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Winchcombe Medical Centre

                                                                                                                                   

 

 

Appointments

Please telephone 01242 602307 during surgery hours to arrange an appointment. We offer a range of appointments with Doctors and Nurses, both face to face and over the telephone.  Appointments are at 10 minute intervals; this is generally enough time to consult with the GP.  If you have multiple issues you may be asked to book another appointment.

 

If you would like a chaperone to be present during consultation with a clinician, please let the clinician know. They will be happy to arrange this for you.

 

Although you will be registered with one GP you are welcome to see any GP in the practice. If you have been seeing a GP for a particular problem or a long standing medical condition it may be advisable to continue seeing the same GP for that particular problem.

 

We also offer emergency appointments on the same day, many of these will be in our Nurse Practitioner lead Acute Illness Clinic (AIC) or for more complex issues you will be seen by a Doctor. We can also arrange for same day telephone advice if you just need some reassurance. If you have been suffering with a problem for several days and it has not become any worse then please don't use emergency appointments. Please make an advance/normal appointment if you wish to see a specific Doctor.

 

 

We also offer routine appointments outside of working hours with our Doctors. Appointments are available for those who struggle to attend our core surgeries within working hours on a Saturday morning. Please contact reception to make an extended hours appointment.

 


Finally for patients who are recalled to have their blood pressure checked or who require regular blood pressure monitoring; you can now come at a time to suit you and self test on our meter adjacent to reception. Please ask at reception for further details.

 

You can now book appointments over the internet - you will need to have an internet registration form, please see reception for details. We give these out in person. For reasons of confidentiality we cannot give registration details to anyone other than the patient and we do not offer internet appointments to patients under the age of 16 years. Please bring along one form of idenitification with you to collect the paperwork, such as a driving licence or passport. 

 

June 2016

 

ChoicePlus Clinics

 

ChoicePlus  clinics are funded by the Prime Minister’s GP Access Fund to help people who need same day appointments. There is a ChoicePlus clinic in every area of Gloucestershire. Your nearest clinic is at St Paul's & the Healthy Living Centre, Cheltenham, but you can go to whichever clinic is most convenient for you. The clinics are staffed by experienced local GPs. Clinics are open every day of the week, including Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. Evening appointments are also available.

 

How do I access a ChoicePlus clinic?

Ring your GP practice as normal. A nurse or GP will take some brief details of your medical problem and offer a ChoicePlus appointment if this would be suitable for you. You may also be offered a ChoicePlus appointment if you attend a Minor Injury & Illness Unit at a community hospital.

 

What sort of problems are suitable for ChoicePlus ?

ChoicePlus is suitable for people with medical problems that are new - such as tonsillitis - or that have got worse, for example someone with COPD (also known as emphysema) who may have a chest infection that needs treating quickly.

 

Are there problems that are not suitable for ChoicePlus ?

Usually, if you have already seen your own GP about a problem, or the appointment is about a long-term medical condition, it would be more appropriate if you continue to see your own GP who already knows about your condition, including tests and treatments that you have received. There are some exceptions – for example, if your long term condition, such as COPD or asthma, has temporarily got worse due to a chest infection, ChoicePlus will usually be able to help. When you ring your GP surgery, the doctor or nurse who speaks to you will be able to advise whether ChoicePlus is suitable for you.

 

Do ChoicePlus clinics have access to my medical records?

At the moment, ChoicePlus doctors do not have access to full medical records. We hope that this will soon change and that ChoicePlus will be able to access your records if you give them permission to do so. Please bring a list of the medication you take to your ChoicePlus appointment.

 

Does my own GP know what has happened at my ChoicePlus appointment?

When you come to a ChoicePlus clinic, you will be asked if you are happy for a record of your appointment to be sent to your own GP. Provided you say yes, a summary of the appointment will be sent to your own doctor 

 

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