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Latest News

......Updated to...........Friday 20 July 2018

PRACTICE PATIENT LIST - CLOSED

It is regretted that the list for new patient registrations closed on 25 June 18.        This will allow the practice to consolidate by rebuilding the clinical workforce which has been severely depleted of late and allow us to function at a normal and satisfactory level.  This measure was approved by Southwark CCG.

Local residents wishing to register should now visit the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx or contact one of the 3 nearest local practices which are:                               

                                Hambledon Clinic, Denmark Hill                                                                              Concordia Parkside, 52 Camberwell Green                                                                St Giles Practice, St Giles Rd Camberwell

We are still able to register close family members of those patients who are currently registered for obvious reasons and we will of course keep all patients updated in the event we can re-open the list earlier in the year.

TEMPORARY CHANGE TO REPEAT PRESCRIPTION TURNAROUND

We regret that at the current time of massive demand, we are temporarily operating and working to a 3 working day/72 hour turnaround for All Repeat Prescriptions.

As soon the high demand is checked and controlled we hope to return to the previous 2 working day/48 hour turnaround.  We will inform all patients at that time.

Thank you for bearing with us during this extremely busy period.

STAFFING UPDATE

Dr Durston will be away for the next few weeks on extended leave.  Dr Claire Thomas is now on maternity leave until April 2019 and we hope to be able to introduce new Salaried GPs and Advanced Nurse Practitioners over the Summer/Autumn period. 

GDPR - WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU

Privacy Statement

Camberwell Green Surgery will ensure it keeps and maintains all patient data in a secure, private and confidential environment at all times and will not pass, sell or transmit any patient data to any individual, organisation or company at any time, unless that patient has given personal signed consent to an Insurance, Legal or other official body/company/organisation to use such respective patient data/notes for purpose of seeking a lawful claim or other lawful purpose. (Any patient may seek application to see or hold copies of their data held by this organisation via completion of the requisite application form).

Premable

Like other GP Practices and organisations that have access to patient/customer data,  we are now "GDPR" compliant, this being in line with the new "General Data Protection Regulations" (GDPR).  This replaces the outdated Data Protection Act 1998.

GDPR puts more onus on the organisation (ie, us the practice) to ensure we safely and securely ensure your personal data, notes and records are protected at all times and not given or shared with any other agency or company.

We only ever share patient data, and again, only with your consent to either an NHS hospital/secondary care department(s) or other local associated healthcare pathways that you are use/are seen by, or with a relevant insurance or other legal organisation(s) when they are working on your behalf, and again when you would have given consent to call for your records/notes etc.  At no other times is any patient information passed or used by anyone outside the practice.

WALK IN CENTRE AT CLAPHAM

Following the recent closure of the Waldron Walk in Centre (WIC) we can inform all patients that the nearest available Walk in Centre is located at:

Junction Health Centre (by Clapham Junction Station) 5-8 Grant Road London SW11

All NHS patients are welcome to use this facility and it is open from 8am to 8pm 7 days a week.

INSURANCE & NON-CORE NHS WORK

Due to the current excessive demand at the practice and the additional admin required, we must inform our patients that there will be delays to requests from external organisations and insurance companies, requesting reports on patients.

The insurance admin clerk is working closely with GPs to try and arrange insurance and other admin report appointments including medicals and we hope to trial something new and workable soon.

PHARMACY FIRST

At the last PPG Meeting in February, the Practice Manager promised to check on the status of the Pharmacy First service and if it was still being funded.  It is confirmed that in Southwark it will remain being funded for the current foreseeable future.

ARE YOU REGISTERED FOR ONLINE SERVICES ? IT TAKES 2 MINUTES AT RECEPTION! 

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 (FFT)

The FFT is being updated by the NHS & CCG with 1 or 2 additional questions being added to the actual "test card" or "online" survey.  The CCG will soon be asking all Southwark Practices to ensure that 60% of all patients who attend for a GP or Nurse appointment, complete a test/survey card.

To this end we will be handing out more cards when you arrive or depart from your GP or Nurse appointment - please can we ask you to take 2 minutes to answer the 2 or 3 quick and easy questions and place the card in the box at the reception desk.

You can still do this online via this website and it is really very quick and easy and gives the NHS/CCG a good idea of how patients might recommend their practice to others in the local area.

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.

 http://www.selfcareforum.org/fact-sheets/

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!

http://www.pharmacyfirst.co.uk/

REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS NEEDS AT LEAST 72 HOURS OR THREE (3) WORKING DAYS FOR PROCESSING

From the end of June 2018, patients are kindly reminded that the processing time for ALL Repeat Prescriptions is 72 hours or 3 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.  

We do not accept any "same day" demands for repeat prescriptions as the GPs have to check the medicines information on the system and ensure the correct meds are being prescribed at that time - with the massive demand we have and lack of GPs this is why it can take up to 72 hours/3 working days.

Please help us to help you by getting your repeat prescriptions into the surgery in good time and before your current medications run out.

318 MISSED APPOINTMENTS IN JUNE

In June 2018 we offered a total of 3072 GP and Nurse appointments including those at IHL's Extended Access Centre.  However 318 of those appointments were missed where the patient(s) for whatever reason "did not attend" or DNA.  This equates to 10.16% of all available monthly appointments being missed. 

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.

MUMSPACE

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 23 JAN 18 - FINAL REPORT

The Practice received the final CQC Report in April 2018 (see below) after a second and v thorough inspection of all departments (clinical & patient care, patient services, administration, the PPG, Infection Control, the building materially including it being fit to practice from etc).  

Overall the inspection was rated as "Requires Improvement" however it included a number of Good areas as well as recognizing the massive demand and huge work we all do each day and the particular demands of the area of London we work in.

Most of the actions needed were completed on the day or within 2 days of the inspection, being administrative or procedural and the Action Plan to bring the "requires improvement" areas up to Good was checked and approved by NHS England, Southwark CCG and IHL in February.

We are now working to this raised standard to ensure all the items noted are part of regular checking, updating and staff education.

CQC Final Report Jan 2018

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.

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.  

Thank you

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.

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.

THE PRACTICE EMAIL ADDRESS IS...

souccg.camberwellgreensurgery@nhs.net

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