Accessing Patient Services
Our practice is pleased to offer patients enhanced clinical access to GPs and other healthcare professionals, including:
- 100 clinical appointments per 1000 patients per week
- We offer an open reception and telephone service from 08:00-18:30 from Monday to Friday
- Patients can make an online booking
- Our receptionists are trained in care navigation and signposting and can provided advice about appropriate alternative services such as extended hours hub
- We regularly review our systems to ensure there are enough appointments to meet patient needs every week
We aim to provide the best access we can for our patients. If you have any questions or suggestions please ask a member of staff or ask to speak to the practice manager.
Alternatives to A&E
We know that finding the right place to go when you become ill or are injured can be confusing. We want to help you to select the right service for your illness or injury, and in doing so, you will not only be looking after your health but using NHS services appropriately.
We can all help to ease the pressure on our emergency services by only visiting A&E or calling 999 with the most serious, or life-threatening injuries or illnesses. Only dial 999 if you think you need an emergency ambulance.
A&E department (also known as emergency department or casualty) deals with genuine life-threatening emergencies, such as:
- Loss of consciousness
- Acute confused state and fits that are not stopping
- Chest pain
- Breathing difficulties
- Severe bleeding that cannot be stopped
- Severe allergic reactions
- Severe burns or scalds
- Major trauma such as a road traffic accident
Less severe injuries can be treated in urgent care centres or minor injuries units. A&E is not an alternative to a GP appointment.
What to do for less serious injuries or illnesses
Self-care is the best way to treat common illnesses and injuries, such as; coughs and colds, slight cuts and grazes, sprains and strains, sore throats, sinusitis, earache, constipation and headaches. Visit our Wellbeing Centre for useful self-care resources.
You can treat them at home with a range of medicines and a first aid kit bought from a pharmacy or supermarket.
You can prepare for many common illnesses and injuries by having a chat with your local pharmacist who can give you advice on what self-care medications to have at home.
With all self-care if your symptoms recur, or if you are no better after two days, call NHS 111 for advice or contact your GP.
If you require medical help but you’re not sure where to go, then please talk before you walk. You can call NHS 111 free, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and, where appropriate, a clinical advisor will assess your symptoms, decide what medical help you need and advise where you need to go. This will ensure you get the right care from the right service in the timeliest way.
NHS 111 clinical advisors can arrange an appointment for you at an out of hours GP or extended hours hub if your condition means you need to see a health care professional within the next 12 hours. They can also give you self-care advice and information.
You should call NHS 111 if:
- You need medical help fast, but it is not a 999 emergency
- You think you need to go to Accident and emergency or another NHS urgent care service
- You do not know who to call for medical help or you do not have a GP to call
- You require health information or reassurance about what to do next
For less urgent health needs, you should still contact your GP in the usual way.
Your local pharmacist is a healthcare professional who can give you clinical advice and treatment for common illnesses such as coughs, colds, aches and pains. They can also help you decide whether you need to contact other healthcare services.
You can talk to your pharmacist in confidence, even about the most personal symptoms without an appointment. Many pharmacies now have a consultation area where you can discuss health concerns in private.
Some of the services available from your local pharmacy include help for:
- Emergency contraception (morning after pill)
- Raised temperature/fever
- Coughs, colds, flu
- Ear infections and earache
- Urine infections and cystitis
- Skin infections/rashes/allergic reactions
- Emergency repeat prescription service
As your local GP surgery we provide a wide range of family health services that include advice on health concerns, how to prevent you becoming unwell, vaccinations, examinations and treatment, and prescriptions for medicines. We can also refer you to other health services.
GP Out of Hours Service
The out of hours GP service is a separate facility where a team of GPs and nurse practitioners provide services from 06:30-20:00 weekdays, bank holidays and weekends. They offer help, advice and treatment if you have an urgent clinical need that cannot wait for your own GP practice to open.
If you need to see or speak to a GP when your surgery is closed, call NHS 111 and, where appropriate, a clinical advisor will assess you, give advice on when and where to go for treatment, or book you in to see an out of hours GP if needed.
Extended Hours within Brompton Health PCN
Abingdon Medical Practice is part of a Primary Care Network called Brompton Health. There are eight practices within our PCN, and patients from all of them are able to access extended hours appointments offered by six of these practices.
The Practice offers extended hours appointments in site on Saturdays from 8:30am to 12:30pm.
West London Extended Hours Hubs
Extended Hour Hubs offer pre-booked appointments for West London registered patients at evenings and weekends. There are 2 hubs in West London:
1. St Charles Centre for Health - Integrated Care Centre
Exmoor Street, London W10 6DZ
Mon – Fri: 18:30 – 21:00
Sat: 08:00 - 20:00
Sun: 14:00 – 20:00
2. The Violet Melchett Clinic - Integrated Care Centre
30 Flood Walk, London SW3 5RR
Mon – Fri:18:30 – 21:00
Sat: 08:00 - 16:00
Sun: 08:00 – 14:00
The extended hours hubs will provide the following primary care medical services, as a minimum requirement:
- Clinical assessment, and treatment service to patients presenting with minor injuries and mild to moderate illnesses
- Self-care management information and advice
- Cervical screening and contraceptive services
- Childhood immunisations and vaccinations
- Wound Care
- Ear irrigation
The following services will not be provided by the extended hours hub services:
- Patients who are identified with a potentially life threatening medical condition which is not suitable for primary care management must be immediately and safely transferred to the relevant urgent and emergency care service
- GP appointments relating to test results received
- Long term condition reviews and care plans
- Medication reviews
You will be able to access the HUBs services by asking your registered GP surgery or calling 111.