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Pharmacy & Self-Care
Your pharmacy can advise you on minor illness without the need of an appointment. Please speak to a pharmacist first.
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Pharmacy & Self-Care
Pharmacists are qualified healthcare professionals who can offer clinical advice, over the counter medicines and their use, to effectively and safely manage a range of minor health concerns. They can also help you to decide whether you'll need to see a doctor. You don't need an appointment and you won't even be asked to make a purchase. Every pharmacy also has a private consultation area for you to talk about your symptoms in private if you prefer.
Book a Routine Appointment
We operate an appointment system Monday to Friday, for pre-bookable routine/non-urgent appointments.
Urgent (same day)
I have an URGENT health concern requiring on the day attention
If you need to see a doctor urgently on the day (urgent meaning it is not regarding regular medication, ongoing problems), please telephone the surgery on Hillyfields: 020 8314 5552, St Johns: 020 8692 1354, Honor Oak: 020 3987 0300, Morden Hill: 020 8469 2880 or Bemont Hill: 020 3675 0752. or come in and book an emergency appointment. These are run every day and are only bookable on the day.
All requests for same day appointments will be passed to the duty doctor (telephone triage). They will discuss your medical problem with you over the telephone. If they are unable to resolve your problem over the telephone then they will book you a face-to-face appointment for that day.
Life Threatening - Go to A&E
If you or someone you know has a life-threatening condition, such as loss of consciousness, chest pain, breathing difficulties etc, you should call 999
In an EMERGENCY call 999.
Emergencies are situations that cannot be managed at home and may be life threatening
Changes to Our System
We’ve listened, studied and planned and now we’re going to change. We want you to be able to get the Right Care, with the Right Person at the Right Time. These are the headline changes, but please read to the end for a fuller explanation as to why each change is being made.
Queuing is never fun
Queuing when you feel sick or are in pain has to be worse. We cannot ask those who feel they have to be seen that day to stand outside the front doors. They deserve to be able to call from home, get immediate advice from a doctor and plan when they come in.
That’s Right Care at the Right Time.
Furthermore, the NHS started on a founding principal of Need, not want. So just because we have an empty appointment slot later in the day doesn’t mean you should get it because that’s convenient for you; we’re saving it for that unwell individual who really NEEDS it. If you think you're that person, then please tell us, but remember, it may mean speaking to the doctor first on the phone.
Remember, coming to the practice in person carries no advantage over phoning in when seeking an appointment.
Tell the Care Navigator as much as they need to know to help you
This is key to giving you the Right Care at the Right Time with the Right Person.
We are going to have a variety of different appointments available each day. Which one you get will depend on what you need.
Everyday Doctors see patients who should have seen the nurse, or called the hospital, or could have self-referred themselves. This takes up valuable appointment time that someone else could have used. It is also easily avoidable if you’re willing to tell the Care Navigator why you're calling the practice.
We understand that sometimes you may not want to say it out loud at the reception desk and so we will have a discrete list at reception that will allow you to indicate to the Care Navigator what the problem is, or you can ask to speak to the Care Navigator in private. Rest assured, our Care Navigator (and all staff) are bound by the same confidentiality rules as the doctors and the nurses. If you still feel you would rather not explain to the Care Navigator the issue, you will be given a telephone appointment to explain your issue to a doctor who will then book you a clinically appropriate appointment. This is not a shortcut to a sooner appointment.
Issuing repeat prescriptions
We do not issue repeat prescriptions in normal appointments.
If we want to offer Right Care at the Right Time, we need to know as soon as possible what the problem is
Sometimes, we may not be the right part of the NHS to be seen in. Depending on your clinical need, you may be booked an appointment to see a doctor, or you may be called back by a doctor later that morning or afternoon. These are for problems you consider urgent, meaning you believe you need advice or to be seen on the same day.
Please consider alternative sources of advice such as NHS 111 and your pharmacist. If either of them suggest you call us, then please do.
Booking appointments online is the easiest way to do so for planned appointments
You cannot get a same day appointment online (unless someone cancels last minute and we re-release the appointment), but urgent appointments have to be booked by phone via reception. You will still be able to phone in and book appointments also; appointments become available both online and via reception at the exact same time. This allows you to book appointments at the Right Time.
Please be mindful to ensure you book the Right Care with the Right Person.
Telephone appointments may be the easiest way to get hold of a doctor and maintain continuity of care
Normally, you will be able to book a telephone appointment sooner than a face to face appointment but please only do so when you believe your problem can be dealt with over the phone.
Telephone appointments do not have a specific time: they will be either in the morning or afternoon of a given day. The doctor will call from a withheld number and will try a second time after at least 10 minutes should they be unsuccessful. Please ensure we have your correct telephone number.
Again, a telephone appointment is NOT a shortcut to a sooner face to face appointment. If you subsequently need to come in, this will be at a clinically appropriate appointment in the future.
Cancelling an appointment you no longer need or can make is common courtesy
We understand that mistakes happen, life does unexpected things and sometimes these things are just beyond your control. But repeat offenders will not be excused and may be asked to register elsewhere where the appointment system is more to their liking.
Arriving not on time makes surgeries run late and has a knock on effect on the next patient who is also seen late
We will try to be flexible regarding things beyond your control but you may be asked to rebook, or you may be given the opportunity to be seen at the end of the surgery (this is at the doctor’s discretion and is determined primarily by what the doctor has to do after the surgery). We are often told by patients arriving late that surgeries frequently run late, and that it is therefore unfair that we don’t see you if you arrive late. We understand this frustration, but remember that if we are running late, it was because someone needed more of our attention than anyone had planned for. We know it has an impact on you and we apologise for that. But don’t forget that one day it might be you or your loved one who needs that extra time, and you won’t want us to rush on that day.
Many thanks for taking the time to read this far. General Practice across the United Kingdom is facing unprecedented workload at a time when there are not enough GPs to do it all. Our response to this is to work smarter and streamline how we offer appointments. I know that this means some of you will be disappointed as you won’t get your needs met as immediately as you did under our old system (but they will be met in the correct time frame) and the advantage of our new system is that we will be able to safely and promptly see those who are unwell and need same day access to a GP. And we will meet all your needs by giving you the Right Care with the Right person at the Right time.
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