It's the best I could get inspector. 2 week ago, my surgery announced that it would be closed to patience due to "several unexpected staff bereavements". They didn't give any further details but we are now a part of a group of 3 surgeries in the town. It looks like they are using the others to fill the gap.
My appointment is with the Senior Nurse Practitioner not a GP. For some time they have been running a kind of Triage system. If the nurse thinks it is serious enough, then she arranges an appointment with an actual GP. So it could be another week away if she does refers me.
As far as I am aware, only a GP can issue a prescription. So if I need antibiotics I don't think she can prescribe it for me.
I'm very disillusioned by the way GP's work these days. My practice only had 1 part time GP (I think the other full time GP left due to the new management), if that one was part of the "bereavement", then they don't have a GP I can see at my normal surgery. Hence being shipped out to another 3 miles away.