COVID-19 CORONAVIRUS

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature, lost sense of smell or taste you are advised to stay at home for 14 days. Do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP Practice.

If you are displaying symptoms of Covid-19 it is recommended that you go get tested. For more info and to book a test or order a home kit please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/testing-and-tracing/ask-for-a-test-to-check-if-you-have-coronavirus/

If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.

Only call 111 direct if you cannot go online, or are advised to do so by the online service.

For the latest COVID19 advice please visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.
To reduce your chances of catching COVID-19 and reduce pressure on your local GP practice during this busy time, appointments will be carried out over the phone unless there is a clinical need for you to come into the practice. This will help minimise risk while continuing to ensure people get the care and advice they need.
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact.
A person can also catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands. Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation.
Any equipment that comes into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.

Important Information 04.06.2020

  • We ask that patients wear a face covering to all in person appointments (this could be a scarf or mask etc).
  • York Medical Pharmacy is still open to their patients, and can be contacted on 01904 794115.
  • Appointments will be carried out over the phone unless there is a clinical need for you to come into the practice.
  • Our same day care our service is still running.
  • If you need a Nurse appointment please call the surgery on the day to book the appointment.
  • Do not visit the surgery to drop off a prescription; sign up for the NHS App or give us a call. Alternatively post your prescription. Nominate a pharmacy for your prescription to be sent to electronically. You can request prescriptions via our voicemail service on 01904 439100.
  • Doors at all surgeries are locked and will only be opened for those that have appointments.
" Trust our family to look after your family "

Appointments

You can also book in person or use the Online Services, Click here form more information. If you are calling from a telephone box please say and we will ring you back. Please also tell us immediately if your call is an emergency

  • Patients with urgent problems will be seen as soon as possible.
  • If your condition is non-urgent, you can expect to see a GP within currently three working weeks, though you may have to wait longer if you want to see a particular GP. Nurses based in our practice treat patients for a wide range of common conditions and you can expect to see one within two working weeks.
  • Consultations take place throughout the day. Normal surgery appointments are NOW every 14 minutes and are for one person and one problem only; please let the receptionist know if you require a longer appointment.
  • Patients can be seen at any of our surgeries (ie Acomb, Monkgate) as all our medical records are computerised, so patient information is available to any doctor/nurse at any site.
  • Please tell us if you want someone to accompany you during an examination, or a private room to discuss any matters.

Appointment Punctuality

Please click here to read our Appointment punctuality(lateness) policy.

Changes to the Phone System from Wednesday 21st October 2020

After considering patient feedback and in light of the current Covid environment the Practice has decided to simplify the current times for patients to call.

Currently all appointments are initially by telephone and are booked on the day.

If you urgently need an appointment please call between 8:00am and 10:00am. From 10:00am – 6:00pm the phone lines will be open for all calls, for example nurse and GP appointments, both urgent and non-urgent, prescription requests and any queries.

All urgent appointments for the day will be made available for booking from 8:00am. From 10:00am all non-urgent appointments will be made available.

When all appointments are filled we will not be able to offer anything more on that day unless you feel you have a problem that really cannot wait until the following day. In this case call us as we have a handful of appointments reserved for this. When you call, our Site Leads will be able to advise if you fit the criteria for these appointments.

Please do feedback on the changes to the phone system so that we can monitor if the changes have improved the service.

In an Emergency please ring 999 or 111

For Queries:

For all non-appointment related queries please ring after 10:00am.

Routine Appointments

The changes to our clinical team have enabled YMG to offer more routine appointments to our patients across all sites.  We have also been able to increase appointment times to 14 minutes to allow clinicians to provide the best care for our patients and complete any necessary admin work associated with your appointment.

 *Please note if you have an emergency that is life threatening, you will need the Emergency Department – call 999*

Practice Nurses

Our practice nurses also hold regular surgeries with 15-minute appointments. Please note that not all nurses can perform all tasks.

Cancellations & DNAs (Did Not Attend)

If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please let us know in good time in order that we can give the slot to someone else. If you missed your appointment without letting us know, a DNA will go onto your record. If this happens a considerable amount of time you will be removed from a patient list and asked to register with another surgery. Missing appointments wastes a considerable amount of time for all staff and means that patients end up waiting longer than necessary. It also means that your appointment could have been given to another patient. We are a busy practice and appointments fill up quickly, so please show some consideration and inform us if you cannot make your appointment so we can give your slot to someone else.