News

25th Mar

BLOOD TEST APPOINTMENTS from April 2024

**Temporary suspension to Blood Test appointments**

 

We will be without one of our Phlebotomist for approximately 6 weeks from 4th April.  This is approximately 55 appointments per week.

Please only contact the surgery if you have been asked by a Doctor to book a blood test or received a letter/text message from us inviting you to book a test.

 

8th Jan

Changes to X-ray Services

From 2nd January 2024 Royal Glamorgan and Ysbyty Cwm Rhonnda (Llwynypia) will be offering walk in access for x-rays Monday to Friday 9am - 4pm. You must be referred by your GP i.e. have an x-ray form and you must attend within 4 weeks of the date on the x-ray form (any later and you will be referred back to your GP).

 

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18th Jul 2023

Opening Hours from Monday 2nd October 2023

From Monday 2nd October 2023 we will be changing our opening hours to the following:

 

Surgery doors will be open from 8.15am - 6pm Monday to Friday.

Our telephone lines will be open for routine enquires from 8.15am - 6pm

If you have a medical emergency between 8am - 8.15am and 6 - 6.30pm you will need to ring our emergency telephone number 01443 225244

 

Under the GP Contract patients should be physically be able to access the surgery between the hours of 8.30am - 6pm Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays). 

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10th Jul 2023

Mental Health Support

Did you know you can speak to someone regarding mental health issues 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
There is someone to listen and support you straight away and re-direct you to the most appropriate person if needed.

You just need to DIAL 111 and press option 2

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4th May 2023

Mental Health Support at the Surgery UPDATED 18.3.2024

We offer the following support:
 
Mental Health Nurse for patients aged 18+ and NOT under any other mental health service.
Criteria: low mood, anxiety, depression, distressed, stress, grief (not suicidal).
This is a one off appointment to discuss options and to be signposted to the most appropriate service. You can self-refer to this service by contacting us to book an appointment.
 
Clinics are held in Llanharry Surgery on a Thursday with Esther
Clinics with Judith will start again on a Wednesday from middle of June 2024
 
 
MIND Active Monitoring and MIND Counselling service are no longer available.
 
 
 
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23rd Nov 2022

Update to Appointments/Fit Notes/Results

Routine GP appointments

Each Tuesday at 11:30 we release our GP appointments for the following week.  These appointments include PREBOOKABLE telephone calls and PREBOOKABLE face to face appointments for non-urgent matters.

We also release some same-day routine GP appointments each day at 8:15am and 2:00pm.

A very small number of routine GP appointments are available to book via the My Health Online system (MHOL). You need to sign up for this service and once signed up access is via our website www.pontyclunsurgery.co.uk .


You can also request a routine GP appointment by email using the following address enquiries.oldschoolsurgery@wales.nhs.uk  DO NOT USE this method if you want to be seen the same day.  We will reply to you via text message or email within 5 working days.

If the appointment we book for you is not suitable you will need to telephone our reception team to re-arrange.

 

Urgent GP appointments

We always have an emergency GP on duty; please contact us at any time between 8:15am and 6:15pm if you need urgent medical advice your request will be added to the list for the emergency GP. The GP will telephone you initially to triage your request and then make a decision with you on appropriate next steps. PLEASE NOTE THAT FOR ANY LIFE THREATENING EMERGENCY YOU MUST CALL 999 AND NOT THE SURGERY.

 

Other appointments

Nurse Practitioner, Practice Nurse and Healthcare Assistant appointments are released two weeks in advance, and you can contact reception by telephone any time between 8:15am and 6:15pm to book these appointments (we would recommend avoiding calling at either 8:15am or 2:00pm as the telephone lines are very busy).  If you know you need an injection on a certain day, please do not leave booking this appointment until last minute as we may not be able to accommodate your request.

Appointments for blood tests can only be booked if the blood test has been requested by one of our doctors or you need routine monitoring for medication you are taking or for chronic disease checks.

Blood tests for outpatient appointments need to be carried out in the hospital.

Any blood tests requested by a private clinic need to be arranged by them.

Results

If you have had blood tests taken in the surgery – we ask that you allow 7 working days before you contact us for the results. Do not contact the surgery for results of any tests requested by a hospital doctor; it is the responsibility of the hospital doctor to review these results and inform you of them.

We suggest that you call us after 11am with any request for results as our telephone lines are likely to be quieter.

 

Fit notes

You need to self-certify for the first 7 days of an episode of illness; after this you will need a fit note from us.  A GP is not able to issue a fit note unless us or other health services have had contact from you during your episode of illness e.g. A&E attendance, GP appointment. We may book you an appointment for a review if the GP wishes to discuss your request.

Ongoing fit notes can be requested over the telephone, by emailing enquiries.oldschoolsurgery@wales.nhs.uk or by using the contact us page on our website www.pontyclunsurgery.co.uk

The GP Partners have asked us not to book any fit note requesting into their emergency surgery.