Asda plan to offer 24/7 GP services at all-night stores

Supermarket chain Asda is set to open in-store GP surgeries that open throughout the night and all through the weekend.

24/7 surgeries in Asda
24/7 surgeries in Asda

It is in talks with several unnamed primary care trusts (PCTs) with a focus on opening in existing 24-hour stores.

The news comes just days after the DoH announced plans to push for longer practice opening hours in GMS contract negotiations (GP, 2 February).

Asda said that the new surgeries would act as support to other local practices. 'Only patients affiliated with local surgeries' would be eligible to use the practices, a spokesman added.

The scheme is being led by Asda's superintendent pharmacist John Evans, who said that

the services were designed to be in-line with government priorities in last year's primary care White Paper.

'Plans are at an early stage, but we want to press ahead,' he said.

'We're in preliminary talks with PCTs and we aim to improve customers' access to healthcare services.'

The chain is investigating the possibility of a store's pharmacy section opening during the night to serve patients visiting the surgery.

Boots has already opened its first in-house surgery in Poole, Dorset and Virgin group are rumoured to be looking to establish a chain of super-surgeries.

edward.davies@haymarket.com

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