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Appointments to see any of the doctors can be made by phone or calling at the reception desk. There are a variety of ways of seeing a doctor:
Please note that appointments are intended for one patient only. It is preferable to consult with only one or two problems as the doctors cannot deal adequately with more in a 10 minute appointment. It is often useful to write them down and deal with the most important first. Sometimes more than one appointment may be needed.
OPEN SURGERY - every Wednesday. 9-10AM, ONE semi-urgent issue, to retain place in queue - you need to wait in surgery.
Please note that delays in pre-booked appointments are often unavoidable and you may have to wait beyond your scheduled time to be seen.
Note: If you wish to speak to reception about a confidential matter - just ask to be seen away from the front desk. We are very happy to accommodate any such requests.
CHAPERONE POLICY - We aim to offer all patients a chaperone. If you would like a nurse present during your examination please ask your doctor.
In a number of cases it might be worth considering an appointment with a practice nurse rather than a doctor. Practice nurses are qualified to deal with many conditions and you may be seen more quickly.
If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the slot to someone else.
Whilst we encourage our patients to come to the surgery, where we have the proper equipment and facilities available, we do appreciate this is not always possible. In this respect, if you do need a home visit, you can help us by calling reception before 10:30.
You may only request a home visit if you are housebound or are too ill to visit the practice. Your GP will only visit you at home if they think that your medical condition requires it and will also decide how urgently a visit is needed. Please bear this in mind and be prepared to provide suitable details to enable the doctor to schedule house calls
You can also be visited at home by a community nurse if you are referred by your GP.
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
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Inchpark Surgery takes part in providing further education of doctors in general practice, at many different levels.
Video recording of some consultations may take place for this purpose, if you consent to it.