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To order your repeat prescription, please either sign up for online services or just call the POD.

The POD is a simple phone call, at a local rate, to order your repeat prescription.  

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We're delighted to report that the waiting time for a GP appointment, with one of our permanent GPs, is LESS THAN 2 weeks. 

In addition we can offer appointments wit our Advanced Nurse Practitioner within 1 week, and on-the-day appointments with our Nurse Practitioners, for any urgent concerns or minor illnesses!


Our GPs are increasingly being asked to complete reports and letters, and we wanted to take this opportunity to give some background and explain why we ask for 5 working days for such paperwork to be completed.  Thank you for your cooperation.

Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his/her patients.  Most GPs have a very heavy workload – Our GPs work to 60 hours per week and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time.  In addition non-NHS work must be undertaken outside of NHS contracted time.

The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions.  Sometimes the charge is made to cover some of the cost of treatment, for example dental fees.  In other cases it is because the service isn’t covered by the NHS, for example, medical reports of insurance companies, claims on private health insurance and other letters and forms which require the doctor to review the patient’s medical records.

It is important to understand that GPs are not employed by the NHS, they are self-employed and they have to cover their costs – staff, buildings, heating, lighting etc – in the same way as any small business.

The NHS pays the doctor for specific NHS work but for non NHS work the fee has to cover the doctor’s costs.  Our fees are calculated based on our GPs Private hourly rate. 

What is covered by the NHS and what is not? 

The government’s contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients.  In recent years, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of non-medical work.  Sometimes the only reason that GPs are asked is because they are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to be sure that information provided is true and accurate.

Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their patients

 Certain travel vaccinations

  • Private medical insurance reports
  • Holiday cancellation forms
  • Referral for private care forms
  • Appropriate letters requested on behalf of the patient
  • In certain instances fitness to work forms

 Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge other institutions are

 

  • Medical reports for an insurance company
  • Some reports for the DSS/Benefits Agency
  • Examinations of local authority employees

 

I only need the doctor’s signature – what is the problem?

When a doctor signs a certificate or completes a report it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true.  Therefore in order to complete even the simplest of forms, the doctor may need to check the patient’s entire record.  Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor, with the General Medical Council or even the Police.

STAFF TRAINING

We close our doors for Staff Training on a Tuesday Lunchtime from 1-2pm.

You will still be able to get hold of us on the phone for any urgent queries!

Thanks in advance for your co-operation, this will provide valuable time for our clinical  and admin teams to share good practice and develop our service.

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Did you know?

We are able to carry out some minor surgical procedures, such as joint injections and removal of some skin lesions, in surgery rather than wait for a hospital appointment.  Please enquire at Reception  if you think this might of benefit to you.

Contraception

Advice on all types of contraception can be obtained from the surgery. Please arrange an appointment with the practice nurse.

We also hold a contraception 'no worries clinic', aimed at boys and girls under the age of 19 or in full-time education.

The clinic provides emergency contraception and condoms. All consultations are completely confidential. It is run by trained nurses and no appointment is necessary. Simply call into the surgery Monday to Friday between 8.30am - 5.00pm.

Cervical Cytology

We encourage all women up to the age of 65 to have regular cervical smear tests. You will receive an invitation for this in accordance with NHS guidelines. However, if you are concerned about any symptoms at other times, please make an appointment with the practice nurse.

Maternity Care

All the doctors offer maternity care, shared with the community midwife and Great Western Hospital, Swindon. Appointments with the doctor are within normal surgery hours, and with the midwife on Thursday afternoons.

Childhood Immunisations and Development Checks

vaccination1Dr Fudge runs regular clinics on Tuesday mornings. You will be sent an appointment when the immunisation/check is due.

All our GPs and health visitors feel childhood immunisations are extremely important. The benefits far outweigh any slight risks involved. The health visitor will give you comprehensive advice prior to your child's appointment, but please discuss any concerns by ringing your health visitor on (01793) 854202.

Adult Immunisations

It is advisable for adults to have a tetanus booster. Please consult the practice nurses.

Other Clinics

The practice nurses monitor patients with asthma,COPD diabetes, dietary problems, heart disease, hypothyroidism, hypertension,  and symptoms of menopause, to name but a few!

They also manage our flu vaccination campaign from October to December each year. Flu jabs are essential for patients of any age who suffer from diabetes, asthma, chronic bronchitis, heart disease and kidney disease, and for those aged 65 and over.

If you are not sure whether you should have one, please ask one of the nurses for advice.

 
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