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COVID - 19

During the Covid - 19 pandemic, please remember to wear a face covering if you are requested to attend a face to face appointment at the surgery.  Many thanks.

CARE NAVIGATION

Our receptionists are fully trained for Care Navigation in order to help redirect our patients to a more appropriate service for their clinical need.  Please don't be offended if they ask what the problem is when you ring up or pop in to make an appointment.  They may be able to suggest alternatives to seeing your GP, such as, Pharmacist, Emergency Dentist, Minor Eye Clinic, Health in Mind and Social Care Direct etc

 

NATIONAL DIABETES AUDIT

Your diabetes service is taking part in the National Diabetes Audit (NDA).  The NDA checks whether people with diabetes are getting good care.

The NDA collects information about diabetes care from GP practices and hospitals.  This information helps the NHS to improve care.

The use of NDA information is controlled by law and strict rules of confidentiality.

The type of information used in the audit is listed on the NHS Digital website at  http://content.digital.nhs.uk/nda

Out of hours telephone number

When the practice is closed, patients should call NHS 111 service by dialling 111.  All calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.  However, if you are calling between 8am and 8.30am you will need to dial 08451 450121. The practice telephone message will inform you of this as well.
 
What is NHS 111?
A simple, free to call, easy to remember three digit number, that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  NHS 111 directs patients to the service that is best able to meet your needs taking into account your location, the time of day you are calling and the capacity of the local services.
 
When should I use 111?
- When it is not a life threatening situation and therefore is less urgent than a 999 call
 - When you cannot see your own GP, for instance when it is closed or you are away from home
 - When you feel you cannot wait or are simply unsure of which service you require
 - When you require reassurance about what to do next. 

Care Quality Commission

We were CQC inspected on Thursday 14th November 2019.  Their report will be published here asap.  

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Our assistant doctor

Dr Brand works on Tuesdays.  Dr Merritt has reduced the number of days he works at the practice in order to work in Palliative Care.  He will work on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
 
Dr McGregor helps our ladies with contraception, including Implants, Injections, Coil Fittings and the Morning after Pill. She also does Smears, Insertion of Pessary Rings and can help with other Sexual Health problems.
 
Dan Rouncivell  our Paramedic Practitioner, will be triaging phone calls, seeing patients and doing home visits.

Net Earnings

NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice is publicised, and that the required disclsoure is shown below. 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.
 
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 Bridgeside Surgery in the last financial year was £57,811 before tax and National Insurance.
This is for 1 Full time GP and 3 part time GPs.

Flu Clinics & Shingles Vaccines

Flu clinics start in September/October each year, but Pneumonia vaccines are available all year round for the over 65's. One for life.
 
If you are aged 69, 70 or 79 you are elegible for a Shingles vaccine.
Also we offer MMR catch up, 2 jabs needed and Men C catch up for up to age 25, also 2 jabs needed.