♥ Routine appointments – “Save Time – Do It Online!”
These can be booked up to 6 weeks in advance
»Emergency on the day appointments
These can be booked by calling the surgery from 8.30am. Please be aware “on the day appointments” get booked up very quickly so call as early as possible but not before 8.30am.
We now run triage clinics on some Monday and Friday mornings, this means emergency on the day appointments are only booked with Doctor authorisation. Call on the day after 8.30am as usual and you will be given a “telelphone appointment”, the Doctor will telephone you to discuss your problem and then decide if you need to come into the surgery.
Saturday surgeries are for Pre-Booked appointments only and run on alternate Saturdays at Desborough and Hazlemere Surgery. Appointment times start at 8.30am.
Home visits are for those patients who are in bed and too ill or frail to come to the Surgery. Home visits are not for patients who do not have transport. If you need a home visit, please try to call before 10.00am.
♣ NHS 111 – when to use it
You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it’s not a life-threatening situation.
Call 111 if:
- you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergency
- you think you need to go to A&E or need another NHS urgent care service
- you don’t know who to call or you don’t have a GP to call
- you need health information or reassurance about what to do next
If a health professional has given you a specific phone number to call when you are concerned about your condition, continue to use that number.
♦ Your local pharmacist may be able to help you
Minor health problems lead to around 57 million GP consultations a year. We could save ourselves and our GPs time if we went to the pharmacy instead. No appointment is needed.
Pharmacists are trained experts in the use of medicines. They can advise you on the safe use of prescription and over-the-counter medicines.
Lots of pharmacies are open until late and at weekends, which is useful if you start feeling unwell at 9pm and the local GPs are all shut.
You can get a prescription from your GP for up to a year, then you can get your medicine supplied at regular intervals without having to go to your GP every time.