NOW TAKING BOOKINGS FOR FLU VACCINATIONS
We are now taking bookings for flu vaccines. We recommend you have your vaccine at your GP practice to ensure your clinical records are up to date and allergies can be checked. Please contact reception on 01202 574 604 to book an appointment at West Howe Clinic or our main surgery.
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We are pleased to advise that Dr Sheona Chapman and Dr Robert Whitmey have joined our surgery as associate GPs. Having both worked with us as locum's we are delighted they have agreed to join our team. Both GPs have a wealth of experience and our patients have given us very positive feedback.
As a result of these appointments, please advised that a number of patients will be re-allocated to Dr Chapman and Dr Whitmey as their named GP, but as always patients can access medical service provided by any GP at the surgery.
MISSED APPOINTMENTS - URGENT - CLICK TO READ
In November 2017 there were 185 missed appointments – to put this into perspective we are in the busiest time of year with winter approaching. There are appointments we add as ‘extra’s’ for our GP’s and nurses – we do this even when all our GP consultations are full – as we aim to not turn anyone away. This can have a negative impact on our workforce due to the additional workload for each ‘extra’ appointment.
We manage because we want to meet the health needs of the local community and offer a quality service - but our resources are not unlimited. 185 appointments is equal to 1.2 weeks’ worth of GP time. If we were able to direct those missed appointments to those ‘extra’ appointments our clinical staff workload would be more balanced and patients would access care more easily.
If you take the time to book a GP or nurse appointment, please take the time to cancel it and give as much notice as possible. We will use that time for other patients – especially at this time of year – and it would help to ease the winter pressures currently faced. Your support around this is appreciated.
Now live with Electronic Prescriptions Service (EPS)
On Thursday 25 February 2016 Kinson Road Medical Centre went live with a new prescriptions service that will benefit patients by saving time and providing a choice of pharmacy of where to collect medications.
Instead of coming to the Doctors Surgery, patients who have repeat prescriptions will now be able to collect them direct from their choice of chemist. Patients will no longer need to come and collect the green paper prescriptions. Patients will have more choice about where to get their medicines from because they can be collected from a pharmacy near to where they live, work or shop.
A ‘frequently asked questions’ sheet is available below or contact a member of the practice staff.
Information for patients...Care.Data Programme
The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) can now use patients' personal data (NHS number, date of birth, postcode and gender but not your name) and some clinical data (e.g. referrals, diagnoses, vaccinations, family history, blood pressure etc.) stored in your medical records in order to plan and improve health services for all patients. This information, which does not reveal your identity, can then be used by others, such as reseachers and those planning health services, to help provide the best care for everyone.
How your information is used and shared is controlled by law and strict rules are in place to protect your privacy.
You need to know that this is happening and what choices you have. If you do not want your information to be shared outside your GP practice or if you are happy for the information to go to HSCIC but do not want it or any other information held by hospitals and community services to leave the HSCIC then you need to complete the opt-out form (link below) and hand this in at the surgery. We will then code your medical records to prevent the release of such information. You may also like to read the attached frequently asked questions (FAQs) document, which gives further information on the programme.
download the FAQs document
download the opt out form (for patients)
download the opt-out form (for children )
download opt-out form (for carers with Lasting Power of Attorney)
From 1 April 2017 the shingles vaccine is being offered to:
- Patients as soon as they reach the age of 70
- Patients as soon as they reach the age of 78
In addition, patients who were eligible for immunisation in the first four years of the programme but have not been vaccinated against shingles remain eligible until their 80th birthday. These cohorts are:
- Patients aged 71, 72, 73 and 74 on 1 September 2016; and
- Patients aged 79 on 1 September 2016 and under 80.