LAST UPDATED ON ........ Mon 18 September 17
WINTER FLU CAMPAIGN 2017/18
The Practice will start vaccinating our "at risk" groups of patients this week from Monday 18 September. All patients in these "at risk" categories will start receiving letters inviting them to come forward and have the vaccination.
At Risk categories are: Over 65s, Chronic Long Term Conditions (COPD, Heart Failure), Pregnant Women and some children
Special flu clinics are being set up with the Nursing/Health Care Assistant teams and please ring after 1030 if you need advice on when to book your vaccination.
SATURDAY "WALK IN" FLU CLINICS
Additionally as we normally do, we are holding two Saturday morning "walk in" Flu Clinics on:
Sat 7 October and
Sat 14 November
both from 0900 to 1200 with no appointment necessary.
For all of this we strongly advise all those patients in "at risk" categories to have the winter flu vaccination as soon as you can.
ASK ABOUT ASTHMA CAMPAIGN
The London NHS Ask About Asthma Campaign runs from Mon 11 to Fri 22 September 17 and during this period our staff will highlight asthma as appropriate to the patient needs and requirements, assisting you with asthma plans and associated help and advice. Please discuss this with your clinician during your next visit.
NURSING & HEALTH CARE ASSISTANT (HCA) APPOINTMENTS
Any patient who needs a Nurse or Healthcare Assistant (HCA) appointment just has to ring after 1030 to book a routine appointment or anytime if it is really urgent. You can also come in at any time and book a Nurse or HCA appointment direct with the reception desk team. We encourage all diabetics to have their foot checks and other diabetic requirements checked so discuss this next time you visit or ring the practice.
We offer appointments for our 3 Practice Nurses and 2 HCAs each day of the week and with a number of early mornings and each late Thursday evenings.
"COPD" OPEN EVENING AT THE SURGERY - WED 18 OCTOBER 17
The Practice, facilitated by the PPG will hold an Open Evening on Wed 18 October on the subject of "COPD and how to manage it"
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease is a headline healthcare issue in London and in particular for a number of Camberwell patients. The aim of the open evening will be make our COPD patients more aware of the disease and how to effectively manage it better. There will be a senior Kings College Hospital COPD consultant/team and other allied healthcare related partners/professionals available to brief and impart their knowledge and best advice. Please watch this space for more information.
TIME KEEPING FOR APPOINTMENTS
The practice policy backed up by our 2016 Protocol is that we normally expect patients to arrive on or just before their stated appointment time. If a patient is late by 5 mins or less then you will still retain your appointment but as you can it only takes a few of those to push the day back.
If any patient is more than 5 mins late the reception staff would then ask the clinician (GP ANP NP P Nurse HCA or physio) and either inform the patient they can be seen at xx time that session, or to come back at the end of the session to be fitted in at the very end or to be told that they will have to re book a new appointment - the decision of the clinician is final and we ask patients to accept that.
For the practice to run as near to its optimum efficiency we can not delay or have appointments pushed back and we ask that you follow these rules and understand the policy we use. Thank you
REGISTERED FOR PATIENT ONLINE? IF NOT, REGISTER AT RECEPTION - IT TAKES 2 MINUTES!
The Practice has one of the lowest uptakes for patients registering for "Online" services.
We now have an easy to use Tablet situated on the main reception desk that allows you and other patients to quickly register and we invite as many patients as possible to come in and register next time they visit the practice
When you become registered you will then be able to access:
- Ability to book some GP & Nurse appointments online
- Ability to send and have your repeat prescription completed and sent direct to your nominated pharmacy (for those patients who have opted into EPS)
- Ability to print off some basic medical records
ELECTRONIC PRESCRIBING SERVICE (EPS) - HAVE YOU SIGNED UP?
Having your prescription sent direct to your chosen pharmacy, knowing that it will be in most cases, ready within 30 minutes must make things easier for most patients - if you are not receiving this service, please ask your GP or Nurse when you next visit or call the practice.
TIMES TO RING THE SURGERY
We are currently experiencing Very High incoming call volumes and as such just wanted to ensure you know the best time to ring the practice, as it will help service levels and delivery:
- To Speak to a GP or Advanced Nurse about an "Urgent" medical issue - 0800 to 1000
- To book an "Urgent" appointment to see a GP or Advanced Nurse - 0800 to 1000
- To check on admin/results/tests or other non urgent issues - after 1000
- To request a non-urgent or routine GP/Advanced Nurse call back - after 1000
FRIENDS & FAMILY TEST
Can i please ask you to kindly complete the "very quick and easy" survey test using the Tab marked Friends & Family Test on the right tab bar - we are asking the web co to update the results info to reflect 2017 and it should be showing any time now - thank you
Please also note there are v quick and easy forms to fill in at the practice and i promise you they take about 20 - 30 seconds to complete with just a tick in the box if you would recommend this practice to other friends and family - please ask the staff for a form when you next visit.
FEELING UNWELL? > FIRST STEP > SELF CARE
Most people when they start to feel unwell make their GP Surgery the first stop to seek help and care. This should NOT always be the case, as there is a host of current and useful information and help available from a number of sources to help you get better without having to see a Dr/GP/Nurse etc.
Self Care fact sheets provide a great source of up to date healthcare information on a wide range of subjects and we highly recommend our patients use these fact sheets to better understand the particular issues and how best to overcome them.
You may wish to use the advice given on these sheets to discuss your current issue with your local Pharmacist who is highly trained to give advice and dispense the relevant medicines on a large number of minor medical healthcare cases. Southwark CCG and all Southwark Practices work hand in hand with their local pharmacies to ensure they are ready and available to help us by dealing with all number of minor medical issues which in turn allows us to deal with more urgent and difficult cases.
We strongly encourage all our patients to make use of these Self Care factsheets AND the local pharmacy as they can really help you with you minor medications and healthcare.
Also, Think 111 Service!
REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS NEED 48 HOURS OR TWO (2) WORKING DAYS FOR PROCESSING
ALL patients are kindly reminded that the processing time for ALL Repeat Prescriptions is 48 hours or 2 working days. Similarly all patients are kindly reminded and advised to manage their own medications and medicines to ensure you put your repeat prescription into the system in good time. There have been a recent spate of patients demanding same day or next day prescriptions and we work to 48 hours or 2 working days for these. As a footnote your local registered pharmacy can prescribe 2 days emergency medicine in the event you run out and have not sorted your repeat prescription in time. Please help us to help you by getting your repeat prescription into the surgery in good time and in advance of your last few days of medications. This is very much appreciated.
329 MISSED APPOINTMENTS IN AUGUST
The Practice offers a large number of consultations each month (roughly speaking 800 more per month than at April 2016 plus up to 400 per month at the IHL Extended Access Centre) - these are via telephone triage, face to face appointments, other community pathways as well as the IHL Extended Access appointments. In line with this large number of pre booked appointments we offer to patients there is an equally large number of missed appointments each month.
Last month in August we had 329 missed appointments, yes that is 329 appointments lost where patients failed to contact the practice to cancel their appointments.
If you cant make your appointment for any reason, ring or email the Surgery and let us know so we can give this valuable appointment to another patient where it will be greatly needed - ALWAYS phone in on 0207 703 3788 to cancel your unwanted appointment.
Are you pregnant or do you have a baby? Mumspace is a group of friendly mums who meet to share the ups and downs of motherhood. They have toys and activities that your children will enjoy and time when mums can talk, share, listen and learn together. All mums of even mums to be are warmly welcome to Mumspace and local venues for Mumspace are:
Walworth Mumspace, Pembroke House, 80 Tatum Street SE17 1QR on Mondays 10 - 12 noon
Wyndham Road Mumspace, St Michael & All Angels, Wyndham Road SE5 OUB on Tuesdays 1 - 3pm
Camberwell Mumspace, Camberwell Salvation Army, Lomond Grove SE5 7HG on Fridays 10 - 12 noon
CQC INSPECTION - FINAL REPORT
The Practice received the CQC team on 30 Aug 2016 and we were thoroughly inspected in all departments (clinical & patient care, patient services, admin, PPG, the building materially including it being fit to practice from etc).
Overall the inspection was ok but it is regretted that the final report showed 3 areas as "requiring improvement" along with 2 Good areas. The report is published here:
CQC Final Report Jan 2017
We would like our patients to know how hard we worked and prepared for the inspection and that we produced a full corrective package within 30 days of the inspection. However this could not be taken into account as the report had to show what was seen/found on the actual day. We challenged CQC with our proactive work to seek a Ratings Review; it is most regrettable that CQC could not offer the practice a ratings review in February this year.
We forwarded the post inspection corrective "Action Plan" to NHS England and Southwark CCG (see below)
Post Inspection corrective Action Plan 2017
and indeed the CCG will try and assist the practice with getting an early re-inspection and ratings revue, with the objective being to demonstrate that the practice is Good in all areas
We will keep all our patients informed with how this progresses.
111 SERVICE - WHEN ITS "LESS THAN URGENT"
The South East London 111 service has been fully refreshed, invigorated and have moved their regional HQ from Beckenham to Croydon. We strongly recommend you using the 111 service for anything that is less than urgent and contrary to popular belief, only a very few calls get referred back to the patients GP practice (ie where the 111 service believes that in the particular case, the patient should speak to their GP). We also welcome feedback on this service.
HAVING YOUR SAY..............FEEDBACK
We politely ask all patients that before posting any angst or dissatisfaction via NHS Choices or other boards please do contact the Patient Services Manager, Mrs Sue White or myself, the Practice Manager as we can normally come to a mutually agreed outcome with most access / appointment issues - we really do want to help all our patients and by talking about your issues away from the busy front desk it lends itself to a more calmer environment to look at the context - we really do V much appreciate if you can do this.
Also we now have a feedback and complaints box on the front desk for you to leave notes or indeed complaints - please do ask for a complaints form if writing a complaint. Your feedback and comments are again V much welcomed.
INSURANCE & OTHER MEDICAL REPORTS
Please note that if a Patient or an Insurance or other company makes a formal request for copies of a patients medical notes/records (complete with a Patient's signed consent form) there is a minimum lead time of 10 working days to have the required notes ready to send back to the appropriate company or organisation. This is NON Core NHS work and will always fit behind the main core work of patient care and administration. We make every effort to speed this process up but we would like to make all patients and organisations aware of the situation when requesting copies of patient notes.
HOW TO SEE A DOCTOR & OUR PATIENT ACCESS SYSTEM
Changes to how you will see your Doctor or Nurse
To ensure you get the best and most appropriate treatment from the most appropriate clinician, a new appointment system was rolled out on 25 April 2016 after the old Walk-in/Open Access clinics closed on 22 April; this is in line with the rest of NHS Primary Care/GP Practices and Surgeries across the country.
The new system will comprise of the following access and contact methods:
1. TELEPHONE - please call the surgery to discuss your problem noting that
To speak to a Doctor on the day or for a routine appointment please call between 0800 and 1000 on the day - please note any calls received after 1000 may not be responded to on the day
Real emergencies - ring at any time between 0800 - 1830
2. EMAIL - send us an email clearly explaining what you need marked for the Patient Service Manager
3. CONTACT SLIP - complete a Patient Contract Form at time of visiting reception stating what you need
4. ATTEND IN PERSON - speak to a member of the Reception team about what you need.
Our staff will deal with your request according to the urgency or clinical needs and help you to access the best overall solution. They will then send your request to the most appropriate member of the practice team. This may result in you being seen by appointment here at the Surgery or having an appointment at our Extended Access Centre (IHL).
For those of our non english speaking patients, we will be signposting some messages not least that our staff will work with each non-english speaking patient to help and assist to complete a Patient Contact Form to the best of their joint ability, in order to better illustrate their needs when placing that person on the GPs telephone triage list.
Finally, please do not ring the Surgery for more information - please speak to someone at Reception or your clinician next time you visit the practice.
We believe this will ensure that you will be seen as quick as possible by the appropriate member of our team and it will help us to continue providing the best treatment available; we do need your help and understanding to make these changes work for all.
DO YOU HAVE SPECIAL COMMUNICATIONS NEEDS OR REQUIREMENTS?
We need to know if any of our patients have special communications needs or requirements - if you do indeed have a disability, impairment or are experiencing sensory loss, we would like to know so we can ensure any communications between the practice and you the patient are formatted in a way that makes it as easy as possible for you to read and understand.
All new patients are being targeted when they complete a New Patient Registration form but for all those existing patients who have not already highlighted this to the practice, i would ask that you inform a member of the Reception team as soon as possible, requesting the most suitable or appropriate type of format for your needs.
YOUR NAMED & ACCOUNTABLE GP/DOCTOR
The latest GP contract now directs that your named and accountable GP takes full responsibility for all coordination of your patient services and that they are delivered as required (according to the GPs clinical judgement at the time).
The role of your GP is:
not to take on vicarious work or responsibility for other Doctors or health professionals
not to take 24 hour responsibility for the patient or to change their working hours
not to imply personal availability for GPs throughout the working week
not to be the only GP or clinician who can provide care for that patient
There is no condition for the patients to see the named GP when they book an appointment at the practice
Patients are entitled to choose any GP or Nurse working at the practice in line with current arrangements
If still in doubt your GP, Nurse or manager will kindly explain more at your next appointment.
DECLARATION OF GP EARNINGS FOR YEAR ENDING 31 MARCH 2016
GP Practices now have to declare on their host websites the details of "GP mean earnings" for the previous financial year (2015/16). This is stated as "average pay" for those GPs working to deliver NHS Services for patients at their practice.
The average pay for GPs working at Camberwell Green Surgery in the previous financial year was £48,075 before tax and National insurance. This is for the 7 part time GPs who worked in the practice for over 6 months of that financial year.
ALL NON ENGLISH SPEAKING PATIENTS
- YOU MUST BRING SOMEONE WITH YOU WHO CAN SPEAK ENGLISH OR CONTACT THE RECEPTION TEAM TO DISCUSS BOOKING AN INTERPRETER
We ask ALL PATIENTS WHO DO NOT SPEAK ENGLISH to ensure they have someone who can attend with them who speaks English - if not, you must discuss booking an interpreter with the reception staff - otherwise, without someone who can help translate for you, we will be unable to help you with your medical needs - thank you.
PHARMACY FIRST - A QUICK AND EASY ROUTE FOR PATIENTS
Did you know that if you dont pay prescription charges you can get medicines free from your local pharmacy without needing to visit the practice? Your pharmacist can give you advice ona wide range of treatments for a number of conditions and it will save you time and free up appointments here for those with more urgent and complicated cases. Speak to any one of the local Camberwell Pharmacies and mention "Pharmacy First"
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