We are still open and here for you.
Information on how to access your GP services
We are continuing to provide services as we have been doing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We are prioritising delivering of care and services based on clinical needs.
If you need medical advice or treatment, please ring us on 01422 374662 or, for non-urgent advice or treatment, send us your query using the Contact us Online banner on the home page.
Online consultation requests for non-urgent help can be made at any time. They will be responded to as soon as possible, usually within two working days. Alternatively, visit the local pharmacy for clinical advice on minor health concerns.
Appointments are being delivered face-to-face, by telephone, or using video calls and messaging to your mobile or computer – the practice team will assess what is most appropriate for you. If you have a preference about how to access care you can discuss it with your practice.
Attending a face-to-face appointment
The safety of staff, patients and visitors remains the highest priority for the NHS. Everyone accessing or visiting health and care settings must continue to wear a face mask/covering (unless they are exempt) and follow physical/social distancing rules.
The infection prevention and control guidelines are therefore set to remain in place for all staff and visitors, and across all health and care settings and services, including hospitals, GP practices, dentists, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.
Thank you for helping us to keep you and our staff safe. Together we can protect each other.
Further information is available in the full infection prevention control guidance.
COVID-19 Vaccination programme
Our practice is currently supporting the delivery of the COVID-19 vaccination programme. This means that at certain times, part of our premises will be used for vaccine clinics / some of our team will be involved in running vaccine clinics. This means that if you are asked to attend a face-to-face appointment, this may be at a different location to the one you normally attend or you may see someone different to usual. The NHS is vaccinating those people who experts have agreed will benefit from it the most. A vaccination programme of this size and scale will still take some time to roll out in full. Please be assured that everyone who needs the vaccine will be offered it. The NHS will be in touch with you when it is your turn to be vaccinated. Please don’t call us before you are invited. In the meantime, you can get information about the COVID-19 Vaccination online at www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination.
Our staff are working extremely hard to provide services and care and we would like to thank our patients for your continued support.
Making an Appointment to see a Clinician
The receptionist will require a brief description of what your appointment is for to enable you to be seen by the most appropriate clinician. They may need to ask further questions to try to determine the urgency of the appointment too.
Bankfield Surgery is committed to providing a safe, comfortable environment where patients and staff can be confident that best practice is being followed at all times and the safety of everyone is considered.
All patients are entitled to have a chaperone for any intimate consultation, examination or procedure.
Bankfield Surgery will endeavour to provide a chaperone; all our chaperones are fully trained members of staff. On odd occasions providing a chaperone may not be possible; in this instance it may be necessary to change your appointment to another day.
Your healthcare professional may also require a chaperone to be present for certain consultations in accordance with our Chaperone Policy.
We are now offering early/late appointments between 07:15 - 08:00 and 18:30 – 20:00 on some days throughout the week.
If you would like further information on the Extended Hours service please speak with a member of our reception team.
Please note that these sessions will not be for emergencies, prescription orders/collection or other enquiries and it will not be possible to contact the surgery by telephone during this period.
If you cannot attend an appointment for any reason please inform us as soon as possible in order for us to give the slot to someone else.