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Consulting times tend to vary.
Weekday appointments are offered between the hours of 08.20 am and 17.20 with the exception of each Wednesday when consulting starts at 09.00. However, the duty doctor is available between the hours of 08:00 and 18:00 each weekday.
Appointments can be made by telephone at the present time. We consult Monday to Friday by appointment. If you need to be seen urgently please telephone the surgery before 10:00 for an appointment. If there are no appointments available you will be seen by the duty doctor at an allocated time. However, occasionally the duty doctor may be called out and this may mean you have to wait to be seen, despite having been given a time to attend.
Please remember that each appointment is for one patient only.
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.
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 between 08:00 - 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 enable the doctor to schedule house calls
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.
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).
If you are discharged from hospital please let us know as soon as you can. If you are given a hospital letter for your doctor, please arrange for it to be handed into the surgery as soon as possible.