IS YOUR ATTENDANCE APPROPRIATE?
Over 100 attendances by patients registered at this practice are recorded by A&E departments every month and many of these could be avoided.
There are many alternatives available; d id you know that:
Our reception team is available from 8:00am to 6:30pm every weekday and will route your call to one of the GPs on duty who may give advice over the phone or invite you to attend the surgery for a same-day appointment, this is usually muchquicker than attending A&E.
The practice has emergency appointments available every weekday for acute medical problems .
Our GPs can access suitable alternative pathways on your behalf.
For certain conditions, the GP may advise that an A&E attendance is appropriate.
The out-of-hours service is available outside of surgery times and at weekends and you will be given medical advice over the phone, offered the opportunity to attend the Surgery for a consultation or where necessary, a GP will make a home visit. Tel: 111
Self-Care - Many everyday illnesses can be managed at home with a well-stocked medicine cabinet.
Pharmacy First - For medicines advice and minor ailments you can have a chat with your local pharmacist. Pharmacists are qualified to give you free, expert advice and you don't need an appointment. It can often be cheaper to buy medicines direct from the chemist than to be prescribed them by your GP.
For expert confidential health advice and information 24 hours a day every day, call NHS 111
For more advice on self-care, please follow the links below:
Before you attend A&E please stop to think - is this the most appropriate way to be treated?