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Digital Assistant and Routine Appointments

We are now offering all patients an option of support in getting set up and using online apps. AskFirst and the NHS App allow you to complete tasks online without having to ring the surgery, like booking some routine appointments.

How to Get An Appointment For A Medical Problem

  1. Contact reception by calling us on 01296 424488 Option 1
  2. For minor ailments we would suggest either looking on NHS Choices for self-care, or visiting a local pharmacist for advice. The Ask NHS app also helps with self-care and will direct you straight to the practice if GP advice is needed.
  3. The reception team may ask you some questions in order to book you in with the appropriate healthcare professional.
  4. There are a limited number of appointments that can be booked in advance either through the reception team or with Patient Online Access.
  5. If you require an appointment for the same day it is possible that you could be put on a list for a call back from a doctor or one of our Allied Health Care Professionals.
  6. A message on our phone system will advise when all the bookable appointments for that day have been exhausted and you would then be advised to contact NHS 111 if you feel that you are unable to wait another day. 
  7. If the 111 message is heard on the phone you may still hold to speak to reception to discuss appointment options for forthcoming days.
  8. We also have a Clinical Pharmacist that you can book in to speak to for medication reviews.


Appointment System

We understand there can be long queue waiting times when the lines open at 8.30am. This is due to high demand for appointments.

Within the telephony system we have a queue buster in place; if you are over 10th place and do not have your caller ID hidden the system will call you back once in 1st place if you select this option.

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Nurse Appointments

For all nurse appointments please call after 1pm: 01296 424488 Option 1

Our practice nurses are responsible for a wide range of services including:

  • Asthma and COPD Clinics
  • Blood Tests
  • Cervical Smears
  • Diabetes Clinic
  • Health Promotion and Advice
  • Immunisations
  • Travel Advice (please see 'Services' webpage for details)
  • Wound Management (including dressings and leg ulcer care)

The reception team will book your appointment with the most appropriate member of the team.

We also have other allied healthcare professionals working at the practice. For details about specific clinics, look under Clinics & Services.

Home Visits

Please telephone reception before 10.00am if you think you need a home visit.

A doctor or our Paramedic Practitioner may phone you back as it may be that your problem can be dealt with by telephone advice, or that it would be more appropriate to send a nurse, or indeed arrange a hospital attendance.

Home visits are only available for patients who are housebound because of illness or disability.

Please remember that several patients can be seen in the practice in the time that it takes to make one home visit. There are also better facilities for examining and treating patients at the Surgery.

Cancellations & Reminders

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 use our online digital assistant to help you cancel your appointment, this will take you through all the information needed to get your appointment cancelled. 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.

Please remember this is a courtesy service - it remains the patient's responsibility to attend their appointment, whether or not the text has been sent.

Late For Your Appointment

Please attend your appointment on time, if you are late you may not be seen. If you are not seen you will not be able to rearrange your appointment until the next working day-except in the event of an medical emergency that requires immediate attention.


If you require an interpreter to attend with you when you see your Doctor please notify the receptionist and she will arrange this for you.

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