Appointments

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Appointments with a Doctor or Practice Nurse

Appointments can be booked up to 3 months in advance. To arrange an appointment please ring the practice and speak to the receptionist during surgery opening hours. 

You can also make an appointment on line – please ask at reception for an on line application form.  The receptionist will explain the procedure.

We will always see a patient in an emergency, but you will not be seen by a doctor of your choice, so please inform the receptionist if you think you have an urgent problem.

For routine non urgent matters, you may see any of the doctors, but you may have to make an appointment well in advance if you wish to see a doctor of your choice. As Monday mornings are usually the busiest time of the week, please avoid telephoning for non- urgent appointments.

Extended Access

As part of the extended GP Service, we are also able to offer the services of a doctor at the GP Hub situated in Buckland Hospital.  This service is available from 08.00 - 20.00 seven days a week depending on the availability of a GP.  It is by appointment only and can be booked either through the surgery or 111 when the surgery is closed.

Telephone Advice

Please telephone the surgery if you need advice from the doctor or practice nurse. As you can appreciate they may not be able to speak to you immediately. The receptionist will take your details and ask either the on duty doctor or the practice nurse to return your call or ask you to ring back at a convenient time.

Chaperones

Please request a chaperone if you require one and the examining doctor will make the necessary arrangements. It may not be possible for a chaperone to be provided immediately and you may be requested to return for the examination at a mutually convenient time.

Home Visits

If you are unwell and unable to come to the surgery please try to ring as soon as possible after 08:30. Nearly always children can be wrapped up and brought to surgery, where there are better facilities for diagnosis and treatment.  

On average it takes four times as long for a doctor to treat you at home than in the surgery, so please use this service ONLY when it is essential, not just for reasons of transport or convenience. The Practice has the services of a Paramedic Practitioner available to undertake some home visits at the request of the GP.  The Paramedic Practitioners communicate fully with the GPs.

If you are uncertain whether you need a visit, the doctor will be happy to advise you on the telephone.

Cancel an Appointment

It is important that you inform the reception staff if you are unable to attend your appointment, this will allow that appointment to be offered to another patient. If you fail to notify the Practice that you are unable to attend, you will be sent a letter informing you that you have defaulted from your appointment. Persistent defaulters maybe removed from the list.

You can also complete our appointment cancellation notification request form. This can only be used if your appointment has been arranged for more than 24 hours in advance. (excluding weekends and public holidays). You can also text to cancel your appointment.

Text Reminder Service

We have a texting service which allows you to receive confirmation and reminders about your appointments.

To have this service you will need to register by completing a consent form.

Please remember to update your contact details with us when you change address, telephone numbers and email address.