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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.

Support for Carers

Are you a Carer?

Many people are hear the word 'Carer' and don't realise that it applies to them. If you help a friend, or family member with day to day tasks that they wouldn't be able to complete without your help, then you are a Carer.  We'd like to hear from you, so that we can ensure that we give you the best possible care.  Please complete this form and pop it into reception, or ask at reception for a form.

Carers Questionnaire 

Carers' Support Wiltshire 

All information provided on these forms is confidential.  We will not pass your details to Social Services or Carers Support North Wilts if you do not give your consent.

In completing either form, you are consenting to an entry being made in your medical records to show that you are a Carer or receive help and support from a Carer. You may withdraw this consent at any time and request that this entry is removed.

Please note that we are unable to discuss your health needs, medication or treatment with your Carer unless you have given your consent by completing the appropriate form. 

If you would like further information, or would prefer to contact Carers Support Wiltshire direct, please see the contact details below.

Carers Support Wiltshire

Independent Living Centre

St George's Rd

Semington

Trowbridge

Wiltshire

BA14 6JQ

Tel :  0800 181 4118

E-mail:  info@csww.co.uk

Website: www.carersinwiltshire.co.uk/

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