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.”

 

21st MARCH – SURGERY TRAINING

In order to improve the service we provide for you – our patients – we will be closed on the afternoon of 21st March 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 0300 5555 252.

We have taken extra steps to make sure we can see as many patients as possible during the morning on the 21st March and we will be open again from 5.30pm on the 21st March

We apologise 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.

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

Important Notice for Patients of Dr Wormsley

Dr Wormsley will be leaving Northbourne at the end of December.  All patients will be transferred to Dr Robert Swalwell, who will be your new named GP.

In the event you would prefer to be transferred to a female GP please let reception know and they can arrange for either Dr Pippa Wilson or Dr Natalie Costa-Gomes to be your named GP. 

Thank you

Jill – Practice Manager

IMPORTANT MESSAGE RE WEDNESDAY 15TH NOVEMBER PM

“In order to improve the service we provide for our patients we are closed this afternoon for training. There is still an urgent service available should you need to access healthcare this afternoon and you can do this by calling

0300 5555 252

Please remember A&E is only for patients requiring accident and emergency care, for serious and life threatening conditions. If you have health concerns during this afternoon then please call

0300 5555 252 and do not use A&E unless it is an emergency.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused but we will be open again tomorrow.”

 

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.

Important message for TUESDAY pm 10th OCTOBER 2017

In order to improve the service we provide for our patients we are closed this afternoon for training. There is still an urgent service available should you need to access healthcare this afternoon and you can do this by calling 111.

Please remember A&E is only for patients requiring accident and emergency care, for serious and life threatening conditions. If you have health concerns during this afternoon then please call

111 and do not use A&E unless it is an emergency.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused but we will be open again tomorrow.”

 

Final works to the roadway & footpaths

We have been advised by Taylor Wimpey that there will once again be roadworks on the roadway and footpaths at the entrance road, Longshore Drive commencing the week of the 25th September.  The works are extensive and involve realigning the kerbs to give priority to the new housing site rather than the medical centre.  This involves installing new kerbs and edgings and relaying areas of tarmac and block paving.  Access will be maintained at all times, with the works being carried out in sections.  Traffic will be controlled by the use of priority signage with vehicles being directed by traffic signs.  It is expected the works will take two weeks to complete.  Taylor Wimpey have apologised for any disruption caused and thank you in advance for your co-operation.

Vaccine Shortage of Hepatitis A & B

In August 2017 it was announced that there is a severe global shortage of both the Hepatitis A and the Hepatitis B vaccine so that, until supplies improve (which is likely to take months), the limited stock available has been prioritised for high risk groups. NHS England are aware and are monitoring the situation.

Please speak to the practice nurse about your requirements and she can advise you of what action to take.