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Whilst we encourage our patients to come to the surgery, where we have the proper equipment and facilities available, we do appreciate this is not always possible. In this respect, if you do need a home visit, you can help us by calling reception before 10:00.
You may only request a home visit if you are housebound or are too ill to visit the practice. Your GP will only visit you at home if they think that your medical condition requires it and will also decide how urgently a visit is needed. Please bear this in mind and be prepared to provide suitable details to our receptionists who will need to ask you for some information on your condition when you ring in. Please co-operate with this as this will enable the doctor to schedule their house calls accordingly. All information will be treated in the strictest confidence.
You can also be visited at home by a community nurse if you are referred by your GP. You should also be visited at home by a health visitor if you have recently had a baby or if you are newly registered with a GP and have a child under five years.
All consultations, except emergencies, are by appointment which can be made by telephoning during surgery opening hours. If you cannot keep an appointment please telephone to cancel so that it can be offered to another patient. Continuity of care is important - please try to see your usual doctor at all times.
If you think you need to be seen earlier than the appointment offered, please tell the receptionist.
The doctors place greater emphasis on giving enough time to each patient and ensuring that patients can make appointments within 24 - 48hr than on time keeping within an individual surgery session so there may be delays beyond your appointment time.
We are working to improve access to appointments for our patients, in particular at evenings and weekends. If you would like to be offered one of these appointments, which may be at a different site, please ask.
The doctors are available for telephone advice. Although this is usually at the end of their surgeries we cannot specify a time at which they will call you but they will endeavour to contact you between 8am & 8pm on the day on which you request a call.
A doctor is on call for emergencies during the hours in which the doctors are running their surgeries (i.e. 09:00 to 12:00 and 16:00 to 18:00).
Please note that although the surgery is open outside these times, there is no guarantee that a doctor or a nurse will be available. If you are in any doubt, you should dial the emergency services. When making an emergency call, try to remain calm and give as much information as you are able. If using a call box, please have several coins available.
In a number of cases it might be worth considering an appointment with a practice nurse rather than a doctor. Practice nurses are qualified to deal with many conditions and you may be seen more quickly.
If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the slot to someone else.
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
We are a GP training practice and as such will normally have a GP Registrar attached. A GP Registrar is a trainee GP in their final years of training, gaining GP experience before entering General practice as a fully qualified GP.
You may be offered an appointment with the Registrar. Dr Farrell is the Registrar's trainer.
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