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FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENTS

The surgery offers a range of appointments during opening hours 08.00am - 6.00pm.

In addition to these we are offering early morning appointments (7.00-8.00am) for commuters on either a Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday.

The practice also offers booked appointments on the 1st Saturday and 3rd Sunday of each month 8.30am - 11.00am.

  • You may see any doctor in the practice but it is preferable to see one doctor consistently, especially for one episode of illness.
  • We request patients to ring first thing in the morning if an appointment is needed.
  • GP appointments may ONLY be booked ON THE DAY and 24 HOURS IN ADVANCE. 

Appointments can be booked via:

1) A Receptionist
Emergencies telephone: 01923 225224
Non-urgent appointments telephone: 01923 247446


2) Online using ‘Patient Access’ (permitted to anyone over the age of 16)
This will let you book and cancel appointments online using the internet. To use this service you will need to come in to the practice and register for online services.
Once you have registered you will be given information to take away, which will enable you to create your online account. Then you will be able to book, cancel and view your existing appointments.  For more information, click here.  At present we are only offering doctors appointments on Patient Access.


3) The automated telephone booking system
You can book, cancel and check your own appointments, at anytime night or day!
Here is the message you will hear when you call us during the day:
Telephone: 01923 247446 and PRESS 1 when asked if you would like to book, cancel, check or amend an appointment using our automated service.  At present we are only offering doctors appointments to the automated system.


TELEPHONE APPOINTMENTS

How to book a telephone appointment?
•At the practice in person.
•Telephone the practice on 01923 247446.
•Please make sure you have provided an up-to-date telephone number to be contacted on.

When should I book a telephone appointment?
•At the request of a GP
•To discuss blood tests
•To discuss investigation results eg MRI/x-rays/ultrasound
•To discuss hospital appointment outcome – eg after an endoscopy


How to have an effective telephone consultation?
•Make sure you are ready to take the call at the time given.
•Make sure you are in an area where you can take the call.
 
Please note if you miss your telephone appointment, you may be asked to rebook.

WATFORD EXTENDED ACCESS (WEA)

GP appointments are now available 7 days a week in Watford and Three Rivers.  Patients registered with a GP practice in either Watford or Three Rivers can now make an appointment to see a GP at the weekend, Saturdays 9.00am - 1.00pm and 3pm - 7pm, Sundays 9.00am - 1.00pm.  Appointments for blood tests can also be booked on Sunday mornings.  During these appointments your health record may be accessed and viewed by clinical staff other than your GP or a GP at your practice.  Please be assured that your confidentially will be maintained.  Please ask the receptionist for further details.

LATE POLICY

We strive to see every patient as close to their appointment time as possible and therefore if you are 10 minutes late or more to your appointment, you may be asked to reschedule.  One or two late patients can cause the entire daily schedule to fall behind.  We will try to accommodate late‐comers as best as possible, but cannot compromise on the quality and timely care provided to our other patients.  Priority will be given to patients who arrive on time and it will be up to the discretion of the clinician if you can be worked in between them.  This may mean you will have a considerable wait. If this is not convenient for you, you may choose to reschedule.


CANCELLING APPOINTMENTS

You can check, cancel or book future appointments using our automated telephone system or using Patient Access.
We also have a dedicated mobile phone on which you can send a text or leave a voice message to cancel your appointment. Please ensure you give us your full name, date of birth and the appointment details.
The mobile number is 07531 262447
This number cannot be used for anything other than cancelling appointments, any other messages will be disregarded.

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