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Click here to Access the on-line appointment system

Patients are reminded that they can have on-line access so you can organise your medical centre activities (booking appointments or requesting repeat prescriptions) at a time that is convenient to you.

Remember that on-the-day appointments are released on-line for patients every day-so you can book your own appointment on-line rather telephone the practice during the busiest periods.  You can also book telephone aconsultations to speak to a GP about an on-going issue.  Telephone consultations are not 'Face to Face' so make sure you book the correct appointment.

Speak to a Receptionist about how to obtain an on-line account.

To promote national self care week (14th to 20th November 2016) we have provided information to support you to self care. See the SELF CARE section to the right.

Do the HOW ARE YOU QUIZ .

 TELEPHONE CONSULTATIONS

TELEPHONE CONSULTATIONS WITH GPs ARE FOR 5 MINUTES AND ARE NOT FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENTS.  THESE TELEPHONE APPOINTMENTS ARE BEST USED TO TALK ABOUT TEST RESULTS OR TO FOLLOW UP ON SIMPLE ISSUES.  Please DO NOT ATTEND TELEPHONE APPOINTMENTS as the doctor may be working at a different location and may not be at the Practice that day.

Note about the Telephone system

The telephone system can handle more simultaneous callers in the morning when we are very busy and it will let patients know where they are in the queue. Patients can leave messages when the queries about their blood results or if they have a questions about a referral.

Blood test and other queries line: Contact the practice between 09:30 – 13:00 Monday to Friday! (Please check under 'New Services' for more details)

 

For Your diary

To help you plan your requests for any repeat medications the Bank Holidays coming up in 2016 are listed below.  You should plan ahead to give us a bit more time to arrange your repeat medications by making you requests at least five working days earlier around these busy periods.

  • Friday 25th March 2016
  • Monday 28th March 2016
  • Monday 2nd May 2016
  • Monday 30th May 2016
  • Monday 29th August 2016
  • Monday 26th December 2016
  • Tuesday 27th December 2016 (for Christmas Day)

 

 

 

 

 

Medical Students

books_and_laptopHere at the practice we help to teach medical students who are training to become doctors. You may be asked if a student is able to sit in on your consultation and it would be helpful if you allow this although it will only ever be with your consent.

Medical students are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as all staff so you can be assured that anything you discuss while they are present will remain private.

Research

We have recently joined the West London Primary Health Care Research Network. This means that we will have the opportunity to get involved in exciting new research. This may mean that from time to time we will be looking at recruiting patients for clinical trials. As you may know a clinical trial is the method by which new treatments are introduced into medicine. 

The general method is based on selecting a number of patients who would most likely provide a reasonable sample for the condition being tested. Typically the patients that are enrolled in a trial would be slip into two groups. One group being given the new treatment and the other group being given the traditional treatment or perhaps a dummy treatment.  The results of how the patients get on in the two groups would then be reviewed to see if the new treatment being tested provided any improvement.

Clinical trials can take many years to  complete and involve large numbers of patients - but they are we believe worthwhile as they eventually help many people, not only here in the UK, but elsewhere in the world. 

Being involved in research is stimulating for the clinicians at the practice and also gets them involved in leading edge work that keeps the practice as whole up-to-date and this is going to help our patients get better care.

Over the coming years you may occasionally be contacted by someone form the practice asking you would like to be involved in one of these clinical trials. You are welcome to participate or not - it is entirely your own decision and it will not reflect in any way on the care that you receive from the practice.

All clinical trails have been checked and approved by the local ethics committee to ensure that they are properly managed and scientifically valid and medically useful.

We have recently been involved in the following trails:

  • The study HIV prevalence in the community
  • Alzheimer’s research
 
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