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Practice Update - 17th September 2021

We continue to be under extreme pressure from higher than usual demands on the system and a reduced workforce to deal with them.

However, we are very pleased to inform you that Dr Tharanney Sarma, who has been helping us for the last few months, has accepted a Salaried Post at the Practice and will be joining us on a permanent basis from the beginning of October.

Following a family bereavement, Dr Oates will also be returning on a phased return in the coming weeks. We very much look forward to having him back in the practice.

Our reception team are working extremely hard to try to ensure that our patients get to see the right person at the right time. If they ask for more details regarding your health issues, please don’t see this as them being nosey or attempting to diagnose you! 

We have First Contact Practitioners for acute illnesses such as sprains, Social Prescribers, Pharmacists, Health & Wellbeing coaches, as well as our varied specialities within the nursing team. In order to maximise appointments and allow more people to be seen, the reception team will ask necessary questions to signpost you to the person who is most likely to be able to help you – it isn’t always the doctor!

This way of working helps us work more efficiently and also means fewer visits and a more streamlined service for our patients.

It has been a very long 18 months for us all and we would like to be able to offer our patients everything they ask for, as our aim is to support and help patients, not to be seen as a hurdle between the patient and the doctor. Our staff are being shouted at and sworn at far too frequently. They then go home and read the negative comments that people put on social media – there really is no escape for them.

We would like to thank those patients who understand that these are still difficult times we are working in and that the issues we are dealing with are not limited to Denmead Practice; it is a national problem.

You may have heard via the media that Flu vaccines have been delayed, which has pushed our clinics back a couple of weeks. There are also national supply issues with regards to blood tubes and bottles which has meant that many routine blood tests are having to be postponed until supplies are available.

There is still a long way to go, but our doors are open and we are offering face to face and telephone consultations. Covid is still very much with us and we will soon be starting up the next phase of our winter vaccination campaigns, with Flu vaccines being given at the practice and booster Covid vaccinations via our PCN group.

Once again, we apologise that the service has not been up to its usual standard; however, we appreciate the support and kind comments we have received from many of you over the months.

Debbie Stimpson

Practice Manager

URGENT NEWS About Blood Tests

There is a national shortage of blood bottles, which is expected to last until at least 17th September 2021. This is affecting every healthcare provider & is completely out of our control.

We have therefore been told by the NHS to postpone all non urgent blood tests. Patients are being called & advised their appointments are being cancelled and that they will be added to a waiting list for the blood test to be rearranged once the bottle shortage crisis is resolved. (@26th Aug 2021).

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Primary Care Networks (PCNs)

From 1 July 2019, all GP practices - including ours - will start to work together in ‘Primary Care Networks’ (PCNs), to share their expertise and resources over wider geographical area.

The NHS’s Long Term Plan, published in January 2019, aims to integrate a lot of services which have traditionally worked separately - like mental health services, physiotherapy and social care. By working together in a PCN, practices like ours can offer you a wider range of services than we can on our own, and give you much faster and more efficient access to the right care and support.

Each PCN will develop teams of healthcare professionals, including GPs, pharmacists, district nurses, community paramedics, physiotherapists and other health workers, to provide tailored care for patients in their community. A ‘Social Prescriber’ will be appointed in each PCN to help direct people to a whole range of non-medical services, like social clubs, community support groups and exercise activities, that will help them take greater control of their own health and stay well.

Within the South Eastern Hampshire CCG area, PCNs will deliver personal care valued by patients and GPs, and allow better collaboration between us and other practices. Locally, we belong to Havant & Waterlooville PCN, which is made up of the following 6 GP practices:

Bosmere Medical Practice, Park Lane Surgery, Staunton Surgery, The Denmead Practice, Oaks Healthcare & The Village Practice

South Eastern Hampshire Locality Patient Group - meeting minutes - July 2020

Attached below are the minutes from a recent meeting of the Locality Patient Group (LPG) for interest.

Locality Patient Group minutes - July 2020

Dementia Friendly

The surgery has been successful in a bid for financial support to improve the quality of care for patients and their families with dementia both in the surgery and within the wider community. We are also proud to have secured Dementia Friendly status. Benefits include improved experience for patients and their carers and staff being better equipped to deliver high quality dementia care.

Our aim is to:

  • Recognise dementia earlier
  • Support a prompt diagnosis so patients and families have more time to plan their future.
  • Support patients and their carers from diagnosis to end of life.
  • Contact patients within one month of discharge from Older Peoples Mental Health Services.
  • Contact patients within 1 week of discharge following a hospital admission.
  • Help build and a support a dementia friendly community.

Kim Badcock, our former nurse practitioner, will be working in the practice for one day per week to help develop and deliver this service.

The new edition of Dementia Friendly Hampshire Guide 2020 has now been published. The new Directory has also been updated on the Care Choices website and the link is shown below:

Via this link you can access a page which displays both a PDF and eBook version.

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