Booking an Appointment
We operate a computerised appointment system and patients are seen by appointment. These can be made at reception or by telephoning 01992 582025. Please let the receptionist know if your problem is urgent. If you cannot attend, please cancel the appointment so that another patient can be seen.
If you feel your problem will take longer than the usual 10 minutes, please ask for a double appointment. Please arrive on time for your appointment. If you are late we may not be able to see you.
Patients who come to the surgery and expect to be seen without an appointment will be offered the next available appointment and this will usually mean having to come back either later or on a different day. We are NOT a walk-in centre or an emergency unit.
Enhanced Access – Evening and Saturday Appointments
From 1st October 2022, the previous Extended Access service has altered in line with national changes to this service.
The newly named ‘Enhanced Access’ is continuing to be run by the local GP Federation, Generating Healthcare, and is available for patients registered at the following surgeries:
- Hanscombe House Surgery
- Wallace House Surgery
- New River Health
- Watton Place Clinic
This service continues to offer routine appointments Monday to Friday from 18:30-20:30 and Saturday from 09:00-17:00 with a GP, nurse, or other healthcare professional. Hanscombe House surgery in Hertford continues to remain the host practice for this service.
For more information on Enhanced Access, or to book (or cancel) an appointment, please contact your practice during normal opening hours.
If you need to speak to the Enhanced Access team Monday to Thursday, during 18:30-20:30, or Saturday during 09:00-17:00, please call 07535 086314.
Urgent or Same day appointments
Due to the ever increasing demand for emergency/urgent/same day appointments we are constantly reviewing our procedures to ensure the most appropriate response is given to each request.
We operate a triage service.
This means that if you request a same day appointment, our receptionists are trained to ask the nature of the problem to enable them to offer you the most suitable appointment. This may be with a doctor, nurse-practitioner, a pharmacist or, if appropriate, you will be added to the call back list whereby a doctor or nurse will contact you to discuss further.
If you feel unable to discuss the nature of your problem with our receptionist please tell them it is personal and they will place you on the call back list for a clinician to discuss further.