HUB APPOINTMENTS - EXTENDED ACCESS APPOINTMENTS
Longton Health Centre for the purpose of Extended Access Appointments outside of normal working hours is working with ISSA Medical Centre in Preston
If you need a GP appointment outside of usual times please ring NHS111. If NHS 111 after triage signpost you to an available GP appointment this will be at ISSA in Preston. If no appointments are available NHS 111 will direct you to an alternative service. To note also Longton Health Centre do hold a number of pre booked Nurse and GP appointments on a Saturday morning
OUR APPOINTMENTS SYSTEM CHANGED ON THE 9TH MAY 2016
WHY HAVE WE CHANGED?
Whilst the majority of the time we could accommodate your request for a GP appointment sometimes you were not able to book if the time of day offered was not convenient, or your GP of choice was not available.
The Practice offers a number of services run by other clinicians and also has an administration team trained in dealing with day to day enquiries.
We have found that patients are often not aware of other services available to them, which may be better suited to their needs, and that a face to face GP appointment may not always be necessary.
HOW COULD WE MAKE SURE THAT YOU THE PATIENT RECEIVE THE CORRECT SERVICE EVERY TIME?
We have introduced a GP Clinical telephone assessment service. The GP will assess your request and either book you into a GP appointment or direct you to the correct service.
WILL THIS MEAN I CANNOT BOOK A FACE TO FACE GP APPOINTMENT MYSELF?
No – however the reception team will continue to take your request either by phone or at the desk. If a face to face appointment is required then the reception team will arrange an appointment time for the clinician to provide their clinical assessment face to face.
WHAT WILL THE RECEPTIONIST ASK ME WHEN I ASK FOR AN APPOINTMENT?
The reception team are there to handle your request in the most appropriate manner. In order to do this they will ask for:
- Your Name
- Verification of your address and contact number, email address, making any changes if necessary and asking if you would like to opt in or out of receiving text message reminders if you have given us a mobile telephone number
- The nature of your call and what it is regarding
- Book a telephone clinician's assessment for you if appropriate or direct your call in some other manner
IF YOU FEEL YOU DO NOT WISH TO INFORM THE RECEPTIONIST OF THE NATURE OF YOUR CALL SIMPLY INFORM THEM IT IS PERSONAL OR ALTERNATIVELY COMPLETE A PRIVACY SLIP AVAILABLE ON RECEPTION
WHY DOES THE RECEPTIONIST ASK YOU DETAILS OF YOUR CALL?
The CLINICIANS would like to know a little about why you are calling before they return your call or see you face to face. This is in order that they can look at appropriate information from your health record OR it maybe that a telephone assessment is not actually required for example, if you need an ongoing sick note – the Reception team can help you order this without the need for a GP appointment
WHY YOU MIGHT NOT NEED TO SEE A GP FACE TO FACE?
To Discuss Hospital letters
Certain Prescription requests
Symptoms that require general advice
Certain fit note requests
Certain referral requests if you have seen a clinician
If you are making an appointment for a cervical smear or for family planning advice, it is always helpful if you tell the receptionist so that the relevant forms can be prepared in advance of your appointment so please let the receptionist know when you make your appointment, so that they can allocate extra time. This will help avoid delays to other patients.
Please remember that one appointment slot is for one patient only so please note that if you ring to rearrange your appointment or cancel your appointment then this appointment will be allocated to another patient. Please do not assume that this appointment can be swapped directly to another family member, friend or neighbour.
Please let the Reception team know if you have more than one problem which you wish to discuss, this is so we can arrange for you to have the most appropriate time available in order to avoid you having to come back for another appointment
Cards are placed in reception for your comments. You can also give us your feedback on the comments and suggestions link on our website.