Better Access

Evening and weekend appointments for people who struggle to access GP appointments during the normal working week

What is Better Access?

Patients across Hambleton Richmondshire and Whitby areas can access routine appointments during evenings and weekends with our Better Access services.

A multi-skilled team including GPs, Practice Nurses, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Healthcare Assistants, Physiotherapists and Clinical Pharmacists provide appointments at a variety of locations between 6.30 and 8pm weekday evenings, 8.30 to 12 noon Saturdays and some Sundays and early mornings.

How to book

Patients interested in these appointments should speak to their GP practice reception and find out which appointments are available. Please note that patients may not necessarily be consulted by a staff member from their own GP practice and must consent for their Patient Care Record to be shared out from their practice with the consulting clinician.

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Hambleton hub – Mayford House Surgery

Tuesday/Thursday evenings 18.30–20.00
Saturday/Sunday mornings 08.30–12.00.

Appointments are available with:

  • ANPs – Sophie Walker, Darrel Mulholland and Anne Jackson
  • Pharmacist – Marilyn Brookes (Saturday mornings)
  • Practice Nurse – Helen Syddall (Saturday mornings). Asthma reviews, COPD checks, smears and diabetic checks.


Richmondshire hub – Harewood Medical Practice

Monday–Thursday evenings 18.30–20.00
Saturday/Sunday mornings 08.30-12.30

Appointments are available with:

  • GPs – Dr Lucy Fox, Dr Jonathan Pain and Dr Jane McLennan
  • ANP – Sophie Walker, Fiona Morrison and Carol McArthur
  • Practice Nurse – Jane Martin
  • Healthcare Assistants – Jo Humphries, Kristie Townend and Andrea Rostowitz


Remote service

Saturday or Sunday mornings

Scarborough and Filey’s Better Access service is delivered remotely by the seven practices within Scarborough and Filey. There is a weekly rotating rota for each practice:

  1. Filey and Scarborough healthier communities’ network
  2. Hackness Road Surgery
  3. The Filey Surgery
  4. Scarborough Medical Group
  5. Hunmanby Surgery
  6. Scarborough Core
  7. Eastfield Medical Centre
  8. Brook Square Surgery
  9. Castle Health Centre

Remote appointments are available with:

  • GP – Dr Jonathan Pain
  • ANP – Sophie Walker and Izzy Clayson

If a patient needs to be seen urgently face-to-face then the clinician should call Castle Health Centre on 0330 123 9278 to book them in.