Welcome to Abbey Medical Centre
Cervical Cancer Prevention Week
2 people every day die of cervical cancer – 9 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer every day and 75% of deaths could be prevented
Here at Abbey we want to raise awareness of this and ensure our ladies get the best possible care and treatment
Cervical cytology awareness week is 21st January onwards
We are putting on extra smear clinics – We have a free raffle to any women that book in during that week - Dr Barnes will be holding a womens health clinic on the afternoon of 23rd Jan.
A new role of Physicians Associate
We will be welcoming a new member of staff, her name is Michelle Powell and is due to start with us on Monday 21st Jan.
She is a Physicians Associate which is a relatively new role in South Warwickshire but PAs have been practising in the UK for over 10 years.
Physician Associates are medically trained, generalist healthcare professionals, who work alongside doctors, physicians, GPs and surgeons and provide medical care as an integral part of a multidisciplinary team.
Michelle qualified last summer and has already been working in general practice since then. She will initially need some GP supervision whilst she settles in but will eventually be able to work independently.
Michelle will be able to see a wide variety of patients ,along the lines of what a GP would see. She will be working Monday- Friday and will provide a great deal of support to our existing general practice team.
She will be a great addition to us here at Abbey and we look forward to having her on board.
Patients in South Warwickshire are to be offered evening and weekend appointments thanks to new GP Plus service
Patients across South Warwickshire are to be offered evening and weekend appointments thanks to a new service, called GP+, being provided by the South Warwickshire GP Federation (SWGP). From 3 September, patients registered with any GP practice in South Warwickshire will be able to book face-to-face or telephone appointments at two GP+ ‘hubs’ from 6-9pm on weekdays and 9am-1pm on weekends. Routine and same day appointments will be offered with GPs, nurses and clinical pharmacists. In addition there will be same day appointments from 6-9pm on weekdays for children aged 0-16 who need treatment after school hours. Appointments are booked via a patient’s normal practice. South Warwickshire GP+ will run initially from two centrally located and accessible hub locations, Trinity Court Surgery in Stratford-upon-Avon and Waterside Medical Centre in Leamington Spa. The hubs will be staffed by GPs and nurses from local GP practices, with some specialist roles recruited specifically for the new service.
GP+ clinicians will have access to patient records, so that the patient’s full medical history is known and records can be updated regardless of when or where patients are seen (subject to consent). Tim Morris, Managing Director of South Warwickshire GP Federation, said: “Attending GP appointments is not always convenient for patients, particularly for those who work full time. GP+ will make it easier for people to see a GP, nurse or pharmacist, whether that’s for a specific illness or to keep up to date with important screenings or medication reviews. “By operating from two central hubs, we have been able to maximise the range of services and the extra hours available to patients across South Warwickshire. We are particularly pleased to be offering the childrends clinic which will allow young people to be seen and treated at short notice without having to attend A&E.” South Warwickshire GP+ is commissioned by South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group and is being delivered by SWGP in partnership with Care UK and the South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust. For more information, visit http://www.southwarwickshiregps.nhs.uk/extendedaccess/
Next month will mark the start of the 2018 flu season. Anyone over 65, children from 6months to 6 years old, pregnant women or anyone with a long term condition is eligible for a free vaccine. Please speak to one of the team to book in.
As you may or may not be aware General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR is replacing the current Data Protection Act. It comes into force on 25th May 2018. Please find attached out updated Privacy Notice
Armed Forces Veteran Friendly Practice
Dr Susan Prosser is now the GP lead for the above service and we have passed our accreditation through NHS England. We aim to promote the services offered by the NHS specifically for veterans and their families.
New Text Messaging Service
We are now running a new service to communicate with our patients. This will be used to update your medical records and also offer appointments like vaccinations and health checks. The message will always state our name and end with "sent from M84036.email@example.com" to ensure you know this is genuine.
We are very pleased to announce that the CQC has rated our surgery OUTSTANDING ! We are extremely proud that the CQC has awarded us with the highest rating and acknowledges our passion and dedication to our patients in Kenilworth. A link to the CQC website is below:-
Abbey Medical Centre is now an accredited Clinical Research Centre with the Royal College of General Practitioners and will be conducting trials from January 2018. You may see information on upcoming trials through posters and leaflets in the surgery and also through letters, text messages and emails.
ONLINE ACCESS TO MEDICAL RECORDS
This practice now offers patients the facility to view on line information from their medical record relating to medications, problems, test requests, allergies, adverse reactions and vaccinations. Guides for all aspects of this facility can be found on this website https://support.patient-access.co.uk/
PROTECTING YOUR DATA
NHS England have recently sent a notice to all GP practices to inform patients of an upcoming extraction that will take place at the end of October 2017. In the best interests of our patients, the partners at Abbey have decided to ensure your data is not sold or shared with any third party organisations. You can decide not to share your data with anyone outside the practice or to just share if it is necessary for your care i.e. to the local hospital. In any case please inform us if you wish to opt in or out. A copy of the notice and further information is available via the following website.
Friends and Family Quick Survey
Please help us improve our services by completing our short survey. Click on the "Have your say" bubble at the top of your screen then select Friends and Family survey
Dr Samantha Young will be leaving the surgery in February 2019
Dr Caroline Saunders has joined the surgery in Dec 2019
Dr Marcela Uhilarova has joined the surgery in Jan 2019
Miss Michelle Powell - Physicians Associate has joined the surgery in Jan 2019
Statement of Purpose
(Site updated 21/01/2019)