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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.

Travel Vaccinations & Advice

We are not able to provide travel or other vaccinations for occupational use.  Please contact private providers if this is required.

**Boots Royal Wootton Bassett 

**Chippenham Travel Clinic – Hathaway Medical Centre, Chippenham SN14 6GT Tel No: 0330 100 4157 (Private – you will pay for the consultation and all vaccines). They stock malaria tablets and vaccines

**Or Nomad clinics in Bath/Bristol

Please see our travel advice leaflet

Tinkers Lane Travel Leaflet

Please make an appointment with the practice nurse AT LEAST eight weeks before you are due to travel, and complete and return the risk assessment form below at least 2 weeks before your appointment.

Risk Assessment Form

Many immunisations are available through the NHS, but some are not and have to be paid for by the patient, and please note we only accept cash or cheques. 

There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below

Europe Europe & Russia North America North America
Central America Central America South America South America
Caribbean Caribbean Africa Africa
Middle East Middle East Central Asia Central Asia
East Asia East Asia Australasia Australasia and Pacific

 

It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible  - at least 6 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations.  These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine.  Your second appointment needs to be at least 2 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.

Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge.  This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.


Travelling in Europe

If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday.  To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)

 
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