Demand on our Practice and Appointments


Dear Patients,

As a practice we are attempting to manage patient demand as best as we can reasonably do.

Currently the demand for any healthcare appointment is at an all time high. Recently, many patients wanted to protect the NHS by not attending for a new condition, or it could have been that many hospital departments did not see any patients for numerous months or it may be for a number of any other reasons, but now, we are seeing those patients whose conditions have worsened and as such they now need more NHS resources. This will not be a quick fix, but we are working extremely hard to try and help you.

As a team, please can we at Willerby & Swanland Surgery remind all that we have and will always follow current NHS and governmental guidance to ensure that the very best service will be given. We are here to help and want to continue to do so, please be kind to us as we are working under extremely difficult conditions. Your help will be very gratefully received.

Thank you.



Booking an Appointment with the Doctors or Nurses

You can book an appointment with a GP or nurse by calling in person at either branch and asking our reception team - or you can telephone (see below for opening times).

A member of our reception staff will be happy to help you and may ask you for some information about the nature or urgency of your problem so they can try to find the most suitable appointment for you. 

Alternatively you can book online for a doctor appointment (subject to availability).

To book online you need to be registered for online access - this not only means you can book appointments online or via a smartphone but you can order repeat prescriptions, view your medical records and see any letters or documents.  

Download your personal registration form (or ask for one at reception) to set up this service. You need to attend in person with the completed form and provide us with proof of address and ID. There are a number of different apps you can use/download on your Apple or Android smartphone. Details of these will be listed on your registration form. For more details of online services click here

You can find out additional information about online services from the NHS here using online services  

Surgery Opening Times:


Normal Opening Hours (from 18 May 2020):


Willerby : We are open from 8.00am to 6.00pm Monday to Friday, excluding Public Holidays
Morning appointments are available from 8.10am to 11.30am and afternoon appointments are from 2.00pm to 5.20pm.

To make a routine doctor appointment for a morning, call in at or telephone the relevant branch where you are registered


   Willerby    - 01482 652652 - telephone from 8.00am. 

   Swanland - 01482 633570 - telephone from 9.00am 

To make a routine doctor appointment for an afternoon, call in or telephone the relevant branch where you are registered


   Willerby    - 01482 652652 - telephone from 12.00noon. 

   Swanland - 01482 633570 - telephone from 11.30am

Swanland : We are open from 9.00am to 6.00pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday - excluding Public Holidays. The branch closes for lunch 1.00-2.00

Morning appointments are available from 9.00am to 11.00am and afternoons from  3.30pm to 5.00pm.

On Tuesdays and Fridays appointment requests and queries should be directed to the main site at Willerby Surgery.

Making a Nurse/Phlebotomist/Healthcare appointment


These are normally bookable up to 2 weeks in advance (subject to availability). Please ring the relevant site - but please do not ring for these appointments within 30mins of the doctor booking times

Nurse/Phlebotomist appointments are not bookable on-line

Extended Opening Hours:


We have early morning doctor appointments at Willerby on four mornings each week - Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursday from 07.30am. These are pre-booked only and you can book via reception or online.

Please be aware the surgery is closed for all other purposes until 8.00am

These appointments are intended for patients who work or who find it difficult to attend during the day. 

Home Visits requests when you are too ill to attend 

Requests for home visits to patients who are too ill to attend surgery should be made as early as possible and before 10.00am. Visits are undertaken after morning surgery (after 12.00 noon) by the duty doctor of that day. 


Homes visits are not offered for social or convenience reasons. It is always preferable to see patients at the surgery where access to clinical notes, diagnostics, prescriptions etc makes this safer. 

We regret you cannot request a particular doctor to attend a home visit - these are undertaken by the Duty Doctor for that day

Cancelled Appointments

It is important that you inform the reception staff if you are unable to attend your appointment, this will allow that appointment to be offered to another patient. If you fail to notify the Practice that you are unable to attend, you may be sent a letter informing you that you have defaulted from your appointment. Persistent defaulters maybe removed from the list.

If you are Late

Please attend your appointment on time. Although the doctor/nurse may be running late due to another patients' medical need, if you attend late for your appointment and the surgery is running to time you may not be seen. Please get in touch as soon as possible if you think you will not be able to attend on time.

Please note appointment times may vary during illness and holidays.

Failure to Attend (DNA)

A 'DNA' occurs when a patient did not attend a booked appointment and failed to contact the Surgery in advance to cancel - or where the cancellation is so late as to make it impossible to offer that time for another patient who needs treatment.

The Surgery will code this DNA and this will prompt a retrospective check on the number of DNA's recorded against that person. Whilst we are primarily concerned with our own appointment observance, consideration may also be given to any hospital appointments where we have been notified that a patient has failed to attend.

Where this is the first occasion, we may send a letter detailing the appointment that was missed and requesting the patient a) contact us with a reason and b) take care to avoid a re-occurrence.

If this is the second occasion, a letter will be sent to advise of the missed appointment and also advise that, if a further appointment is DNA'd then the patient will be at risk of de-registration.

If a third DNA has occurred the Surgery may write to the patient - and advise NHS East Riding at the same time - that the patient is to be de-registered without further notice.

Avoid becoming a 'DNA'

If you cannot attend - or no longer need - an appointment please ring us beforehand.

Mistakes happen and the Surgery knows appointments can be forgotten - in which case when the patient responds to a letter (or sooner) we will be able to note the reasons.

Preference, of course, is for us to know in advance so we can offer the appointment(s) to others.



If you require an interpreter with you when you see your Doctor please notify the receptionist and will arrange for the GP/Nurse to be aware of this.  We now use a telephone interpreting service which should mean it is quicker and easier to arrange an appointment and this also means there will not be someone else in the consultation with the GP or nurse.

Private Medical Examinations

Medical examinations for special purposes such as pre-employment, fitness to travel, elderly drivers, fitness to undertake sports etc, require longer time than a routine appointment - and they do not form part of NHS Services; you will be charged for any such examination. Please check the fee chargeable when you require to arrange any such examination.

Request for GP Letters/Completion of Forms

If your Doctor has agreed to write a letter for you in connection with your employment, acting as a referee, or for some other specific area, you will be charged for this letter.

Please allow at least five working days before collecting your letter; if you require this letter urgently please inform your Doctor during your consultation.

If you wish your Doctor to complete a form/report for you, there will also be a charge for this, please allow at least 48 hours from handing in the form before.

The secretary will be able to advise you of any applicable charges.

Choice of Doctor

We will always do our best to arrange for you to see the doctor or nurse of your choice. This may not always be possible on the day of request - in which case you may need to wait until that doctor has available appointments.

However if that results in an unacceptable wait for you, we will try to offer an appointment with another of the clinicians.

In exercising your choice to see a named doctor it is on the understanding that the surgery cannot guarantee an appointment in any given timeframe. Where a patient wants to see a named doctor and that doctor is fully booked on that day or even for the following day or days we cannot undo that situation.

Named Doctor

From March 2016 we have allocated every patient a named accountable GP and patients can ask to be informed who that allocated GP is. 

We allocate every patients to one of the GP partners when registered on an equal shares basis - and if a patient wants to know who that doctor is we are happy to advise them on request.

It makes no practical difference as to who you see for treatment - nor does it mean you will only be see by that allocated doctor. 

This named doctor will, where needed, oversee the co-ordination of all appropriate services required under the NHS contract and ensure they are delivered to each patient where required (based on the clinical judgement of that named doctor)

The named doctor will not take on vicarious liability for the work of other doctors or health professionals.

Nor will the named GP take on 24 hour responsibility for a patient or make a change to their working hours. The requirement does not imply personal availability - and the named doctor cannot be the only GP to care for that patient

This allocation of a named doctor - required by contract - does not remove a patients' choice of who to see.

To Book a routine Advance Appointment

You can usually book a doctor appointments up to seven days in advance either in person/telephone to the surgery or on-line (if you register for this) - subject to availability.

Nurse and phlebotomist appointments are all bookable in advance (but are not available to book on-line) and we try to have these available 2 weeks in advance - subject to availability.

Please bear in mind that once the allocated spaces for advance doctor appointments have been booked then we will be unable to offer more availability until the following day. Demand can, on occasion, exceed our ability to offer.


We do not book Monday morning or any Friday appointments in advance. Other routine appointments may be available for on-the-day booking.

Patients may have to call/ring or check on-line on more than one occasion before being able to gain the advance appointment they want - particularly if they want to see a specific doctor. We advise ringing early in the day to ask about appointment availability.


Please Note: Our priority is to see patients with urgent need as soon as possible. Therefore we may have to reduce or remove advance appointments on some days (or weeks) if we find this is affecting our ability to offer appointments to those who need to be seen in less than seven days.