Although Christmas may be some time off yet we just wanted to let you know we will be issuing 3 months' worth of repeat medications to ensure you have adequate supply over the festive period. At least that's one less thing to worry about.
There will be walk-in clinics on Saturday 7th & 21st October from 9:00am-11:45am for patients who meet the criteria. No appointment is needed.
Important Information Regarding Appointments
From the 4th September you will be invited to call between 8-10am for an 'on the day' appointment to be seen by a GP. There will also be a limited number of telephone advice appointments available whereby the GP will call you back and may offer you self-care advice or an appointment if necessary.
Once all bookable appointments have been allocated, you will be asked to call the following day unless it is an emergency, and the Duty Doctor will deal with this accordingly.
Information regarding results etc. will be available after 1pm. We kindly request that you wait 48hrs after your blood test to ensure your results are available, the time for radiology results can be in excess of 3-4 weeks.
We will continue to offer advanced ‘routine’ bookable appointments at the surgery and online.
Please also remember to cancel any unnecessary appointments as early as possible so we may offer the time to other patients who may be in need.
Receptionists aren’t medically trained so why do they ask why I’m calling?
A common bug bear among patients is around reception staff asking questions about the reasons for a patients call when ringing for an appointment. Commonly patients will feel that receptionists are prying into the patients business and that they’re not medically qualified so what business is it of theirs? Conversely however patients are also commonly frustrated at appointment availability or wait time for routine appointments.
The two points may seem unrelated but they are linked. It may help if I explain the reasons behind the processes we use and why. As with the majority of practices in the country we are feeling the pressure of demand appointments, and particularly GP appointments. It is a fact that not all requests coming through to the surgery require to be seen by a GP, and nor do we have sufficient GP capacity for them to manage every appointment enquiry.
We do however have a range of clinical staff with different skills who are qualified to deal with a variety of different health matters and we are continuing to develop the skill mix in the practice. Ultimately the purpose of a receptionist asking the purpose of the call is to attempt to identify the most suitable staff member or service to support the patient. This helps the patient to be seen at the earliest opportunity and supports appropriate use of available clinical appointments.
Whilst some patients may have a good understanding of what conditions our staff are qualified to see, many patients will not. To be clear, what receptionist are absolutely not attempting to do is to make a clinical assessment or give medical advice and nor are they qualified to do so. They are however trained and given guidance by our clinicians over who or what service is most appropriate for certain conditions.
It is also worth pointing out that in terms of confidentiality all of our staff, both clinical and non-clinical, are bound by the same standards. Staff are expected to understand however that some patients may not wish to disclose personal information for a variety of reasons, and that it is ok, it simply helps when this is possible.
Beat the Heat
We are not making any promises about the weather this summer but are told continued very warm or hot conditions are likely to remain north under high pressure which may trigger heatwave conditions. For advice on staying well and keeping elderly, very young or vulnerable people safe in very hot conditions, please visit the following webpage: http://www.northeastlincolnshireccg.nhs.uk/healthy-living/heatwave/.
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