***Please Note – WE ARE CURRENTLY UNABLE TO ACCEPT NEW PATIENTS***

***Please Note – WE ARE CURRENTLY UNABLE TO  ACCEPT NEW PATIENTS***

 

WITH EFFECT FROM MONDAY 5 AUGUST 2019  PATIENTS ARE ADVISED THAT THE NORTHBOURNE MEDICAL CENTRE HAS TEMPORARILY CAPPED THE PATIENT LIST SIZE AND CANNOT ACCEPT ANY MORE NEW PATIENT REGISTRATIONS AT PRESENT

 

(unless new babies, students returning home, or relatives moving into existing patients homes)

 

Due to recent increase in patient demand and the loss of Dr Pippa Wilson, Dr Vicky Collins and Dr Theobe Lo, we have reluctantly capped our patient list. This means that we are unable to take on any new patients due to our duty of care for the practice to continue safely providing NHS services to our currently registered patients.

 

Information on where to register at other surgeries in the area can be found on the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk.

 

Locally there are two other practices which cover Shoreham and Southwick – Harbourview Healthcare in the town centre  and The Manor Practice in Southwick.

 

 

If you do not have access to the internet and need to register with a new practice please contact NHS England on 0300 311 2233 for details of practices that are currently accepting new patients.

 

The situation is to be reviewed in 3 month’s time and if the decision can be reversed, we will place details both in the surgery and on the surgery website.

 

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

 

 

## Surgery closure Tuesday 16th July 2019 from 12.30-17.30 ##

In order to improve the service we provide for you – our patients – we will be closed on Tuesday afternoon 16th July from 12.30pm to 17.30 for staff training.

There is still an urgent service available should you need to access healthcare during the afternoon and if you do need NHS help during this time please call 07719 417136. The practice will open again at 17.30 for urgent inquires only. Usual services will resume on Wednesday 17th July.

We have taken extra steps to make sure we can see as many patients as possible during the morning on the 17thJuly.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused but hope that you can understand the importance of this activity, which will ensure we are able to provide you with the most up-to-date and best possible health services.

Please remember A&E is only for patients requiring accident and emergency care, for serious and life threatening conditions. Please use the number above if you have concerns about your health on this afternoon and only use A&E in an emergency.

## Surgery closed Tuesday 2nd July from 12.30pm for staff training ##

In order to improve the service we provide for you – our patients – we will be closed on Tuesday afternoon 2nd July from 12.30pm for staff training.

There is still an urgent service available should you need to access healthcare during the afternoon and if you do need NHS help during this time please call 07719 417136. The practice will open again as usual on Wednesday 3rd July.

We have taken extra steps to make sure we can see as many patients as possible during the morning on the 2nd July.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused but hope that you can understand the importance of this activity, which will ensure we are able to provide you with the most up-to-date and best possible health services.

Please remember A&E is only for patients requiring accident and emergency care, for serious and life threatening conditions. Please use the number above if you have concerns about your health on this afternoon and only use A&E in an emergency.

## Surgery closed for staff training Wednesday afternoon 19th June 2019##

In order to improve the service we provide for you – our patients – we will be closed on Wednesday afternoon the 19th June from 12.00pm for staff training.

There is still an urgent service available should you need to access healthcare during the afternoon and if you do need NHS help during this time please call 111. The practice will open again as usual on Thursday 20th June.

We have taken extra steps to make sure we can see as many patients as possible during the morning on the 19th June.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused but hope that you can understand the importance of this activity, which will ensure we are able to provide you with the most up-to-date and best possible health services.

Please remember A&E is only for patients requiring accident and emergency care, for serious and life threatening conditions. Please use the number above if you have concerns about your health on this afternoon and only use A&E in an emergency.

14th May – SURGERY TRAINING – Surgery will be closed from 12:30pm

In order to improve the service we provide for you – our patients – we will be closed on Tuesday afternoon of 14th May for  training.

There is still an urgent service available should you need to access healthcare during the afternoon and if you do need NHS help during this time please call 07729 000474 this number is available till 6.30pm if you have an urgent medical need after 6.30 then please call 111.  The practice will open as usual on Wednesday

We have taken extra steps to make sure we can see as many patients as possible during the morning on the 14th May. We will close at 12:30pm and will open again on Wednesday.

Apologies for any inconvenience caused but hope that you can understand the importance of this activity, which will ensure we are able to provide you with the most up-to-date and best possible health services.

Please remember A&E is only for patients requiring accident and emergency care, for serious and life threatening conditions. Please use the number above if you have concerns about your health on this afternoon and only use A&E in an emergency.

GP Access Hub

GP Access Hub

General Practice Access Hub

WE ARE IMPROVING ACCESS TO APPOINTMENTS

From 1st October, GP and Nurse appointments are now available during the evening and at the weekend for people across Coastal West Sussex.

This means that urgent appointments are available up to 8pm during the week, and during clinics on a Saturday and Sunday.

This aims to improve access to GP appointments and help local people to get the help and support they need.

The service is run by Innovations in Primary Care (IPC), a not-for-profit company owned by local GP Practices.

The appointments will be available at local GP access hubs, run from GP Surgeries, and they will be both routine and urgent appointments with a Doctor, Nurse or Healthcare Professional.

The teams will see new illnesses when you urgently need to see a Health Professional, and offer planned appointments such as family planning and smear tests that can be hard to arrange whilst at work or when you are caring for family or a loved one.

IPC has been running the MIAMI clinics in Adur and Worthing for the last three years, which has offered a very similar service, offering help for ‘Minor Injury Assessment & Minor Illnesses.’

These clinics have been successful and helped local people to access the help they need outside of normal opening times.

We hope that this roll out of the hubs across the whole of Coastal West Sussex will mean that all patients registered with a GP Practice in our area can benefit.

You book into the GP access hubs via your normal GP Practice, and you may be offered an appointment at one of the hubs at the weekend if you call NHS 111 for urgent health advice and support.

The hubs may be at your GP Practice or they may be at a neighbouring GP Practice locally in the community around you.

The teams will have access to your medical records with your consent, and any care they provide will be added to your notes so your GP Practice can continue any on going care.

Patients can book into these appointments by calling your registered GP Practice in the normal way, and they will be able to access the booking system and make sure you receive the help and support you need.

GP EARNING DISCLOSURE

The average pay for GPs working at Northbourne Medical Centre in the last financial year was £47,707 before tax and National Insurance. This is for: 1 full time GP and 9 part time GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.

“NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice is publicised by 31 March 2019 at the latest.  However, it should be noted that the prescribed method of 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 for any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparisons with other practices.”

 

 

New Management

It is with deepest regret that we say goodbye to Jill Grey our Practice Manager who has retired.  Jill has been with Northbourne for over 20 years and has done an excellent job support staff, patients and the community.  I’m sure you will join with us in saying a big thank you to her for all her time and dedication in running the practice and meeting everyone’s needs.  All the best for your retirement Jill you will be missed by all.

We welcome Samantha Roberts as our new Practice Manager, she is excited to join Northbourne Medical Center working with the amazing team at Northbourne.    She has many years experience in management and working in a health care enviroment.

Chloe Deans is our new Assistant Practice Manager as Beverly will be retiring at the end of March 2019 and Lyn has changed roles within the practice.  We would like to thank them for their hard work and dedication over the years in their deputy roles, you both have done a fantastic job.  All staff at Northbourne hope they enjoy their new adventures.

GP EARNINGS DISCLOSURE

The average pay for GPs working in Northbourne Medical Centre in the last financial year was £48,432 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 9 part time GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.

“NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice is publicised by 31 March 2018 at the latest.  However, it should be noted that the prescribed method of 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 for any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparisons with other practices.”