Types of appointments

In order to make best use of our limited resources, we need to ensure you’re booked the correct appointment – either a telephone or face-to-face appointment, with the clinician who can best help:

  • Phlebotomist
  • Healthcare Assistant
  • Practice Nurse
  • Nurse Practitioner
  • Advanced Nurse Practitioner
  • GP - including doctors in training

Some of these services are also available out of the 7 day Hub sites: Firsway, Flixton Road, North Trafford & St John’s Medical Centres - these services are marked in italics & these appointments are booked through our reception team on 0161 905 4711.

Phlebotomist

  • blood samples only

Healthcare Assistant

  • routine blood pressure and/or blood test
  • smoking cessation advice & treatments
  • NHS healthchecks (for patients aged 40 - 74)

Practice Nurse

  • Contraceptive injections & “Pill” checks
  • HRT checks
  • Asthma and COPD annual review
  • Routine cervical smears
  • Smoking cessation advice & treatments
  • All travel health requirements*
  • Almost all adult, child & baby vaccinations [except non-NHS travel vaccs & 1st baby imms at the Hubs]
  • Coronary heart & stroke disease annual review
  • General screening/“well person” check
  • Diabetic annual review
  • However, if you want to discuss starting HRT or the contraceptive pill, then you will need to have an initial consultation with your GP

*for travel advice/injections outside Europe, please book a telephone consultation with the Practice Nurse, first.

Nurse Practitioner

For minor ailments such as rashes, skin irritations or infections, chest or ear, nose and throat infections, acne, that your local Pharmacist is unable to help with.  Our staff will help you decide if this is a suitable option for you.

Advanced Nurse Practitioner

For more complex problems than minor ailments: in reality, a good proportion of what the GPs may usually see. Not usually suitable for mental health matters though, which are better booked with a GP.

GP telephone consultation

If you have something you want to discuss with your doctor – an ongoing matter or for something they don’t need to examine you, please ask for a telephone consultation. This allows you to speak to your GP without having to travel to and wait in the surgery.

The GP will ring you on your number of choice (in the UK) within an hour of the booked time, and this telephone consultation is scheduled to last five minutes.

GP face-to-face consultation

A 10 minute consultation with a GP may be best if –

  • none of the other services seem suitable for your needs
  • your problem is complex or involves the care of one or more long-term medical conditions
  • you specifically need a GPs assessment, examination, advice (& medication) for your problem
  • you need to discuss a new referral for a specialist’s advice or treatment
  • new problems only at the Hub sites