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PLEASE NOTE THERE MAY BE SOME DISRUPTION TO OUR PHONE SERVICE ON THURSDAY 4TH JULY WE APOLOGISE FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE THIS MAY CAUSE



Improved Access


We are excited to announce that we have joined with other local practices and are now offering evening appointments from 6.30pm - 8.00pm and on Saturday mornings on a rotational basis.  Our rota will mean one evening per week and 1 in 5 Saturday mornings we will offer clinics here at Wadhurst with other neighbouring practices providing clinics on the other days.  We hope this will assist patients who are unable to access the Surgery during normal hours.  Please contact Reception to book an improved access slot.



GP Sessions


Please note due to a growing number of GPs working part time at Wadhurst Medical Group, please be aware that you may be offered an appointment with another GP other than your registered GP.  If you wish to see a specific GP, we would advise Patients that there can sometimes be a wait due to work patterns.  



Reception Changes


Please note our Receptionists will now be asking patients for a brief outline of your problem when you ring to book an appointment. this new way of working is about offering you the choice to see more appropriate professionals in the practice team or even somewhere else. If they can deal with the problem directly, it will often be quicker and means you may not need to see the GP at all.



Fees


As of 1st April 2019, we are updating our fees in line with the British Medical Association guidance.  We will also be operating a no-fee, no-release policy meaning that documents will need to be paid for before they are collected.  Medicals will also need to be paid for by 5 days prior to the appointment. We hope this will cut down on the wasted GP and Secretarial time on documents that are not collected and also cut down on the large number of non-payers.


 


Patient Participation Group


We are looking for patients who would be interested in contributing to the continuous improvement of services and quality of care. If you are interested, please ask reception for a form.


 


Repeat Prescription Forms


Please leave completed forms in the black box in the surgery lobby. It will take 48 hours to allow us to process repeat prescriptions.



Travel Clinic


Unfortunately we are only able to offer a limited travel vaccine service at the surgery. This is only for those vaccines available through the NHS.  There are local travel clinics available who will be able to advise and help you with all your requirements for your travel abroad. 

NHS 111 service

NHS 111 service

Call 111 when it's less urgent than 999

NHS 111 is a service that's been introduced to make it easier for you to access local NHS healthcare services. You can call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency. NHS 111 is a fast and easy way to get the right help, whatever the time.

Tip

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

When to use it

You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation.

Call 111 if:

  • you need medical help fast but it's not a 999 emergency
  • you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service
  • you don't know who to call or you don't have a GP to call
  • you need health information or reassurance about what to do next

For less urgent health needs, contact your GP or local pharmacist in the usual way.

If a health professional has given you a specific phone number to call when you are concerned about your condition, continue to use that number.

For immediate, life-threatening emergencies, continue to call 999.

How does it work?

The NHS 111 service is staffed by a team of fully trained advisers, supported by experienced nurses. They will ask you questions to assess your symptoms, then give you the healthcare advice you need or direct you straightaway to the local service that can help you best. That could be A&E, an out-of-hours doctor, an urgent care centre or a walk-in centre, a community nurse, an emergency dentist or a late-opening chemist.

Where possible, the NHS 111 team will book you an appointment or transfer you directly to the people you need to speak to.

If NHS 111 advisers think you need an ambulance, they will immediately arrange for one to be sent to you.

Calls to 111 are recorded. All calls and the records created are maintained securely, and will only be shared with others directly involved with your care.



 
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