Welcome to the Practice
IMPORTANT PATIENT NOTICE
The practice is currently undergoing a transitional period in regard to clinical staffing.
We are in the process of recruiting a practice nurse to replace Tanya and have also advertised for a full time GP.
Debbie Dobbing, Nurse Practitioner has left the practice and Kath Pincott, Nurse Practitioner will also be leaving at the end of October.
We apologise for any difficulty getting an appointment but would kindly ask that you bear with us whilst we go through the recruitment processes.
We will endeavour to keep the appointment system running as smoothly as possible during this time.
Thank you for your understanding.
SEASONAL FLU VACCINE
BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT TODAY if you are aged 65 and over or suffer from Asthma, Diabetes, Chronic Respiratory Disease (COPD), Chronic Heart Disease, Chronic Liver Disease, Chronic Kidney disease,Chronic Neurological Disease. Also if you have low immunity or are pregnant.
Clnics are now in progress at both Saltburn and Marske surgeries.
SCHOOL NURSING SERVICES
With effect from 28th September 2015 the running of school nursing services will be taken over by Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council.
Patients should see no change in the service but it does mean the practice will share information with the council in order to provide the school nursing team with the details they require to provide appropriate care.
If you have any concerns regarding this change please ask to speak to the practice manager
In accordance with new nhs guidelines all patients will be assigned a named GP to oversee their medical care in conjunction with the rest of our healthcare team.
- The surgery has GP’s who work part time and for non-urgent problems we will endeavour that patients can see their preferred GP who may be different to the assigned GP.
- For urgent / emergency appointments then the on call GP will address your health needs
Vision on line Services:
Ordering of repeat medications
Booking and cancelling appointments
Records summary – allergies, adverse reactions and medications
- An individual personal request must be made in order to access the records summary. Please contact reception for further information and an access form.
Patient Participation Group Report 2015
You may have been asked recently to participate in the annual report as a means to obtain feedback as we take time to analyse how our patients feel about the service provided. This exercise commenced during January and forms of questionnaire have been handed out from our Marske and Saltburn surgeries. We take this opportunity to thank everyone who participated especially as this year’s questionnaire was in more depth than previously and would have taken more time to complete. The response rate was 69%
As in previous years we have used GPAQ (the general practice assessment questionnaire) which surveys how patients perceive their doctors practice. The survey covers aspects of quality which is best assessed by asking patients to provide their views and furthermore this type of feedback is known to be highly valued by patients. PLEASE GO TO DOWNLOADS FOR FULL DETAILS.
Electronic Transfer of Prescriptions Service
From 5th March 2015 the practice introduced electronic transfer of prescriptons. If you wish to use this service you must have a nominated Pharmacy. You can do this by visiting your pharmacy of choice and letting them know, or at the surgery. If you have already registered then from 5th March 2015 your prescription, if suitable for the service, will go electronically directly to your nominated Pharmacy.
FUTURE LEARN – on line courses:
A very helpful course on avoiding FALLS can be accessed via Future Learn where you can explore why people fall, discover practical methods of reducing the risk of falling and recognise when to seek help.
Our Practice Participation Group Lead completed the FALLS course in November and has given the following feedback:
I completed the Falls Course through the link FutureLearn.com passed to me by Dr Johnson. It was a comprehensive course highlighting the reasons for falling, especially in the home and would have been useful for both young and old. Some appeared obvious but easily overlooked. There were very useful tips on preventing falls in the home, plus what others should do to assist someone who has fallen. In addition what action to take if you have fallen and are alone. They gave medical causes for falls too. It did emphasise that falls are not necessarily age related. It was a four week course requiring one hour per week. This can be done at any time and any day that suited. There was no academic test at the end so no pressure and it was free. FurtureLearn.com has a very extensive range of courses available. I have completed a few and started another this week, all have a very different subject matter, but are excellent.
A modern information system has been developed, which will make increased use of information from medical records with the intention of improving health services. The system is being delivered by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) and NHS England on behalf of the NHS.
It is important that the NHS can use this information to get a complete picture of what is happening across health and social care and to plan services according to what works best. The new system will provide joined-up information about the care received from all of the different parts of the health service, including hospitals and GP practices.
Do I have a Choice? Yes – you have a right to prevent confidential information about you from being shared or used for any purpose other than providing your care, except in special circumstances. If you do not want information that identifies you to be shared outside your GP practice, ask your practice to make a note of this in your medical record.
Further information can be found by visitingwww.nhs.uk/caredata
NHS – 111 Service
What to do when the GP practice is closed:
– If you need medical help fast but it’s not an emergency call 111
– If it’s a life-threatening emergency call 999
NHS 111 is the number to call when you need medical help fast but it’s not a life-threatening emergency.
– Calls to 111 are FREE from landlines and mobiles
– NHS 111 is available 24/7, every day of the year
When to call 111
You should call 111 when:
- you think you need to go to A&E or to another NHS urgent care service
- your GP surgery is closed and you need healthcare advice
- you don’t know who to call for medical help.
When to call 999
Call 999 for life threatening emergencies such as:
- Major accident or trauma
Saturday / Sunday – All day
More information can be obtained from the Practice Manager
Monday to Friday:
08.00 to 18.00 Emergencies only before 08.30
One evening a week doctor appointments