Our Appointment System Explained
We are very lucky to have a wide range of clinicians available at the practice to help you with your needs. These include GP’s, Minor Illness Nurses, Physios, Pharmacists and an extensive Nursing Team.
Our Patient Navigation Team are trained to ask certain questions in order to ensure that you receive the most appropriate medical care, from the most appropriate health professional, at the most appropriate time.
Routine GP Appointments – We can offer these up to 2 weeks in advance and they are released daily at 8am. Once these appointments have been taken, more appointments will be made available the following day. Routine appointments are often very limited later in the day.
Urgent Care Appointments – We have an Urgent Care Team made up of GPs, Minor Illness Nurses and Pharmacists who deal with urgent only matters, on the day.
Routine Nurses Appointments – These can be booked up to 6 weeks ahead which can include blood tests, dressings, injections and child immunisations.
Routine Pharmacists Appointments – Our Pharmacy Team deal with medication reviews as well as Long Term Condition Reviews, these can also be booked up to 6 weeks ahead.
Physio Appointments - Our Physio is available for all musculoskeletal problems and is able to carry out joint injections.
Community Pharmacy (CPCS) Referrals - Our Patient Navigators can make appointments directly with a Pharmacy of your choice to discuss many minor ailments.
Ways To Book An Appointment
- By phone
- In person
- Via the NHS App
- Via eConsult
- Patient Access (Ways to get Online Access)
Please attend your appointment on time, if you are late you may not be seen.
If you require an interpreter when you see your Doctor please notify the receptionist who will arrange this for you.
We send SMS (text message) and email appointment reminders where possible - please ensure we have your correct mobile number and/or email details.
If you choose to opt out of receiving text messages, the opt out will exclude SMS messages for appointment reminders.
Please do not rely solely on these electronic reminders as service delivery is not guaranteed.
Consult us online using eConsult
You can also now submit an eConsult with us at any time if you are registered with us. Click on the link to complete an online form for your request. This may be for an appointment, an admin request or a Fit note.
We will process your eConsult form by 6.30pm the following working day and let you know the outcome of your request. If your request is for an appointment this will be assessed by our eConsult team who will book an appropriate routine appointment and notify you of this (usually by text).
If we need more information we may call you to discuss your request.
We encourage patients to attend the surgery where possible however home visits are available if you are housebound or too ill to come to the surgery. Please contact the surgery and one of our Patient Navigators will book an appointment with a member of our Urgent Care Team who will establish whether a home visit is required.
Please remember that several patients can be seen in the practice in the time that it takes to make one home visit. There are also better facilities for examining and treating patients at the Health Centre.
We support the national drive to improve access to General Practice by providing additional appointments outside of our core opening hours. These appointment are offered with a range of clinicians from routine GP appointments, nurse treatment room and practice pharmacists.
You may be offered an early morning (before 8am) or evening (after 6.30pm). If this is something you would prefer please ask about availability when booking an appointment.
Saturday morning surgeries are held at our St George site, appointments bookable in advance - the practice is not open to other callers and the telephones are unmanned.
Improving Access to General Practice
Please cancel appointments not required
It is important that you inform us if you are unable to attend your appointment, in sufficient time that the appointment can be offered to another patient. We monitor DNA (Did Not Attend) rates and action may be taken against persistent offenders which may include removal from the practice list.
We recommend registering for Online Access - you can then cancel any booked appointment online, whether you booked it online or not.