I had arranged to meet, accompanied by Councillor Tony Dodd, with Dr Richard Payne and the Practice Manager at Cumberland House at lunchtime today (Wed 28th March). Before I went I thought I would check at the Health Centre how long I would have to wait if I wanted an appointment with any GP. I was pleasantly surprised to be informed that there were several ‘slots’ available at the Health Centre on Friday 30th March but if I wanted to go to Stone I would have to wait until Wednesday 4th April.
I was told at the meeting that if anyone wanted medical advice without waiting for an appoinment that GPs were available for consultation on the telephone between 11 and 11.30 am each weekday. I must admit that I was not aware of the availability of this service.