Late Monday opening.

August 18th, 2016 by Dr Wheeler

Thank you to those who replied to this years practice survey.  Everyone here is very grateful for the kind comments received, and the very high satisfaction scores that you have given us.

The survey is also a chance for you to help us improve our service with constructive criticism.  One theme that came up (and has come up in previous years) is related to appointment times outside normal work hours.

It is clear from the survey that patients do appreciate the fact that access to a GP or nurse in North Uist is far better than in the vast majority of practices in the rest of the UK.  There are however a small number of patients with chronic health issues that need routine reviews – but who find it difficult to co ordinate their appointment with their occupation.

As a result, we have opened up some later slots on alternate Monday evenings to help these people out.  Anyone could book one of these later appointments – but we would like to prioritise them for patients in full time employment who have otherwise got access issues.  These appointments are not likely to be suitable for urgent queries in a lot of cases.  The full range of blood tests may not be available and our nurse won’t be present – but they would be ideal for patients with (for example) hypertension / asthma / regular long term medication needs who just need to check in with us every so often.

Please remember to order repeat prescriptions 48 hours in advance of these appointments if you would like to pick up medicines at the same time.


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