Due to changes to the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 (generally referred to as the abbreviation COPI, we have produced an additional privacy notice to inform patients how their data is being used.
Last updated 8 April 2020 by practice manager Claire Deare
The government has implemented extraordinary measures to delay the spread of Coronavirus.
In normal times 25% of our face-to-face appointments are pre-bookable online and you can book to see a GP weeks in advance.
These are not normal times and we would like to explain the temporary changes and restrictions we have made.
All GP appointments are being converted to telephone calls. This is to minimise the need for patients to travel into the practice, complying with NHS England’s request we triage (screen and prioritise) all appointment requests and offer patients telephone appointments.
Your doctor or nurse may feel you would benefit from a video consultation- if they do they will text you a link to AccuRx, our video consultation tool.
Check out this short video which explains how a video consultation works in practice:
We may at any time have staff, including doctors and nurses, off sick with the virus, or self-isolating on the advice of the UK government.
So there may be times when we have to operate a reduced service. This may well include re-scheduling non-urgent appointments such as cervical cytology, routine blood tests and NHS Health Checks to a later date.
Our reception team will ask you whether or not you have symptoms of Coronavirus. They do this at the request of the GP Partners. They may need to ask additional information- please provide any information we ask for. Our questions are not intended to be intrusive- we need to protect our staff and other patients who are in the practice.
We also understand and appreciate these are times when people are anxious and worried, and at times that can manifest itself in anger and aggression. We are doing everything within our power to provide a normal as service as possible, and we are truly sorry if at any time we are unable to be as accessible and responsive as we would wish to. So we do ask you remember this and be kind to our staff, who are working very hard in difficult circumstances.
These are NOT decisions we have taken lightly.
We review the situation on a daily basis and make continuity arrangements to maintain as much of a service as we possibly can, within the restrictions placed upon us. Currently we have staff, including clinical team members, self isolating and working from home. The NHS is not particularly well set up to allow homeworking, but we are doing the best we can with the tools we have.
WE EXIST TO PROVIDE HIGH QUALITY, COMPASSIONATE PATIENT-CENTRED CARE IN OUR COMMUNITY
We look forward to resuming our normal service as soon as the government deems it safe to do so.
We are also suspending non-urgent non-NHS services such as: insurance reports, medicals, letters to third parties (gyms etc), travel vaccinations. We keep our service provision under regular review and we appreciate your understanding at this time.
We have enabled the online messaging facility within Patient Access, to make it easier for you to contact us with a health problem or concern- click on the link with Patient Access on our home page.
Did you know there is now a Park Run every Saturday morning at Brixworth? A number of our team have recently completed the NHS Couch25k programme- and if we can do it we reckon anyone can!
As well as being good for our hearts, running out of doors is a real “mood booster”, and many people who experience depression, anxiety or low mood find running makes a big difference. And even if running is not your cup of team, a walk in the fresh air is a real tonic too.
To reflect the growing nature of the practice (we now have over 16,000 patients across both our sites) we have appointed an Operations Manager at Guilsborough Surgery; Sarah Berry and at Brixworth Surgery;Julia Collins. Sarah works full time, Julia will work 30 hours per week.
Sarah has been employed at the practice for some time and has recently been promoted into the management team. She is responsible for the day to day running of Guilsborough Surgery.
Julia will be joining the team in June and will be responsible for the day to day running of Brixworth Surgery .
NHS England places a requirement on GP Practices to publish mean earnings (ie average) for GPs working to deliver NHS services for patients.
The average pay for GPs working in Saxon Spires Practice in the last financial year (April 2019-March 2019) before tax and national insurance was £50,038.
This is for 3 full time GPs, 7 part time GPs and 3 locum Gps who worked in the practice for 6 months.
It should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes o account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice, and should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make a comparison with any other practice.
The GP Extend Access (GPEA) is offering 334 appointments a week making it easier for patients to access primary care services at a time that suits them. Under the service patients registered with Nene Member Practice, will be able to make an appointment at a time that is much more convenient to them, including evenings until 8pm, weekends and Bank Holidays.
When the service is being fully delivered, patients will be able to book an appointment amongst a collaboration of GP practices in the area and is exactly like an appointment at a patients GP practice. If a patient wishes to attend an ‘extended access’ appointment, they may be given the option to travel to another local GP practice or central hub, and may not necessarily see their own GP. This also means extended access appointments require patient consent for sharing records. Patients preferring to see their own GP should book an appointments with their practice during opening hours.
Patients are required to contact their practice in the usual way to request an appointment. If there is no appointments available at the practice, patients may be offered an appointment with the GPEA, if that is right for them.
At present we are piloting the scheme and are only offering appointments to our own patients on the following days and times:
Tuesday – Brixworth – 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Thursday – Guilsborough – 6.30pm – 8.00pm
Saturday – alternating between Guilsborough and Brixworth – 8.30am – 11.30am
Sunday – x1 per month at Guilsborough – 8.30am – 11.30am