......Updated to.....Friday 16 Nov 2018
CONSULTATIONS WITH THE DOCTORS & NURSES
The GPs, ANPs and Nurses kindly request that ALL patients please restrict each consultation/appointment to one single medical issue only per each consultation. You may be asked to book a new appointment if you have multiple clinical issues.
This allows the Clinical staff to see their patients and keep to time as there is huge demand for all appointments at the Practice. This would be appreciated.
FLU VACCINATIONS 2018
Flu vaccinations started on 1 October and clinics have been set up until end of the flu season 31 Jan 2019. This year there are 3 differing flu vaccines:
FluAd - for all over 65yr old patients
Quadrivalent via injection - for all with chronic illness conditions (COPD, Diabetes, Heart Failure etc) and pregnant women (unless alergic). Also it is for the those 6month to 2yr olds with chronic conditions and immuno comprimised patients in the age range 2 to 17 yrs.
Quadrivalent Nasal Spray - for all 2 to 10yr old children and 2 to 17yr olds who have chronic conditions
Please ring the normal practice number or visit the practice to book your appointment.
Annual Saturday "Walk-in" Flu Clinics - the next one is being held on:
Saturday 24 November from 9 am to 12 midday, no appointment necessary.
NEXT PPG MEETING WED 23 JAN 2019
The next PPG Meeting will be held at the Practice on Wed 23 January 2019 from 430 pm to 630 pm.
CQC INSPECTION - OUTCOME
The Practice has received the Final CQC Inspection Report and confirm we are now rated as GOOD!
The Report is now live and available to all via the side bar index to the right of the screen (Further information 1. CQC etc)
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 visit the NHS Choices website at www.nhs.uk/pages/home.aspx or contact 1 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. This will be fully reviewed in conjunction with the practice list being re-opened in 2019.
Dr Jonathan Mortimer left the Practice at the end of Sep 18. He was pivotal along with Dr Roger Durston, Dr Helen Cotton and Dr Tariq Khalil in taking the Practice forward through many periods of NHS change over the last 20 years.
Our Patients & Staff wish him well for what he chooses to do next. Dr Claire Thomas remains on maternity leave until April 19. Practice Nurse Raj Bachan-Pierre left the practice in July after a number of years service.
We are currently interviewing new GPs and Practice Nurse candidates and we hope to be able to announce the arrival of new team members.
GDPR - WHAT IT MEANS FOR YOU
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).
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.
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.
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 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.
391 MISSED APPOINTMENTS IN JULY
In Julky we offered a total of 3123 GP and Nurse appointments including those at the IHL Extended Access Centre. However 391 of those appointments were missed where the patient(s) for whatever reason "did not attend" or DNA.
This equates to 10.93% of all available monthly appointments being missed and is up about 80 in number from that or recent months DNAs.
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 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 environ