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Thank you from Sister Bev Strand

As you may know Sister Bev Strand has retired from the surgery after 32 years of dedicated service to the patients of Northumberland House Surgery.  She would like to convey her thanks to all those who have sent best wishes, cards and gifts - she is extremely grateful to you all.

Patient Access Emails

Publish Date: 09/11/2021 10:00:00 GMT

 

We have received reports from both Patient Access users and people who have never registered for the service, that they have received Covid passport emails purporting to be from Patient Access.  

We would like to share the following guidance from Patient Access for your information, and for you to share with your patients where appropriate. 

 

We advise users of Patient Access to check the name and email address of the sender, all emails from Patient Access will come via an email address that ends in @patientaccess.com. We advise users never to click on any log in links that you receive via email but to visit the site via the address bar of your browser instead so that you know you are on the genuine Patient Access log in page. You can find more information and guidance on our information security page here: https://www.patientaccess.com/security  

We strongly advise users to set up their Memorable Word security feature, as well as using biometrics (fingerprint ID) if they use the app.  

Email addresses used to register for Patient Access account are secure. We do not share any data and no data is ever saved or stored on any device you use to access Patient Access.

 



Message to all Patients

We would like to advise patients that the practice is experiencing a very high level of  patient demand currently. 

As you may know we are the COVID vaccination hub site for ourselves and 3 other local practices and since the start of the programme in December 2020 have administered 48,000 COVID vaccines to the local population.  As you will imagine this has been due to the selflessness of the team here at the practice working with their colleagues from other surgeries at weekends in addition to undertaking their usual day jobs.  There has been no additional staffing provided for the vaccine campaign it has all been done by existing teams working additional hours.

We are now all working extremely hard to ensure that the delayed demand from the pandemic for care for other conditions is met and that patients can access the services they require.  We have noted however that some patient’s attitude towards staff is at times rude and we are not willing to tolerate this.

Staff in all teams within the surgery have worked tirelessly for the good of patients through very difficult circumstances and so we would ask that you treat them with the kindness and respect you would wish to be treated with yourselves.  We are working as hard as we can and will continue to do so to best serve our patient population.

Prescription Request Update - 19.07.21

From 1st August 2021 we can no longer guarantee that urgent prescription requests will be processed the same day.

Routine prescriptions usually take 48 hours to process.  Please order when you have at least 7 days of medication left.

We are experiencing a high volume of calls from patients enquiring about COVID vaccinations - please do not call the surgery but await us to contact you.  

If I die it will be your fault - Please watch this video


 

Practice Policies


Patient Information Leaflet - How we use your data

Confidentiality & Medical Records

Locked blue folderThe practice complies with data protection and access to medical records legislation. Identifiable information about you will be shared with others in the following circumstances:

 

  • To provide further medical treatment for you e.g. from district nurses and hospital services.
  • To help you get other services e.g. from the social work department. This requires your consent.
  • When we have a duty to others e.g. in child protection cases anonymised patient information will also be used at local and national level to help the Health Board and Government plan services e.g. for diabetic care.

If you do not wish anonymous information about you to be used in such a way, please let us know.

Reception and administration staff require access to your medical records in order to do their jobs. These members of staff are bound by the same rules of confidentiality as the medical staff.

Freedom of Information

Information about the General Practioners and the practice required for disclosure under this act can be made available to the public. All requests for such information should be made to the practice manager.

Access to Records

In accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998 and Access to Health Records Act, patients may request to see their medical records. Such requests should be made through the practice manager and may be subject to an administration charge. No information will be released without the patient consent unless we are legally obliged to do so.

 

Complaints

Customer service formWe make every effort to give the best service possible to everyone who attends our practice.

However, we are aware that things can go wrong resulting in a patient feeling that they have a genuine cause for complaint. If this is so, we would wish for the matter to be settled as quickly, and as amicably, as possible.

To pursue a complaint please contact the practice manager who will deal with your concerns appropriately. Further written information is available regarding the complaints procedure from reception.

Violence Policy

The NHS operate a zero tolerance policy with regard to violence and abuse and the practice has the right to remove violent patients from the list with immediate effect in order to safeguard practice staff, patients and other persons. Violence in this context includes actual or threatened physical violence or verbal abuse which leads to fear for a person’s safety. In this situation we will notify the patient in writing of their removal from the list and record in the patient’s medical records the fact of the removal and the circumstances leading to it.

GP Net Earnings

All GP Practices are required to declare the mean earnings (eg average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

The average pay for GPs working six months or more in Northumberland House Surgery in the last financial year was £96173 before Tax and National Insurance.  This is for 5 full time and 4 part time GPs.



 
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