Our appointment system has changed to improve our service.
In response to feedback from our patients, we operate a system whereby a patient can speak with a doctor on the day they decide they need our help or advice. This is because you told us that it was difficult to get an appointment with a GP or that you had to wait too long.
You call the surgery in exactly the same way – but no need to rush at 8am.
When you call us in the normal way, our reception staff will take your name and make sure they have your correct telephone number (you can give a mobile if you wish). They will ask you what is the nature of the problem. The information will be treated in strictest confidence. You do not have to tell the receptionist why you wish to spealk with a doctor, but it is very helpful to the doctor who will be calling you back on the phone.
It is important to stress that our receptionists do not triage the call, when patients ring to book a call with a doctor. The receptionists do not make medical decisions. All patients who request to be spoken with by a doctor, wil be unless it is agreed as something which another team member can help with eg a referral or other administrative query.
What happens when the doctor calls?
The doctor will ring you and discuss the problem with you and work out what to do next. You may want advice, or a prescription, or you may need to come in. The doctor will arrange an appointment if you need to be seen. Usually this will be the same day, but you can ask for a later day if you wish.
The doctor may book your appointment with the Nurse Pratitioner who is highly qualified and able to prescribe.
How soon will the doctor call?
The dr will ring you back as promptly as they can, but please bear in mind some days are busier than others. Monday mornings for example are very busy.We will give you an indicative time when the doctor aims to ring you back. If you are at work and need to speak at a particular time, please tell the receptionist.
Do I need to call early?
No. However if you call us earlier in the day it allows more time to book you a face to face appointment if that is what required. If patients don't ring us until late afternoon then it might not leave much time to offer the patient a same day appointment.
How does this help patients?
It ensures that the patients who need to see a doctor, do.
It cuts down the wait to see a doctor. We speak to the patient the dat they call and can offer appointments the same day at the surgery if needed.
It avoids wasted time coming in to the surgery when you don’t need to.
It helps ensure the doctors are available to see those patients who need their expertise.