To make an appointment visit our Consulting Room.
Benhill Opening Times
Belmont Opening Times
Extended Opening Times
We are able to offer extended hours for routine pre-booked appointments as follows:
- Benhill – Monday: 07:00-08:00 and 18:30-20:00
- Belmont – Tuesday: 07:00-08:00 and 18:30-20:00
Sutton GP Services Extended Access – Hub Service
Sutton GP Services are providing extra appointments in the evenings and weekends for patients who live within the London Borough of Sutton.
Appointments are available from 18:30 to 20:00, Monday to Friday, and 08:00 to 20:00, Saturday and Sunday, including bank holidays.
You can book an appointment by calling the surgery on 020 8642 8011. Speak to our reception staff for more information.
If the practice is closed and you need a GP or Nurse appointment (on weekends only), then please ring 07578 813838 or 07479 819 677 for an appointment. You can also contact the out-of-hours service SELDOC on 020 8693 9066 or NHS 111. They will also be able to book an appointment for you with a GP should the practice be shut and there are no appointments available at the Extended Access Service.
More information is available on the Sutton GP Services website.
Benhill and Belmont GP Centre offers various types of appointments in an attempt to maximise patient access and choice:
- Routine Appointments
These appointments can be booked up to one month in advance. Appointments are made with the patient’s registered GP, GP associate, nurse practitioner or GP trainee. The timings of surgeries are mornings and early evenings to appeal to both families and the working population.
- Book on the Day Appointments
Some slots are not opened until the start of each day to enable patients who need an urgent appointment to be seen on the day. There are two slots in morning surgeries and two in afternoon surgeries. The afternoon slots can be booked from 11:30 at which time receptionists should not add anything further to the doctors’ morning lists.
- Triage Appointments
Each doctor has four triage appointments (of five minutes each) in the middle of each surgery. These are used for patients who request to see a doctor on the day and need to be triaged. The patient is telephoned, triaged by the doctor and brought in to be seen by the same doctor if necessary.
- Telephone Appointments
Each doctor has two routine telephone appointment slots in each surgery, at the beginning (of five minutes each). These can be pre-booked by patients who request a telephone appointment rather than a face-to-face appointment. The patient should be informed that the clinician will aim to contact the patient near the appointment time.
- On-line Bookings
Patients can call the surgery to book appointments but now a significant proportion of routine appointments can be booked on-line.
- Extended hours
Access is increased outside normal working hours with early morning and late evening appointments on offer every Monday and Tuesday. Surgeries start at 07:00 and finish at 20:00.
- Home Visits
Housebound patients or those too unwell to attend surgery can request a home visit. This is normally carried out by their usual GP if they are available, otherwise the doctor on-call will allocate the visit accordingly. Patients are requested to call before 10:00 for a home visit.
- Double Appointments
Double appointments of 20 minutes duration are allowed in exceptional circumstances, for example, for a learning disability health check, complex diabetic or mental health reviews, postnatal baby checks and employment medicals. These are often booked at the end of a surgery in case more time is required. Patients with visual and hearing impairments and non-English speaking patients who require an interpreter, are also allocated a double appointment.
- Specialist Appointments
The practice runs a number of specialist clinics which patients can be referred to internally. These include minor surgery and cryotherapy and family planning clinics, including weekly lunchtime clinics for contraceptive procedures, which is a convenient time for mothers with school age children who find it difficult to attend after 15:00. There are also GPs in the practice specialising in musculoskeletal medicine, dermatology and diabetes who offer specific appointments for patients requiring expertise in these areas.
Protocol For Emergency Appointments
- Book a telephone triage appointment. Each doctor and nurse practitioner has four, five-minute telephone triage appointments close to the beginning of their surgery. If the clinician calls the patient and decides they need to be seen that day, the clinician who has triaged the patient over the phone, should arrange to see that patient themselves at the end of their surgery.
- If the patient needs to be seen face to face that same day, please offer a Book on the Day Appointment with a clinician, ideally with their own doctor first, or with another clinician if their own doctor is not available. For example, if their own doctor is fully booked, please offer a book on the day appointment with a GP associate or nurse practitioner.
- Urgent children under two years of age should automatically be added to either a book on day slot or as an extra at the end as these children if URGENT will need to be seen.
- Once the Book on the Day and Telephone Triage slots are taken, please add any extras as telephone triage appointments to the end of the usual doctor’s list. A specific time cannot be offered for these telephone calls. Please tell patients they may be called at any time. Please mark urgent telephone triage with an alert on screen, notifying the doctor that they should prioritise the call.
- Telephone triage for GPs who are absent should be shared amongst all consulting clinicians (including GP Partners, Associates and Nurse Practioner) to enable equitable workloads. For example, every clinician gets allocated one extra telephone triage call before allocating a second extra telephone call to a particular clinician.
- The on-call doctor should not receive more urgent telephone triage appointments than any other clinician as they often have other urgent queries to deal with in addition to their own surgery.
- Receptionists should not add any patients as extra face to face appointments without speaking to the clinician concerned. All extra appointments should be assessed by a clinician through telephone triage and it will be the responsibility of that clinician to complete the consultation, either over the phone or bring down and see themselves if required. Therefore, there should be no “sit and wait” appointments.
- Patients should not be advised to call back in the afternoon or the next day, they should be given an appointment (pre-book routine or emergency book on the day), or telephone triaged if no appointments available. Please do not add anything to clinician’s list from 11:00 onwards to enable time for admin, prescriptions and home visits. From 11:00, all queries should be directed towards afternoon slots.
- All clinicians and receptionists are advised not to fill up book on the day slots in advance, or add extras on for the following day. This applies to both face-to-face appointments and telephone consultations. Specialist appointments that are not filled by the evening before, can be opened up as more book on the day appointments eg diabetes, family planning and COPD appointments.
How To See The Doctor
You may consult any doctor if you have an urgent or special problem. However, we prefer patients to see their own doctor when possible. Patients should attend the surgery that they have registered at as their notes will be kept there. Arrangements can be made if you wish to change surgery.
The doctor will see you in surgery by appointment which can be made by calling or telephone between 08:00 and 18:00 (Monday to Friday). Urgent cases can be seen the same day, otherwise you will be given the first available appointment.
If you cannot keep your appointment please let us know so that it may be offered to someone else.
Patient Access allows patients to make and cancel appointments 24 hours a day without contacting the surgery.
If you would like to use our on-line appointment booking system, you will need to register with us first. You can collect a registration form at reception.
Please note that you will be required to show some form of identification before your details can be released (proof of photo identification required – Passport, Driving Licence, National ID or Employee ID).
After you have received your registration letter you will be able to access the Patient Access system.
You can make one GP appointment up to two weeks ahead. The complexity of our appointments system means that only routine 10 minute GP appointments can be booked on-line. For all other appointments, please contact the surgery directly. This applies to five minute urgent GP appointments, double (or longer) appointments, telephone appointments, all Practice Nurse and Health Care Assistant appointments and appointments involving both GP and nurse, and includes blood pressures, cervical screening, coils, ante and post natal examinations.
We hope you find the on-line booking system of benefit. We would welcome your feedback.
Please note – you will only need to register once; this will give you access to online appointments, test results and repeat prescriptions.