Preparing for EU Exit (Brexit) - Medications and treatment
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 https://www.england.nhs.uk/eu-exit/medicines/medicines-faq/
Surgery closure 20th November from 12:30
Our GPs and Practice Nurses will be joining the mandatory TARGET training scheme on Wednesday 20th November from 12:30 till 18:30. West Hampshire CCG have organised clinical cover so if you need help in a hurry (same day urgent but not emergency) an Out of Hours provider service will be available via NHS 111 triage. Please dial 111 from your phone. Please note the Surgery doors and phones will be closed from 12:30. You can request routine appointments or prescription via Patient Access online.
Childhood influenza vaccines delayed
Unfortunately due to circumstances outside of our control (World Health Organisation recalling stock to update strains) we have had to cancel a number of our 2-18 year olds influenza clinics. Practices nationally have only received 20% of their required stock and have been informed to administer patients who are at greater risk (have a long term condition) first. We will re contact/ invite patients in due course when we can be sure that Fluenz stock will be delivered. If you havent heard from us by the end of November please call the surgery. PHE are working hard to manage the situtaion and to enable all patients eligable to be vaccinated by the end of December before winter flu arrives.
Seasonal Influenza Vaccinations - Book in now for September
The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS to:
More information about the criteria and which vaccines will be given can be found on this link https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/flu-influenza-vaccine/
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 Zeeland and Australia regarding seasonal flu as we typically follow their winter strains. This year (2019) New Zeeland were hit hard and so PHE are preparing for a bad winter flu also. Read more about it here
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 either online looking for 'age appropriate flu vaccine' appointments (our preferred) or via telephoning reception on 01962 853599.
Prescribing of Over The Counter (OTC) medications
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.
Click here for details.
VOTE FOR US - General Practice Awards - The People's Choice Award
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
Recent Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspection report published
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.
NHS CVD Health Checks, Are you aged 40-74?
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.
Publication of GP earnings 2018-19
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.
2017/18 NHSE Patient Survey Results
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.
Measles Outbreak - Have You Had Your MMR Vaccination or Been Confirmed Pre 1970?
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.
Get Hampshire Walking
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
To find out what's happening near you click here.
Removal of our online prescription form. Orders to now go through Patient Access online. WE ASK FOR YOUR SUPPORT.
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 aservice 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.
National Diabetes Audit (NDA)
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.
Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) GO LIVE 16 Nov 2015
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.
Accountable Named GP
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. Click here for further information.
Free NHS Prescriptions
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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