The surgery has received numerous requests for extra quantities of medication prior to Brexit.
The Partners at the surgery have agreed that issuing increased quantities of drugs is inappropriate as it will simply exacerbate any shortage and may well precipitate a crisis for other patients. Therefore we are unable to authorise additional quantities.
Primary Care Networks
Painswick Surgery has become a member of Stroud Cotswold Primary Care Network (PCN), together with Beeches Green, Rowcroft, Frithwood and Minchinhampton Surgeries.
All surgeries in England have been obliged to join a PCN, and we are very pleased to be working with these other four surgeries.
We remain independent, but are able to employ more staff through the PCN. The first people to be employed will be Clinical pharmacists, who are increasingly working as part of general practice teams. They are highly qualified experts in medicines and can help people in a range of ways, including carrying out structured medication reviews for patients with ongoing health problems.
Our last carers’ meeting in March was a great success. Since then, our colleague Samantha Lloyd, who arranged these meetings, has left the practice to work at a surgery closer to her home. However we are very pleased that two other members of our administration
team will be organising these meetings in the future.
If you are a carer, please ensure that the surgery knows that you are, and we will contact you with the date of the next meeting. A carer is anyone, including children and adults who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help because of their illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their support. The care they give is unpaid.
We now have nearly 1,200 patients who have registered for online access through Patient Access. This system enables patients to order repeat medication, book appointments and view aspects of their medical records online. We have finally switched off the old system (reached through the practice website), and we hope all users have now registered on Patient Access.
GP Patient Survey
The results of the 2019 GP Patient Survey have now been published at www.gp-patient.co.uk. The GP Patient Survey is an independent survey run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of NHS England. The survey is sent out to over two million people across the UK. The results show how people feel about their GP practice. 242 surveys were sent out to Painswick Surgery patients, of which 134 were sent back. We have studied and discussed the results. Although pleased with some of the responses, there are some aspects that we are looking at, to see if there is anything we can do to improve our patients’ experience. We do encourage feedback and all patients can do this either at the surgery through the Friends and Family survey, or online at www.nhs.uk.
Coil and Gynae clinics
Dr Samantha Kirkham is now doing an additional session every month for IUD fitting followed by a general women’s clinic.
- On the topic of self help and with January 1st looming it is a good time to mention the quite remarkable Healthy Lifestyles Scheme funded by the Gloucester City Council. Patients can self refer to the Healthy Lifestyles Team for help and advice on a range of lifestyle changes including losing weight, stopping smoking, sensible exercise, healthy diet, alcahol and even gambling. It is free of charge and details are available on their website at: Click here - Healthy Lifestyles
- And finally, patients can relieve the pressure on NHS A&E and surgeries over this busy time by appropriately self managing many conditions, gaining confidence at the same time. NHS Direct is now closed but there are a range of sensible self help apps on NHSInform.Scot. These are safe, quite fun to work through and give advice on when to seek help. Click here - NHS Inform.Scot
Change to NHS prescribing of over the counter medicines
NHS Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has confirmed a change relating to NHS prescribing of a range of medicines, vitamins and minerals that are available to buy over the counter from pharmacies and supermarkets.
Dr Charles Buckley explains in the video below.