January 2018 - March 2018
You said: Some of the links on the website did not work.
We said: Thank you! It is sometimes quite difficult to always check these promptly. We are attempting to sort out the links and add new ones.
You said: That a member of staff had been helpful when you were anxious about an appointment.
We said: Thank you. The compliment was passed onto the member of staff.
You said: That the later evening appointments which started in January 2018 suited you well because of work commitments.
We said: We are continuing these until the winter pressures ease and will carry on until the end of April 2018. We will then review.
April 2018 - June 2018
You said: That there were opportunities to book urgent appointments throughout the day and you appreciated the service.
We said: Thank you. There are always the possibility of urgent appointments at each surgery session but it is really helpful to book these by phoning at 8.30am for a morning slot and at 2.00pm for an afternoon slot. These urgent slots are for genuine same day requirements. Also any requests for home visits should be made as early in the day as possible so the GPs can allocate the visits for the lunchtime period.
July 2018 - September 2018
You said: That you had had problems getting through on the telephone and the line was faint.
We said: Sorry, sometimes the telephones are extremely busy. We have just commissioned a new telephone system which we hope will alleviate some of the connection problems. It does help is patients could call for results and queries after 10.30 am when the lines are not so busy. We use mobile phones from time to time to ring patients rather than the land lines so they remain free. On-line services might work for you so you can remotely book, organise prescriptions etc on-line.
You said: Why do the receptionists ask about what is wrong with me when I try and book an urgent appointment?
We said: We have a nurse here who can prescribe so sometimes a nurse appointment rather than a GP appointment is more appropriate. Sometimes a call can be really urgent and the patient might not realise their symptoms are very serious. We ask so we can direct to 999 if more appropriate. For nurse appointment requests we need to make sure that the nurse has the equipment or is the treatment room for certain procedures. Asking you what you need to see her for helps plan her daily workload and ensures that you get what you need.
October 2018 - December 2018
You said: That you were having problems with getting a repeat prescription through to an on-line pharmacy and this was really annoying as work commitments meant that getting to a local community pharmacy was difficult.
We said: Sorry. We will not alter people's preference for on-line prescriptions without their express permission and we had not sought this from you. We will try and be more enquiring next time a request comes through.
You said: That two members of staff had been particularly diligent about pursuing a missing hospital letter.
We said: Thanks. The praise was passed through to the staff involved.