A private hospital in Harrogate has launched a new service offering GP appointments to the public.
The Duchy Hospital, on Queen’s Road, will be offering the appointments with Dr Jason Jones at £100 for a 30 minute appointment.
“I’m very happy and excited to be joining the team at The Duchy and providing some primary care services.
“Being based within the hospital will also give me access to all the hospital’s facilities, services and consultant colleagues. This should improve the patient journey if any secondary care referrals are needed.”
The news follows reports that people across the UK have been struggle to get GP appointments, particularly face-to-face, following the covid pandemic.
In the Harrogate district, demand for GP services has also risen thanks to extensive house-building in recent years, increasing the population.
A report by Healthwatch North Yorkshire in December found people were struggling to access appointments either over the phone or in person. The service added:
“Several people expressed their concern about digital exclusion for people who can’t access GP and other services online. Others raised issues about misdiagnosis following telephone appointments.
“We know that GP practices across North Yorkshire are working hard to ensure everyone can access the right services for them.”
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Appointments with Dr Jones at The Duchy Hospital are available from Monday, April 25 and can be booked by calling 01423 567136 and selecting option four.
The Duchy’s executive director Rick Sanders added:
“The private GP service is a great addition for our patients at The Duchy. This new service will allow patients to see a GP face to face with easy access to any diagnostic tests, scans or onward referrals that may be required.”