Tranent Medical Practice is withdrawing its advance booking service for GP appointments, until further notice.
This step is being taken as a result of an on-going shortage of GP’s within the practice, which is due to a combination of sickness and recruitment issues. The difficulty in recruiting GP’s is a nationwide issue which has been covered in the media recently, and is not just affecting Tranent.
From Monday May 20th we will be offering GP appointments on a same-day basis only. Patients wanting to see a GP will need to contact us on the day they wish to be seen. Patient safety remains our highest priority, and the practice would like to assure our patients that anyone who has a medically urgent issue will continue to be dealt with in an appropriate time scale.
We are continuing to provide advance bookable appointments with our Practice Nurses, Health Care Assistants and phlebotomist. The suspension of the advance booking service applies to GP appointments only.
We very much regret having to take this step, as we understand that many patients prefer the convenience of being able to book appointments in advance. However, the circumstances that we are currently facing make it impossible for us to provide this service. We are working to resolve our GP resourcing difficulties, both in the short and long term, and our intention is to restore the advance appointment service as soon as circumstances allow.
Tranent Medical Practice