One Practice at Two Locations.......
All doctors conduct surgeries at both locations Monday through Friday.
Under normal circumstances (i.e outside the current pandemic):
- For urgent appointments on the day - a limited number are released at 8.00 am.
- The Practice has a telephone triage service with the Doctors for patients with sameday urgent needs.
- Forward appointments can be booked at any time up to 3 months ahead, subject to availability.
- It is not always possible to see the Doctor of your choice, although every effort is made to meet patient's requirements.
- Urgent home visits must be requested before 10.00 am where possible.
- To see a Doctor - if it is not required the same day or urgent, an appointment on an alternative day eases the pressures on Doctor availability.This ensures fairness to other patients who do need a same day / urgent appointment.
"Telephone consultations / advice" can now be booked in advance via reception; available for either a Nurse or Doctor.
These are available by phone only after 2pm each day.
After 10.30 each day until the surgery is closed.
The Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC)
The UTC will be a walk in service treating minor ailments and injuries, and will be open from 8am to 9pm, 7 days a week.
The UTC will be located in the same place as the former Minor Injuries Unit at Lymington Hospital.
GP Extended Access
GP Extended Access will offer pre bookable GP and Nurse appointments from:
- 6.30pm to 10pm on weekdays
- 8am to 10pm on weekends
These appointments can be booked via our reception staff during working hours and are available for multiple locations, including Lymington, Ringwood and Winchester. For urgent GP/nurse appointments outside of our opening hours please call the out of hours service on 111.
Lymington Extended Access appointments will be located within the same area the UTC works from at Lymington Hospital.
Ringwood Extended Access appointments will be at Ringwood Medical Centre.
Winchester Extended Access appointments will be at Badger Farm.
If possible please telephone reception before 10:00 am for a same day home visit .
A doctor or nurse may phone back -a problem can often be resolved via a clinical telephone consultation.
It could be more appropriate to send a nurse, or indeed arrange a hospital attendance.
House visits are only available for patients who are housebound due to illness or disability.
Please remember that several patients can be seen in the Practice in the time that it takes to make one home visit. There are also better facilities for examining and treating patients at the Surgery.
Cancel an Appointment
It is important that you inform the reception staff if you are unable to attend your appointment, this will allow that appointment to be offered to another patient. If you fail to notify the Practice that you are unable to attend, you will be sent a letter informing you that you have defaulted from your appointment. Persistent defaulters maybe removed from the list.
You can also complete our appointment cancellation notification request form. This can only be used if your appointment has been arranged for more than 24 hours in advance. (excluding weekends and public holidays). You can also text to cancel your appointment.
New Forest Central Medical Group's GP trainers are Dr Mark Orton and Dr Nathan Trim. They act as a supervisor/mentor for qualified doctors undertaking General Practitioner training.
Postgraduate GP Training
It is a common misconception that trainee GP's are not yet qualified doctors. Anyone training to become a General Practitioner will have graduated as a Medical Doctor.
To assist in the training of future doctors, our GPs will occasionally have students from Southampton University Medical School observing their clinics.
Patients will always be asked if they mind having a student in a consultation. Patients, however, may exercise their right to see the doctor alone.
Recording of consultations
For teaching purposes, consultations are sometimes recorded using a video camera. Permission from the patient will always be sought in these cases.