Letter from the Partners
Claremont & Holyport Practice
You will be aware from media reports of the national recruitment difficulties facing the NHS, in particular the shortage of GPs and the increased workload that the Government is expecting to be managed in general practice.
One regrettable result of these difficulties is increased pressure on the availability of appointments meaning that patients may not be able to see their usual doctor on every occasion. However, please be assured that any patient with an urgent need for medical attention will be seen on the day.
To help us deal with the demand we have been fortunate to secure the services of a further two GPs who have joined us in recent weeks:
- Dr Kate Irvine
- Dr Ruth Scott
In addition, we also have access to a number of GP appointments available at St Mark’s hospital on weekday evenings and at weekends. This is a service being piloted in Maidenhead.
Patients are reminded that useful healthcare advice can be obtained from local pharmacies and the NHS website www.nhs.uk.
We also ask that if you no longer need any appointment that you have made that you call to cancel it so that it is available for someone that does need it.
Your forbearance during these difficult times is appreciated.
Dr A Pountney & Partners March 2016
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