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Care Navigation

The right care from the right person, first time

When you ring to book an appointment, you might notice our reception team will ask

you for a brief outline of how we can help you.

This is because we have introduced something called Care Navigation. It means our

reception team has been trained to ensure they can help you to find the best service for your

needs, so you can receive the right care more quickly. Anything you share with our team will

be kept confidential.

Through this specialist training, our team will be able to direct you to the most appropriate

clinician or service for your needs.

Our reception team will never offer clinical advice. Instead, this new way of working is about

offering you the choice to see more appropriate professionals in our practice team or even

somewhere else. If they can deal with the problem directly, it will often be quicker and means

you may not need to see a GP at all.

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By working this way, it helps to free-up time for GPs to care for patients with complex or

serious health conditions that can only be managed by a doctor. More importantly though, it

means people are seen first by the clinician that is best placed to help you with your health

needs.

Helping you to choose

The choice is always yours though. It is completely up to you if you want to share

information with our reception team.

You will never be refused a GP appointment but we hope next time you contact our practice

and speak with our reception team you will see the value of seeing another healthcare

professional if they are able to help.

You can find out more about Care Navigation by taking a look at our frequently asked

questions, by picking up a leaflet or by speaking to a member of our practice team.

Useful links

Care Navigation leaftlet.docx.pdf

Care Navigation - FAQs (for patients).pdf

Telephones

 

If you know which option you need when you contact the surgery via phone you don’t need to wait for the prompt to select your number. As soon as the recorded message starts press the correct number and you will be transferred directly to the correct department. Below are the available options.

Option 1 - Emergencies (only for medical emergencies, no other calls will be taken on this line)

 

Option 2 - Appointments/Reception

Option 3 - Home Visits

Emergencies

If a doctor is required in an emergency telephone 01274584223

Home Visits If you are too ill to attend surgery and need to request a home visit please contact the surgery before 10:00 a.m.

The Emerald Suite

The Emerald Suite runs specialist services, some of which are hospital services that are run in the community rather than at hospital.  Access to these services is via the GP.

Cancelling your Appointment

If you are unable to attend an appointment with one of the doctors or nurses, please telephone or use the link at the bottom of this page to cancel your appointment.

New Patients

If you wish to register with us please telephone or call in and make an appointment to see the practice nurse for a new patient interview.  You will be asked to complete a registration form and you will need to bring 2 forms of identification e.g. passport and recent utility bill.

Up to Date Information

 

For many of our patients we don’t have up-to-date details of Smoking and Alcohol consumption. It would be of great assistance to us if you could click on the link at the bottom of the page “Your Clinical Record” and fill in these details. Please be assured that this is confidential.

Research

Windhill Green Medical practice is involved in clinical research with the Primary Care Research Network.  As a patient you may be invited to participate however you can decline or later withdraw without there being any question that this will affect your future care and treatment at the practice.

Prescriptions

Following guidance from the Department of Health regarding safety issues surrounding telephone ordering from the 5th November 2012 the practice will no longer be able to accept telephone requests for repeat prescriptions. 

There are many ways in which you can order you repeat prescription. The most effective way is online and you can also book GP appointments too! Just ask reception how to sign up. You can also leave your repeat order slip at reception or post the slip, ticking exactly what you need. Alternatively you can ask a chemist to order them on your behalf on a monthly basis.

SystmOnline Changes

If you are registered for using SystmOnline, you will now be able to access basic information held within your medical record. The information held is as secure as your entire medical record, the data is stored in the same way.

Summary Care Record (SCR)

Introduction to Summary Care Records

Today, records are kept in all the places where you receive care. These places can usually only share information from your records by letter, email, fax or phone. At times, this can slow down treatment and sometimes make it hard to access information.

Summary Care Records are being introduced to improve the safety and quality of patient care. Because the Summary Care Record is an electronic record, it will give healthcare staff faster, easier access to essential information about you, and help to give you safe treatment during an emergency or when your GP surgery is closed.

For example, a person who lives in London is on holiday in Brighton. One evening, they're knocked unconscious in a car accident and taken to an accident and emergency (A&E) department. Under the current system of storing health records, it would be difficult for A&E staff to find out whether there are any important factors to consider when treating the person (such as any serious allergies to medications), especially as their GP surgery is likely to be closed. If healthcare staff cannot get the relevant health information quickly, some patients may be at risk.

A Summary Care Record is an electronic record that's stored at a central location. As the name suggests, the record will not contain detailed information about your medical history, but will only contain important health information, such as:

  • whether you're taking any prescription medication 
  • whether you have any allergies
  • whether you've previously had a bad reaction to any medication 

Access to your Summary Care Record will be strictly controlled. The only people who can see the information will be healthcare staff directly involved in your care who have a special smartcard and access number (like a chip-and-pin credit card).

Healthcare staff will ask your permission every time they need to look at your Summary Care Record. If they cannot ask you, e.g. because you're unconscious, healthcare staff may look at your record without asking you. If they have to do this, they will make a note on your record.

Do I have to have a Summary Care Record?

You can choose to have a Summary Care Record. If you would like one, you won't need to do anything. It will happen automatically.

You can choose not to have a Summary Care Record. Let your GP surgery know by filling in and returning an opt-out form (PDF, 25kb). 

www.nhscarerecords.nhs.uk.



 
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