YOU CAN NOW BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT ON THE INTERNET!
We call this online booking and a certain percentage of appointments are available for booking directly over the Web.
YES YOU CAN BOOK AHEAD: IN FACT YOU ALWAYS HAVE BEEN ABLE TO!
"Can I just ring and book an appointment 4 weeks ahead with a doctor?"
"But I've been asked to ring back on-the-day, when I try to make an appointment!"
This should only happen if you want to see a specific doctor and they don't have any more appointments left that day or in the following few days and you don't want to wait till their next free routine pre-bookable appointment. The receptionist might then suggest you try and ring early on the day you want, as a few appointments are always released each day.
TOP TIP! Don't do the above unless you like to gamble! Just book well ahead with the doctor of your choice or ring on-the-day if you don't mind who you see! We are all pretty good so it does not usually matter who you see.
Still not clear? Just keep reading!
Making an Appointment - As easy as ONE, TWO, THREE!
Q “I don’t mind who I see”
A RING ON THE DAY
Depending on the nature of the problem you will see either a doctor or a nurse practitioner
Q “I would like to see a specific doctor/nurse practitioner. Can I book 3 or more days ahead?”
A YES YOU CAN! RING AND MAKE A PRE-BOOKABLE APPOINTMENT As you know you may have to BOOK WELL AHEAD for some of our practitioners!
Q “I have a problem/query/medication review that does not need a face to face appointment. How about telephone appointments?”
A YES, THERE ARE TWO TYPES:
- Acute: RING ON THE DAY
- Routine: RING IN ADVANCE
The doctor will ring you back so please leave a contact number.
Routine telephone appointments can be with the practitioner of your choice. Acute telephone appointments will usually be with whoever is available.