It's estimated 50 million visits to the GP are made every year for minor ailments such as coughs and colds, mild eczema and athlete's foot.
But by visiting your pharmacy instead, you could save yourself time and trouble. Instead of booking and waiting for a GP appointment, you can visit your local pharmacist any time – just walk in.
Please let the practice know if you cannot keep an appointment.
Any patient who requires medical advice and feels unable to wait for the first available bookable appointment, should telephone the practice at 8.00am.
You will be asked a series of questions to ascertain the reason(s) you require to be seen. Please give as much information as you can, so the doctor can prioritise their calls appropriately.
It is not a case of the receptionists being nosey!
The reception staff are members of the practice team and it has been agreed they should ask patients ‘why they need to be seen’. Reception staff are trained to ask certain questions in order to ensure that you receive:
- the most appropriate medical care
- from the most appropriate health professional
- at the most appropriate time
All consultations are by appointment, which should be made during surgery hours. Please make a separate appointment for each person wishing to see the doctor.
You may see any doctor you choose, but it is better to see the same doctor throughout any one episode of illness.
All appointments are for a minimum of ten minutes. Most appointments are bookable in advance and there are also urgent and emergency appointments available on a daily basis.
Once a week, on a rotational basis on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday evenings, the practice offers an extended hours surgery, between the hours of 18:00 to 20:00. This gives patients an opportunity to see either a doctor or a nurse outwith normal surgery times.
You can now register to receive information by text message on your phone regarding appointments and health care.
New Data Protection Regulations from May 2018 (GDPR)
Under the new data protection regulations introduced from 25th May 2018, we will continue to contact patients via text messages regarding the delivery of care if they have provided consent to do so.
If practices are sending messages about recommended treatment for the management of a specific health issue, then this is defined as providing appropriate care for patients, not marketing purposes.
If you would like to opt out of any future contact via text messaging, then please let the surgery know.
If you anticipate that you may require an examination by the Doctor and feel that you would like a chaperone to be present, please make reception aware at the time of booking your appointment so that this can be arranged. Alternatively bring along a member of your family or friend to your appointment.
If you are unable to attend for your appointment please tell us in good time so that we are able to offer another patient the use of that appointment.
You can use one of the following methods:
- Cancel Online using Patient Services:
If you booked your appointment using Patient Services, cancel it here.
- Cancel Online (Alternative Method - No Login Required):
Cancel your Appointment Online.
- By Telephone:
Please call us on 01674 676 161 and tell the receptionist.
- By Fax:
Send your cancellation by fax on 01674 673 151
- In Person: Call into your surgery and let the receptionist know in person.
We can offer your appointment to someone else and therefore help to reduce waiting times.
As part of our commitment to all our patients we monitor the efficient use of appointments. If a patient regularly fails to attend a booked appointment, the practice reserves the right to remove them and their family from the practice list.