Can another Healthcare Professional help?
Do you need to see the GP?
Sometimes the GP is not the most appropriate Healthcare Professional to deal with your ailment. Please see the information on see a Doctor or Healthcare Professional, which might help you decide whether a GP appointment is truly necessary or whether it might be better for you to see a Pharmacist, Optician, Dentist or other Healthcare Professional. You can even self-refer for some services without seeing your GP.
For real life-threatening emergencies such as those below – RING 999
- Chest pain (suspected heart attack)
- Suspected stroke
- Suspected meningitis
- Anaphylactic shock (severe allergy)
- Heavy bleeding or deep lacerations
- Fluctuating levels of consciousness or completely unconscious
- Difficulty breathing or stopped breathing with a change in colour
- New seizure, fit or uncontrollable shaking
For immediately serious conditions such as the following, GO TO Emergency Department (A&E) IMMEDIATELY
- A fever and lethargic (drowsy) child
- A feverish and floppy (unresponsive) infant
- Difficulty breathing
- Sudden, severe abdominal pain
- Accidental or intentional overdose of medication
- Trauma (including falls) and possible broken bones or road traffic accident
Please help us
Did not attend appointments – As a practice we have approximately 700 – 800 unattended appointments per month. Wasted appointments may mean another patient who wants to see their GP is unable to due to limited availability. If you are late for your appointment you maybe asked to re-book.
Common Ailments – self-treatment may prevent an unnecessary appointment
The following common ailments may be initially treated through self-management using advice from NHS UK and/or the pharmacist.
Please remember that inappropriate use of walk-in-and-wait 5-minute urgent appointments with common ailments without prior self-treatment prevents another patient with potentially serious condition from being assessed. The advice shown below is not exhaustive but is intended to permit sensible use of these appointments.
|Common Ailments List|
|Cold & Cough symptoms/Flu/Nasal/Congestion/Temperature/Fever|
|Conjunctivitis (‘sticky’ eye)|
|Constipation (short term)|
|Cough (for less than 3 weeks)|
|Diarrhoea (short term)|
|Eczema/ Contact Dermatitis/Dry Skin/Allergic Rashes|
|Fungal skin infections|
|Hay Fever / Seasonal Allergic Rhinitis|
|Insect Bites and Stings|
|Soft Tissue Injury|
Did not attend (DNA) policy
As a practice we have approximately 700 – 800 unattended appointments per month. We deal with non-attendance and lateness proactively so that our services are not strained. We normally send two notifications for missed or late appointments before further action is considered.
Wasted appointments may mean another patient who wants to see their GP or Practice Nurse is unable to due to limited availability. We respectfully request that if something arises meaning you may miss or be late for an appointment in the future, you kindly let us know at least an hour in advance. Your appointment can then be given to someone else and a new one can be offered to you if needed.
Practice DNA Policy
A DNA occurs when an appointment is not attended and the patient has not contacted the practice in advance to cancel it or where the cancellation is so late as to make it impossible to allocate that time to another patient who needs treatment.
The practice will code this DNA and this will prompt a retrospective check on the number of DNAs recorded against that person.
A monthly search will be performed to identify patients who have three or more DNAs in the previous six months and letter one will be sent.
Again a monthly search is carried out to identify patients who have received letter 1 and DNAd again and letter 2 will be sent.
Again a monthly search is carried out to identify patients who have DNAd in the previous months. Where a further, beyond letter 2, DNA has occurred, the practice will review the individual case at a practice meeting and a decision will be taken with regard to addressing the patient’s future ability to pre‑book routine appointments. The practice will consider whether consistent failure to adhere to our practice policy constitutes a breakdown between the Patient and the GP (where the GP practice has given clear instruction on policy and service provision and the patient has chosen to disregard this on several occasions in spite of due warning). If the decision is agreed to remove the patient a formal removal letter will be sent to the patient and the Kent Primary Care Agency to arrange removal. The patient will be given 30 days’ notice to find another practice.
If you have any concerns in respect of this Policy please ask to speak to the Practice Manager.
Frequently asked questions (FAQ’s)
Why is there a long wait for routine appointments?
Covid-19 Pandemic – The pandemic has placed incredible strain on General Practice resulting in longer waiting times for routine appointments. The majority of General Practice nationwide had closed their doors throughout the pandemic with only essential services being offered, through their nursing teams. The Partners and team at The Mote Medical Practice continued to work in the surgery, offering as many services as NHS England would allow, triaging all patients virtually and then making a decision on if they needed to be seen face to face after consultation.
Whilst our doors are now open and routine appointments are reinstated, we must continue to proceed with caution. We have made the conscious decision to continue conducting telephone triage as a first point of contact. This will be done for all patients prior to being offered face to face appointments with a doctor, as it has been done over the last 14 months. This course of action will reduce wasted appointments by DNA’s, eliminate the need to queue, is more convenient for patients who may have to take time off to attend an appointment and reduces the footfall in our waiting room.
Did not attend appointments – As a practice we have approximately 700-800 unattended appointments per month. Wasted appointments may mean another patient who wants to see their GP is unable to due to limited availability.
Local development – There have been new local housing developments and lack of finance/resources from the government/council to match increasing patient demand. As a practice we must adapt to cope with the increasing workload to allow the doctors and staff to work in a safe and efficient way. We need to change to survive in this time of economy change.
If you have a suspected infectious disease
Please inform reception if you suspect an infectious disease, as this will enable us to deal with it appropriately during your visit to protect you, other patients and staff.
Giving Consent for Treatment
You have the right to accept or refuse treatment that is offered to you, and not to be given any physical examination or treatment unless you have given valid consent. If you do not have the capacity to do so, consent must be obtained from a person legally able to act on your behalf, or the treatment must be in your best interests.
Your valid consent (agreement to the course of action) is needed for the treatment that’s offered to you before any physical examinations or treatment can be given. If you haven’t given your consent, you can accept or refuse treatment that’s offered to you.
It’s important to be involved in decisions about your treatment and to be given information to help you choose the right treatment. When making treatment choices, you’ll often discuss the options with your doctor or another healthcare professional.