Routine Appointments with a Doctor
We offer a wide range of appointments that can be either pre-booked or booked on the day. Pre booking routine appointments will ensure that you see the Doctor of your choice on the day that you want; this also gives better continuity of care.
We cannot guarantee that you can see the doctor of your choice if you ring on the day. However we will try to accommodate where possible. Please remember that we only have a limited amount of appointments that we can offer on the day and once they are gone they are gone.
If and when you require an appointment, please phone the surgery on 01254 617 101 – and select option 1 for appointments. You can book for the Barbara Castle Way site and the Mellor branch surgery on this number.
Pre-Booking an appointment from 8.30am
You can make your appointment:-
- In person at reception
- By Telephone (01254 617101 and listen to the options.)
- Using the On-line services to book on-line
To book on-line you need to be registered for this service. To do this please see registering for on-line services.
Routine appointments can also be booked in advance for a future day for convenience. We try to accommodate you with the doctor of your choice. Obviously, this is the GP who is more familiar with your medical history, especially if you have on going or complex problems.
If your doctor of choice is not available in a time span deemed inappropriate by you then we will offer you an appointment with another doctor. Remember, your doctor of choice may be on leave either study or holiday, or booked up well in advance.
If you find that your appointment is no longer required, or an unforeseen circumstance prevents you keeping your appointment, you must cancel it otherwise the appointment slot is wasted. You can cancel by ringing the surgery as soon as possible after your decision to cancel, or if you have booked on-line you can also cancel on-line.
For an acute problem that needs an appointment on the same day please ring 01254 617101 from 8.00am and select option 1. You will be asked some questions by the reception team and offered an appointment with the Duty Doctor of the day starting from 08.30am.
Regular appointments are opened at 08.30am for all available GP’s. Once these are fully booked – any further requests for urgent/ acute problems will then be added to the Duty Doctors telephone triage list. The Duty doctor of the day will make contact over the phone, they will then make a clinical decision if you need to be seen. All appointments for the duty Doctor are at the Barbara Castle Way site.
Urgent problems will be seen on the same day, but not necessarily by your usual doctor. Please tell the receptionist if you feel that your problem is urgent. Sick children will always be seen on the same day (bringing them to the surgery may be quicker than a visit)
Home visits are available for those who are unable to come to the surgery for medical reasons e.g. if you are bedbound. As the quality of care we can provide at the Health Centre is far in excess of what we can provide in patient’s homes, we would normally only recommend a home visit as a last resort.
If you require a visit please ring the usual surgery number (01254 617101 option 1).
Please try to request home visits before 10.00am if possible, as this helps the doctors to organise their day in order to give you a better service. Explaining the symptoms, if at all possible, to the receptionist will also help the doctor to see the most urgent cases first.
Telephone Consultations with a Doctor
If you would like to speak to a doctor and it is not a medical emergency please ring the surgery (01254 617101 option 1) and the receptionist will book a telephone consultation with the Doctor of your Choice. This may not be on the day you ring the practice as a our doctors are not available on every day of the week.
For non-urgent matters please avoid telephoning during our busiest times, which is before 11.00am. especially on a Monday. Your call is likely to be dealt with quicker if you follow these guidelines.