The Otford Medical Practice welcomes a new Partner – Dr Stacey Dale

We are delighted to announce that Dr Stacey Dale joined the Practice as a Partner on the 1st July 2017

Dr Dale trained at Cambridge University and has been working as a Salaried GP in a local practice for the last two years.

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Appointment System Changes

OTFORD MEDICAL PRACTICE IS CHANGING…

Following feedback from patients and in order to help get the right balance between urgent and routine appointments the partners at Otford Medical Practice have decided to make the following changes to the appointment system:-

  • We will be freeing up more appointments for you to book in advance. The pre-bookable appointments should be available two weeks in advance of the clinic date. This will give all our patients more choice and means you will no longer have to ring on the day to get an appointment.

 

  • As a result, fewer appointments will be available for on the day booking but if you have an urgent need to see the doctor on the day you will be given an urgent appointment.

 

  • RESULTS: – All blood and radiology results will be available every day, but only after 1.30pm.

 

  • CLOSING AT LUNCHTIME:-In line with other GP practices in this area we will be closing over the lunchtime period between 12.30pm and 1.30pm in order to allow the staff to catch up on administration and paperwork. Both the surgery and the phone lines will be closed during this time, however you will still be able to speak to a doctor in a medical emergency.

 

  • THESE CHANGES WILL BE ROLLED OUT GRADUALLY BUT WE HOPE TO HAVE THEM IN OPERATION BY 1ST

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PPG 2017 Newsletter

Click here to find the new Spring Newsletter.

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Proposed changes to the NHS

Please Click Here to view our letter about the proposed changes to the NHS.

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Introduction to EPS

Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)

(Going live on the 19th July 2016) 

The Electronic Prescription service gives you the chance to change how your GP sends your prescription to the place you choose to get your medicines or appliances from.

If you collect your repeat prescription from your GP you will not have to visit your GP practice to pick up your paper prescription. Instead, your GP will send it electronically to the place you choose, saving you time.

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.

You may not have to wait as long at the pharmacy as there will be time for your repeat prescriptions to be ready before you arrive.

Further information on the service can also be obtained by visiting www.hscic.gov.uk/epspatients. 

We will be starting to send prescriptions electronically from the 19th July 2016  but prior to that need to collect patients nominations for their preferred pharmacy if they wish to be part of this scheme.

To find out more information as to whether this service is right for you please read the attached leaflet and if appropriate complete and submit the attached nomination form.

Please Click Here to read more information about The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)

NHS Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)

Patient Nomination Request Form

What is the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)?

EPS is an NHS-funded service in England. It gives you the chance to change how your GP sends your prescription to the healthcare professional you choose to get your medication or appliances from.

What does this mean for you?

  • If you currently collect your repeat prescriptions from your GP, you will not have to visit your GP practice to pick up your paper prescription. Instead, your GP will send it electronically to the pharmacy, saving you time.
  • You can choose where to get your medication from because it can be collected from a pharmacy near where you live, work or shop.
  • You may also not have to wait as long at the pharmacy as there will be more time for your repeat prescriptions to be prepared

Is this service right for you?

YES – if you have a stable condition and you:

  • 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
  • Already use a prescription collection service.

NO – if you:

  • Don’t get prescriptions very often
  • Pick up your medicines from different places
  • Travel or work away from home a lot.

How can you use EPS?

You need to choose where you want your GP to send your electronic prescription. This is called ‘nomination’. You can choose:

  • A pharmacy
  • A dispensing appliance contractor (if you use one)
  • Your dispensing GP practice

Can I change my pharmacy nomination or cancel it and get a paper prescription

Yes you can. Nomination is very flexible and can be changed or cancelled at any time. You can do this by either:

  • Asking a member of staff at any pharmacy or dispensing appliance contractor that offers the service
  • Asking a member of staff at your GP practice

Remember:

  • Tell them before your prescription is due or your prescription might be sent to the wrong place
  • You don’t have to use nomination on every occasion. If you don’t wish to, you should let your GP practice know that you require a paper prescription

 

Patient Nomination Request Form
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Patient Participation Group

PPG

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GP Earnings

PUBLICATION OF GP EARNINGS 

All GP Practices are required to declare the mean earnings ( e.g. average pay ) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

The average pay for GPs working at the Otford Medical Practice in the last financial year was £ 64,580 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 3 full time GPs and 4 part time GPs who worked in  the practice for more than six months.
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Sevenoaks Hospital Phlebotomy

From Monday the 29th June all surgeries will have allocated sessions when their patients can attend for routine blood tests . The sessions for Otford Patients are :-
Monday 13:30 – 16:00
Wednesday 08:00 – 12:00 noon
Thursday 08:00 – 12:00 noon
Friday 13:30 – 16:00

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Friends of Otford Medical Practice

We are seeking volunteers to join the “Friends of Otford Medical Practice” to act as a fund raising team to buy items for the Surgery which will improve our experience when we visit.

We have already raised enough funds to purchase high seated chairs with arms for the waiting rooms and consulting rooms to assist those patients with mobility problems to easily sit down, and a couple of twenty-four hour blood pressure machines,  to save patients two long trips to the Tunbridge Wells Hospital.

We are always looking to raise funds for our next project and are keen to expand the ” Friends” group. If you are able to help in any small way e.g. running or assisting in a coffee morning could you kindly let me know by completing one of the forms available at reception.

Thank You

Ken Cardinal ( PPG Chair)

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PPG Newsletter Spring 2015

Please follow the link to view our PPG Newsletter Spring 2015

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Contact Details

Main Lines: 01959 524633
Appointment Line: 01959 523929

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