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Listen to today's Stray FM news featuring our very own Dr Tim Rider and Practice Manager Andy King, talking about the demand on appointments and the reality of coughs and colds during the winter season. See link below for the full article.  

NHS Services under pressure with winter aliments.

Leeds Road Practice

6:03am 7th December 2016

Doctors across the Harrogate District say they're now feeling the pressures of winter. Demand for appointments has soared in the last few weeks, as many patients seek treatment for coughs and colds. National figures show that more than five million people visit their GP with a blocked nose every year. Health bosses are urging everyone to consider alternative options such as the NHS 111 service and local pharmacies. Dr Tim Rider, from Leeds Road Practice in Harrogate, said: "The reality is that coughs, colds and runny noses are a very normal part of living through the winter period. The best prescription for those things is often time, rest and plenty of fluids, and these things tend to run their course. "Those groups who are invited to have a flu jab should take that opportunity. Whilst the flu jab isn't perfect, it is a good way of trying to prevent influenza, which in those groups can have more serious implications, so if you receive an invitation from your GP, be reassured that we will order a flu jab in for you." Patients missing appointments are also adding to the pressures on GP surgeries. Andy King, Practice Manager at Leeds Road Practice, said: "From an average practice size, we're looking at about five hours of clinical time on a practice caseload of 7,500 per month. That's a lot of work and a lot of wastage and we can't afford it. "The doctors are busy enough, people think they should put extra appointments in, but that's very difficult, because it's a finite amount of resource we've got and they've got a set amount of appointments. If people can't attend, or they don't need to attend anymore, freeing that for somebody that does need that appointment is vitally important."  

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Early morning and late evening appointments

We offer a number of pre-bookable appointments for patients who are unable to attend the surgery during normal working hours. These are available on:  Tuesdays: 07.30 - 08.30

&  Thursdays: 18.30 - 20.30

Please note that our telephone service is not available during these times and that access to the building is only for patients with appointments.  Appointments at Pannal and Spofforth surgeries are organised through The Leeds Road Practice.