We hope you can find the information you need on this website. We have also put together the Frequently Asked Questions section to assist visitors to our site.
How can I get the most out of an appointment with my GP?
Up and down the country GPs will see over a million people a day – up more than 15% since 2014. To keep up with this rising demand, most surgeries stick to a 10-minute appointment slot for each patient. So what can you do to make the most of yours?
How do I claim for leave from work due to illness?
Employers can ask employees to fill in a form when they return to work to confirm they’ve been off sick for up to 7 days. This is called ‘self-certification’. Employers usually provide their own version of this form, but forms are available at the Surgery or can be downloaded from the www.gov.uk website.
You will need to give your employer a doctor’s ‘fit note’ (previously called a ‘sick note’) if you are off sick for more than 7 days in a row (including non-working days). You will need to ring the surgery to make an appointment to see the Doctor for this.
What is a medical exemption certificate?
Patients with certain medical conditions can get free NHS prescriptions if they hold a valid medical exemption certificate. Details of these conditions can be found at www.nhs.uk
To claim for medical exemption please ask at your pharmacy for an application form.
What is Electronic Prescribing?
The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) gives you the chance to change how your GP sends your prescription to the pharmacy you choose to get your medicines from. You will not have to visit the surgery to pick up your paper prescription. Instead, it will be sent electronically to the pharmacy you choose. You will be able to choose any pharmacy close to where you live or work, reducing waiting times for your repeat prescription. Please ask your pharmacist or collect an application form from the surgery.