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Each month we will publish the results of the FFT with some of the comments fed back to us.

FFT results January and February 2015

Systmonline can now offer you a summary view of your medical records online.  If you wish to sign up to this you will need to come into the surgery and fill in a form (proof of identity is required).  If you send a representative they will need to bring your written consent. A username and password will be issued to you and this will give you access to your repeat medication list, the ability to book appointments and a summary of your medical records.

If you are an existing user of Systmonline and wish to add the facility of viewing a summary of your medical records we will ask that you fill in a form too.

Click on the links below for further information and to read the practice Statement of Intent in relation to IT developments .

On-Line Access Application Form

On-line patient leaflet

Statement of Intent IT

We are open Easter Saturday, 4th April 9am – 12pm by appointment only.

Before calling the 111 service or thinking of going to A&E call the practice. Appointments will be bookable on the day from 8.30am.

A nurse will also be available for minor injuries and other medical nurse related complaints.

The walk-in service on the Springfield Sainsbury’s site in Chelmsford will be closing on 31st March.

Please remember this will not affect the GP Practice on site. The GP practice will remain open as usual offering its registered patients a primary care health service from 8am to 8pm Monday-Friday and for a few hours on a Saturday and Sunday.

You can access local health care services by booking an appointment with your GP. If the surgery is closed you can arrange to see a local out of hours GP by calling NHS 111.

NHS 111 is staffed by a team of fully trained advisors, supported by experienced nurses and paramedics. They will ask questions to assess your symptoms, provide healthcare advice and/or direct you to a local health service that can help you best.

You can also visit your local pharmacy. Your pharmacist will be able to offer advice on prescription medications, as well as a range of common problems, including colds, women’s health, skin conditions, allergies and aches and pains.

Most pharmacies now have a private consultation area where you are able to discuss issues without being overheard by other members of the public. To find your nearest pharmacy visit www.nhs.uk.

Remember, A&E is for serious and life-threatening illness, injury and accidents only.

The NHS friends and family test (FFT) is an important opportunity for you to provide feedback on the services that provide your care and treatment. Your feedback will help NHS England to improve services for everyone.  To read more about the test click on the link below.

 Friends and Family Test

Friends and Family Test cards are available at the reception desk and we would appreciate you taking the time to complete one of these after your consultation.

To complete the test online, please visit here.

WE NOW USE ELECTRONIC PRESCRIBING.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO USE THIS SERVICE PLEASE NOMINATE YOUR PHARMACY 

Nomination means you choose a place for your GP practice to electronically send your prescription to. You don’t need a computer to use EPS. You can choose up to one of each of the following:

  • a pharmacy
  • a dispensing appliance contractor (if you use one)
  • your dispensing GP practice (if you are eligible).

You can change your nomination or cancel it and get a paper prescription. If you don’t want your prescription to be sent electronically just tell your GP. If you want to change or cancel your nomination speak to any pharmacist or dispensing appliance contractor that offers EPS, or your GP practice. Tell them before your next prescription is due or your prescription may be sent to the wrong place.

EPS is reliable, secure and confidential. Your electronic prescription will be seen by the same people in GP practices, pharmacies and NHS prescription payment and fraud agencies that see your paper prescription now.

Sometimes dispensers may see that you have nominated another dispenser. For example, if you forget who you have nominated and ask them to check or, if you have nominated more than one dispenser.

Dispensers will also see all the items on your reorder slip if you are on repeat prescriptions.

Benefits

If you collect repeat prescriptions you will not have to visit your GP practice just to pick up your paper prescription. Instead, your GP will send the prescription electronically to the place you choose, saving you time.
The prescription is an electronic message so there is no paper prescription to lose.
You will have more choice about where to get your medicines from because they can be collected from a pharmacy near to where you live, work or shop.
If the prescription needs to be cancelled the GP can electronically cancel and issue a new prescription without you having to return to the practice – saving you extra trips.
You may not have to wait as long at the pharmacy as your repeat prescriptions can be made ready before you arrive.

You can get all these benefits if you:

  • have a stable condition
  • don’t want to go to your GP practice every time to collect your repeat prescription
  • collect your medicines from the same place most of the time
  • use a prescription collection service now.

You will not get as many benefits, if you:

  • don’t get prescriptions very often or
  • pick up your medicines from different places.

 Click here to view the   24 July 2014 Newsetter

We have completed our patient satisfaction survey. The outcome of the survey and the Patient Participation Report for 2013/14 canbe viewed here:

 https://www.rmgmc.co.uk/general/patient-participation-group/

Patient Survey Questionnaire 2013-14

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