No, we are closed on Bank Holidays. However, if you need medical advice or attention during this time you can:
Visit your pharmacy – Your local pharmacy can provide confidential, expert advice and treatment for a range of common illnesses and complaint. Visit NHS Choices to find a pharmacy open near you.
Call NHS 111 – If you need urgent medical advice but your condition is not life threatening. NHS 111 Is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobiles.
A&E or 999 – for a genuine medical emergency including; loss of consciousness, acute confused state and fits that are not stopping, persistent and/or severe chest pain, breathing difficulties, severe bleeding that cannot be stopped.
The CQC (Care Quality Commission) is the organisation making sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and encourage care services to improve.
Before a care provider can carry out any of the activities that regulated by the CQC, they must register and satisfy them that they will be able to meet a number of legal requirements. Activities regulated includes the treatment, care and support provided by hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, ambulance services, care homes and home-care agencies.
For more information about the CQC, you can visit their website.
When you register with us, you register with the practice and not a doctor. However, you may wish to state a preferred doctor you wish to see. Although you state a preferred doctor, this doctor might not always be available when you wish to see them. You will always be able to see another doctor if your preferred doctor is not available, otherwise, you will have to wait until their next available appointment.
Children under 5 will receive contact from the Health Visitor who will inform parents or guardians of the services available. If you take regular medication we would ask you to make an appointment to see the GP so that this can be entered into your records.
Please note that when patients join our practice we do not discriminate on the grounds of Race, gender, social class, age, religion, sexual orientation or appearance, disability or medical condition.
If you would like to register at this practice then please complete the registration form and hand into one of our receptionists.
Please note we only accept patients who fall within our practice boundary.
Most adults in England have to pay prescription charges.
Some items are always free, including contraceptives and medicines prescribed for hospital inpatients.
The current prescription charge is £9.35 per item.
A prescription prepayment certificate (PPC) could save you money on NHS prescription costs:
If you need a repeat prescription, please request this at least five full working days before you run out.
It is Practice Policy to only take repeat requests by the tear-off portion of your previous prescription, which is issued with your medication from the chemist. We do not accept repeat prescription requests over the telephone, this is for patient and clinical safety purposes and also to free up the telephone lines for other requests or enquiries.
Unless otherwise requested your repeat prescriptions will be sent to the local chemist where they can be collected. We are now using Electronic prescribing, where your nominated chemist will electronically receive your prescription from your GP, this will enable us to track where your prescription is at any time. You can change your nominated pharmacy at any time should you choose to use a different provider, just let the new pharmacy or your GP practice know.
You do not require a doctor’s sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
Evidence that you are sick
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a ‘Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
Statement of Fitness for Work – ’Fit Note’
The ‘fit note’ was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer’s support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced).