Appointment Information

The way you can book appointments has changed online.

Contact the Practice for appointments and administration queries via AccuRx. You will be able to contact the Practice for an appointment directly via our website – no more telephone queues.


On our home page, a link is available to book an appointment via online services.

You can now simply fill out an online triage form to request any GP appointment. All GP appointments will be triaged by the duty GP on the day they are requested, please allow 48 hours for a reply.

Appointments will be given on the basis of clinical need.

Once your request has been triaged, you will be either offered an urgent same day appointment or routine appointment. You will be notified by our reception team who will contact you.

You will be given a telephone or face to face appointment.

The way to book nurse, blood tests and all other appointments has not changed.

We now have the following bookable online:

  • Extended Access  consultations will be available to book online via patient access (In-Practice and Telephone Appointments).  Please ensure if you are booking these that you add a recent / up to date contact number or the GP may be unable to contact you.  Please also note that the time(s) of the telephone call may vary as other calls may overrun or may need longer.  The calls should be expected between 7.00am-8.00am.
  • Nurse appointments – Smear checks, depo injections and pill reviews
  • Blood Test appointments – they are called ‘phlebotomy’ appointments online and can also be booked via patient access. Please ensure you have your blood form with you when attending for the appointment.  You cannot have your blood test without the form.
  • Physiotherapy Self-Referral Form: Please click here:

What is the Appointments process?

Useful Information and How to Book:

  • From 8th January 2023 you will need to use the website link to request an appointment. If you will struggle with this our team can help you complete the form either over the phone or in person. If you need help using this system please come to our drop-in sessions on a Monday 5-6pm (at Practice).
  • With Total Triage the GP assesses EVERY request directly and responds to you.
  • If your query/issue is classed as something that can be seen within 2 weeks then you will be sent a link to book your appointment directly at a time that suits you.
  • If you have a telephone appointment the GP will contact you by telephone 3 times and send a text message in-between if they cannot get hold of you.  Please ensure your telephone numbers are up to date and you have signal. You can give alternative telephone numbers to avoid disappointment.
  • You may be asked to send in photos via a secure web-link sent to a mobile phone.  This helps to support the GPs and is an essential part of our service.  If you cannot provide photos please let the team know who can inform the GP for the next course of action.
  • The number of appointments available will not change, but this method will allow for more capacity.  All our GPs work 8 clinical sessions per week and up to 50hours (not including the additional early/late clinics) to ensure their workload is completed. We are always trying to add capacity into the system but are often finding demand outstrips supply.  We have a phone message that communicates to patients once the clinics are full for that day, and we appreciate that this can be frustrating.  Pressures elsewhere in the healthcare system also have an impact on our services.

“Face-to-face appointments will always remain a major element of general practice, and remote consultations will continue to be delivered where appropriate and useful. The mode of consultation should be determined through shared decision-making between a patient and practice staff”.

The Practice believes in this statement from the RCGP

What if I have an ongoing issue or need a routine appointment?

  • We are finding that demand is constantly increasing and we are having to look at ways to schedule our appointments differently.  We have a patient survey online ( Patient Research Experience Survey – The Results ) and we are working with the Accelerate Programme ( Practice Newsletter ) to review our appointments set-up to look at the types of appointments needed.
  • Demand is at a premium and while we’re aware that urgent issues need to be assessed, patients also have more routine issues they want to discuss with the GP.
  • The GP should have informed you of when they expect you to make an appointment (i.e. 4 weeks time, 2 months, 3 months etc).  We have changed our rota systems so that the GP should be able to book your review appointment 4 weeks in advance if needed.  It should be clearly indicated in your consultation notes when your review is needed and the team can book your appointment accordingly. Please do book these online or send in a request from 8th January 2024 using AccuRx.
    1. Our early morning calls and late night clinics are a great way to book routine follow ups and these can be booked by patients online or by contacting the Practice Team.
    2. If you need to book an appointment for something that is non-urgent then please do contact us on the day that you are free. Our recent review of the appointments system found that patients wanted to be seen the same day they called, even for non-urgent issues, and we have listened to this feedback and tried to incorporate this into our systems.
    3. Nurse appointments for health checks and reviews are all bookable in advance, as are blood test appointments, physio 1st contact appointments and Pharmacist appointments.
    4. There are appointments to book in advance, such as the Extended Access appointments (bookable 2 weeks in advance and online), and GP follow-up / routine slots bookable 2 weeks in advance or longer if patients request them.
    5. Please note, we only book further than 3 weeks in advance at the GP/Clinician request as we have found that missed appointment rates increase significantly for appointments booked more than 3 weeks in advance, even with appointment reminders.
    6. If you are unsure about an appointment please ask the staff for support on what to book and how.
    7. Not all routine issues require a GP appointment – medicine queries can be dealt with by our Practice Pharmacist for example. Please ask our team for more information.
    8. Please do not book an appointment asking for the GP to expedite a referral or chase the hospital on your behalf.  We have no influence over the process.  If you are struggling because of this please contact the Hospital PALS teams.

Non-urgent advice:

We would also ask you to be polite and courteous when contacting our practice staff as they are trying to support you as best they can; unfortunately we are seeing an increase in abusive behaviours towards our staff and this will not be tolerated.   If you have concerns please ask to speak to the Practice Manager or e-mail: [email protected]

If you are asked to attend the surgery

  • Please only attend your appointment at the time given – we have space in our waiting area for you to wait, but this is limited.
  • Please bring a face covering with you and ensure it is in place ready for your appointment
  • We are restricting the number of patients who are in the building so we will ask you to attend your appointment alone wherever possible. If this is not possible please ensure you inform the reception team who can advise the nurse/GP

Non-urgent advice:

If you have any concerns or comments about the current process please contact us directly on the telephone number given and ask to speak to the practice manager.

To Cancel an Appointment

To cancel an appointment call 01606 544241 or cancel via the Patient Access website or NHS App.  If you receive a text message reminder on your mobile phone you can also cancel by text.

Patients who do not cancel appointments and do not attend (DNA) put extra strain on the appointments system and it can make the time you wait for your appointment longer.

Further Appointment Information

Please be aware that physically seeing the doctor may not always be necessary.

Useful Information

  • Please check the practice team and their roles to see who can deal with your questions best.
  • Many problems concerning advice can be dealt with over the phone and it may be more convenient for the doctor to telephone you or for a video call. If you think this is appropriate please advise reception staff when you call. It might not be your usual GP who will contact you.
  • We will always endeavour to deal with urgent requests that day, but we need patients to work with us on this. We do not have a limitless supply of appointments; we have to put patient and staff safety as a priority meaning that we cannot see more and more patients on top of already full clinics.  More frequently we are seeing patients insist on an urgent appointment for what is something that doesn’t need a GP appointment, which is an inappropriate use of the service and takes that urgent appointment away from someone who needs it.
  • If surgeries are already fully booked, and you do not feel that your problem will wait until the next day please do utilise the 111 service or the local pharmacy for advice.  The team are doing their best in very difficult circumstances.  They want to help and also find it difficult when they cannot offer patients what they want, so please be patient.