Cheam Family Practice, Sutton, Surrey.

Appointments

Elmbrook Surgery Opening Times

Monday 8.00am - 6.30pm
Tuesday 8.00am - 6.30pm
Wednesday 8.00am - 6.30pm
Thursday 8.00am - 6.30pm
Friday 8.00am - 6.30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
  • Late night opening for booked appointments only Monday: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Parkside Surgery Opening Times

Monday 8.00am - 6.30pm
Tuesday 8.00am - 6.30pm
Wednesday 8.00am - 6.30pm
Thursday 8.00am - 6.30pm
Friday 8.00am- 6.30pm
Saturday Closed
Sunday Closed
  • Late night opening for booked appointments only Monday: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Some doctors’ and nurses’ clinics are run at other times, at both surgeries, during the week. Please ask at reception for details.

All of the above times are subject to change at short notice.

The Elmbrook and Parkside surgeries will both be closed in the afternoon at regular intervals for Practice Development. See advance notices at each surgery for details.

Guide to our Appointment Booking System

Due to a high demand for appointments, we operate a variety of appointments to provide as greater choice to patients as possible‘. Appointments are available:

  • up to 4 weeks in advance, at reception or online. (Please contact reception for secure login details);
    Please be aware that the practice cannot be responsible when booking appointments for appointments booked into inappropriate clinics. Some services and procedures eg ‘freezing’, travel, childhood vaccinations etc  require specific training and are only available at set times, and from certain GP’s or Nurses. If in doubt please contact reception on your usual number.
  • to book ‘on the day’ through reception for patients who need to be seen as soon as possible. Contact the surgery as near to 8.00am as possible;
  • in our ‘one urgent problem clinic’ for patients who need to be seen on the day and all available appointments have been taken. (This is a come and wait clinic at 11.00am).

Book in Advance/Routine/Follow Up Appointments

If you would like to see a doctor in a non-urgent capacity, we advise that you ‘pre-book’ your appointment well before required. You may book these appointments any time up to 28 days in advance. Due to demand early booking is advisable.

Nurse Practitioner Appointments

A nurse practitioner is a nurse who is qualified to examine, diagnose and manage patients illnesses.

They are able to consult and write prescriptions or referrals for you in the same way as a GP, yet they also have all the practical skills of their nurse training.

If you need a doctor’s consultation you could see the Nurse Practitioner.

We have two superb Nurse Practitioners: Sandra Swinfield (at Gander Green Lane), Amanda Featherstone (at Cheam).

Each of our Nurse Practitioners works closely with a Partner as their mentor and guide so they continue to update their skills. They are a huge asset to our team, as you will discover when you meet them, and greatly ease the workload of the doctors
Book on the day/Urgent Appointments

If you need to consult with your doctor urgently for something that cannot wait until the next advanced booking appointment, you may request an appointment on the same day. You may see your own doctor, or if he/she is not available you may see another doctor or Nurse Practitioner.

One Urgent Problem Clinic

This clinic is available when all appointments have gone for one urgent problem only that cannot wait for an appointment the following day. This is a ‘come and wait’ clinic at 11.00am.

A preferred GP or Nurse Practitioner is not available at this clinic. You will only be seen for one problem.

Appointments with a Specific GP

You are able to request an appointment with a particular GP of your choice. If this request is in a non-urgent capacity, we advise
that you pre-book your appointment as detailed above. If the request is urgent, you may ask for an appointment on the day but
please be aware that if that particular GP is unavailable or fully booked, you will be offered an appointment with the next available
doctor, or Nurse Practitioner).

Telephone Appointments

You may request the GP or Nurse Practitioner to phone you if you feel that your problem can be dealt with over the phone.

Home Visits

Home visits will only be provided if your condition prevents you from travelling to the surgery. You may request a visit through
reception who will submit the request to the GP. Your doctor will telephone you in the first instance and will visit if appropriate.
Please could you telephone by 10.30am for a visit that day. Unfortunately specific GP’s or Nurse Practitioners cannot be requested for visits.

Nurse Appointments

We strongly advise that you book appointments with a nurse as early as possible as they tend to get booked quite quickly. Some
appointments need to be booked in to fit in with your current treatment. For example; the contraceptive injection, smears, dressings etc.

To accommodate these types of appointments, we offer some pre - bookable slots with our nurses at the beginning of the morning
and some afternoon surgeries.

Travel vaccination requests need to be submitted well in advance of your departure date (at least 4 weeks) as many of the vaccinations need to be administered weeks before your departure date for them to be effective.

Our nurse appointment times vary in length depending on the type of consultation. The receptionists need to have an idea what the
appointment is for so that they can allocate the right amount of time for you.

Minor Illness Appointments

These are available with one of our nurses who has trained in minor ailments such as chest infections, eye problems, cystitis, ‘tummy’ bugs, flu and colds, throat and ear problems as well as many others. These can be booked directly through reception, or you may be offered one of these appointments if all other GP or Nurse Practitioner appointments are full.

Blood Testing

We now run a phlebotomy service at the surgery. This runs on Tuesdays in Cheam Village and Thursdays at Gander Green Lane by appointment only. Please remember to bring your blood form with you to your appointment and let reception know when you arrive in the normal way. We ask that you remove coats/jackets when you arrive please.

Extended Hours

In January 2009 we introduced our extended opening hours. This means that on Mondays you may see a
doctor outside of the normal opening hours from 6.30pm. These appointments are available to be pre- booked through reception and on-line.

Problems of Delay

We try to keep to our appointment times. However some consultations might take longer than expected and the doctor may be delayed. We do ask you to be understanding when this happens. It will always be because it is unavoidable and not through inefficiency or lack of respect for your own valuable time.

If you have more than one medical problem to discuss, you should make a double appointment