Our practices are required by the Government under the terms of the latest GP contract to allocate all patients, including all children, a named accountable GP.
Patients will be informed of their named accountable GP at the first appropriate interaction with the practice. If you wish to be told the name of your accountable GP, please ask the receptionists when you are next in the surgery.
Please note: there is no need to telephone the practice for this information.
Does this mean 24-hour responsibility for patients?
No. The named GP will not:
- take on vicarious responsibility for the work of other doctors or health professionals
- take on 24-hour responsibility for the patient, or have to change their working hours. The requirement does not imply personal availability for GPs throughout the working week
- be the only GP or Clinician who will provide care to that patient
Can patients choose their own named GP?
Where a patient expresses a preference as to which GP they have been assigned, the practice will make reasonable efforts to accommodate this request.
Do patients have to see the named GP when they book an appointment with the practice?
No. Having a named GP does not prevent patients seeing any other GP or nurse in the practice. Your named GP will not be available at all times and if your needs are urgent, you may need to discuss them with an alternative doctor.