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Christmas and New Year Opening Hours

The Practice will be closed on Monday 25th and Tuesday 26th December 2017 for the Christmas bank holiday.  We will also be closed on Monday 1st January 2018 for New Years Day.  Please ensure to order repeat prescriptions in plenty of time so not to run out when we are closed for the Christmas break.

For urgent medical care out of hours while we are closed please telephone the Practice on 0121 622 4846. Your call will be automatically transferred to BADGER who may give you telephone advice, ask you to attend one of their care centres or, if the condition requires it, provide a home visit.  

Alternatively you can call NHS 111.  Your needs will be assessed and advise offered or arrangements made to see a doctor.

Please do not ask to see a doctor out of hours unless you genuinely cannot wait until the surgery to re-opens.

Call 999 in an emergency.  Chest pains and/or shortness of breath constitute an emergency.

Online Repeat Prescriptions

Bath Row Medical Practice now offers the facility to request your repeat prescriptions online up to 7 days before they are due. To use this service you will need to be registered for online services at the practice. If you are a new patient at the practice this service will be offered when you register with us. If you are an existing patient please bring I.D (Passport, Driving Licence, Birth Certificate, Bank Statement or Utility Bill) to a member of our reception team who will help you register. Please note that in some cases the doctor will need to check your medication is safe for online prescribing before your online details are issued.

Summary Care Record (SCR)

VERY IMPORTANT - Please read the information about SCR here: http://www.bathrowmedicalpractice.co.uk/info.aspx?p=5

Friends and Family Test

The NHS Friends and Family Test (FFT) is the largest healthcare patient experience in the world. It is based on the simple question "Would you recommend this service to your friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?"

Please click the "Friends and Family Test" link under the heading "Have your say" on the right of this page in order to complete the Friends and Family Test.

Alternatively questionnaires are available at the practice if you prefer.

Your GP Cares and Putting Patients First Campaigns

Background

The UK family doctor service is widely admired around the world for its equitable, cost effective and leading edge provision of locally accessible high quality care and doctors remain our most trusted professionals. However, the environment which GPs are striving to provide services in is increasingly challenging. An increased demand on general practice caused by demographic changes, more complex health needs, and some care moving out of hospitals is all contributing to unsustainable pressures on the service. These inter-related factors are having a worrying impact on how care is delivered to patients.

Issues within General practice

NHS England estimates that some 340 million consultations are now undertaken every year, an increase of 40 million since 2008. The number of consultations in Scotland has also increased,with NHS Scotland estimating that at least 24.2 million patient consultations are now undertaken every year, up by 1.6 million since 2006. Patients in some areas are not always able to get an appointment when they need one. In 2013, an estimated 26.2 million people waited over one week to see their GP.

The needs of patients visiting their GP practice have also changed. For example in England 15 million people live with a chronic condition. More care for patients with chronic diseases, such as diabetes and asthma, previously carried out in hospital settings is now increasingly being provided through GP services. NHS Wales estimates that Wales has the highest rates of long-term limiting illness in the UK.

 

GPs are also facing patient demand from an ageing population. In Northern Ireland, for example, the proportion of the population aged 75 and over is predicted to rise from 6.7% in 2012 to 9.2% in 2024.

Your GP Cares Campaign (British Medical Association) (BMA)

 

That is why the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee has launched a new campaign, Your GP cares, to highlight some of the pressing issues facing general practice. Your GP and practice team care about the current situation and want to work with patients and government to find solutions and provide a better service. The BMA is calling for long term, sustainable investment in GP services now to:

• Attract, retain and expand the number of GPs

• Expand the number of practice staff

• Improve the premises that GP services are provided from

Over the coming months, we will be encouraging debate so that politicians and policy makers understand the urgent need for long term, sustainable investment in GP services for today and tomorrow.

 

To support the GP cares campaign, please use the following link: 

http://dotmailer-surveys.com/00jvxef-49uuq41

 

Put Patients First Campaign (Royal College of General Practitioners) (RCGP)

 
Despite carrying out 90% of all NHS patient contacts, general practice only receives 8.39% of the NHS budget in the UK - an historic low. By 2017, this is projected to plunge to just 7.29%
 
As a result, general practice is facing a growing crisis.
 
Due to the sheer volume of GP workloads, in this year alone, patients will have to wait longer than a week to see their GP on at least 27 million occasions.
 
And, according to a poll carried out in March, more than three fifths of the public now believe that the number of patient consultations carried out by GP's - up to 60 per day - is threatening the level of patient care.
 
To protect high quality services for all patients they are calling on the prime minister to increase the share of the NHS budget spent on general practice in England to 11% by 2017.
 
This shift in funding would enable general practice to deliver:
 
  • Shorter waiting times for appointments and more flexible opening hours
  • Longer consultations, especially for people with long term conditions
  • More opportunity for patients to see a GP who knows them
  • Better care co-ordination and planning, especially for the elderly and those with complex needs
  • Positive benefits for the NHS as a whole, reducing pressure on hospitals
 
To support the Put Patients First Campaign, please use the following link:
 


 
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