Appointments are now available to book on line. You will need to complete a request form at reception and we will send you log on details.
If the doctor you wish to speak to is in surgery and the receptionist cannot assist you, you will be asked to leave your name and telephone number along with a brief summary of your request so that the doctor can call you back after surgery.
We are currently updating the way we release our routine appointments. Instead of releasing a weeks worth of appointments every Friday we are now making full use of our EMIS Web system and releasing them in a more user friendly, organised manner. Appointments will now be released automatically at 2 week, 1 week and 2 day intervals which means that patients will find it easier to access appointments. They are no longer all released on a Friday which will make it easier to get through on the phone as well.
There are several ways to make an appointment:
- Online - a percentage of our appointments are available to book online.
- Face to face - come into reception and our receptionists will be happy to make an appointment for you.
- Telephone - call the surgery on 0161 214 8710 to make an appointment.
**Online appointments. If you book your appointments online and they have all gone, you still have the option to ring reception to see if there are any other appointments available.
Please remember to give us your mobile number (if you have one), you will then get an appointment reminder 24 hours before so you don't forget.
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.
Evidence that you are sick
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.
Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'
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.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
Unfortunately, the practice doesn’t have a car park; there are limited spaces at the front of the surgery. However, there are pay and display car parks close by.
If possible please try to telephone reception before 11:00 if you require a home visit.
A doctor or nurse may phone you back as it may be that your problem can be dealt with by telephone advice, or that it would be more appropriate to send a nurse, or indeed arrange a hospital attendance.
House visits are only available for patients who are housebound because of illness or disability.
Please remember that several patients can be seen in the practice in the time that it takes to make one home visit. There are also better facilities for examining and treating patients at the surgery.
Our practice is designated a training practice and we usually have a doctor with us who is training to work in general practice. This doctor works alongside our trainer, Dr Stagg. When you see our registrar you may be asked for consent to have the consultation videoed.
The practice also trains doctors from Tameside Hospital. These are known as foundation doctors and they spend four months in GP practice. Foundation doctors are supervised by Dr Edge. Spending time in a GP practice helps to give the hospital doctors a better understanding of the work involved in primary care.
Our practice has links with Manchester University and often we have third and fourth year medical students training in the practice and working alongside the doctors. We would really appreciate it if you would be willing to be interviewed by them when seeing your doctor.