Until further notice the on-line appointment booking has been suspended.
No appointments are being booked by the Reception, all requests for appointments are being telephone triaged first. Please bare with us during this difficult and uncertain time.
Before you make an appointment to see your Doctor, please consider the alternatives. The Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Practice Nurse or your local Pharmacist may be able to give you the help you need, so you won't have to spend time waiting for an doctors appointment.
Consultations are by appointment and can be booked:
Doctors spend an average of 8-10 minutes with each patient. Once you've got an appointment, plan ahead to make sure you cover everything you want to discuss. Before you see the GP, write a list of problems, starting with the most important. List your symptoms, so you don’t forget them. Write down when they started and what makes them better or worse during a 24-hour period. If you have a complicated problem, ask for a longer appointment when you book.
An Advanced Nurse Practitioner is a qualified Registered General Nurse who has also undertaken an accredited RCN Nurse Practitioner Bachelor of Science honours degree or a Masters degree, in Primary Care. She is able to physically examine, diagnose, assess, treat, refer, prescribe, order and interpret tests. Patients are seen with undifferentiated and undiagnosed illnesses. Once they have passed a Non Medical Independent Prescribing Course, Advanced Nurse Practitioners are able to prescribe medicines.
Patients may choose to see the Nurse Practitioner instead of a Doctor for acute minor illness health problems, including: Headache and neck pain. Eye, ear, nose and throat problems. Respiratory problems, including shortness of breath, cough, chest infections tonsillitis and sore throats. Skin and nail problems, rashes, eczema, and dermatitis. Cardiovascular problems such as high blood pressure chest pain and palpitations. Muscular skeletal problems, such as sprains strains, knee ankle, back shoulder problems. Abdominal problems such as indigestion, constipation abdominal pain. Urinary frequency and urinary tract infections. Advice about contraception methods, period problems and HRT.
The Nurse Practitioner may refer patients back to either the Practice Nurse or GP for further advice or if necessary to an outside agency such as Physiotherapy Dermatology or Gynaecology. However if patients have been consulting a GP about an ongoing problem, it is often better to continue to see them if referral is needed.
In a number of cases it might be worth considering an appointment with a practice nurse rather than a doctor. Practice nurses are qualified and registered nurses. They can help with health issues such as family planning, healthy living advice, blood pressure checks and dressings. The practice nurses run clinics for long-term health conditions such as asthma or diabetes, minor ailment clinics and carry out cervical smears.