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Telephone Appointments

To make your consultations more tailored to your needs we are now offering the option of telephone appointments with doctors.

This will be trialled over the next few months. Its effectiveness and popularity will be reviewed.

In this trial, the appointment is for patients who can speak English, where they do not think that the doctor will need to examine them. The doctor will phone the patient within an hour of the appointment time on the number that the patient wishes.

Please ask when you book your next appointment.

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Evening and Weekend GP Practice Appointments

Our staff can book appointments at four other practices across the city that are open from 6.00pm-10.00pm weekday evenings and from 10.00am-6.00pm at weekends.

Click this link for more information:

http://www.primarycaresheffield.org.uk/extended-access/patients/

 

WAITING TIMES

DUE TO INCREASING DEMAND AND FUNDING CUTS WHICH STARTED IN OCTOBER 2015 WE ARE CURRENTLY STRUGGLING TO PROVIDE ENOUGH ROUTINE DOCTOR APPOINTMENTS FOR OUR PATIENTS.

WE STILL HAVE DAILY ACCESS MONDAY TO FRIDAY TO OUR NURSE TRIAGE SYSTEM FOR ISSUES WHICH ARE URGENT OR CANNOT WAIT FOR A ROUTINE APPOINTMENT. THIS IS ALSO GETTING BUSIER AND IS UNDER CONSIDERABLE STRAIN.

WE ARE REVIEWING OUR SERVICE TO MAKE THE BEST USE OF THE DOCTORS, NURSES AND HEALTH CARE ASSISTANTS WE HAVE, AND ARE DOING OUR BEST TO ADDRESS THE CURRENT SITUATION.

 

FROM 1st APRIL SHEFFIELD CCG WILL BE OFFERING SHORT TERM FUNDING (FOR 2 YEARS) DEPENDENT ON MONTHLY DATA SUBMISSION, BUT IT HAS BEEN MADE CLEAR THAT THIS FUNDING WILL NOT FULLY COMPENSATE FOR OUR ORIGINAL FUNDING LOSSES.

WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO KEEP YOU INFORMED.

IN THE MEANTIME PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH OUR FRONT LINE STAFF AS THEY TRY TO ASSIST YOU.

 

Healthwatch Review

Healthwatch came to assess our services in November 2015 and interviewed 3 members of our Patient Participation Group.

Click here for the report.

 

Health Committee Visit November 2015

Five MPs, and their entourage spent an afternoon with us, and we presented to them a film of some of our patients and a lot of information about our local community and some of the ways in which we work to support our patients.

The parliamentary report was published on 12th April 2016.

Click here for the report.

 

The King’s Fund

The national ‘think tank’ came to do an in-depth analysis of our workload in December 2015, and spent a day interviewing several members of staff.

Their report has now been published, 5th May 2016.

Click here for the report

 

Special Cases

Sheffield CCG agreed that Page Hall Medical Centre was one of 4 practices in the city who had Special Case status and were serving populations with exceptional need AND were losing significant amounts of funding.

We have been involved in designing a Locally Commissioned Service (LCS) which means that we will be paid an extra amount to reflect the need for extended appointments due to language need in our local community. We will be collecting data over the next 6 months to feed back to the CCG about the number of patients we see who need an interpreter. We hope this will attract some funding to replace some of that which we are losing, although we will still be experiencing significant funding cuts.

 

Interpreting Services in Sheffield

External interpreters are costing thousands of pounds to the CCG, so we have been involved in the development of a new service which should be starting in September 2016. Due to budget cuts, we are concerned that the funding will not be adequate, but we will do our best to make sure that patients can access an interpreter when they come to the surgery.

 

Sheffield CCG Medicines and Prescribing Team Statement:

Paracetamol

Paracetamol for short term use can be purchased inexpensively over the counter yet in Sheffield 347,000 prescriptions for paracetamol are issued each year costing the NHS £1.2 million.

Please consider whether you still need to get paracetamol on prescription.

Paracetamol costs over four times as much to the NHS compared with the over the counter price.

Many patients are prescribed paracetamol regularly for long term pain management and this is a recognised therapeutic and cost effective choice, and not something we are changing.

However providing paracetamol on prescription for short term use is not a good use of NHS resources. Therefore GPs in Sheffield are being asked to no longer prescribe paracetamol for short-term use to adult patients.

 

 

 

PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP

Page Hall Medical Centre have a Patient Particpation Group (PPG) to discuss various patient issues at the surgery and to look at development of the surgery.

If you are interested in becoming a member please contact the manager Jan Jude via email jan.jude@nhs.net or write a letter to her at the surgery.

 

PUTTING PATIENTS FIRST

Get involved

If better patient care is important to you, click below to start getting involved in the campaign. 

The more support we have, the more likely the Government will prioritise an investment in general practice.

http://www.rcgp.org.uk/campaign-home/get-involved.aspx

 

PAGE HALL THREATENED WITH SERVICE CUTS

Medical  Centre faces spending cuts

میڈیکل سینٹر اخراجات میں کمی کا سامنا

تخفيضات الميزانية تهدد المركز الطبي

Toto zdravotné stredisko čelí škrtom v rozpočte

Page Hall is threatened with a reduction in services or even closure due to massive cuts in payment to our surgery made by NHS England, who pay for all Primary Care Services in England, as they reorganise funding.

They are attempting to equalise funding to all practices by paying £78 per patient to each practice irrespective of the needs of those patients.

In Sheffield, 62 out of 87 practices are losing income, Page Hall Medical Centre is losing the most.

Practices like Page Hall have bid for extra funds over the last 20 years to provide for the local population they serve. This is now all being withdrawn.

We stand to lose 21% of our budget, money we spend on doctors, nurses and bi-lingual staff.  This enables us to run an all-day urgent triage service and provide good quality care to all of our patients.

The freed up money amounts to £3 million in Sheffield and is to be reallocated by Sheffield CCG to GP Practices as they see fit.

We are asking the CCG to consider commissioning services which will support Practices caring for patients in areas of high need.

We need your support! The CCG listens to patients. Surgeries have been saved by pressure from their patients.

Page Hall Medical Centre has served the local area for more than 70 years and we are proud of what we do.

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO ATTENDED OUR PUBLIC MEETING ON THURSDAY 9TH JULY. WE NOW HAVE A PETITION TO SIGN.

 

It would be great if you could also send emails to those below (you will need to copy and paste the addresses)

CCG Governing Body  - sheccg.sheffieldccg@nhs.net

NHS England  - england.contactus@nhs.net

Healthwatch  -  info@healthwatchsheffield.co.uk

Tell them how a reduction in services or even closure will affect you. (You can send the same email to all three, if you wish).

Patients are at the centre of the surgery, we would be really keen to hear your ideas and hope you will get involved – please spread the word amongst your friends and families.

 

NAMED ACCOUNTABLE DOCTOR

Every patient registered with the practice has a named GP who is responsible for making sure your healthcare needs are met.

You are still free to see any GP you wish.

If you would like to know who your named accountable doctor is, please ask at Reception.