Did you know?
- Every time a patient attends A&E and gives their name to a receptionist, there is a charge of £59 – even if the patient does not wait to be seen. (Since April 2010 we have had 56 patients from the Practice who did not wait to be seen after registering in A&E)
- A blood test taken during this visit will cost £87
- An echocardiogram ( a special heart ultrasound test) is £117
- An admission from A&E costs £500
To put this in perspective, an appendicectomy (an operation to remove the appendix) costs £1,500 and a heart bypass operation costs almost £9,000.
The bills are currently picked up by the Department of Health, but when the GPs take over the budget, they will be billed directly for this care. The GP services that we provide have already been paid for by the Government, as has the Out of Hours service provided by Urgent Care Cambridgeshire.
We, at the Health Centre, should be the first port of call if you are suffering with a sore throat, earache, flu-like symptoms, skin, chest and bowel problems to name but a few of the illnesses that are regularly seen in A&E. We have specialist nurses and doctors available to see our patients and simply ask that you make the receptionists aware if you need to be seen the same day. The reception staff can always advise you if you are unsure whether you need to go to A&E, or they can ask our Emergency doctor to phone you to offer advice.
When we are closed, the contact details for the Out of Hours service is on the answerphone.
Finally, may we ask for you help, please?
We have seen a significant increase in the number of prescription requests that we deal with. It would be appreciated if everyone would remember that we need two working days to process the requests. In addition we would like to remind you that we cannot accept telephone requests, for safety reasons. This is at the doctors request.