Patients taking Ranitidine
You may be aware that the branded name Zantac has been removed from the pharmaceutical market. If you are taking the branded version Zantac please stop this immediately. If you are taking Ranitidine, you can continue to take this medication.
We understand that due to this medication being removed it has had an impact in sourcing Ranitidine completely. This should be a short term problem. If you are taking Ranitidine for Gastric reflux/Heartburn please consider buying Gaviscon over the counter for a short term unless you have allergies to this medication. If you are taking Ranitidine for any other indication please contact the surgery and our clinical pharmacist will look at suitable alternatives.
Any concerns please speak to reception.
The Seven Day Access Service (for Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale) allows patients to have more flexibility in where, when and how they use local health services. The service helps patients who have difficulty in getting to the doctors during usual opening times by having appointments available outside of these hours.
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Appointment Changes from 1st Feb 2019
The Practice is aware that due to a significant number of calls in the morning, patients are being cut off the system. We understand this can be frustrating; for example this morning 30/01/2019 the receptionists answered 236 calls before 10am. The phone system cannot cope with this demand, thus knocking people off the system. The Practice has a current list size of 9000 patients which is an increase from 12 months ago. Demand for GP appointments has increased significantly across the borough and across the country.
We encourage all patients to use alternative services where possible, such as the minor ailment services provided by most community pharmacies. They are qualified to manage most minor aliments such as coughs, colds etc..
Useful Information about illnesses can also be found on NHS choices, and through our website.
Patients are able to pre book appointments up to 4 weeks in advance. Once again we would encourage patients to pre-book routine appointments and leave on the day appointments for those patients who are acutely unwell (unwell in the last 72 hours). GPs are routinely allocated 10 minutes per appointment. Therefore it would be helpful that If you have a number of problems to discuss with the clinician you inform the receptionist at the time of booking.
We often receive comments such as "the receptionist never gives me an appointment" The reception team work extremely hard booking the GP/Nurse appointments. Unfortunately due to the sheer volume of calls received it is often difficult for them to give you the time you would like on the phone. The reception team do not withhold appointments. They are advised to enquire to the nature of the problem in order to direct you to the most appropriate clinician, thus ensuring correct use of limited resources.
We would encourage patients to use the online booking system where possible, all on the day appointments are available online and this will reduce the amount of time you need to spend on the telephone. The Practice also offers online consultation for non urgent queries.
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