A PARISH council is urging patients to have their say on the use of 084 numbers at doctors’ surgeries.

Kelvedon Parish Council raised concerns last year when the new numbers were introduced at Kelvedon Surgery, in High Street, in place of the cheaper local code 01376.

Barbara Lord, practice manager, said the number improved service at no extra cost.

The Department of Health has now launched a public consultation on the issue.

Graham Dossett, who campaigned for the parish council on the issue, said: “The council would encourage people to take a few minutes to look at the stuff the Department of Health has published and take less than a minute to tick the boxes and have their say.”

The consultation information is available via the DoH website.

The department document states: “We wish to find out how valuable people think the enhanced functions provided by 084 numbers are, and how they might otherwise be provided without patients having to pay more than a local call rate for them.”

The consultation closes on March 31.