Steyning Medical Practice is currently adapting the appointments system to further improve access for our patients.
CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR APPOINTMENTS
From Thursday, 21st December 2017 until Thursday, 4th January 2018 there will be no pre-bookable routine appointments available to see a doctor. This is to ensure we are able to see all our patients who require immediate medical help over the Christmas and New Year period and to help release pressure on the local Accident and Emergency services.
If you require a doctor during this period, please telephone the appointments line and you will be booked in for the same day.
For a routine appointment, please call after the 2nd January 2018 to book from Friday 5th January onward.
SAME DAY / URGENT ADVICE
If you require same-day/urgent advice, you will now be placed on a Triage Telephone list which is viewed and managed by our duty team. Please be advised that when you call for same-day advice, the receptionists have been asked to obtain an indication of the problem. This allows the clinicians to rapidly assess which patients may need to be seen more urgently.
The Duty Team will telephone patients in order of priority and then in order of the time a patient has contacted. We request that patients call the surgery before 11.00 am where possible if they wish to be seen the same day. The Duty Team may ask patients to come in early to have investigations such as bloods or an ECG, before seeing a doctor. This is helpful so that the team can obtain a prompt diagnosis and arrange a treatment plan or in some cases, further tests at the hospital or admission.
If you will find it difficult to receive a call back at a certain time, please inform the receptionist taking the call so she can inform the Duty Team to avoid that time. Appointments will be available throughout the day, but need to be managed carefully by the Duty Team to ensure we see patients appropriately.
The Duty Team: Debbie Bushby, Minor Illness/Triage Nurse
Rosie Lee, Minor Illness Nurse/Triage Nurse
Stephen McNulty, Paramedic Practitioner
If you wish to see a doctor for a routine matter, you are still able to book appointments either by calling 01903 843400 or by using our online services (registered users only). After the 10th July 2017, appointments will only be able to be booked up to five days ahead but more appointments will be made available during this time frame.
Patients who wish to be seen beyond five days, will need to call the surgery around the date they wish to be seen. Please avoid telephoning the surgery on a Monday, following a Bank Holiday or before 10.00 am when the phone lines are very busy
Please note that that we will make every effort to book you in with your chosen doctor, however, this may not always be possible.
If when you call we are fully booked, you may either call back another day when more appointments are available, or - if you are unwell - our Duty Team will give you a call to make an appropriate appointment.
FOLLOWing UP WITH A DOCTOR
Where your GP has requested to see you again for a follow up appointment, please contact the Reception Team who will be able to book you in for an appointment up to four weeks ahead. We are only able to book ahead if your GP has instructed this appointment.
For further information about our new appointment system, please refer to this information leaflet.
If you cannot attend your given appointment please call 01903 843400 to cancel or reschedule. On average 60 people per month fail to turn up for their appointments without informing us.
These slots could be offered to another patient - please think of others when you can no longer attend or need your scheduled appointment.
Patients who are housebound or who are seriously unwell and are unable to attend the surgery should, where possible, telephone to request a home visit before 10.00 am. This will enable our duty team to call the patient back to assess the urgency of the visit and arrange a visit as appropriate by either our paramedic practitioner or by one of the available doctors. The doctor or paramedic may phone before visiting to assess the urgency of the visit.
Did you know you can book your appointment online? Using online services makes it more convenient for people at our practice, as there’s no need to make a phone call or visit us. Computer, smartphone or tablet users can make or cancel an appointment at a time that suits them, even when the practice is closed.
The registration is simple - Download our internet access application form or ask a member of staff at reception.