Avenue House Surgery
There are several appointments lines into the surgery and when they are busy then there is a short stacking system where you might be asked to hold the line for a few minutes. Our staff always try to answer the lines promptly but there obviously are times when demand is high and short waits are inevitable.
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We work hard as a team to provide good appointment availability. We realise how important it is for patients to have quick access to an available appointment slot.
Within the last 12 to 18 months we have experienced an increased demand for appointments and unfortunately, on occasion, this has resulted in longer waiting times. We want to reassure patients that we have not reduced our appointment availability. In fact, we have increased the number of GP appointments available during the week in an attempt to cope with the increased demand.
Routine appointments are usually available within a few days. However, this situation may change during busy periods.
For genuinely urgent problems which cannot wait, patients will normally be seen on the same day. However, we do request that patients refrain from requesting this unless there is a genuine urgent need.
Please be aware that if you request an appointment with a specific GP, this may mean a slightly longer wait. If you are willing to see any GP or a nurse practitioner then you will usually be seen within a shorter time.
Duration of Appointments
The doctors are working with a system of 10 minute appointments. Please bear in mind that if you bring more than one problem to a consultation, it may be difficult for your doctor to manage more than one issue and you may be asked to return to another appointment. If you feel that your appointment needs to be longer, then it is possible to request a double appointment when booking.
Please remember that our Nurse Practitioners have had further specialist training and are available to deal with a range of medical problems. They have 10 minute appointments.
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We are currently offering extended hours for pre-booked appointments with GPs as follows:
Monday Evenings 18:30 – 20:30
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings 07:00 – 08:00.
Patients who are registered at this practice can now also book an appointment to see a Nurse Practitioner on weekday evenings (after 6.30pm) or at weekends (on Saturdays and Sundays). Appointments will take place at Avenue House Surgery.
Please be aware appointments with a Nurse Practitioner should be utilised for minor illness only (not chronic disease, routine reviews and health surveillance). Nurse Practitioners consult on minor illness such as infections and viruses. Nurse Practitioners are able to prescribe medicines to treat minor illness.
Appointments with a Nurse Practitioner should not be used for babies under 12 weeks old.
Anyone needing an urgent appointment will be offered one that day. Please call as soon as possible in the morning when the surgery opens.
We will try to provide an appointment with your doctor where possible, but it may not be with your own doctor.
If the doctor feels the problem was not an emergency, they will inform you of this and ask you to make a routine appointment.
Remember, in a real emergency you can call 999.
If you have a query that needs to be discussed with a doctor or a nurse, please call the surgery before 10:00. A message will be left and the relevant person will call back at a later time where possible.