Due to the coronavirus outbreak, please do not attend the surgery if you have a respiratory illness, cough, fever or tempreture. If you have already booked an appointment with us for another reason and then develop these symptoms please call reception to convert your appointment to a telephone consultation instead.
Worried if you have Corona Virus? Note the NHS stopped testing (swabbing) patients and are working to government policy. Click on the link for more information nhs.uk coronavirus - covid-19 page.
Those at greater risk and therefore should be social distancing/ isolating. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people
We are suspending many of our routine appointments until further notice to protect yourselves and due to limited workforce at the surgery.
• Travel consultations
• NHS health checks
• All long term condition reviews
Some medications need to be stopped if you are unwell
If you are unwell remember you should temporarily stop certain medications.
If you are taking any of the following:
1. ACE Inhibitors: names ending in "pril" eg Ramipril
2. ARBs: Medicines ending in "sartan" eg Losartan
3. Diuretics “water tablets”: e.g. Furosemide or Bendroflumethiazide
4. Anti-inflammatories: e.g. Ibuprofen, Diclofenac, Naproxen
And you become unwell with:
-Diarrhoea or Vomiting (unless very minor)
-Fevers, sweats and shaking
Please STOP taking them until you are better.
I need to self-isolate, what does that mean?
Please see the link below for more information:
Trying to minimise unnecessary surgery attendance – have you nominated a Pharmacy?
You can nominate a pharmacy for us to electronically send your prescription to so you don’t need to come into the surgery to collect any paper prescriptions. It also means that prescriptions are likely to be processed more quickly and less likely to go missing. Complete this EPS form now.
Patients must continue to order the same repeat monthly medication quantities as normal. All requests to stock pile will be refused.
We are aware Paracetamol (over the counter) stock levels are low. Please note we do not prescribe Paracetamol on NHS prescription.
We may encounter staff sickness oursleves due to COVID-19 which will put added pressure on back office staff. We urge all patients (or proxy members of the family) to sign up to the NHSapp or Patient Access online so that you can order your repeat prescriptions. Prescriptions ordered in this way electronically route to a GP. If you order via our website form or paper reception list these requests have to be data entered by a staff member. To avoid prescription delays please request via NHSapp or Patient Access online
If you have been off work for more than 7 days and have been told you need a sick note, please use the “Contact your Dr on line” section of our website (Econsult). Employers have been encouraged to relax Med3 certificate evidence following 7 days of sickness in support on the NHS.
Your insurer will provide you with a form which you can send to the surgery or drop in at reception. As per BMA guidelines a charge can be associated with this. We will only complete a form factually, we will note prepare a dictated letter for you to pass on.
If you simply need written confirmation of a specific medical condition printed then reception can help with this.
We will be running the following patient engagement survey until 21st Feb 2020 regarding possible changes to our Extended hours access service. We hope for your support.
From Monday 10th February patients will experience a difference when calling in. You will be met with a range of options which will help best direct your call to the most appropriate person first time. You will also receive advice and guidance on alternative ways to contact us which may be more convenient for you as they are accessible 24/7. NHSApp, Patient Access Online and Econsult.
Please note that we do not take Prescription requests over the phone and that our Prescription and Test Results department is only open between the hours of 9am -6pm Monday to Friday.
Dr Jo Tunnicliffe will be commencing her Maternity leave from the beginning of February 2020 for a period of twelve months. Dr Mark Vincent, an experienced local GP will be covering her patient list until she returns.
There is no need for patients to change the way they order prescriptions or take their medicines. Patients should always follow the advice of doctors, pharmacists or other prescribers who prescribe and dispense their medicines and medical products. The NHS does experience temporary shortages of some medicines, and has tried-and-tested ways of making sure patients receive their medicines and medical products, even under difficult circumstances. If patients order extra prescriptions, or stockpile, it will put pressure on stocks, meaning that some patients may not get the medicines or medical products they need.
As per the guidance we will refuse high quantity stockpiling requests. See NHS England - EU exit medicines FAQ.
The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS to:
More information about the criteria and which vaccines will be given can be found at NHS - Influenza Vaccine page.
We strongly encourage all eligible patients to have the flu vaccination this year. Public Health England (PHE) keep a close eye on what happens in New Zealand and Australia regarding seasonal flu as we typically follow their winter strains. This year (2019) New Zealand were hit hard and so PHE are preparing for a bad winter flu also. Further informaiton in this Daily Telegraph article.
Here at St Paul we put on vaccination clinics. These are held on various Friday evenings and Saturday mornings throughout September and October. You can book your appointment online looking for 'age appropriate flu vaccine' appointments (our preferred) or via telephoning reception on 01962 853599.
West Hampshire CCG is working with GPs, community pharmacists and patients to support the implementation of NHS England guidance to free up an estimated £100 million for frontline care each year by curbing prescriptions for certain ‘over the counter’ medicines.
Stopping routine prescribing for minor, short-term conditions, many of which will cure themselves or cause no long term effect on health, will free up NHS funds for frontline care. The guidance will not affect prescribing of over the counter items for longer term or more complex conditions or where minor illnesses are symptomatic or a side effect of something more serious.
A patient kindly entered the Practice into an NHS awards competition 'The People's Choice Award' at an up and coming National General Practice Awards 2019 event. Should you wish to show your appreciation and support the Practice please don't hesitate to VOTE for us by no later than 16/08/2019 via
* SMS text messages = Simply text CHOICE 65 to 60777 using your mobile phone
We were recently inspected by the CQC on 10th January 2019. We're please to inform you that the inspection went very well indeed. We received some 'Outstanding' ratings in the report but overall were rated 'Good'. It is extremely difficult to receive 'Outstanding' ratings so we're proud as punch to have been award some. We're also proud to have been ranked within the top 9% of best practices nationally (story below).
Please note we have limited parking on-site. We encourage patients to attend on foot, park offsite or to be dropped off to appointments where possible. The nearest car parks to the surgery are Tower Street and Winchester Station multistories. For more information regarding Winchester parking please visit https://www.winchester.gov.uk/parking. Please ensure you allow yourself enough travel time so that you do not miss your appointment.
Please note that there is no parking allowed on the Alison Way roadside. This road is owned by the residents and controlled by PCM. You will receive a parking fine and the Practice has no say to help rescind these charges for you.
Please also note that the car parking outside Orthodontics by Eva is not for St Paul's Surgery patient use either. You may be charged if you're found to be parked inappropriately.
Well then you may be eligible for a Free NHS Cardiovascular Disease (CVD) Health Check. The check is an opportunity to find out how you can improve your health whilst reducing the risk of developing a long term condition such as type II diabetes, heart disease, stroke or kidney disease. The check comprises of a 20 minute appointment with blood tests taken before. Contact our reception team today to book an check 01962 853599.
All GPs practices are required to declare the mean earnings (i.e. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each surgery. The average pay for GPs working at St Paul's surgery in the last financial year was £74,988 before tax and national insurance. This is for four full-time GPs, six part-time GPs and one salaried GP who worked in the practice for six months or more.
Did you know that recently our practice was ranked 679/ 7109 best nationally for patient satisfaction. Top 9% of practices. We're delighted with this achievement but are always striving to do better. For more information on what was scored please review the following links.
You may be aware there have been over 400 confirmed cases of measles in England since January 2018 with cases close to Hampshire. We're therefore urging our patients to take precautions.
If you have not received two recorded doses of MMR or if born pre 1970 have not had a documented Measles infection then you're at risk and we urge you to make an appointment to be vaccinated ASAP.
If you find it difficult to get active, why not start walking? It is easy to get started and it counts towards your recommended amount of physical activity.
• Maintaining a healthy weight
• Preventing or managing various conditions including heart disease and high blood pressure
• Strengthening your bones and muscles
• Improving your confidence
• Improving your balance and coordination
• Opportunities to socialise, meet new people and explore new places
The NHS is currently under great strain in terms of workload, workforce and financial. General Practice is working harder than ever before and were still expected to do more! From 1st April it will become a mandatory requirement for us to offer e-referrals to patients. This requires additional admin workforce to deliver yet is unfunded,we therefore need to look at shifting resources and gaining staff efficiencies from elsewhere to operate this new requirement.
If you complete our online prescription form a member of staff prints the request off and keys the information onto our clinical system. If you order through Patient Access no printing is required and your request uploads directly onto EMIS our clinical system. Patient Access also allows you to book appointments online and view your medication history, allergies, immunisations, change your personal details and from April 16 view blood test results.
If you haven't already done so please register for a Patient Access service today and start to benefit. We will be switching off our surgery online prescription form on the 30th September. Should you experience any problems please don't hesitate to contact reception on 01962 853599.
We will be taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. The project is called the National Diabetes Audit (NDA). To take part, we will share anonymous information about your diabetes care and treatment with the NDA. The type of information, and how it is shared, is controlled by law and enforced by strict rules of confidentiality and security. Taking part in the NDA shows that this GP practice is committed to improving care for people with diabetes.
What is it?
The National Diabetes Audit is a major national clinical audit, which measures the effectiveness of diabetes healthcare against NICE Clinical Guidelines and NICE Quality Standards, in England and Wales. The audit will collect and analyse data for use by a range of stakeholders to drive changes and improvements in the quality of services and health outcomes for people with diabetes.
Aims and Objectives
Through participation in the audit, local services are able to benchmark their performance and identify where they are performing well, and improve the quality of treatment and care they provide. On a national level, wide participation in the audit also provides an overview of the quality of care being provided in England and Wales.
Patients with diabetes can choose to opt out of this audit and should this be the case, they are requested to contact the surgery so that this can be facilitated.
EPS enables prescribers - such as GPs and practice nurses - to send prescriptions electronically to a dispenser (such as a pharmacy) of the patient's choice. This makes the prescribing and dispensing process more efficient and convenient for patients and staff. More info below or on the EPS website.
Should this be of interest to you please complete our online Nomination Form.
Since April 2015 its now a GMS contractual requirement for us to attach an accountable named GP (also known as a Registered or Usual GP) to every patient. Here at St Paul's Surgery we have always provided a personal list service and therefore you already have one. You would have been advised of your GPs name as part of our registration process. For those patients where we hold a mobile number on record, we sent a SMS text message during the week commencing 8th June, reminding you of their name. Should you be unaware of who your named GP is then please do contact our reception team who can advise.
We would like to take this opportunity to encourage use of your named GP for routine (non same day urgent) appointments as this provides better continuity of care to which you will benefit from. See this BMS Article for further information.
You can get free NHS prescriptions if, at the time the prescription is dispensed, you:
You are also entitled to free prescriptions if you or your partner (including civil partners) are named on, or are entitled to, an NHS tax credit exemption certificate or a valid HC2 certificate (full help with health costs), or you receive either:
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Use Patient Access or the NHS App to book an appointment, order repeat prescriptions and view your medical record.
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