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From 1st December 2014 it is a contractual requirement that all GP practices implement the NHS Friends and Family Test (FFT). In Somerset some practices have taken the decision to implement this earlier. The precise wording of the question has been set by the Government and is intended to give patients the opportunity to provide feedback on their experience at the practice. Practices must submit data on the results to NHS England.
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purposes only, not for clinical queries to the Doctors and Nurses
UNSURE WHO YOUR “USUAL” DOCTOR IS?
We absolutely realise that many of you are registered with one of
the doctors, but normally see a different one, and plenty of people
see someone different at every consultation. We do not feel that this is particularly satisfactory and so we are starting a process of firming up which patients actually form which doctor’s list, and if necessary the registered doctor may change to reflect who you normally see.
This will be a gradual process, it will not affect your ability to see any doctor for an urgent matter or for specific things such as contraception, minor surgery etc. It will take time before every patient’s registered doctor truly reflects their usual choice of doctor, but we wanted to let you know that this is starting to take place.
many years the practice has worked from two different buildings separated by the
town centre. We moved into our brand new purpose-built premises in January 2002.
Our well appointed building and state-of-the-art facilities greatly help us
to provide top quality modern medical care. There is good access for pedestrians and cyclists alike; there are excellent cycle paths to the surgery and a footpath along the canal. There is ample car parking space available.
This website has
been designed to tell you about the practice and the services that we offer. Please
read it carefully. We trust that you will find it helpful and informative.
Online Appointment Booking
We are able to provide on-line appointment booking for our patients. Patients can book any of our ‘pre-bookable’ appointments for all doctors at the surgery. For the time being it is not possible to book nurses' appointments on-line. It is of course still possible to book appointments by ringing reception.
If you wish to book on-line appointments you will need to register to use this facility. Registration is an easy process. You will simply need to bring proof of ID to the surgery (the proof of ID needs to be photographic, the proof of address can be a utility bill, bank statement or council tax bill). The receptionist will register you on the system and print off a form containing a website address and a PIN number (please bear in mind that reception can be very busy between 08:30 and 09:30 am). Once you have this information, you can then log onto the website at home and enter your details. When you have thus registered you will be able to use the on-line appointment booking facility.
Please note that it is only possible to book a maximum of two appointments at any one time. Appointments can also be cancelled via the on-line facility rather than ringing the surgery.
If you have any questions, please contact the surgery on 01823 282151.
surgery is open from 8.30am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday. Surgery times and the
types of appointments available vary from day to day. Up-to-date details are always available at reception.
Attendences At Accident & Emergency
Please remember that it is not appropriate to attend the A and E department unless your problem fits the A or the E definition. We sometimes find that patients use the department as a “Walk In” minor illness unit, which puts their staff under unnecessary pressure. We always have a Duty Doctor available to speak to you and give advice or to see you in an appointment during the working day. We also do not offer a “Walk In” service as all the doctors may be absent from the building doing home visits, for example.
Please use the “Out Of Hours” service for urgent problems when the surgery is closed.
The surgery is fully accessible for wheelchairs and disabled toilet facilities
Practice News and Notices
Update on Doctors (Jan 2015) - We were all very sorry to say Goodbye to Dr Shaula Reilly on the 31st December 2014. She has been a partner here for ten years, an extremely popular doctor and hard working member of the team. Dr Kate Foot will start at the practice at the beginning of March. If you were registered with Dr Reilly you will be transferred over to the new GP's list when she joins us in March. In the meantime we have two locum doctors who are helping us, Dr Liz Stanyer and Dr Sean Nolan. If you have any queries about the above changes please contact the surgery in the normal way and the reception team will be happy to talk to you. The timetable for the Doctors will be changing slightly because of these changes, please enquire at reception for up to date information.
Dr John Machling has been with us for 6 months, he is a GP trainee or 'registrar', he leaves us at the beginning of February and we wish him all the very best in the future.
A reminder of the presciption desk opening times, the hours are Monday 10am-13:00pm and 14:00pm-16:30pm and on Tuesdays-Fridays 10am-12:30pm. There is an answer machine so you can leave a message at all other times and there are still many ways in which you can order your repeat prescription, for example online, for further information please contact the prescription desk or the surgery.
Have you recently changed your address or contact details? Please remember to update us with these details as soon as possible.
Are you interested in joining our patient group? The group meets at regular times through the year on a Monday. If you would be interested in joining or would like to find out more please contact the practice on 01823 282151.
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