LATEST INFORMATION ON ACCESS

Birchwood Medical Practice is pleased to advise we are offering telephone, face to face and e-Consult appointments. We completed a survey in the last 6 months and patient feedback is a preference for a mix of all of these types rather than one specific type of appointment. Should the appointment type you require not be available, please ask the team member to make a request to the GP to convert it to either telephone/face to face. This will not always be available but we will do our best to accommodate where possible.

Demand for appointments is unprecedented and the wait for a routine appointment is longer than we experienced pre-pandemic.

If we cannot offer you an appointment when you call please be aware that we release appointments at 8am daily and you can book these in person at the practice or over the telephone. You may also wish to use our e-Consult service where we aim to respond by close of play the next working day with an initial response. You may also contact NHS 111 who can liaise with us if they assess you and determine a GP appointment is the appropriate next step.

The NHS 111 Symptom checker can also assist you in getting the right care at the right time from the right clinician.

Please do not be offended when you are asked about the symptoms you are experiencing. Our team are trained by our GPs to document your answers, maintain confidentiality and follow strict protocols to navigate you to the appropriate care provider. You may be directed to a pharmacist, physiotherapist, nurse, GP, social prescriber, mental health support worker or a community pharmacy. There may be occasions where self care and over the counter treatments are the most appropriate way forward.

For repeat prescription requests you can request via the following routes:

·  NHS App/Patient Online Access *

·  Speak to your pharmacist who can make these requests to us on your behalf

·  Come into the practice and request at Reception

·  Pop a note through our letterbox with your request

* To complete Patient Online Access set up please call the practice on 0117 330 4225 or submit an admin econsult so we can arrange for a code to be sent to you .

If you have spoken to a GP or other clinician and they assess that you need to be seen face to face, please rest assured you will be seen in person where clinically necessary.

If you are NOT registered with a GP at the moment we can still accept your registration request digitally – please click here to access the online registration process.

We remain in a Global pandemic with ongoing staff absence due to Covid so please be kind and patient. Our phone lines are busy – but we will respond.

Also, you can contact us digitally for clinical issues and admin queries including sick notes using our econsult service available on our home page using the “Contact Your Doctors Online” blue pop-up box.