Do you really need to see a doctor?
Patients may think the only way to be treated is by making an appointment to see their GP and this is not necessarily the case. In an effort to improve access to appropriate health care, we offer below 5 effective alternatives to face to face consultation with your GP.
Self Care – a lot of coughs, colds, sore throats and minor aches and pains will clear themselves up in 3 – 5 days, so give it time first.
Nurse led minor illness clinics – for ear, throat, sinus, chest and female bladder infections
Talk to a Pharmacist – they are highly trained to advise on suitable treatments for a wide range of problems.
Contact the NHS 111 service – the helpline can give advice on a whole range of problems
NHS Numbers—It is important that you know what your NHS number is, please ask a receptionist when you telephone and make a note of it, this should be quoted on all correspondence.
Books and Websites - The NHS Home Healthcare Guide and the Birth to Five book for children both contain helpful advice. Also The NHS Direct self-help guide which is available from pharmacies or can be viewed on the NHS Direct website. Please see what they say first, or try the NHS website: www.healthcareguide.nhsdirect.nhs.uk or ww.nhsdirect.nhs.uk.
Telephone advice – All of our GPs now offer a few 5 minute telephone consultation appointments every day. You can ring and book these in advance. Practice nurses and District nurse can also give advice over the phone. Please ring the surgery to book a call or be put through as appropriate.
Social Services Telephone number 0845 050 7666.
There is an exceptionally high demand for GP appointments, please help us to help you – make sure your appointment is really necessary.