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Same day appointments

A guide to same day appointments

We offer a number of same appointments every day in order to facilitate access to a GP for patients who need to see a doctor urgently.

As you will appreciate, we do not know what sort of problems patients will present with in advance. This is why the appointment sessions are 'sit and wait', as some appointments may take longer than others, for example where a patient needs an urgent admission to hospital arranged. For this reason, our reception staff will ask you, when booking the appointment, for a brief description of the problem. The GP can therefore identiy whether he / she needs to see a particular patient more urgently.

We have recently increased our same day appointments from 5 minutes to 10 minutes, as we recognised that 5 minutes was too short to cover what the majority of our patients needed.

We have a limited number of same day appointments available each day and we therefore need to ensure, as best we can, that the appointments are booked for patients, who need to see a GP urgently, rather than for patients, who can wait for a routine appointment. It may be useful to refer to the list below for guidance on the sort of problems, for which it would be appropriate to book a same day appointment

  • Unwell child, with symptoms such as persistent fever, vomiting, diarrhoea, lethargy
  • All patients with:
    • acute rash
    • severe continuous vomiting or diarrhoea
    • extreme psychological distress
    • urinary tract infection
    • severe tonsilitis
    • severe pain or other severe symptom
    • eye problems - you should contact your optician first and only contact the practice if you cannot get an urgent optician appointment
    • ear infection
    • chest infection

In addition, pregnant patients should contact us for an urgent referral to a midwife or contact their midwife directly, in the case of:

  • pain or bleeding
  • ruptured membranes
  • reduced movement of the baby

There are clearly some problems, which we would recommend that you seek urgent help for, either by ringing 999 for an ambulance or by attending A&E

Ring 999 for an ambulance for:

  • chest pain
  • severe difficulty in breathing
  • altered level of consciousness
  • fitting
  • uncontrollable bleeding
  • spinal injury

Attend A&E for:

  • head injury
  • severe allergic reaction
  • persistent or heavy bleeding
  • nose bleed for more than 30 minutes
  • major burn
  • major injury
  • bite if accompanied by symptoms of feeling unwell
  • poisoning
  • eye injury
  • foreign body e.g. in ear



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