HOW TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT TO SEE THE DOCTOR
For an urgent/emergency appointment please call the surgery at 8.00am Monday to Friday please call at the surgery or telephone the surgery. Do not go to work or school. Urgent problems will be seen as soon as possible.
TRIAGE – We operate a triage system and offer pre bookable appointments.
For an appointment please telephone the surgery during working hours, ask the receptionist for a telephone consultation or face to face appointment if you feel your problem can't be dealt with over the telephone. At busy times of the week, you may have to wait longer than usual.If you have an urgent problem our receptionists will take your telephone number and ask the doctor to call you back for a telephone consultation or offer availability for a face to face appointment.
Please advise the receptionist if you have special instructions as to when the doctor would be able to call you back. If you contact the surgery before 11.00am the doctor will called you back before 11.30am for more urgent matters. If you call after 11.00am the doctor will ring you back before 5.00pm. The doctors will call back twice at least 30 minutes apart, they will leave a message if possible for you to contact the surgery if you still need advice and they have not been able to contact you.
We do have prebookable appointments with all doctors, please use these only if a telephone call would not suffice.
Booking Appointments Online
You can now book routine doctors appointments on line.
Unfortunately we are not able to offer appointments with nurses to book on line at the moment as the length of time needed varies for each appointment. We may be able to offer this service in the future.
For the following appointments you need to call the practice on 01623 795461:
- Urgent matters that can't wait until the next routine appointment
- Annual reviews for long term conditions
- Coil or implanon fittings
- Midwife appointments
- Minor injuries
- Minor illnesses
- Minor operations
- Joint injections
- NHS Health Checks
- Requesting home visits
- Smoking cessation advice
- Telephone appointments
- Travel Vaccinations
- Weight loss
*There may also be other appointments that are not currently available to book on line*
On arrival at the surgery you can book in for your appointment using our Self Check-In system, there is a screen in both waiting areas.
Please do not turn up after 10.30am or 5.30pm unless you have an appointment or it is an emergency. Arrive promptly or cancel your appointment if you cannot keep it. If your doctor is away for any reason, you will be able to see one of the other doctors or someone acting on his/her behalf. Please try to make an appointment for one main problem. If you have more than one thing to discuss please ask for a longer appointment or be prepared for the doctor or nurse to ask you to come in again in order to cover the rest of your problems.
SEEING THE PRACTICE NURSE
The practice nurses help by offering cervical and health screening, can arrange blood tests, offer health advice, baby and travel vaccinations and other treatment room activities. Women can also consult the nurse about the menopause and the prevention of osteoporosis. We also have specialist nurses trained in asthma, cardiovascular problems (heart disease, stroke), chronic respiratory disease and diabetes.
SPEAKING TO A DOCTOR OR NURSE
You can usually speak to one of the doctors or nurses if you ring within surgery hours Monday to Friday.
If you have an appointment, the doctors or nurses will try to see you as close to your appointment time as possible. Please remember delays can happen e.,g. because of other emergencies. If you have to wait longer, we will tell you the reason for this.