Extended Access Clinics:
From Monday 20 August it will be even easier for people to make an appointment with a GP, thanks to a new national ‘extended access’ initiative, which will improve access to primary care services in North West Surrey. This means, in addition to being able to book GP appointments at your local practice, you will also have access to additional appointments during the evenings and at weekends at four locations across the local area.
The extra appointments are being provided by the GP federation that brings together all 40 GP practices in the local area and is known as North West Surrey Integrated Care Services.
By working together in a new and different way local GP practices will be improving access to primary care appointments, making it even easier for local people to get the care and advice they need, at a time that’s convenient to them. These additional appointments will be available from 6-9pm on weekday evenings (including bank holidays but not in August) and from 9am to midday at weekends. Patients can book these appointments through their local GP practice. As these extra appointments are provided from four GP surgeries in the area, the GP or clinician will have access to your medical record, with your consent, giving them access to all the information they would need to provide the best possible care.
The additional appointments will be provided at the following locations – and patients in North West Surrey can book appointments at any of these sites:
The Red Practice – Walton Health Centre (Rodney Road, Walton-on-Thames, KT12 3LB)
Studholme Medical Centre (50 Church Road, Ashford, TW15 2TU)
Sunbury Health Centre (Green Street, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 6RH)
Woking Community Hospital (Heathside Road, Woking, GU22 7HS)
Initially, these extra appointments will be provided by local GPs but from October there are plans to extend this service to also include nurse-led clinics, blood tests, physiotherapy assessments and digital consultations (which includes online face to face consultations via a patient smartphone).
For more information about this new service and the North West Surrey Integrated Care Services federation see https://www.nicsfed.co.uk/
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Repeat prescription requests:
As from 26th February 2018, the turnaround time for a repeat prescription will be 3 working days.
Teenage Sexual Health
Please see information below for the nearest sexual health clinics.
Telephone 020 3317 5252 (Mon-Fri 9am-5pm)
Wellbeing Prescribing in Spelthorne
Wellbeing prescribing is about linking people up to activities in the community that they might benefit from. There is increasing evidence to support the use of social interventions for people experiencing a range of common health and social problems.
If this is something that interests you, a family member of friend then please discuss with your G.P who can then refer you.
IAPT Self Referral
Please see attachment for details on self referring for psychological therapy and support: iapt self referral.
All patients have been assigned a usual G.P. Please ask at Reception to find out who your allocated usual G.P is.
Maternity Self Referral
If you know you are pregnant you can now self refer directly to Ashford & St Peter's maternity department. Please select 'pregnancy care planner' on the right of the screen under Further Information and you will find the link provided.
Electronic Prescription Service
Please sign up to the electronic prescription service, forms are available from reception. This service means that your GP will be able to send your prescription directly and electronically to your nominated Pharmacy.
As we are now a training Practice, it means that fully-qualified doctors, who have usually completed their 4 years of training in hospital medicine. Can spend up to eighteen months working in a practice to develop their skills in general practice.
What is a GP Trainees?
This is a qualified doctor who has decided to embark on a career in general practice, much like a surgeon orphysician in the hospital. Like these doctors part of their training involves them spending a total of 18 monthsworking at a teaching practice. This is usually divided into a 6 month and 12 month attachment.
How much experience do they have?
By the time you see a GP trainee they will have spent at least 5 years at medical school to qualify as a doctor.Then they will have done 2 years working in hospitals (previously known as “house jobs”. They will then start a 3 year training programme to become a GP, during which they will spend 18 months in a training practice. Often the GP trainee will have more up to date knowledge on hospital treatment and service than we do as they have just come from a hospital job. So by the time you see this doctor they may well have been working as a doctor for 4 years.
Why do they have to ask other GPs in the practice for advice?
There is a vast difference in the range and types of clinical cases and patients seen in general practice compared to hospital medicine. In a surgical job at the hospital a doctor will only see surgical cases every day, in general practice an average surgery may consist of a general medical case, then an ill child, then patient with a skin rash then a patientwith depression etc. So there is a wide variety which can be quite challenging when you start in general practice. The GP trainees are encouraged to ask for help whenever they want for your safety and benefit so please be patient, one day these doctors will also be competent GPs!
F2 Doctors (The Foundation Programme)
The Foundation Programme is a two year period of supervised clinical practice for qualified doctors. It is the period of training between someone completing a medical degree and going on to higher training in a medical speciality. The foundation programme consists of a series of clinical posts that are put together to ensure that Foundation Doctors gain relevant skills and experience. Most doctors in their second year of foundation training (F2) have a post in General Practice. The post allows the F2 doctor to follow patients through the entire patient experience, from the presentation of acute and chronic illness, through to investigation, diagnosis and management. All F2 doctors have completed a medical degree and 12 months of clinical experience.
Consultations with F2 Doctors
You may see an F2 doctor either on their own or with another doctor. A GP at this practice will ensure that the F2 doctor is practicing safely and will provide help and support when required. They will also be working with the F2 to ensure that they gain all they can from the learning opportunities presented in this practice.
The practice supports F2 training but you can decline to be seen by an F2 doctor without having to give a reason and your care will not be affected in any way. If you would prefer not to see an F2 doctor please inform the receptionist.
FREE NHS HEALTH CHECK
Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes or kidney disease. The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented - even if you have a history of them in your family. Have your free NHS Health Check and you will be better prepared for the future and be able to take steps to maintain or improve your health.
If you are between the ages of 40 - 74 and you have not been diagnosed with any of the above you will be invited for a Health Check.
For more information please ask at reception or visit www.nhs.uk/nhshealthcheck