Rockwell Medical Centre, Thorpe Edge, Bradford, BD10 8DP
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THE ROCKWELL AND WROSE PRACTICE
FAILURE TO ATTEND APPOINTMENT PROCEDURE (Did Not Attend or known as DNAs)
Significant amount of time is invested at this surgery to create an appointments rota that will adequately manage supply and demand. All factors including Doctors training, Annual leave and known “higher demand times” eg winter and after bank holidays are taken into account.
Failure to attend NHS GP doctor and nurse appointments is serious timewasting of expensive resources.
This practice actively manages patients who persistently fail to attend an appointment and in some cases will take steps to deregister a patient.
It is a myth that Doctors and Nurse time is not affected by patients who default.
It is common for patients who fail to attend, to then request a further appointment within 48 hours – busying Reception and the Appointment rota further …….
It is now widely recognised that when children ( or minors) are regularly not brought to appointments , it could be an indication of neglect and therefore trigger safeguarding procedures.
Staff are instructed to take the following steps;
DOCTORS AND NURSES APPOINTMENTS
First missed appointment – recorded onto computer system as Did Not Attend. First DNA appointment letter sent with copy of DNA procedure. Any child will be recorded as “child not brought”
If a patient rings to cancel an appointment within 15 minutes of appointment time, this will still be recorded as Did Not Attend and the patient/caller will be advised.
Second missed appointment – recorded on computer as Did Not Attend.
2 DNA Letter sent to patients registered address advising details of two missed appointment and request for better cooperation. Any child will be recorded as “child not brought”
3rd missed appointment (within 12 month period) – Recorded on computer as Did Not Attend. Check letter sent after second missed appointment – if yes send further letter to patient and invite response. Failure to respond will result in deregistration.
Contact with the practice will include discussion with Office Supervisor about patient responsibility and warning of registration.
For children – the parent will be contacted and asked to discussed whether the health needs of the child are being met
Further missed appointment – automatic deregistration.
APPEALS – PLEASE BE ADVISED THE PRACTICE WILL ALWAYS RESPOND TO REASONABLE APPEALS AND VALID REASONS