Important Notice - Changes to prescribing of Gabapentin and Pregabalin
05th March 2019
From the 1st April 2019 Gabapentin and Pregabalin are changing to a Scheduled 3 CD (Controlled Drug).
Good practice requires that this class of drug is limited to a 1 month supply. If your prescription for Gabapentin or Pregabalin is currently for more than 1 month then your quantity prescribed may be reduced.
As these will be Controlled Drugs from 1st April, prescriptions will be unable to be sent electronically to your pharmacy and will need to be collected from the surgery. Prescriptions can still be collected by your Pharmacy, please discuss with them how this will be arranged.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any further questions.
Practice Closures for Protected Learning Time
07th January 2018
Scartho Medical Centre will be closed on the following dates in 2019 from 13.00 – 18.30hrs due to protected learning time for staff.
Should you require urgent medical care during this time please call the North East Lincolnshire Single Point of Access on 01472 256256
Thursday 28th February 2019
Thursday 28th March 2019
Thursday 23rd May 2019
Thursday 27th June 2019
Thursday 25th July 2019
Thursday 26th September 2019
Thursday 24th October 2019
Thursday 28th November 2019
Extended Access - Times are Changing!
5th October 2018
PLEASE NOTE: FROM 1st OCTOBER 2018 WHEN THE SURGERY IS CLOSED:
21st September 2018
If you have an urgent health need that is not an emergency, please dial freephone number 111. If you have an mental health or adult social care need please ring 01472 256256. If your need is an emergency, please dial 999.
GP Post-CCT Fellowship Vacancy
15th August 2018
We are seeking a GP Post-certificate of completion of training to join our Practice.
For more information / to apply please click on the link:
HCA Assistant / Phlebotomist Vacancy
1st June 2018
We are seeking a HCA to join our well established and structured team. Experience of working within a busy and ever-changing frontline NHS environment would be advantageous as this post is fixed term. The successful post-holder will be flexible, will be able to deliver care and compassion to our patients’ and ideally will have experience of HCA duties within a busy General Practice setting.
For more information / to apply please click on the link:
17th May 2018
The way we invite patients in for their annual review is changing.
Patients with long term conditions / chronic illnesses will be invited for their annual review on their birthday. Some patients may have more than one long term condition. If this is the case, all relevant conditions will be reviewed within the one annual review process. This ensures that you are only attending the surgery when you need to and that we are not asking you to attend the surgery unnecessarily.
For some conditions, it may be necessary to have more than one appointment. Some conditions may require an interim review e.g. at six months but this will be discussed at the annual review where it is felt to be appropriate.
We appreciate that some people will have already had their annual checks done recently. However, in order to get the new system working and everyone having their review around their birthday, we would ask that people still arrange a birthday review when they receive a letter inviting them to do so.
If you have any questions with regard to the annual review process, please do not hesitate to contact us.
HYMS Teaching Excellence Awards 2018
25th April 2018
Congratulations to Scartho Medical Centre on being a finalist at the HYMS Teaching Excellence Awards 2018!
The students who nominated us, said that we:
"Provide students with a genuine welcome"
"Proactive in the way they manage us, appointing devoted mentors who work hard to provide an excellent learning experience"
"The staff are always willing to help, give advice or deliver teaching"
"As students, we feel like we have really become a valid part of the team. The staff are accommodating, treat us well, and allow us to develop our role. It has been a pleasure working with them!"
We are very proud of this award, which is a credit to the full team. Well done Team SMC!
Patients Who Do Not Attend
155 patients did not attend for their booked appointments in January. It's important that you advise us if you are unable to attend. Every time that a patient does not attend an appointment, the overall wait for other patients to be seen increases. We can offer your appointment to another patient if it is cancelled.
GP survey report
Scartho Medical Centre held our annual PPG Workshop at Milfields Hotel on the 8th February.
Julie Wilson from the CCG came to speak to us about how contracts work in Primary Care.
Dr. Salisbury delivered a speech about changes to funding and working at scale. He also explained about the increased workload clinicians currently face.
Debbee Wood our practice manager spoke about working at a federation level and part of an Accountable Care Partnership, and what this means for Scartho Medical Centre.
Christine our chair PPG member spoke about the recommendations of Scartho Medical Centre become a carer friendly practice and the work we can do to become more carer aware.
Patient Participation Group Presentation
Dr. Bruning Leaving
We are sad to announce that we are going to be saying goodbye to Dr Tim Bruning who is leaving his post of Salaried GP at Scartho Medical Centre on 1st March 2018.
I am sure you will join us in wishing Dr Bruning all the very best for the future.
Dr Bruning’s patients will be allocated to the remaining doctors at Scartho Medical Centre. We are in the process of recruiting to this GP vacancy.
Patient Satisfaction Survey 2017.......We're Listening
You are a carer if:
You provide unpaid necessary care by looking after a family member, friend, child or partner who is ill, frail, disabled or has a substance misuse problem who could not otherwise manage without your support.
The care you provide can be practical, personal, emotional or supervisory. You may need to help with bathing, toileting, grocery shopping, paying bills, doctor’s appointments or just be there of the other end of the phone for reassurance”
Please let reception know that you are a carer, so that we can add you to our carer’s register, and signpost you to organisations who can help to support you.
Here is our recent newsletter Autumn Newsletter
19th October 2017Doorstop Scammers / Crime Prevention:
Many of us worry about becoming the victim of a crime or scam while we’re at home. But by taking a few simple, and often inexpensive, precautions, you can minimise your risk of being targeted by burglars or scammers. https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/care/home-safety/crime-prevention/
Winter is Coming!
6th September 2017
It's time to start planning your annual flu vaccination. Flu clinics will be held at SMC on:
Saturday 30th September - AM
Saturday 7th October - AM
If you have any concerns about having your flu vaccine, please read our "myth busters" leaflet, which would hopefully alleviate any concerns you may have.
Flu Myth Busters
Scartho Medical Centre has been certified Disability Confident Committed!
26th April 2017
Because of our work with the Down Syndrome Association’s WorkFit programme, we understand the value of recruiting from a diverse workpool, both in terms of how it can enrich both the employer and future employees who have a Learning Disability.
As a Disability Confident Employer, we have committed to:
- Ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible;
- Communicate and promote vacancies;
- Offer interviews to disabled candidates if they meet the requirements of the vacancy;
- Anticipate and provide reasonable adjustments as required;
- Support any existing employee who acquired a disability, or long term health condition to enable them to stay in work;
- At least one activity per year, which will make a difference for disabled people
Receptionists aren’t medically trained so why do they ask why I’m calling?
12th April 2017
A common bug bear among patients is around reception staff asking questions about the reasons for a patients call when ringing for an appointment. Commonly patients will feel that receptionists are prying into the patients business and that they’re not medically qualified so what business is it of theirs? Conversely however patients are also commonly frustrated at appointment availability or wait time for routine appointments.
The two points may seem unrelated but they are linked. It may help if I explain the reasons behind the processes we use and why. As with the majority of practices in the country we are feeling the pressure of demand appointments, and particularly GP appointments. It is a fact that not all requests coming through to the surgery require to be seen by a GP, and nor do we have sufficient GP capacity for them to manage every appointment enquiry.
We do however have a range of clinical staff with different skills who are qualified to deal with a variety of different health matters. We are continuing to develop the skill mix in the practice for example through our recent recruitment of a clinical pharmacist. Ultimately the purpose of a receptionist asking the purpose of the call is to attempt to identify the most suitable staff member or service to support the patient. This helps the patient to be seen at the earliest opportunity and supports appropriate use of available clinical appointments.
Whilst some patients may have a good understanding of what conditions our staff are qualified to see, many patients will not. To be clear, what receptionist are absolutely not attempting to do is to make a clinical assessment or give medical advice and nor are they qualified to do so. They are however trained and given guidance by our clinicians over who or what service is most appropriate for certain conditions.
It is also worth pointing out that in terms of confidentiality all of our staff, both clinical and non-clinical, are bound by the same standards. Staff are expected to understand however that some patients may not wish to disclose personal information for a variety of reasons, and that it is ok, it simply helps when this is possible.
22nd March 2017
We have received feedback recently from out Friends and Family Test. It suggested that we have an answering machine for our patients to leave a message if needing to cancel an appointment. We would like to remind patient that we do have an automated system that allows you to cancel an appointment without having to speak to a receptionist. In addition, we would like to add that you can also order your repeat medication using this service.
12th March 2017
Northern Lincolnshire & Goole Hospitals NHS Trust are asking for any patients who have been waiting for their first appointment with a hospital consultant to get in touch if they have been waiting since before October. Call 01472 256202 so we they check your referral has been received and tracked. http://www.nlg.nhs.uk/news/waiting-lists/