During the Pandemic we are having to consult by phone before booking a face-to-face appointment. However, under normal circumstances, we offer the following types of appointments at our practice:
1. Book in advance 'Routine' - this can be done up to 2 weeks in advance.
2. Book on the day 'Routine' - a number of appointments are held back for routine appointments that cannot wait 2 weeks (a proportion are released at 8pm each evening to allow patients to book online via patient access, and a proportion are released at 830am each day).
3. Immediate Necessary - each day we hold an 'Immediate Necessary' clinic for patients who feel that their problem needs to be dealt with on the same day. If all of these appointments are filled, you may be allocated a Triage Call from the Duty Doctor.
4. Minor Illness - is a nurse-led clinic and is for the treatment of minor illnesses and injuries.
PLEASE NOTE THAT OUR SURGERY IS VERY BUSY AND ROUTINE APPOINTMENTS ARE TAKEN VERY QUICKLY.
Please telephone (01952) 605252 for an appointment. The telephone lines are at their busiest in the mornings and therefore please be patient if your call is not answered immediately. If you are ringing with a routine query (including test results or with a prescription query) you will be asked to ring back after 10am.
You can also book an appointment on-line by visiting www.patient.co.uk/patient-access Please note, this service is not available for patients under 16 years old.
Please be aware that when you ring to arrange an appointment, you will be asked to provide a brief description of your condition. This is to enable us to allocate your appointment to the correct clinician. This information is confidential and will be used for the purpose of appointment allocation only. If you do not wish to disclose any information, please inform the receptionist.
PLEASE NOTE: ALL calls are now recorded for training, monitoring and dispute resolution purposes.
10 top tips to get the most out of your GP appointment
These tips are based on guidance from Healthwatch Trafford, Healthwatch Central West London, Which? and NHS Choices.
- Is your issue urgent? Do you need to see a specific GP?
Is it important you are seen quickly or would you rather wait for an appointment with a particular GP? If you have a long-term illness would you benefit from seeing a GP who knows your history personally?
- Take notes to help you
Before you see your GP, be clear in your own mind what you want to say. Make a note of your symptoms, worries and any questions that you would like to ask.
- Many problems? See if you can book a double appointment
If you have a number of issues that you would like to discuss with your GP, see whether it is possible to book a double appointment to give you more time to talk them through.
- Take a list of your medicines – prescribed or otherwise
Bring a list of any medication you are taking, including over-the-counter and/or alternative medicines, or anything prescribed after a hospital visit. This includes tablets, liquids or creams. Your GP needs to know about everything you are taking.
- Discuss important things first and stick to the point
Make sure you tell the doctor about the important things first and try to get to the point. Do not feel you have to justify being there or leave your main concern to the end.
- Not clear on treatment plan? Ask again
Make sure you fully understand the next steps before you leave the room. If you don’t, then don’t be afraid of asking your GP to go through the plan again.
- Ask who to contact if you have any more questions You may think of questions that you would like to ask after your appointment. Find out who you can contact to ask questions, as well as any support groups that can provide reliable information.
- If you need support, take a relative, carer or friend
If you feel your situation needs it, take a relative or friend for support. They can help you understand or explain.
- Unhappy? Ask to see another GP
If you’re not happy, you can ask to see another GP in the practice. You can also change GP practices, but you should as a first step always discuss your concerns with a practice staff member first.
- Could the practice nurse deal with your problem?
In many cases, a practice nurse could deal with your concern, so consider this as an alternative to making an appointment with a GP. The surgery may also run special clinics such as asthma and diabetes, so make sure you find out.