/Extended Access – Local GP practices working together to offer more convenient appointment times for patients
As from 1st October, 2018, we will be part of a network of practices (known as ‘hubs’) in Shropshire, working together to offer patients ‘Extended Access’ to pre-bookable appointments - in the evenings, at the weekend and during bank holidays.
Part of the national agenda by NHS England, Extended Access means patients will be able to make pre-bookable appointments to see a GP, practice nurse, or other qualified healthcare professional, at a time which may be more convenient for them.
In Shropshire, local practices will work together in a network of ‘hubs’ to provide this service. The ‘hubs’ will take turns to provide the Extended Access appointments to patients. This means patients could be offered an appointment at their own surgery or at a nearby practice in the local area (part of the hub). Patients will be advised about appointment location at time of booking, enabling them to make an informed choice about their where and when they access care.
Locally the pre-bookable appointments will be available as follows:
- Weekday evenings (Monday to Friday) between 6.30pm and 8pm (at a local area hub)
- Saturdays between 8am and 1pm (at a local area hub)
- Sundays and bank holidays between 8.30am and 12.30pm (at a single site in central Shrewsbury)
Arranging a pre-bookable evening, weekend or bank holiday appointment is easy to do - patients simply need to contact us, during normal opening hours, and speak to the practice receptionist or a member of the practice team who will be able to help. Appointments may not be with your registered GP but will be with a GP or other qualified healthcare professional.
Extended Access adds to the existing range of healthcare services already available in Shropshire to help patients, including pharmacists, NHS 111, the walk-in centre, minor injury units, and A&E (which is there 24/7 for life threatening serious emergencies only).
It isn’t always necessary to see a GP for minor and common conditions - find out more about
how to self-care for these types of conditions on the Self-care section of the NHS Shropshire
Clinical Commissioning Group website
It is important to be aware of how long common conditions should take to clear up
and always seek medical advice if you are unsure or if you feel it is an emergency.
Extended Access comes into effect as from 1st October, 2018.
Information to help patients understand more about Extended Access is available on the NHS England website, visit https://www.england.nhs.uk/gp/gpfv/redesign/improving-access/.
PRESCRIPTION ORDERING DIRECT - POD
From 15 March 2018, our patients will have a new and convenient way to order repeat prescriptions. The POD is staffed by dedicated, experienced and fully trained prescription clerks and clinical members of the Medicines Optimisation team at Shropshire CCG.
Our aim is to ensure that patients are receiving the correct quantity of medication that they need in a timely manner, to reduce the amount of prescription waste in our area. Unused prescription medicines are likely to cost the NHS over £1million every year in Shropshire alone.
You will no longer need your pharmacy to order your medication. Please phone 0333 358 3509 between 9 am and 5 pm Monday to Friday to speak to a dedicated person who will have time to answer your prescription queries. Your prescription will still be dispensed by your regular pharmacy and if you have a current arrangement with a pharmacy to deliver your medication then this will continue.
Please note that Monday and Tuesdays are traditionally the busiest days for this service so please be patient or consider calling on an alternative day if possible.
The practice will be providing some additional appointments over the winter period. Please book these appointments in the usual way ie. telephone, online or in person.
The 'Dodington Dollies & Dudes' raised £2682.25 for CRUK - a huge thank you to everyone who has supported our efforts over the last year.
The Whitchurch Relay for Life team raised just short of £40,000 which is a phenomenal achievement.
Next years event will be held on the weekend of 30 June/1 July at Alderford Lake.
Thank you to all who have supported our recent fundraising events for CRUK. Our Race Night on 8th April raised a huge £612.50 and our Easter Hampers £172.
Our team will be taking part in the Whitchurch Relay for Life on 1st & 2nd July 2017. This 24 hour relay will take place at Dearnford Lake - if you would like to take part or want further information please contact the event chair, Ruth Hislop, on 07841 507814
GP MEAN EARNINGS
All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.
The average pay for GPs working in Dodington Surgery in the last financial year was £77,152 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 3 full time GPs, 0 part time GPs and 0 locum GPs who have worked in the practice for more than six months.
NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice is publicised, and the required disclosure is shown below. However it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice, and should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other practice.
STAY WELL THIS WINTER
Please contact your Pharmacist for advice on managing a winter illness ie. coughs, cold, sore throats. Boots and Rowlands run the 'Pharmacy First Common Ailments Scheme' and can offer a prescription/treatment for many conditions without needing to see the GP.
Information and advice on managing winter illnesses can be found on NHS choices (www.nhs.uk), www.patient.co.uk, Shropdoc (www.shropdoc.org.uk) or via 111 telephone line.
We will also be providing additional appointments with our Nurse Practitioner over the winter period to help manage the increased demand over this busy time.
We are very pleased to have received a 'Good' rating in all domains in our recent CQC inspection. The rating reflects the high quality care offered by all the staff at Dodington Surgery. For the full report, click the link: CQC report - Dodington Surgery
It is with regret that we announce that Dr Evitts left Dodington Surgery at the end of April 2016.
I am sure you will join with us in wishing Dr Evitts all the very best for the future.
MEAN EARNINGS FOR GPs
From April 2015, NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors (partners, salaried GPs and any locum) engaged in the Practice is publicised, and the required disclosure is shown below. However, it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice, and should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other practice.
The average pay for GPs working at Dodington Surgery in the last financial year was £77,891
This is for three full time GPs.
NAMED ACCOUNTABLE GP
From 1 April 2015 it is a contractual requirement that all patients on a GP Practice list are allocated a named GP.
At Dodington Surgery all patients have a named GP; this is the GP Partner that is recorded in your record as your usual GP.
This does not prevent you from seeing or speaking to any GP in the practice as you currently do now.
You do not need to take any further action, but if you have any questions, or wish to know who is recorded as your named/usual GP please contact us.
FUND RAISING ACTIVITIES
Over the last few months the staff at Dodington Surgery have been busy raising money for good causes.
In July 2015, a team from the surgery called the "Dodington Dollies and Dudes" took place in the Whitchurch Relay for Life. The 24 hour event raised a staggering £31,477.57 - Many thanks to all those who supported our fundraising activities which include our ongoing book box; name the bear; find the treasure and draws. We have entered a team again for 2016 so your continued support would be appreciated.
Dr Clayton completed the Women v Cancer 'Ride the Night' 100K cycle ride around the streets of London to raise money for research into ovarian, breast and cervical cancer.
In August, Dr Clayton, Dr Rogers & Dr Evitts competed in the Olympic Relay for the UK Tri-fest at Dearnford Lake with Dr Clayton cycling, Dr Rogers running and Dr Evitts swimming. The team called the 'Dodi plodders' came a respectable third with a time of 3 hours and 57 seconds.
Dr Rogers and Sister Hocknell completed the Lake Vyrynwy half marathon in September 2014 - Sister Hocknell raised in excess of £800 for Riding for the Disabled and the Clwyd Riding for the Disabled Centre.
All of the staff have participated in the 'Jeans for Genes' day and 'Wear it Pink' - if you visit the surgery and see the staff out of uniform, we are fund raising!
IMPORTANT CHANGES TO YOUR MEDICAL RECORD
(NB: Upload of data has been suspended until September 2014)
GP practices across England will soon be required to supply patients' personal and confidential medical information on a regular and continuous basis to the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC). This data upload is due to commence in March 2014 and all households should receive a letter through their door in January titled "Better information means better care".
The programme is called care.data and the uploaded information will be used for purposes other than your direct medical care (secondary uses). Medical staff seeing you in hospitals, A&E, GP surgeries will not be able to access this database. It is likely, however, that the data may be made available to organisations outside the NHS.
Under the Health & Social Care Act 2012, GP practices have NO choice but to allow the HSCIC to extract this information. Once the data has been extracted the GP practice is no longer the data controller for that information and cannot control or protect in any way how that information is ued, shared or who has access to it. Although GP practices cannot object to this, individual patients and their families can instruct their GP practice to prohibit the transfer of their data - YOU HAVE A RIGHT TO OPT OUT
If you do nothing (you do not opt out) then your medical information will be extracted and uploaded to the HSCIC. Once uploaded, you will not be able to get this data deleted by the HSCIC - if you want to opt out, PLEASE ACT NOW.
To opt out - either complete a form available in the practice, write to the practice stating that you refuse consent for indentifiable information to be transferred to HSCIC or telephone the practice.
Further information is available via NHS choices: http://www.nhs.uk/caredata
Information written by a GP is available from: http://www.care-data.info
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