Changes to our Appointment System
IMPORTANT, PLEASE READ:
From 1st March 2017 all urgent same day appointments will be released at 8:00am and you will no longer be asked to call back at 1:15pm. In addition to this you will no longer be asked to call into the practice for your telephone consulation. Instead the GP will call you on the telephone number you provide within a specified two hour window. Please note that the GP will only attempt to call you twice.
We hope these changes will improve patient experience and the service we offer.
Statement of Fitness for Work (Fit Note) Data Extraction
Fit notes, also known as a 'Statement of fitness for work' or a 'Med3 form' were introduced in April 2010 replacing the 'sick note'. Doctors issue fit notes to people to record the advice they have given about their fitness for work.
From January 2016 the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will start to extract anonymous data on fit notes issued in England. The DWP will start publishing the data from Spring 2016. The aim of the DWP data extraction is to gain a better understanding of sickness absence and to assist in the development of government policy to help people with health conditions return to work earlier. The anonymised statistics will also be used to evaluate the new service, Fit for Work for employed people who develop health conditions.
For further information please click on the link below:
NAMED ACCOUNTABLE GP FOR ALL PATIENTS
From the 1 April 2015, we are required under the General Medical Services Contract to allocate a named, accountable GP to all patients. If you wish to know who this is, or have a preference as to which GP you are allocated, please contact Reception.
These new arrangements do not prevent you making an appointment or seeing any GP of your choosing within the practice as you would normally do.
PRACTICE INFORMATION BOOKLET
For new and existing patients we have attached our practice information booklet. Please click on the link below to download it.
Practice Information Booklet
Alternatively hard copies are available at the surgery. Please ask at Reception.
SURGERY CLOSED FOR TRAINING
The practice will be closed for training from 13:00 on the following afternoons:-
Thursday 9th February 2017
Wednesday 5th April 2017
Thursday 11th May 2017
Thursday 1st June 2017
Thursday 13th July 2017
Wednesday 2nd August 2017
Thursday 14th September 2017
Thursday 5th October 2017
Thursday 9th November 2017
Thursday 8th February 2018
We will re-open at 08:00 the following morning.
Should you require urgent medical attention on any of these afternoons, please telephone the surgery on 01943 604455 and your call will be re-directed to the Out of Hours service
Prescriptions due to be collected on these days will be available from 09:00 the following morning.