180 MISSED APPOINTMENTS PER MONTH!
Appointment Waiting Times are currently 20 working days to see a Doctor for routine appointments (that’s 4 weeks!), possibly longer so see the GP of your choice. Many patients complain about having to wait this long to see a Doctor, and justifiably, but these delays can be dramatically reduced if patients just cancel any Appointments they make but later find they do not need - so it can be freed up for another patient to use. This is when a patient doesn’t turn up to attend their appointment. It results in 180 missed opportunities a month for other patients to see a Doctor! That’s an average of 42 per week, and 6 per day! If we don’t address this, it will be 2,160 missed Appointments a year - every year!
To cancel your appointment please call 01277 218393 and choose option 6.
Dr Shabeena Sayidmasuthu
Important notice for patients of
Dr Shabeena Sayidmasuthu
Dr. Sayidmasthu will be leaving the practice in May 2017.
Patients on Dr Sayidmasuthu’s existing list will automatically transfer to a new GP – a recruitment process is currently underway.
A further notice will be placed in the waiting room advising patients in this regard.
Minor Injuries Unit
The Minor Injuries Unit at Orsett Hospital is open Monday - Sunday from 10:00 – 20:00.
Patients are encouraged to use this service instead of A&E for minor injuries.
Click here to read more about this service.
Bank Holiday Opening Times
We will be closed on the following Bank Holiday Mondays
Monday 1st May and Monday 29th May.
Normal opening hours will resume at 8.00 am on the Tuesdays following the above dates.
When We Are Closed
If you need urgent medical advice when the surgery is closed please contact the South Essex NHS 111 service directly by dialling 111. The call is free of charge.
Alternatively you may still contact the surgeries (New Surgery on 01277 218393. Brambles Surgery on 01277 215738) and your call will be automatically re-routed to the NHS 111 service directly, however the call will be charged.
The South Essex NHS 111 service provides urgent medical care when the practice is closed between 18:30 and 08:00 weekdays as well as weekends. Please note that although the surgery is open on Saturday mornings, this is via an extended hours enhanced service contract with the National Commissioning Board and the practice is contracted to provide pre-bookable appointments only. All requests for urgent medical attention that cannot wait for the surgery to open must be directed to the NHS 111 service as stated above, or accessed by calling the practice on 01277 218393.
Out-of-hours services are generally busy so please think carefully before asking to see a doctor and only do so if you genuinely cannot wait until the surgery re-opens.
In a genuine emergency you should call 999. Chest pains and / or shortness of breath constitute an emergency.