Have you been referred to a specialist? - posted 16/3/17
The NHS is in crisis and General Practice is struggling to cope with increases in demand and a reducing share of resources. We are aware that the waiting time for a routine appointment has lengthened. This is a national problem which we are trying our best to manage. A significant number of appointments are wasted dealing with issues regarding hospital outpatient appointments. By reducing these appointments we can improve the waiting time to see our doctors. Wessex Local Medical Committee (LMC) has produced the following leaflet to help patients understand the responsibilities of the specialists they see.
The take home points are that the specialists are responsible for:
- Looking after all your tests (often the results will not even be available to your GP)
- Providing prescriptions when needed
- Issuing a sick note if required
- Providing you with a follow up appointment if necessary
Click on the link below to see the leaflet in full.
You have been referred to see a specialist
Our Successful Flu Clinic - Posted 2/11/16
On Saturday the first of October Milford Medical Centre held a successful flu clinic. We had 998 patients booked in and very few people did not attend despite the very heavy rain at the beginning of the day.
We made a change this year and had four doctors doing injections at the same time with one nurse on site to help out in case of problems. At some points we had 80 patients arriving every ten minutes. After a slight problem with the electric front door at the beginning of the clinic the rest of the morning ran without a hitch and many patients did not have to queue at all. A big thank you to all our volunteers from the League of Friends who helped direct patients and made the whole morning run very smoothly.
Volunteers from The League of Friends
This year we ran one Saturday clinic instead of the normal two. Running one clinic and running the clinic with mostly doctors is cheaper for the practice and this is the main reason this was done this year. We have had more nurse appointments on weekdays to compensate. At Wistaria in Lymington there has historically never been at Saturday flu clinic due to issues with parking and the weekly market.
Practice Staff delivering the Flu Clinic
The amount of funding going into General Practice is not keeping up with rising demand and expenses meaning profits are dropping year on year. Many practices across the country are struggling and the Royal College of General Practitioners has investigated and thinks that 594 practices are at risk of closure by 2020.
Getting your flu jab at the surgery (rather than at a pharmacy) helps increase our funding as we get a small amount of income for each flu injection we give. We order our flu injections almost a year in advance and have to estimate how many we will need. The order for next year has just been placed. If we have any left over these have to be disposed of which can lead to a direct cost to the practice. As finances get tighter any potential loss of income is significant and can affect our ability to buy new equipment or to employ additional staff. So far this year we can see that over 270 people have had their flu jabs elsewhere meaning this income will go to these companies and their shareholders rather than to the practice. Last year across both practice sites 5045 people received an immunisation out of 7624 patients who were eligible.
How you can help to make a flu clinic run smoothly:
- Arrive as close to your appointment time as possible - if everyone turned up 5 minutes early this would immediately create a queue of 40 people.
- Read the laminated sheet of patient information and inform whoever is giving your injection if you have any concerns.
- The injection is given high up the arm, normally on the left. If possible try and prepare so this area can be reached easily when you enter the room for your injection.
Please remember to book your flu immunisation appointment next autumn and it is not too late to get this year’s injection. All the partners and staff at Wistaria and Milford Surgeries would like to thank you for your support and we wish you well in the coming months.
Partners of Milford and Wistaria Surgeries
Posted & information correct to 02/11/16