Welcome to The Avenue Medical Practice, Greenhill
The Practice had been well established in Greenhill for a number of years before it was transferred to a purpose built building on Reney Avenue in 1989.
The Practice Team offer a full general practice service and run specialist clinics for chronic diseases. We aim to allow ample time for listening, explanation and advice, so as to promote the better health of each patient in our care.
The promotion of a “healthy lifestyle” is an important part of all consultations and educational literature is given to patients whenever appropriate. We have notice boards in the waiting rooms, on which we display health promotion posters on different topics.
We are changing our appointment system- 21st May 18
Why- we conducted a patient survey (through March and April) that showed a large majority of those surveryed don't like the current system. Pateints said you wanted to be able to pre-book again. Others said they don't want to be spoken to over the phone and want to come in to see a GP. Finally many of you found the telephone triage system difficult when at work etc.. as you couldn't have your phone with you at all times.
When - 21st May, although we will start pre-booking appointments before then for that date
What will it mean- We will be offering face-to-face appointments for you to book in without triage every day. Some will be pre-bookable upto 2 weeks in advance, others will not be opened until the day, so if you need to see a GP with a more urgent issue there are still slots available
Does it mean the end of telephone consultations? - No we will still use them for some simpler issues such as medication queries etc..
Why can I only book 2 weeks in advance? - Simply because people forget when appointments are booked weeks/months in advance. Also we want to ensure that those that need appointments with more acute issues can still get an appointment, and its not filled with people with more long-term conditions who know weeks in advance they need an appointment.
Why aren't you holding an event? - This is a step to a system most people recognise, so we hope it won't cause any confusion. Plus as so many people don't like the current system we want to move to a new system as quickly as is feasible.
Will there be less appointments? - By using traditional face-to-face appointments and using telephone appointments for quick fire issues we have not reduced the capacity at all
Are there any downsides? - Pre-booking appointments will mean less appointments available on the day, but we are reserving 50% for on the day. It will also mean more complex issues will not be able to be dealt with over the phone, as we have only allocated 5 minute slots for each telephone consultation in order to be able to deal with the quickfire issues.
What do patients think? - We have discussed the proposed changes with a few represenatives, and have made tweaks to the approach based upon their views of the appointment booking system.
Have any views?- Please let us know, or even better join our patient participation group and help us to develop the practice into something that works for patients
Practice Learning Initiatives
Our next Practice Learning Initiative's are provided by the CCG (NHS) to allow GP staff to attend arranged learning session. All GP's and nurses have to undertake training every year in order to remain registered and so we understand patients frustration at our closure but these sessions are vital to ensure all staff are kept up-to-date. During the hours we are closed, the out-of-hours service is delivered meaning our patients still have access to a GP if required urgently.
The surgery will be closed from 1pm - 6.30pm on the following dates :
Tuesday 1st May 2018
Wednesday 6th June 2018
Tuesday 3rd July 2018
Wednesday 5th September 2018
Tuesday 2nd October 2018
Tuesday 6th November 2018
Wednesday 5th December 2018
(Site updated 22/05/2018)