If you need to book a routine or follow-up appointment with a particular GP you can make an appointment up to six weeks in advance. Please phone after 10:30 to avoid busy times. Many routine appointments are for patients who have a long-term or chronic condition that needs monitoring on a regular basis. It is important to continue your regular check-ups, even if you are feeling well. Routine appointments are available during normal surgery hours with the practice nurse and/or doctor. We hold regular clinics; please see the ‘services and clinics’ section for the full list.
Same Day Appointments
We are a busy practice, and providing some same day appointments makes it easier for you to see a doctor quickly. Approximately one third to one half of our GP appointments are same day appointments. You can phone anytime for same day appointments although afternoon appointments are not released until after 14:00.
What if I Can't Get an Appointment?
The surgery is particularly busy on Mondays especially during the winter months. If your appointment is not urgent, try to book on a less busy day after 10.30. If you let us know as soon as possible you can't attend your appointment, we can then make it available for another patient. You can book to have a telephone consultation with a doctor if you wish. He or she will ring you at an agreed time on the telephone number you have given.
When Should I See a Nurse?
Nurses based at our practice treat patients for a wide range of common conditions (e.g. minor injuries/illnesses, removing stitches, travel vaccinations, immunisations and so on). Our practice nurses are also specially trained to run routine clinics for certain conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease. (Each of our nurses specialises in a different area, so you need to book ahead with the most appropriate person). Our reception staff will be able to advise whether a nurse appointment is appropriate.
How to get a Health Check-Up
Newly registered patients, those aged 75 or over who have not had a consultation in the past year and adult patients under 75 who have not had a consultation in the past three years all have the right to request a health check consultation with either a doctor or nurse at the practice. Please call reception to arrange an appointment.
If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the slot to someone else.
If you haven’t yet signed up for GP Online Services simply call into the practice with two forms of photo ID and proof of address. We can sign you up there and then. GP Online Services makes it easy to book appointments online, request repeat prescriptions and view some of your medical records. Find out more about this on www.nhs.uk/GPonlineservices
If you are not able to attend an appointment you have booked, for whatever reason, please let us know. We can then offer that appointment to someone else that needs it.
Extended Access – Local GP practices working together to offer more convenient appointment times for patients
As from 1st October, 2018, we will be part of a network of practices (known as ‘hubs’) in Shropshire, working together to offer patients ‘Extended Access’ to pre-bookable appointments - in the evenings, at the weekend and during bank holidays.
Part of the national agenda by NHS England, Extended Access means patients will be able to make pre-bookable appointments to see a GP, practice nurse, or other qualified healthcare professional, at a time which may be more convenient for them.
In Shropshire, local practices will work together in a network of ‘hubs’ to provide this service. The ‘hubs’ will take turns to provide the Extended Access appointments to patients. This means patients could be offered an appointment at their own surgery or at a nearby practice in the local area (part of the hub). Patients will be advised about appointment location at time of booking, enabling them to make an informed choice about their where and when they access care.
Locally the pre-bookable appointments will be available as follows:
- Weekday evenings (Monday to Friday) appointments between 6.30pm and 8pm (at a local area hub)
- Saturdays & Sundays ring your own GP surgery or 0333 222 6649 appointments between 8:30am and 12:30pm (at a local area hub)
- Bank holidays - RING 0333 222 6649 appointments between 8.30am and 12.30pm (at a single site in central Shrewsbury)
Arranging a pre-bookable evening, weekend or bank holiday appointment is easy to do - patients simply need to contact us, during normal opening hours, and speak to the practice receptionist or a member of the practice team who will be able to help. Appointments may not be with your registered GP but will be with a GP or other qualified healthcare professional.
Some additional weekend appointments and bank holiday appointments can also be arranged by ringing 0333 222 6649.
Extended Access adds to the existing range of healthcare services already available in Shropshire to help patients, including pharmacists, NHS 111, the walk-in centre, minor injury units, and A&E (which is there 24/7 for life threatening serious emergencies only).
It isn’t always necessary to see a GP for minor and common conditions - find out more about
how to self-care for these types of conditions on the Self-care section of the NHS Shropshire
Clinical Commissioning Group website (https://shropshireccg.nhs.uk/health-advice/selfcare/).
It is important to be aware of how long common conditions should take to clear up
and always seek medical advice if you are unsure or if you feel it is an emergency.
Extended Access comes into effect as from 1st October, 2018.
Information to help patients understand more about Extended Access is available on the NHS England website, visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/gp/gpfv/redesign/improving-access/.