How do I get an appointment?
If you feel your problem needs dealing with on the same day please phone the surgery on 01425 653430 or contact 111 by phone or online. A clinician will review your request within 2 hours.
The easiest and most effective method to consult with the Practice or access other NHS primary care is to use eConsult. Your clinical information will be looked at by the end of the next working day by a senior GP who will find the most suitable appointment or other support for you. You will then be contacted by a care coordinator to arrange the appointment or support.
The NHS has invested in many different services to meet your primary health care needs and you may be asked to attend these services who are often better skilled to support you with your specific health problem.
We now have access to Specialist Opticians who can help with urgent and minor eye conditions, Pharmacists who can deal with most minor illnesses and Physiotherpists who can assess your muscle and joint problems and arrange treatment where necessary. We also have Mental Health Practitioners who can support you with your mental health as well as Social Prescribers and Health and Wellbeing Coaches who can support you with your health and social needs.
The NHS has also invested in appointments in Ringwood, Romsey and Lymington to support access to health services both in and out of hours.
If you do need an appointment we can arrange a face to face appointment or a phone or video consultation which many patients have found helpful as they return to normal working patterns.
You can use eConsult for yourself or your child (under 18). You cannot complete and eConsult for another adult, please call the surgery.
We appreciate you using our online service (econsult) to keep our phone lines free for those who don't have access to online
Drug and Alcohol services can also be accessed directly
What if I do not have access to a computer, smartphone or web camera?
While technology has evolved and supports us all in many different ways in our day- to-day lives, we appreciate not everyone will have access to a computer, smartphone or a web camera for a video consultation.
We can still talk to you on your mobile phone or landline . Please call the Surgery and the receptionist will ask you what the problems is and what you think you need. A member of the team will then contact you to best deal with your problem.
To contact the surgery to arrange a call back call our appointments line: 01425 653 430
Possible Covid positive patients
The NHS has provided "Hot clinics" for patient who have symptoms that may be Coronoavirus related. Any such patients who needs to be seen with symptoms which could be caused by coronavirus will be provided an appointment in a designated "Hot Site". Currently these sites are at Romsey and Lymington Hospitals.
50% of patients with covid are currently school age children and many patients have symptoms which could be attributed to the common cold so it can be difficult to exclude covid in these situations and ideally you should seek an NHS PCR test to exclude covid
Visiting for patients at home has now been commissioned by the CCG through two services. If you need a home visit you will be referred by the practice to one of these services.
“The Frailty Team” visit elderly and complex patients who have experienced an acute deterioration in their health such as a chest or urine infection. They have a range of clinicians in including experienced nurses and doctors who will visit you at home , arrange urgent investigations such as blood tests and urine tests and follow a patient up closely for a short period of time until they are better.
The second service is a doctor visiting service provided by a healthcare organisation called “Partnering Health Limited” or PHL. You will be visited at home by a doctor or paramedic from PHL who will then liaise with doctors and nurses at the surgery regarding future care. There may be occasions when neither of these teams are able to visit you at home and where this is urgently needed you will then be visited by a doctor from the surgery .
News - National blood bottle shortage
The NHS has asked us to reduce blood bottle usage doe to a national and worldwide blood bottle shortage. We are having to preserve supplies for the most sick patients in and out of hospital.
If you are taking a "toxic medication" that requires regular blood test monitoring, please continue to book your blood tests as frequently as your doctor/specialist has advised in the past. Please do not delay these tests as monitoring is essential to your safety when taking certain medications.
If you have been advised to have regular monitoring for a health condition or medication that requires you to have a blood test once per year, this may be delayed for a period of 3-6 months. There is guidance that your GP is following and your monitoring may be safely delayed. Your GP will contact you to arrange your monitoring when it is required.
Please note - you will only hear the results of your blood test if there is an abnormality detected. You can view your results online using the NHS app or Airmid app. See page on online services.
You can only book a blood test if a clinician has specifically requested it (GP or ANP) or if an NHS Hospital is requesting and have provided the patient with the form.
Long-term Health Conditions
We are doing routine checks for Diabetes. We are prioritizing patients based on their clinical need, and will be prioritising patients with a recent high HbA1c level (indicative of a high blood sugar level). Patients will be contacted by the surgery and offered a blood test in the drive-through marquee, a urine test and be sent a questionnaire with information links. You will then be contacted within 4 weeks after these tests with your results. Please be patient as we are having to catch up and are having to manage the blood bottle shortage issues.
We continue to undertake face to face and telephone reviews of patients with Asthma and COPD (also known as Emphysema) and these will continue with increased capacity.
Video appointments work really well. You do need a smartphone with a good Wi-Fi or mobile connection and to be in a quiet spot where you can’t be overheard. You will receive a text when your GP is ready to start the appointment. Click on the link on the message and follow the instructions. You may need to press “join the meeting“ and enable your camera. This video shows you how it works: