Did not attend (DNA) policy

What a DNA is

A DNA appointment is when a patient does not turn up for appointments, and does not contact the surgery to cancel or change the appointment.

This creates a significant strain on the NHS.

We understand that there are situations that can make it impossible for you to cancel your appointment, for example being admitted to hospital.

Our DNA policy

1.     If a patient fails to attend three or more appointments in a 6 month period a letter will be sent to explaining the impact of that to the practice and other patients. 

2.     If you've had a warning letter and you miss another appointment, you'll get another letter. This will say that you can only book appointments on the day, and not in advance.

3.     If you do not attend same day appointments, we will invite you to discuss the issues with us and to consider registering with another practice.

 Warning letters last 12 months.

Cancelling appointments

To avoid DNA appointments, you can use the NHS app or online services to cancel your appointments.

You can also get a text reminder of your appointment, and you can reply to this to cancel if necessary. Please make sure we have the right mobile number for you.

Contact us

If you would like to discuss DNAs, please contact the surgery.

See our contact details