Introducing: P.O.I.N.T.

Do you think you might need a GP appointment but are not sure or just can't get an appointment?

You may be surprised to learn that even though there is a desperate shortage of GP appointments nationally, some people still book appointments when they do not need to; for example, if they have a  minor ailment. 

At Hughenden Valley and Chequers Surgeries we pioneered a brand new service called POINT.

The Pharmacist Opinion: In Need of Treatment service has been developed in collaboration with local pharmacy services and is designed to help those people that need to see a GP, see a GP!

Simply present yourself to your local Pharmacist with your health concern, and they will help you. It's that simple.

If you are not sure whether or not your problem is appropriate to take to a Pharmacist, you can find some information here: NHS Pharmacy Help, but if it's not an emergency and it's not already being looked after by a doctor, then it should probably go to a Pharmacist before you try and book a GP appointment.

If you do need to see someone else about your health problem then you will be 'pointed' in the right direction by your Pharmacist.

If, for example, you need to be seen at your GP surgery then you will be given a form (like the one shown opposite) to take to the GP receptionist who will arrange a fast-tracked appointment for you.

The fastest way to get a GP appointment when you need one, is to see your Pharmacist.