Extra appointments now available at GP practices in Ashford
From 1st October 2018, evening, weekend and bank holiday appointments will be available with range of Primary Care health professionals in Ashford.
This is part of a national drive to improve access to Primary Care services and give people the opportunity to have an appointment at a time that suits them.
These extra appointments, alongside existing services, will allow patients to pre-book routine appointments with healthcare professionals between 8am and 8pm each weekday as well as appointments on Saturdays, Sundays and bank holidays.
Appointments will be provided from practices in different locations within Ashford, not necessarily at the patients’ own surgery, but the health professionals treating them will, with their consent, be able to see their full medical records.
Anyone needing to make an appointment should contact their GP practice in the first instance.
Trained reception staff will know when appointments are available and with which healthcare professional. They will be able to book an appointment at either the patients’ own surgery or one of the other practices providing appointments within Ashford. Patients should advise the receptionist if they particularly want an evening or weekend appointment.
Please note, these extra appointments will be available for pre-booked care. It is important to remember that anyone who needs medical assistance when their practice is closed should continue to dial NHS 111.
We would welcome feedback on this new service – please either complete a Family and Friends Test questionnaire at the practice when attending for your appointment or alternatively email the CCG patient experience team on firstname.lastname@example.org.
South Ashford Medics is Sole Provider practice which is managed by a Practice Team formed in 2018.
Our aim is to provide a friendly, high quality and accessible primary care service to our patients that meets their needs and improves their health and well-being.
We will achieve this by:
- Ensuring that our patients are respected as individuals and their care plan is planned with them in a holistic way to maximise their health outcomes and wellbeing.
- Creating a welcoming and caring environment which is evident and experienced by our patients whenever they are in contact with the practice.
- Ensuring our services are safe and that they are provided in a suitable environment with up to date equipment.
- Maintaining a team of appropriately trained and skilled staff able to continuously deliver services to a high standard.
- Providing sufficient capacity to meet the needs of our practice population in a timely and responsive manner which is sensitive to our different patient groups.
- Embedding a culture of continuous learning and professional development in our organisation and supporting our team to attend regular training.
- Making sure our practice is well led by appropriately skilled managers and clinical staff to ensure our staff feel valued and they understand their roles in delivering our services.
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