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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.

Vacancies

We're recruiting for a Nurse Practitioner to join our amazing nurse team!  Details on NHS jobs :) 

https://www.jobs.nhs.uk/xi/emp_vacancy/d1e5a04b05c6ee988d3f5599aefb1168/?vac_ref=914804276

Our Location

10 minutes from M4 J16, in beautiful Wiltshire countryside. we're only an hour from London on the train and a 45 minute drive from Bath & Bristol.

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Royal Wootton Bassett is a small market town, with a population of 11,385 in 2011. Situated in the north of the county, it lies 6 miles to the west of Swindon.  The town has always been a market town, and is associated with many farming and agricultural trades.

The secondary school, Royal Wootton Bassett Academy, has recently been awarded outstanding in every category during the latest Ofsted inspection for a second inspection running.

Dauntsey's a co-educational independent school, is situated 24 miles away, just south of Devizes.  Good Schools Guide recommended, it takes boarding and day pupils aged 11-18

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Over the years, the High Street has remained largely unchanged as these old photographs show

repatOur Community 

Wootton Bassett has become known for the informal tributes it paid during military repatriation funeral processions which passed through the town.  On 16 March 2011, the Prime Minister announced that "Her Majesty has agreed to confer the title 'Royal' upon the town, as an enduring symbol of the nation’s admiration and gratitude".

In 2011, the community of Royal Wootton Bassett themselves made a less
sombre tribute as they came together over 5 months to re-record the classic Green Day track, "Wake Me Up When September Ends" from their American Idiot album, in aid of military charities.

The project was called Wootton Bassett Rocks and its aim was to raise £1million for charity.

Just two clues to the close knit, friendly and active nature of this community

Our Practice tls

Tinkers Lane is well-established, with a loyal and growing list of 8,800 patients.  The practice is an interesting mix of market town and rural villages & farms.   Our premises were purpose built and in 2003 a major extension and refurbishment project was undertaken, giving us the spacious modern environment we have today.

We are pleased to announce that we have commenced the process for becoming a GP Training Practice in 2017.

Our People

We are a friendly, happy team, willing to share both workload and reward.

Our fantastic triage team is highly regarded by our patients.  They take care of most emergencies of the day and minor illness.  An excellent team of nurses and HCAs takes care of chronic disease.

Our admin team is supportive, stable and dedicated.

Effective communication between these and the GP team, generates a cooperative working environment.

The Leadership Team

Dr Peter Fudge came to Wootton Bassett in 1990. He is our senior partner and child safeguarding lead. His special interests are family planning and minor surgery.  He is responsible for our paediatric development clinic

Dr Vardan Tadevosyan joined the practice in 2013 as a salaried GP and became a partner in June 2015.  Special interests include minor surgery, joint and soft tissue injections and gastroenterology. Dr Tadevosyan is  a GP Trainer.

Charlotte Gorman, Practice Manager joined us in 2015 and has brought a breath of fresh air and new ideas, as well as efficient organisation



 
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