We offer appointments to see both the doctor and the practice nurse. Some appointments with the doctor are available up to two weeks in advance; the rest are available to book on the day of the appointment. Appointments to see the practice nurse can be booked up to four weeks in advance. Please make a separate appointment for each person needing to be seen.
When you ring or call in for an appointment, the reception staff will be doing their very best to give you your choice of day and time but, as with all systems, this may not always be possible. Once all appointments have been booked, we can then only see people with an urgent problem that cannot wait until another day. If this happens and you have an urgent problem we will offer you an appointment but we will not be able to offer a choice of time. Your telephone call to the practice may be recorded.
Practice Nurse’s Appointments
Our practice nurse has been highly trained in the monitoring of long-term conditions such as asthma, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), diabetes, heart and vascular disease and hypertension (raised blood pressure) and sexual health checks including chlamydia screening.
If you have one or more of these conditions and need a review, you can make an appointment with the practice nurse instead of the doctor.
Our practice nurse continues to see patients for:
• Monitoring and repeat prescribing for contraception and HRT
• Contraceptive advice
• Coil checks
• Wound care
• Cervical smears
• Travel advice and immunisation
• Immunisation (including child immunisations)
• Health checks and lifestyle advice, including weight management
• Ear syringing
If the practice nurse has concerns over your condition she will involve a GP in further assessment and any changes necessary to your management.
If you cannot keep an appointment, please inform us as soon as possible so that time can be used by another patient.
If you are confronted by a serious problem such as acute chest pain or severe bleeding, call an ambulance (tel: 999) before calling the surgery.