In order to ensure that our resources are used safely and effectively all requests to be seen by a GP are taken as a message by the reception team. The reception team will ask for information about the reason for the appointment that day and may signpost patients to another service such as nurse practitioner, optician, dentist or community pharmacist. Alternatively the reception team may advise patients of specific protocols/ procedures that the practice has for specific problems or queries.
We will deal with requests made on the day upto 10am. There may be occasions where the cut off time is brought forward depending on the number of on the day requests and number of clinicians. This is to ensure that we continue to work safely. Requests made after 10am will usually be advised to call the next working day. The requests to be seen are viewed by the GPs through the course of the working day, prioritising medical problems over administrative queries. Patients are either allocated an appointment for a face to face review, receive a telephone call to discuss the problem in more detail or are directed to the most appropriate person to deal with the query or problem.
Urgent medical problems will be dealt with on the day including children under 16 years.
We also offer telephone consultations for patients who do not need to see the GP. These appointments can be pre-booked and are particularly useful for discussing test results where there is no medical urgency. We will usually inform patients to book these appointments and they can be booked through My Health Online (MHOL) or through the reception team.
Appointments are available Monday to Friday with the Practice Nursing Team. These are all book-able in advance. A number of appointment types are available to book through our website and MHOL and include:
• B12 Injections
• INR tests
• Depo Contraception Injection
• Stitch removal and Dressing Checks
We do not operate a “walk in surgery” at any time and patients “walking-in” will not be seen.
We do not pre-book any GP appointments.
If you are unable to keep your appointment we request that you contact the surgery to cancel it, so that it may be given to another patient.
On the 20th March 2019, the Minister for Health and Social Services announced the Access to In Hours GP Services Standards. The attached posters summarise these standards: