February 2017 - New Telephone System
On Friday 3 March we will be trialling a new telephone system.
If you call the surgery and the lines are busy you will receive a message telling you where you are in the queue, you can then make the decision to either call back later or continue hold. As soon as a Receptionist is free they will take your call.
We are going to see how this works for patients and staff for a three month period and then review this system at the end of May. Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.
May 2016 - Drop In Surgery changes
As you will know we have had unusually high demand on booked and drop-in appointments over the past six weeks. To manage patients safely we have decided to change the arrangements regarding number of patients to be seen at drop-in. This change will start from 1st of May 2016.
There will be 18 appointments available to book at each surgery on the same day for drop-in, by attending at reception from 8.30am, as before. When 18 appointments are full, you will be asked if your problem is ‘medically urgent for today’.
If it is medically urgent a doctor will speak to you to decide when you can be seen. Children under 5 years old will also be assessed by a doctor to decide when they can be seen.
If you have a minor illness, please check with your local pharmacist if they are able to treat this under the ‘Minor Ailment Scheme’. You can also be seen at the Walk-In Centre on Broad Lane.
March 2016 - Changes to opening hours
As of 1 April 2016 we will no longer provide a late surgery on Tuesday evening or Saturday morning surgery. If you require a Doctor during these times you can call the surgery number and you will be transferred to the GP Collaborative or alternatively you can call 111.
Please only call 999 if it is a medical emergency.
We are very sorry for any inconvenient these changes may cause. If you would like any further information please do contact Deirdre Malesa, Practice Manager on 276 2248
January 2016 - Goodbye Dr Pettinger, Hello Dr Brown!
Sadly after 27 years as a partner, Dr Pettinger has retired from the practice at the end of December 2015 in order to spend a little more time with his family, including his new granddaughter. We wish him all the very best in his retirement.
We are very pleased to welcome Dr Kieran Brown, who having worked with the practice two years ago as a GP registrar loved it so much he has decided to join as a GP Partner! We wish Dr Brown every success at the practice.
December 2015 - Practice Pulse
See for the latest information and news from our Practice Pulse which is the newsletter for our patients (above).
November 2015 - Special Case
CCG AGREES WE ARE A SPECIAL CASE!
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Thanks again for all your support so far!!
September 2015 - Application for 'Special Cases Funding' submitted.
Application for 'Special Cases funding' CCG response now awaited!
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16TH JANUARY 2015
CUTS THREATEN YOUR GP SURGERIES..! YOU CAN HELP!
ONLINE PETITION LINK: https://www.change.org/p/dr-david-geddes-halt-the-withdrawal-of-mpig-before-gp-surgeries-close-and-provide-fairer-funding-for-practices-serving-complex-and-needy-patient-populations - (IF THE LINK DOESN'T WORK DIRECTLY PLEASE CUT AND PASTE INTO BROWSER)
You might have heard on the news or Radio Sheffield that the government is withdrawing funding called Minimum Practice Income Guarantee (MPIG) over the next 7 years - and that some practices may be badly affected - at present no alternative funding has been offered, despite initial promises made by the Secretary of State for Health and NHS England.
The payment is called the MPIG (Minimum Practice Income Guarantee), and the surgery has been dependant on this for a number of years to continue to provide the basic services and care we feel our patients need.
This has nothing to do with how much your doctors or other staff earn etc, but about the funding for the basic healthcare (appointments, clinics, home visits etc) which we offer.
The Local Area Team (LAT) of NHS England, which holds our GP surgery contract, has met with us, and agrees that we are working hard and running the service very economically, but is unable to agree any local financial support for us, and has to abide by decisions made by the Government, and by the NHSE National Executive. The Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), which replaced the old PCT, is also very supportive, but at present does not hold GP contracts and cannot influence core funding.
Please support our objection to this - 1. sign our petition drawn up by the practice's Patient Participation Group which asks NHSE and the Government to halt the withdrawal of MPIG, or agree to increase funding in other ways urgently for those GP surgeries that can show they need this extra funding.
This will be sent to Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health, and also to the Chief Executive and the Head of GP Commissioning at NHS England.
2. If possible, please write to Dr David Geddes, Head of Primary Care Commissioning at NHS England, to tell him which GP surgery you attend, how you would be affected if your surgery closed, and ask him to halt MPIG withdrawal urgently.
Send this letter to: Dr D. Geddes c/o NHSE South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw Area Team, Oak House, Moorhead Way, Bramley, Rotherham, S66 1YY
3. Please copy this letter to the following people:
Dr Tim Moorhead, Chair of Sheffield CCG, 722 Prince of Wales Road, Sheffield S9 4EU
Sheffield Central MP Paul Blomfield, Unit 4 Edmund Road Business Centre, 135 Edmund Road, Sheffield S2 4ED or email email@example.com
Or Sheffield Hallam MP Nick Clegg, 85 Nethergreen Road, Sheffield, S11 7EH Email NickClegg@sheffieldhallam.org.uk
THANKYOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!