DNA - Failure to Attend Appointments
GP and Nurse appointments are precious. We therefore have had to operate a firm DNA policy for patients who regularly fail to attend their appointments without letting us know. For every 1 appointment wasted we have at least 4 patients waiting; this leads to frustration for both staff and patients, it wastes valuable resources and is a potential risk to the health of the patient who struggles to get an appointment.
If a patient fails to attend a pre-booked appointment on more than three occasions in a 12 week window, an informal warning letter will be sent to them, advising that a further occurrence could cause a risk of removal from the Practice. If the patient fails to attend another appointment, the patient will be sent a final warning letter advising them that should they fail to attend any further appointments without attempting to contact the surgery they will be removed from the doctors list held at this practice. Finally, if the patient fails to attend another appointment, the matter will be discussed at a Practice Meeting and a majority agreement will be reached as to whether the patient will be removed from the Practice list.
Last updated on 01 October 2018.
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