New Year's 'get fit' resolution ground to a halt?
Not sure where to start? Worried about looking out of place? Got some medical issues that might hold you back?
The Active and Healthy 4 Life exercise referral scheme is a personalised 12 week fitness programme drawn up and supervised by qualified instructors, making it easy for you to take up regular exercise. Funding from the council helps keep costs low for participants.
It is for anyone with an existing condition such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, osteoporosis, obesity, depression or anxiety, and some types of arthritis, who would gain health benefits from a more active lifestyle.
Ask at your GP or Practice Nurse appointment if you think you might benefit and they haven't suggested it first. If you brought along a copy of the referral form with your details already completed that would make things easier!
2016 not quite shaping up how you'd like?
By all means come and discuss with your GP, but feel free to self refer to this service as it is the same one that we will direct you to.
Which might lead us nicely on to the CQC visit to the surgery on Thurs 18th Feb...
We were inspected by a team from the Care Quality Commission all day. This is now a requirement for all English GP practices and whilst the inspectors do this regularly this was our first inspection. Stressed, anxious, worried? We would be abnormal if we were not!
Their feedback was almost universally positive with two minor administrative issues highlighted. These have already been addressed; those patients who collect medication from outlying collection points may notice a slight change in procedure (the need for a signature).
Our new touchscreen check-in is up and running; please use it if possible to allow the receptionists do deal with matters only they can help with!
It also has the ability for you to check the contact details we have for you are correct (if they need amending you will need to do this at reception) or leave feedback (even if not checking in) so just touch 'START' and try it out.
Patient Access lets you use the online services of your local practice. These include arranging appointments, repeat medication and updating your details. We are working towards the government mandated target of enabling most patients who wish it to have secure access to view their coded medical summary online by April 2016. For more information about Patient Access, see the FAQ HERE.
If you wish to use Emis Patient Access you will need to ask for a registration letter from reception. Please note we will require some valid photo ID in order to provide this. The Patient Access website can be found by clicking HERE.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TAKE OUR 'FAMILY AND FRIENDS TEST' PLEASE CLICK ON THE PATIENT SURVEY BUTTON AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE (not the other survey link at the top...)
Should you Opt Out?
Summary Care Records (SCR) is the next phase of the 12 billion pound investment in NHS IT that has occurred over the past 10 years.
At the moment, all NHS patients have basic demographic information (date of birth, address etc) entered onto a “Central Spine”. There is also a facility to transmit clinical information from one specific NHS site (i.e. GP practice, or hospital) to another specific site, by a secure link. In this way, some hospital information, for example pathology results, can be transmitted to GP practices; and GPs can make electronic referrals to hospitals; and existing GP records can be transferred to a new practice if a patient reregistered.
All this information is transmitted under very strict security protocols, similar to those applying to banking transactions.
SCR will take the electronic medical records into a new era. The records will become more comprehensive, and will be accessible throughout the NHS and probably beyond. At the moment, SCR consists of a summary of recent medication, drug and other allergies, but in the future, detailed clinical information will be added, such as outpatient letters, hospital admission information, clinical diagnoses, mental health documents and out of hours reports.
This information will be available across the NHS anywhere in Britain, including hospital emergency departments, walk in centres, GP practices where patients are not registered, out of hours centres etc. Before accessing SCR, permission would be sought from the patient whose notes are being accessed, except in emergency situations, when a patient is not in a position to give their consent (i.e. they are unconscious).
Despite this assurance of security of access, there continues to be concern about the potential for unauthorised access to the records.
There are also concerns about clinical information “getting lost”, either because it is attributed to the “wrong” patient; or no prioritisation of information is being undertaken, so that a trivial entry receives the same apparent weight of a life threatening condition.
To date there has been very limited independent evaluation of SCR, and no assessment of its impact, positive or negative. However, a full evaluation has been commissioned, and the report should be available over the next few months. The BMA has urged the government not to further roll out the programme of SCR until this report is published, but this has been ignored
If you do not wish to participate, you should:
- Complete this form
- Ask at reception for a form to fill in and hand back to us.
If you decide to withhold consent now, you can elect to give your consent to participate in SCR at any time in the future.
Please note Medical Reseach and Pharmaceutical companies have been granted access to our Medical records.
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(Site updated 19/04/2016)