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Due to the coronavirus outbreak, how you contact us will be different at the moment. This is to limit face-to-face contact whenever possible and help stop the spread of coronavirus.

Your GP practice is open and if you need to see your GP, please ring us on 01977 704777 or visit our website and click on the blue box 'GP Online Service' – our opening hours are Monday to Friday 8am - 6.30pm

You can also call NHS 111. Please do not come to the surgery unless you have an appointment.

If you are waiting for a check-up, please be assured we will be in touch

Appointments are being delivered face-to-face, online and over the telephone. If you are asked to come into the surgery for a face-to-face appointment, please remember to wear a face covering. Measures are in place to keep you safe from infection during your visit to the surgery.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

For the safety of other patients and staff at the Surgery, we are politely asking anyone who attends to ensure you are wearing a face mask/covering.  If you do not have a mask anything such as a scarf will be adequate. 

Many thanks for your continued support and co-operation

Face Covering Exemptions

Please see the Coronavirus section for details of how to get your own exemption card

EPS4

We are upgrading to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) which will mean that almost all our prescriptions will be processed electronically from 4 March 2020

Electronic prescriptions help save the NHS money.

You will receive your prescriptions in the same way as you do now.

Read more about EPS on the NHS Digital website.

https://digital.nhs.uk/services/electronic-prescription-servi

RESULTS OF 2020 PATIENT SURVEY

The national patient survey results are out and we are pleased to announce that we have scored really highly in most areas and have improved on the previous year.  Our results are higher than the national and CCG averages in nearly all areas. The survey found that:-

96% of patients find the reception team helpful

95% of patients said they were involved in decisions about their care and treatment

100% said they had trust in the professional they saw or spoke to

98% said their needs were met during their last appointment

If you want to view the full report, go to www.gp-patient.co.uk 

It is a very pleasing result and demonstrates the commitment of all the staff at Friarwood.

Youth Appointments

We now provide a small number of appointments especially for young people (13-19yrs) so they can either talk to or see a clinician to discuss any problems. Contact the surgery to ask when these appointments are available every week. 

Care Quality Commission Inspection

The Friarwood Surgery was inspected by a CQC Team on Thursday 24th September 2015, we  received positive feedback from the inspection team on the day which has lead to our official report being published.

The good news is that we were awarded a rating of OUTSTANDING which is a wonderful achievement for all of our hard working and caring staff. This result puts your GP surgery in the top 4% best rated in England. 

The surgery would like to thank the members of the Patient Participation Group for their positive engagement on the day of the inspection and for their ongoing support to help drive us forward on behalf of all of our patients.

Please see the link to our CQC report: CQC Friarwood Report Nov 15

Good News: Free WIFI now available in the surgery for patients.

Appointments

DUE TO THE CURRENT CONRONAVIRUS PANDEMIC WE MUST ASK ALL PATIENTS TO CONTACT THE SURGERY BY PHONE (01977 704777) TO HAVE A TELEPHONE TRIAGE ASSESSMENT BEFORE ANY DECISON IS MADE TO SEE PATIENTS FACE TO FACE. WE WILL ENDEAVOR TO MEET YOUR CLINICAL NEEDS THIS WAY UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

calendar_penAppointments may be made by telephoning (on the same day) on (01977) 704777 and by using the 24hr booking phone line, by booking on line via our website (login details required) or alternatively by calling at the surgery. The automated system is currently withdrawn due all calls being triaged

Our aim is to offer an appointment on the day you call but some appointments are released up to four weeks in advance. Currently withdrawn

If you wish to see a specific GP on the same day please ask a receptionist but you may have to wait longer to see the GP of your choice.

Please ask a receptionist for a leaflet explaining how the appointment system works.

If you ring up for a GP appointment you may be offered a clinician call back from one of our nurse practitioners who will help with your clinical need.

There are also some telephone appointments available with GPs where this is appropriate.

If you cannot keep an appointment, please inform us as soon as possible as this will allow us to offer the appointment space to another patient. 

PATIENT PARTNER PHONE SYSTEM (24hr pre-booking of appointments) 

From Tuesday April 29th 2014 the surgery launched the Patient Partner automated phone system.

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What is Patient Partner?

Patient Partner connects to our existing telephone system and clinical database and allows patients to book, cancel and check appointments using their telephone keypad. The system is available up to 24 hours a day and is designed to improve patient access, reduce DNA's (Did Not Attend’s) and relieve some of the pressure on our phone system at busy times such as 8am every morning.

 

How will it work?

When a patient calls the surgery number and they will hear a new option. If you choose to use Patient Partner you will be asked to enter your date of birth and telephone number using the telephone keypad. Your phone details must be up to date as this will be used to identify you on our clinical system and it will reject your log in if there are any differences.

 

When your information has been checked and accepted by the system you will then be offered options to book, cancel or check outstanding appointments. If you choose to book a new appointment the system finds a suitable appointment and offers it to you. The patient then presses a button on the keypad to confirm that this is suitable and we confirm that the appointment has been booked.

On-Line pre-booking of face to face appointments

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To compliment the Patient Partner system above we have also made our pre bookable available on line via your own secure login to our website. You just need to register your interest with the practice and we will send out to you a temporary password and details how to login for the first time. All you have to do then is change your password and you will be able to look on line 24hrs a day for availability of our pre bookable appointments and secure your choice without having to phone the practice.

Please note: We cannot put every appointment we have on the above 24hr systems as we need to have some available for patients who need to be seen on the same day. Please be aware that we also have the ANP triage system (see below) which is available to all patients who have an urgent same day clinical need  especially if/when all the pre bookable appointments have gone

 Clinical Call-Back

Since Monday June 10th 2013 the surgery have operated a clinical call back system which has aimed to deal with same day patient clinical request needs.

 

How does it work?

When all our same day appointments have been booked, reception staff will offer patients a telephone call back from a clinician who will assess the clinical need of the patient’s request. The clinician will offer help and guidance for any minor illness etc, but may also decide to offer a same day appointment with the Nurse Practitioner or the on call GP if the request is deemed clinically urgent.

 

The pilot has proved to be successful and now replaces the old extra’s system which traditionally had patients experiencing long waits to see GPs after their booked surgeries. Part of our evidence base of success is that our patient A/E attendances are down over 6% and our emergency attendances are down over 12% since July 13 (when compared with the previous year).

Chaperones

All patients are entitled to have a chaperone present for any consultation. Please request this at the time of booking or speak to your GP

 
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