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18th May 2020: This practice is supporting vital coronavirus (COVID-19) planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital. For more information please visit https://digital.nhs.uk/coronavirus/gpes-data-for-pandemic-planning-and-research/general-practice-transparency-notice?_cldee=Z2FyeS5yaWdieUBuaHMubmV0&recipientid=contact-5891bdccea76e411b9f9005056ab5ef8-b261a174884c4070b9d9b16615d2b12f&esid=a55cb788-9996-ea11-a812-002248007f84 

04th May 2020: Information for patients on how to access dental services Access to Dental Services

29th April 2020: COVID-19 appointment page update with information regarding sending photos to the practice and a quick guide to video consultations.

24th April 2020: Advice for parents added to the COVID-19 advice and support page.

22nd April 2020 Dispensing patient update: if you are currently shielding, unwell and do not have a trusted nominated family member, friend or neighbour who can collect your medication from the practice. Please ring us and ask to speak to Donna the Dispensary Manager who will be arranging home deliveries where needed.

Ramandan Information: Please see the attached information for any patient's during the COVID pandemic  Ramadan Guidance

20th April 2020 Update Coronavirus: Please find our new covid-19 information pages which we will keep updating with further information and support access for patients. Thank you for your continued patience during this challenging time.

Coronavirus Update 19th March 2020: Practice staffing has been affected by the impact of COVID-19; both self-isolation and the need to protect high risk members of staff. We will therefore only focus on urgent patient need.

 

It is important that patients work with us to protect the NHS, not just for unwell patients with COVID-19 but all other urgent conditions e.g. chronic heart conditions, cancer care.

  • DO think before ringing; We do not have the capacity to field minor queries for well patients.
  1. DO NOT use services unless absolutely necessary
  2. DO NOT request Med3s / reports / Holiday Cancellation Letters for COVID-19
  3. YOU MUST follow self-isolation/social distancing guidance
  4. DO use Electronic Prescribing Service to order NORMAL QUANTITIES of repeat medications
  5. DO be patient with all staff – everyone is doing their bit and working flat out

Your understanding at this difficult time for all of us is appreciated.

 

 

Appointments

All Consultations are booked by Appointment

We work on two sites and therefore if you do require an appointment with a doctor or nurse we would expect you to travel to either surgery to receive medical care.

At times of high demand, it is not always possible to see the doctor of your choice. On these occasions, please be prepared to see any available doctor. The doctor will usually only be able to deal with one problem during the time scheduled for each appointment. If you have more than one problem to discuss please ask for a double appointment when booking.

Booking Appointments

Appointments can be made by telephone, in person at the surgery reception desk and online. The majority of our patients are able to see a doctor on the same day the appointment is requested. We have some appointments that can be booked in advance for patients that may need to arrange time off work or arrange for a carer, relative or neighbour to come with them or bring them.

We also offer a number of early morning appointments with a GP for patients who are normally unable to attend during the day due to work commitments. These appointments are bookable in advance.

If you have registered for our online service, you can book from a selection of appointments with a GP online. To login to this service, click on the link at the top of this page. You can log online at 8.00am to book an appointment on the same day.

To find out more details about our online service, please click here.

Please arrive in good time for your appointment (preferably a few minutes early) and let the receptionist know you are here. If you arrive more than 10 minutes late for any appointment then you may be asked to rearrange your appointment. If a surgery is running late, please be assured that you will be seen as soon as possible. Occasionally, the ‘on call’ doctor has to attend an emergency, either within or outside the surgery, and we ask that you bear with us in these circumstances. If you are unable to wait, please speak to a receptionist to explain and rearrange your appointment. We apologise for these instances, which are entirely beyond our control.

Keeping Your Appointment / Not Attending / Cancelling

If you cannot keep your appointment, or it is no longer needed, please inform the surgery as soon as possible so we can offer the appointment to someone else.

If you fail to attend an appointment you will receive a letter of non-attendance. Should you fail to attend further appointments within a 6 month period the practice will give serious consideration to requesting our primary care trust remove you from our list of registered patients.  

SMS Text Reminders

If we have a mobile phone number recorded for you, we now send SMS text reminders for appointments booked in advance. If you haven't given us your mobile number, please let us have this if you would like an appointment reminder sent to you. You will also need to ensure that you advise us if you change your mobile number.

No personal information is sent in the text message; just the date and time of the appointment and a phone number to ring if you wish to cancel or rearrange it. Currently, for confidentiality purposes, we cannot advise you which of our sites your appointment is at.

Telephone Consultations

The doctors are happy to provide medical advice over the telephone when a face-to-face appointment may not be necessary for example medication reviews and to discuss test results. To book in for a routine telephone appointment please contact the surgery please not these are not normally offered on the same day.

Practice Nurse and Healthcare Assistant Appointments

Appointments can be booked up to 4-6 weeks in advance. Appointment times may vary. If you are unable to attend then please let us know so we can offer the appointment to someone else.

Teaching and Training

The practice is actively committed to training. There will be occasions when the doctor and nurses have a student in with them during consultations. Please state if you would rather see the doctor or nurse without the student present.

 
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