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.”

 

Response from your GP about the article in the Guardian Newspaper – “GPs offered cash to refer fewer people to hospital”

I am disappointed by your coverage of the GP referral scheme – I feel you have created a false and negative impression without disclosing the full facts for readers. This has a very real possibility to damaging trust and confidence between GPs and patients which the fabric of General Practice is built upon.

You state “NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG has offered to give groups of practices working together in its area 50% of savings made from GPs referring fewer patients for dermatology care, ear, nose and throat treatment in the community, and minor surgery and wound closure”

You follow this up with several negative quotes from senior GP’s. This gives the impression that the money will be given to GPs in the form of pay. This is not the case – it has to be held and used for new patient services that the local GP group identify. No GP surgery will benefit from this money – it will be spent on improving patient care.  An example being talked about is employing physio directly to work with practices to keep patients healthy and allow them access to early treatment which otherwise there would be a delay. The money has not yet been released and so far just exists in the form of savings within the local health economy which it badly needs.

In addition, the money is not saved from restricting treatments as you suggest – it is saved from closer community treatments, which are often cheaper and quicker and GPs themselves putting in extra work to give treatments at the surgery.

Examples could be GP’s putting on extra clinics for cryotherapy clinics, extra clinics for minor surgery or pain relieving injections which the local GPs can do, or utilising local GP skills in other surgeries, rather than adding someone to a long and expensive waiting list. This extra work often means that selected patients can be treated more easily, more quickly and more cheaply. This saves valuable money for other services, which as you know are in dire need.

Unfortunately in these constrained financial times GP as the primary medical service which provides 90% of face to face contacts need to work collectively, creatively and even harder to maintain the NHS overall.

The Guardian have been asked to amend the article to have some balance as soon as possible to ensure there is no damage to the patient GP relationships based on an inaccurate representation of a genuine attempt to improve patient care for our patients.

Dr Tom Kirk

Notice for our Patients regarding GP level data Collection

Along with all GP surgeries we have received a request from NHS digital on behalf of NHS England under section 259 of the Health and Social Care Act.

There is to be a data collection of Individual GP level data.  This is a pilot that will explore the feasibility in collecting and reporting data at individual GP level across the entire general practice estate.  All GP surgeries in England have to take part by law.

There are two collections - the first in October 2017 and the second in January 2018.  Examples of the data that will be extracted are:

The % of patients aged over 65 years with a record of a flu vaccine

The % of patients with high blood pressure in whom their last reading was high

The % of patients eligible for cervical screening who have had a smear test in the last 5 year

For a full list and further information please see the Privacy Notice issued by NHS Digital.

http://content.digital.nhs.uk/article/7754/Privacy-Notice—individual-GP-level-data

We have assurance from NHS Digital that data will remain secure and confidential and that all data analysis will remain within the NHS at the NHS Digital Data Management Service.  However should you wish to opt out of this pilot then you are able to do so, by emailing or writing into the practice so we are able to flag your records accordingly.

Nurse Lynne Abseils the Spinnaker Tower!

IMG_3190 Lynne                                                                                 Our very own practice nurse Lynne abseiled the Spinnaker Tower this weekend, fund raising in aid of St Barnabas Hospice.  Well done Lynne we are all very proud of you!