Did not attend (DNA)

93% of Darlington patients attend their appointments.

We refer to the remaining 7% of appointments as ‘Did not attend’ (DNA).

What a DNA is

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

Not coming to appointments 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 you fail to attend 2 or more appointments in the the previous month, you will get a warning letter.
  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 a contract and an appointment plan. This will include you calling to confirm an appointment, if not it will be cancelled.

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 Practice Manager at the surgery.

See our contact details