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Primary Care Networks

GP practices are working together with community, mental health, social care, pharmacy, hospital and voluntary services in their local areas in groups of practices known as primary care networks (PCNs). To find out more, click here and here. So far, being part of the PCN has allowed us to to have an in-house pharmacist, social prescriber, health coach and physiotherapist!

Sickness Certificates

The first 28 days of sickness do not require a certificate from your GP. If your employer insists on a sickness form, complete a Self-Certification form, which can be found here

Please ask staff to issue the usual sick notes, NOT the GP's.


We do NOT do sick notes for suspected Coronavirus

Sick Notes do NOT need to be SIGNED. We will text them to you, as we do not want you to come to surgery to pick them up. You can print them or email them to your employer.

We are not allowed to write letters telling your employer that you should be allowed to work from home. That's your HR department's decision, based on what medical conditions you declare to them. If they don't believe you, we can write a letter confirming your medical problems for £30 in advance. We have been overwhelmed with such requests, understandably, and we cannot guarantee a time frame for this.

Keep Your Details up to Date
Please do update your contact details ("Your Contact Details" box at the bottom of screen) with home & mobile & email. You will receive appointment reminders and occasional requests for information by text.

 

PHONE CALLS may be recorded for your protection.

 

 

Did Not Attend (DNA)

At a time where the media is constantly showing patients who are unable to get appointments at their GP Surgery, it is shocking to see that one clinician alone recently had 9 hours' of patient DNAs for face-to-face appointments in one week. This is 9 hours that could have been spent with patients that truly needed to be seen. This is despite reminder messages being sent the day before.

Due to the supposed shortage of face-to-face appointments in the current climate, we have decided to write to any patient who does not attend their face-to-face appointment, warning them that a repeat of this will result in them having to find a more suitable GP Practice. We hope that this will free up appointments for those of you that do value your free healthcare and the time of our clinicians.

The vast majority of our patients attend their appointments or let us know if they cannot attend or no longer need them. We really appreciate this as it means we can free those appointments up to be used by other patients.

However, a small but significant number of patients miss their appointments without cancelling them. This means the doctor or nurse is waiting for the patient to arrive, when they could have been seeing another patient.

Please help us to help you by contacting us if you cannot attend.

If you repeatedly fail to attend appointments, you may be removed from the practice list and may be required to find an alternative doctor.

If you cannot attend your appointments for any reason please let us know within 24 hours of your appointment or as soon as possible so that we can offer the appointment to someone else. You can leave a message on our cancellation line, so there is no need to wait for a receptionist to answer.

If you are signed up to online access you can cancel your appointment at any time of the day or night.

 
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