What resources are available when I’m not working?
Introducing how services combine to provide Ayrshire and Arran out of hours care.
Most practices in Ayrshire and Arran subscribe to the provision of care when they are closed through NHS24 and the “Ayrshire Urgent Care Service” or “AUCS” organisations. NHS24 is run by NHS Scotland, and AUCS works under the auspices of NHS Ayrshire and Arran who take responsibility for organising out of hours care for practices making the choice not to provide their own.
Any individual GP entitled to work in the area make a personal choice whether to provide sessions for AUCS under their terms, and this involves working at the hospital-based contact centres or being mobile for house calls. This would potentially include you!
AUCS and NHS24 cover is provided overnight and at weekends, and additional periods for relevant public and local holidays are generally negotiated in order that practices can take holiday breaks alongside other workforces.
As a particular facet of cover for Ayrshire and Arran, overnight and weekend cover is extended into contracted GP hours so that NHS24 will take calls from 1730 of an evening until 0830 the following working day. The benefit to practices in organising their working day, both for GPs and staff, is tangible and highly popular.