We are able to offer a variety of appointment times. We aim to be able to offer some same day appointments each day. These are very limited and are reserved for emergencies only
We also strive to offer appointments within 48hrs. You are able to book up to 3 weeks in advance for non urgent and routine appointments.
We will always try and accommodate you seeing the doctor of your choice to facilitate a better doctor patient experience.
We also have a text message reminder service. Please ensure we have an up to date mobile numner for you and your family members. You are also able to cancel your appointment via the text message service.
If you have an appointment booked and can not make it, please cancel this appointment as it will give another patient the chance to see the doctor.
If you miss three appointments without cancelling them – this may lead to removal from the surgery
If you require a home visit please call before 11.00 am
We encourage all our patients to come up to the surgery for a full and proper assessment, however there will be those very elderly and house bound patients who are unable to come up and it is these patients who we are happy to visit at home.
Please note that the doctor can see 5 patients in the surgery in the time it takes to do one home visit.
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.
Evidence that you are sick
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to provide medical evidence to support sick leave or payment of SSP (statutory sick pay). Your GP will issue a sick note / medical certificate if you have seen him for the illness or he has evidence that you had seen an other doctor (in the practice, urgent care centre hospital or elsewhere) for this.
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 else e.g. dentist or hospital doctor who has treated you. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
Statement of Fitness for Work – ’Fit Note’
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).