As many of you are aware GPs continue to be under increasing pressure in caring for our patient list with the resources we have. There is a crisis in recruitment to general practice, meaning that we have not been able to replace Dr Gadsden or Dr White, who is retiring at the end of March.
Due to advances in medicine we now treat conditions more thoroughly and to a higher level than ever before. A recent visiting consultant confirmed that we are practising at consultant level across many specialities, and the skills of our team have also been raised up accordingly, to do much of what we used to do. GP surgeries cannot function in the same way that they have done for so many years. In order to deliver this increased standard of care with fewer doctors, we have to change the way we do it or it cannot be upheld.
Joining with Forest End Surgery to form the new Vine Medical Group is part of this, as it allows us to share resources and be more efficient. We have expanded our clinical team to include more nurses with a wide skill-mix, and we also hope to have a paramedic to see people with urgent problems.
To make this work we need to make sure you see the appropriate person for your problem, within the highly skilled and well trained team we have built. This may mean seeing someone different from who you are used to, but will not affect you getting the right treatment you need. Indeed this is the only way we can continue to do this for all our patients.
Minor illness, and management of chronic diseases like asthma, COPD, heart disease and diabetes will be mainly nurse led. Thus, doctors’ appointments will be put to better use dealing with more complex problems requiring a doctor’s training. It will facilitate our working if you are able to give some indication of your problem on phoning. Our reception staff are bound by confidentiality, and although they cannot give medical advice, they are trained to signpost you to the right person to help. We will also be doing more work on the telephone and computer, so please make sure your details are up to date and sign up to electronic transfer of prescriptions at your pharmacy. This is a major time saver for us, and more efficient for you.
Also, we would ask you to use our services appropriately by taking responsibility for your own health outside the surgery. Try to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Self-treat at home when you can, or ask at your local pharmacy –pharmacists are trained to give advice on minor illness, and medication queries, and what you need may be available over the counter.
Advice on self-care and keeping healthy can be found at:
The NHS choices website,
-all links via this website
from all of us at Stakes Lodge
(Site updated 05/02/2016)