Late Patient Policy


Patients are expected to arrive in good time for their appointments. Please try to arrive at least 10 minutes earlier than your appointment time.

If patients arrive 10 minutes or more late, they have missed their appointment and will need to rebook. This is to prevent delays to the clinicians' sessions and to ensure fairness for patients who have arrived on time.

We appreciate the effort our patients make to attend on time and therefore do our best to run as close to booked appointment times as possible. Adhering to a Late Patient Policy assists us in doing so. However, due to the nature of a GP practice, sometimes the clinician may be running behind. When the clinician is running late our reception staff will advise the patients upon arrival and apologise to them for the delay.


When a patient is less than 10 minutes late:

The receptionist will book the patient in, but advise them they are late for their appointment and remind them that they must attend on time in the future.

If applicable, the receptionist may advise them that the clinician is now seeing the next patient and that they may have an extended waiting time, as the clinician will see patients who arrived on time first.


When a patient is 10 or more minutes late:

Patients who arrive 10 or more minutes late have therefore missed their appointment. The receptionist will advise them to rebook a new routine appointment.


Further Information:

If the clinician has an urgent clinical need to see a particular patient, they will advise reception in advance that the patient may be "arrived" even if they arrive more than 10 minutes late. The patient will need to wait for a gap or the end of the surgery to be seen.

If a patient calls ahead to say they will be late, this does not alter the policy. If they are going to be late, the receptionist will advise them on the phone that they should rebook, rather than waste a journey.

Receptionists are not permitted to interrupt clinicians during surgery to request them to see late patients, so to avoid disappointment, please do not ask them to do so.