At the Limes the appointment system was implemented to improve:
- Appropriate appointment booking
- Patient safety
- Access to the surgery on the telephones
- Advance bookings
All our consultations are by appointment at the surgery. In order to ensure that you are seen by the appropriate member of the team the receptionist will ask you for information that is essential for the booking system to work efficiently and successfully. The receptionist will ask you:
- "How can I help!"
- "Can you give me a rough idea of the problem!
- They will then know whether this is a new or on-going problem.
- They may also ask "what's happened!"
The receptionist WILL NOT be making any clinical assessment - this information is to direct you to an appropriate appointment or call from our duty team. It is essential that you co-operate with the receptionists and understand that it may be more appropriate for a nurse, healthcare assistant or a nurse practitioner to see/speak with you. It is NOT always essential to be seen by a doctor. The receptionists are all bound by strict rules of confidentiality.
GP and nursing appointments are bookable at The Limes Epping, North Weald and Theydon Bois up to 6 weeks in advance for non-urgent routine appointments.
We understand that sometimes you may not be able to make an appointment that you booked or you may need to re-schedule. If you cannot keep your appointment please try to inform us as soon as possible so it may be offered to another patient.
Note - You must inform the surgery if you change your contact telephone numbers - your home and mobile.
Please note that your call may be monitored for training and safety.
Definition of Advanced Nurse Practitioner
An experienced qualified nurse who has studied at a degree/masters level who can assess, diagnose and treat a wide variety of medical problems. She can also refer directly to secondary care as required. The Advanced Nurse Practitioners are also prescribers.