Appointment start at 8.30am in the morning and run from 3.00pm – 5.00pm in the afternoon, Monday to Friday. Appointments can be made by telephone, via the internet or by visiting reception during opening hours. Please always keep your appointment or contact us in good time if you will be unable to attend.
At The Quay Surgery:
- you can be assessed within 24 hours by the most appropriate Primary Care Team member
- you can express a preference of which doctor you wish to see, however, we cannot always offer an appointment on the same day both at a time of your choice and/or with a particular doctor. If that is the case, an explanation will be offered and you may be asked to accept a slot with another GP
- a small number of appointments can be pre-booked in advance
- when you ring you may be asked for some brief details about the problem so your appointments can be directed to the most appropriate person
- we have an Advanced Nurse Practitioner who runs minor ailment clinics daily
- appointments are bookable from 8.30am
- our aim is “to do today’s work today” and prevent waiting lists building up
- if all pre-bookable appointments have been taken, you will be invited to ring up on the morning that you wish to be seen
- we no longer designate appointments as being either “routine” or “urgent”, rather they are described as either “pre-bookable” or “book on the day”. However, we would hope to receive your call as early in the day as possible, rather than at the last minute
- most of the nurse appointments are bookable in advance.
Patients with simple self-limiting health problems like coughs and backache can visit the chemist for advice. Remember NHS 111, a 24-hour medical advice helpline is available on 111.
If all the morning slots are taken when you ring, the triage nurse can ring you back later to discuss and advise on the problem.
Urgent cases are always seen the same day by a member of the team at the surgery.
From 8.30am the phone lines can become very busy. Please keep enquiries for other matters until after 9.30am when the lines are less busy.
If you would like a chaperone present during your consultation, then please advise the receptionist when booking your appointment or when checking in.
Due to the number of patients failing to attend for their appointment this may mean that you may not be able to see the doctor on the day that you wish to.
In an attempt to try and resolve this the practice has developed the following policy.
If you fail to attend appointments without informing us we will write to you asking if there are any specific problems preventing you from letting us know.
If you repeatedly fail to attend for appointments you may be removed from the practice list and have to find an alternative GP practice.
Click here to download the missed appointments policy.
The Practice is pleased to provide patients with access to its Clinical System via a Secure Web Interface. This can be used to book appointments and request repeat prescriptions.
To use My Health Online you will need a Practice ID number and Access ID number which is obtained from the practice, and, in conjunction with a password, will be unique to you.