Never enough appointments

Still, GP appointments have surged 10% above pre-pandemic levels!

GP practices in England delivered 10% more appointments in February this year compared with the same month in 2020 – with 3% fewer GPs, official data show.

Staff sickness this week – reduced appointment capacity

Did we believe Covid was a thing of the past?

If we did, we’re wrong.

Unfortunately, Covid has caught up with a number of our staff members (clinical and non-clinical), which means we will have a reduced capacity for appointments in the coming week.

We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause our patients.

Please bear with us while we do our best to offer you the best care we are able to.
Our receptionists will even more than before need to ask for a reason for your call to ensure they signpost to the right person or service to help you. Good preparation for what the government expects of us from the 1st of April.

The receptionists will be able to signpost you to the most appropriate service or clinician to help you:

  • The Community Pharmacy Consultation Scheme – referral for a same-day appointment
  • The First Contact Physio – booking an appointment that will usually take place within a few days of booking, sometimes even same-day
  • The optician Minor Eye Conditions Service – opticians have more specialised equipment and knowledge of eye problems than GPs do
  • IAPT (Improved Access to Psychological Therapies) – self-referral for mental health problems like depression and anxiety
  • Social Prescribing – many people have more socially natured issues like loneliness, money problems, and similar that would be better placed to see someone from this team – our staff can refer you to the social prescribing team (age 13 and above)
  • The dentist – if you have a dental problem, the GP is not the person best placed to deal with this as they have not been trained in dental problems
  • A&E – if your problem is related to an accident or an emergency this is the better service
  • Urgent care centre – if urgent care is required
  • 999 – if you have symptoms of a heart attack or stroke, please contact 999 immediately as every second counts

Telephone problems at our Cudworth branch this afternoon.

Telephone problems at our Cudworth branch.

The phones have been re-routed to Grimethorpe while we get this sorted. Please bear with us as this can mean a longer wait.

We apologise for the inconvenience and hope our supplier can get this resolved asap.

Addendum: apparently the re-routing was unsuccessful. Please ring our Grimethorpe phone line instead.

Closed for Staff Training today 15 March from 12 pm

The surgery will be closed today from 12pm for Staff Training.

For medical help during this time:

Life-threatening? 999

Urgent? Contact NHS111

Non-urgent? Contact us from 8am on Thursday, or online via

Closed for Staff Training tomorrow Wednesday 15 March

The surgery will be closed tomorrow Wednesday 15 March from 12pm for Staff Training.

For medical help during this time:

Life-threatening? 999

Urgent? Contact NHS111

Non-urgent? Contact us from 8am on Thursday, or online via

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