Did you know that there has been an increase in people not turning up to their appointments? Both at their GP surgery and at Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust. This can end up costing the NHS thousands of pounds and wastes the time of clinicians.
We know that life can get in the way and sometimes you may not be able to make an appointment you have previously made, and that is absolutely fine. However it is at this time that you should make a call to your surgery or the department you are due to be attending to let them know.
If you cancel your appointment beforehand rather than simply not attending, that appointment can be used for someone else who needs it. It saves time and money if cancelled in advance and gives the opportunity for someone who needs to use the appointment to have access.
Please encourage your friends, family and neighbours to either attend or cancel their NHS appointments, particularly over the festive period.