MEAS)

MEAS provides GP, Practice Nurse and HCA appointments during weekday evenings and at weekends, increasing the capacity and extending the operating hours of general practice in Manchester. The service is provided from hubs in existing GP surgeries, strategically chosen to ensure ease of access and equity for patients.

Branding


MEAS is promoted with the There For You slogan and branding. Look out for information with our branding in your local GP surgery.

What does the service provide

The service provides access to a multi-disciplinary team who will see patients via booked appointments for the following
(please note that nurses and HCAs only operate from certain sites):

GPsPractice NursesHealthcare Assistants
Acute illness
Repeat prescriptions
Routine/follow-up GP appointment
Management of long term conditions
Medication reviews
Controlled drugs
   (patients with no h/o misuse)
Emergency contraception
Chronic disease management
   (asthma, diabetes)
Diet and weight management advice
Ear assessment
Cervical smear test
Phlebotomy (adult blood test)
Blood pressure
Urinalysis
GPs
Acute illness
Repeat prescriptions
Routine/follow-up GP appointment
Management of long term conditions
Medication reviews
Controlled drugs
   (patients with no h/o misuse)
Emergency contraception
Practice Nurses
Chronic disease management
   (asthma, diabetes)
Diet and weight management advice
Ear assessment
Cervical smear test
Healthcare Assistants
Phlebotomy (adult blood test)
Blood pressure
Urinalysis

How to access the service

The provision of this service applies only to patients registered with one of the 90 practices in Central, North and South Manchester (see Members page).

MEAS is an appointment based service only. Appointments are made via the patient's own practice and are available to patients who are unable to access appointments during normal surgery hours, due to work or other commitments or at times of high demand. The receptionist will offer an appointment with MEAS at a location that best suits the patient. Currently patients can only be seen at hubs in the same area as their normal practice.

Opening times

The operating times of the service vary between each location. Appointments are available at all sites between 18:00 and 20:00 on weekdays and on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Confidentiality and data protection

In order to provide the best care to you, MEAS will need access to the medical record held at your usual GP practice. MEAS will also need to share information it records about you with your usual GP practice so that it can also provide the best care. This is achieved through a sharing agreement allowing both organisations to view each other's record in a secure way.

When you first attend, you will be asked to sign a consent form to allow MEAS to register you onto their system for the purposes of providing care to you. The registration process will create a sharing agreement between your usual GP practice and MEAS. Your consent will allow MEAS to view your practice based record and for your practice to view your MEAS based record.

MEAS may also use information it holds about you in an anonymised manner for secondary purposes such as clinical audit and service planning.

MEAS will not share information it holds about you with any third party without your express consent. There are certain exceptions where we may share information without consent, for example where we are required to do so by law or where we genuinely believe this would be for your own protection or the protection of others.

You have a right to access the information that we hold about you. Requests for access should be submitted to the Data Controller for the Federation that provides MEAS in the area you were seen.

Service locations

Central Manchester areaNorth Manchester areaSouth Manchester area
Chorlton Family Practice
Dickenson Road Medical Centre
The Arch Medical Practice
West Point Medical Centre
Conran Medical Centre
Five Oaks Family Practice
North Manchester General Hospital
Whitley Road Medical Practice
Barlow Medical Centre
Ladybarn Group Practice
Peel Hall Medical Practice
Central Manchester area
Chorlton Family Practice
Dickenson Road Medical Centre
The Arch Medical Practice
West Point Medical Centre
North Manchester area
Conran Medical Centre
Five Oaks Family Practice
North Manchester General Hospital
Whitley Road Medical Practice
South Manchester area
Barlow Medical Centre
Ladybarn Group Practice
Peel Hall Medical Practice

Patient feedback

We routinely seek feedback from patients on how MEAS is performing. Here are just some of the comments received.

The GP was very caring. Please thank all the GPs.
Saved a trip to A&E.
Helped to relieve our anxiety and not seek emergency appointment at casualty.
Fantastic service, not only did I not miss work but I fitted it round the Manchester derby....unlike football the Manchester GPs are a city united!!
Saved taking time off work.
My work is different shifts each week so it helps to be able to see the doctor at a time when I don't have to wait in too long.
Happy to get same day appointment.
Easy to locate. Good Environment.
Brilliant service as I work, a Saturday appointment is unheard of without paying for them. Every practice should have this service.
Happy and should be continued. Good to have GPs open on weekend.