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FURTHER CHANGE TO APPOINTMENT SYSTEM

Unfortunately due to an unforeseen  reduction in GP and Advanced Nursing Practitioner resources the Practice is unable to offer as many appointments per week as has previously been the case.     Advertisements have already been placed and every effort is being made to recruit a GP/Advanced Nursing Practitioner.

With effect from Wednesday, 25 September 2019 the majority of appointments will be bookable only on an “on the day” basis. There are some appointments available between 7.30am and 8.10am and a few will be bookable online up to one week in advance.  If you telephone and there are no appointments left for that day, regrettably we can only ask that you try again the following day.

The triage system, whereby anyone who requires urgent medical attention will remain in place.  Anyone who requires to see a Doctor should give the fullest details to the receptionist who will pass on this information without delay to allow a Doctor to call the patient back and consider how best to proceed.  PLEASE DO NOT ABUSE THIS AND ONLY ASK FOR A DOCTOR TO CALL BACK IF IT IS ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY.

Requests for HOME VISITS must be made before 10.30am in order to enable the Doctors to prioritise these visits.

Finally please remember that the Doctors and staff at the Practice are as concerned as you are that this situation has arisen.  If unfortunately there are no appointments left when you call there is nothing we can do but ask you to try again the next day.  Venting your frustration on the reception staff by being rude or abusive will not remedy the situation, suddenly create the appointment you desire or lessen the stress for you or them.    It is all the more important that you ensure you attend any appointment you have booked and if you no longer require that appointment please telephone at the earliest opportunity to cancel it.

Care Navigation information

You will notice that our receptionists are asking for a brief outline of your problem when you ring to book an appointment.

This is because we have introduced something called "Care Navigation".  It means we have trained our receptionist as Patient Care Advisers in order to help identify the most appropriate place of care for our patients.

Through this specialist training, our practice team will be able to direct you to the most appropriate health clinician for your needs first.

Receptionists will never offer clinical advice or triage; this new way of working is about offering you the choice to see more appropriate professionals in the practice team or even somewhere else.  If they can deal with the problem directly, it will often be quicker and means you may not need to see the GP at all.

By working this way, it helps to free up time for GP's to care for patients with complex or serious health conditions that can only be managed by the GP.  More importantly though, it means people are seen first by the clinician that is best placed to manage their clinical concerns.

Care Navigation - who do you need to see?



 
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