Cemetery Lane, Kennington, Ashford, KentEngland, TN24 9JZ
I phoned the surgery at 8.00am this morning and asked to speak to a doctor, by 10.30am I had the call, went to the chemist to pick up my medication and a form for an Xray. I reckon that is brilliant service . Thanks a lot
Receptionists are rude and unhelpful. I don’t agree with having to tell the receptionists what I need an appt for. 2 of them live near me and I definitely don’t want them to know what my health problems are. Phoned because I have a great deal of pain which makes it difficult to walk or even take just one step at times. Trying to hold down my job with this pain. Phoned for appt to be told they don’t give appts out anymore. A doctor will assess me in 2 weeks time by telephone to see if I really do need an appt! I am unable to take calls when I’m at work so will probably miss the gps call and will have to start the whole process over again whilst still in pain. I have never heard of any drs surgery not giving out appts until triaged by a rude, unhelpful receptionist!
We were sorry to hear that you found a member of our team to be anything but polite and helpful. All telephone calls to and from the practice are recorded and if you would like to contact a member of our management team with more details they would be happy to look into this incident for you. Unfortunately with the information supplied we are not able to establish your identity in order to contact you directly or establish who you may have dealt with at the practice when experiencing the issues you mention above. Our receptionists have been asked by the GP’s to obtain clinical information so that the GP can best prioritise their phone calls on the basis of clinical need. The GP’s at the practice first speak to patients on the telephone so that they can make a clinical decision regarding the best course of action for each patient. We have found that the system makes the patients journey faster and more efficient as well as also they see the most appropriate clinician in the first instance. Most other local GP surgeries have also introduced very similar systems as the most appropriate way to manage the needs of their patients. All receptionists employed at the practice sign a strict confidentiality policy and are legally bound not to discuss any information they come into contact with whilst working at the practice.. So we can assure all of our patients that any information shared with a member of the reception team remains confidential. If a patient wishes not to share the reason for the call with the receptionist, the receptionist will still book a telephone consultation with the GP. However, without this important information the GP is unable to decide on the clinical significance of the call and may well need to take other calls where a reason has been supplied first. I hope this response answers the points you have raised and if you could contact the practice with more specific details we will be more than happy to investigate Many Thanks New Hayesbank Surgery
Staff are rude over the phone and to your face. Phoned to see a doctor as I’ve had back pain for two day and the receptionist asked if my problem really justified me seeing a gp today. I’ve was trying get an appointment for two days. shocked was an understatement. Teach your staff some manners and maybe just maybe people will stop leaving bad reviews
It's pretty much impossible to get an appointment. The online booking system says now appointments available. The receptionists say they have now appointments and advise you to phone again tomorrow. The best advice would be to find a different surgery where they actually are able to give patients appointments.
Signed up recently, was a bit nervous after reading some bad reviews: Sign up was easy, have got straight through on the phone each time I've called. Receptionists very busy (so many ppl to deal with) but perfectly helpful and friendly. Haven't had to see a doctor so can't comment on treatment, had an initial apt with a nurse (general checkup and welcome) - all good and no delays on the day. Easy and free parking outside. Have booked in jab for travel and got straight through on phone. Seems clean and tidy. Pleased so far. British male, 36 years old.