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Booking ahead for routine appointments

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Patients with routine medical needs are seen in pre-booked routine appointments bookable by coming into reception, telephoning the surgery or on-line.

Telephone lines are at their busiest between 8:30am and 11am each day; we recommend telephoning the surgery after 11am to book ahead for a routine appointment. The receptionist will ask you a few questions in order to deal with your enquiry as efficiently as possible.  Please note that Monday is our busiest day for incoming calls.

Our receptionists will ask you who your usual doctor is.  For continuity of care we encourage you to book with your usual doctor.  Some of our doctors work part-time and their appointments are taken up more quickly, resulting in longer waiting times.  You have the option to book to see a different doctor if you wish to seek a second opinion.

Appointments can be booked up to 4-6 weeks in advance unless a doctor is already fully booked on a current appointment rota.

A standard appointment with a doctor is 10 minutes long. If you feel this is insufficient for your needs, please ask the receptionist to book you a 20 minute appointment.

Please use our automated check-in point to book in for your appointment when you arrive.  Alternatively, book in at reception if you need to check something with our receptionist first.  The check-in point is very simple to use and will confirm you have been booked in.

Patients are called by clinical staff via a visual call and display screen or on a tannoy system.  Patients concerned they may not hear the tannoy announcement should notify the receptionist on arrival.

Early morning and late evening appointments

Patients who work full time, day time hours have the option to advance book early morning doctor appointments at Cinderford on Mondays and Wednesdays and late evening doctor or nurse appointments at Cinderford on Tuesdays. Please note these appointments are only available by advance booking. We are not expected or able to offer a doctor of choice for these appointments. The full range of practice services is available Monday-Friday 8:30am to 6:00pm.

Missed Appointments and Late Arrivals

If you cannot attend, or no longer require an arranged appointment please inform us as soon as possible,  We can then offer your appointment to another patient.  A feature of our telephone system is an option to leave a message during both opening and closing hours to cancel unwanted appointments.  

On average 130 appointments are missed with doctors each month, a similar number are also missed with practice nurses.  This results in an average of 50 hours of wasted surgery time monthly and can create a longer than necessary wait for an appointment.  

Our clinical team have pre-booked appointments and may not be able to see you if you are more than 5 minutes late.  A few patients arriving late cause surgeries to run heavily behind time.  Please show courtesy to other patients, arrive ahead of your appointment and allow for the possible need to queue at reception. 

  

Routine Appointment Times

DayCinderfordRuardean
Monday

07:40 -11:30 am

2:00 - 5:30 pm

08:40-11:30am

2:00 -5:30pm

Tuesday

08:40 -11:30 am

2:00 - 7:10 pm

08:40 -11:30am
Wednesday

07:40 -11:30 am

2:00 - 5:30 pm

08:40 -11:30am
Thursday

08:40 -11:30 am

2:00 - 5:30 pm

08:40 -11:30am
Friday

08:40 -11:30 am

2:00 - 5:30 pm

08:40 -11:30am

ASAP (NHS 111)

‘If you are ill or injured and are not sure where to turn, you can download the ASAP mobile phone App (ASAP Glos NHS) from the App store or search the ASAP website: www.asapglos.nhs.uk. Alternatively, call NHS 111.’


 

 
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