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PRACTICE CLOSURES FOR 2018/2019

The above link will tell you when we are closed and who to call to access healthcare services.

Our Practice will offer a system called Doctor First that gives all our patients same-day access to a doctor.

If you would like an appointment or health advice from a GP please call the surgery. Our receptionist will take some brief details from you along with your contact number and the doctor will call you back for a telephone consultation. If after speaking with you the doctor thinks you need to come into surgery, they will make a mutually convenient appointment for you, this is usually on the same day.


You can book a telephone consultation online if you are registered for online services.

A guarantee cannot be given as to the time the GP will call back. It is helpful however if specific call back times are preferred, to inform the receptionist so this information can be made available to the GP who will endeavour to call taking this information into account. For example – Call before 11am, or please call at lunchtime between 12:30 and 1:30pm.

 

Alternatively, there are a wide range of other local NHS services available, including:

NHS 111

NHS 111 can help residents if they need medical help or advice urgently but it’s not a life-threatening situation. Open 24/7, 365 days a year, NHS 111 connects patients to a team of fully trained call advisers who are supported by experienced nurses, paramedics, and GPs.

They will ask questions to assess the symptoms, and give healthcare advice or direct the caller to a local NHS service. If necessary, they can also call an ambulance or direct people straight to A&E. Calls to NHS 111 are free from a landline or mobile phone.

 GP out-of-hours service (OOH)

You can access the GP out-of-hours service by calling NHS 111. The NHS 111 team will assess your condition over the phone and if they think you need to be seen by a health professional, they will refer you to the OOH GP service.

 Self-care

Many minor illnesses can be treated at home with basic medicines that are available from your local pharmacy. Stocking up on essential medicines can help you avoid a trip to the GP or even A&E. Medicine cabinet essentials include:

  • painkillers such as aspirin, paracetamol, and ibuprofen
  • anti-diarrhoea tablets and rehydration powders
  • indigestion treatment
  • bandages and plasters
  • antiseptic cream or spray
  • first aid kit

 Pharmacies

Local pharmacies can offer expert advice and treatment for a wide range of common conditions and minor injuries.

Pharmacies can help with a range of things including aches and pains, hangovers, colds, emergency contraception, and non-prescription medication. General opening times for pharmacies can be found at www.nhs.uk

Minor Illness and Injury Units

There are a number of Minor Illness and Injury Units (MIIU) across the county that can treat a range of minor illnesses and injuries such as sprains and strains, broken bones, minor burns and scalds, minor head and eye injuries, bites and stings. No appointment is needed.

Peterborough MIIU

Monday – Sunday: 8am-8pm

Bank holidays: open 8am-8pm

Ely MIU

Monday – Friday: 8.30am-6pm

Saturday/Sunday: 8.30-6pm

Bank holidays: 8.30-6pm

Doddington MIU

Monday – Friday: 8.30am-6pm

Saturday/Sunday: 9am-5pm

Bank holidays: 9am-5pm

North Cambs Hospital, Wisbech

Monday -Friday – 8.30-6pm

Saturday/Sunday – closed

Mental Health – 111 option 2

There is a new First Response Service (FRS) in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough which gives those in mental health crisis the opportunity to get access to help quickly, by calling NHS 111 and selecting option 2*.

The new service allows patients or carers to speak to specially-trained mental health staff who can provide advice, support, and signposting to other services. The service is available 24/7, 365 days a year. Calls to NHS 111 are free from a landline or mobile phone.

*Patients registered with practices in Wisbech can access the service via dialling 111. The call handler will then transfer them direct to the FRS service.

 Dental emergency and out-of-hours care

If you think you need urgent care, contact your usual dentist as some practices offer emergency dental slots and will provide care if clinically necessary. You can also call NHS 111, who can put you in touch with an urgent dental service.

 

Cancellations

If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the slot to someone else.

Text Messages/Remindersmobile phone

This can be a useful way to contact you. If available, please provide your mobile telephone number. In most cases the message will ask you to ring the practice.

We will also send a text to confirm appointment bookings and to send a reminder a day before.

Please inform the practice if you do not wish to receive these.

 
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