We are confident that our new website will provide clear and concise help and give our patients the information they require in an easy and convenient format that is also mobile friendly. You can access the online services below.
Due to the current pandemic, we have suspended all online booking of appointments. We ask that you please phone the reception team who will book your appointment for you. You can currently only book for the same day with the GP. All GP appointments are currently telephone calls; the GP will consult with you over the phone and ask you to come in if completely necessary and safe to do so.
Thank you for your continued support during the curent pandemic. Please see the message to our patients in regards to accessing your health needs at this current time message for patients
Our telephone system when it was installed over 3 years ago was good at the time. However, since the pandemic, traffic has increased we estimate by 2.5 to 3 times the normal traffic, dependent on days. This has obviously been for multiple reasons. It is our sole method of communication as patients haven’t been able to walk into the surgery. However, more recently there has been an increase in the number of patient contacts as we come out of the pandemic, and significantly there has been a lot of contact with the Practice to enquire about the Covid vaccination programme, although we have tried to ask patients not to call specifically about this.
This has led to long call waits, but also reports from patients that they could get down the queue and then just become cut off, or when ringing just getting the engaged tone. We did log this with the phone company but they seemed to tell us that there was no problem with the phones.
It has unfortunately been difficult for us to react in the sense of changing our phone system. However, we did take the decision to terminate the phone contract and install a new one. Unfortunately this has taken longer than we had hoped, but as of the week beginning 26th April, we have had a completely new phone system installed which is something called a cloud based system. This gives us unlimited call queueing so there should be no more engaged tone. It also gives us some immediate and retrospective feedback on call data in that we can see how long people are waiting and how long we are taking to handle the calls. It also gives us some idea of what the numbers of calls are at peak times.
We clearly realise that it is going to take more than this to improve the experience of patients on the phones and we have put a plan in place to have significantly increased numbers of staff answering the phones, both by redeploying existing staff, particularly at peak times, but also there is a plan in place to employ a significant increase in the number of reception staff to answer the phones. We plan to performance manage the call handling at the practice using the real time data that the new system will supply, and we as Partners and the Management Team are going to hold weekly meetings looking at our access issues and how we may improve. We will obviously in due course be reopening the surgery in line with national guidance so that patients can walk in and book appointments in person, which will relieve some of the pressure. However, we have to follow the guidance from the CCG and make sure that we do this when the situation is safe to allow this.
We will also with immediate effect be reinstating the internet booking of appointments for a proportion of our appointments. We are going to complete a complete overhaul of our website, particularly with clarified instructions over complaints, but also try and add a degree of sign posting so that patients can be aware of how to self-manage simple conditions. In fact we have a Physiotherapist who can diagnose simple muscular skeletal disorders and we have a Pharmacist who can call patients back about medication queries etc.
NHS Patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings
Covid restrictions will end in many settings in England from Monday.
However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors.
That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.
Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.
The NHS will continue to support staff in ensuring that the guidance is followed in all healthcare settings.
Appointments are now available to book on the day at 8am and pre-bookable appointments are available to book 7 days in advance. These will be telephone consultations first. Please be aware when booking an appointment with the doctor if you book an appointment in the morning the Doctor will call you at some point in the morning (8-1pm) and if this is an afternoon appointment you will receive a call between (1:30 – 6:30pm). Thank you.
Date of Publication: 19.10.2021
As a patient you can have access to online services which will allow you access to your medical records. This will also enable you to book online GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions as well as accessing your medical records. If you would like to have online access please email Croft.firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, date of birth and telephone number and our reception staff will grant you access to online services.
Date of publication: 15.11.2021
Did you know you can book appointments and order prescriptions on the NHS App? Download the NHS App(Not the Covid NHS App) this will link up to the GP surgery. When booking an appointment please specify a reason for booking the appointment. Please also beware that the time of the appointment will be for morning appointments between 8am and 12:30pm and in the afternoon between 1:30pm and 6:30pm. You will then receive a telephone consultation from a GP.
In order for us to improve the services we offer, you may be asked after each appointment with the practice to complete our questionnaire. There are just two questions which will only take a few moments of your time.