Closure of Beccles Minor Injury Unit
As of 6th February 2017, the Beccles Minor Injury Unit will be closed. This is following a review of the service which showed usage was generally low and was largely used by patients local to the area, who could be treated for minor injuries at their own medical practice.
Beccles Medical Centre will now be responsible for treating their own patients who present with minor injuries, and other patients have been advised to contact their own surgery for advice and treatment.
If you haven’t yet signed up for GP Online Services simply call into the practice with two forms of photo ID and proof of address. We can sign you up there and then. GP Online Services makes it easy to book appointments online, request repeat prescriptions and view some of your medical records. Find out more about this on www.nhs.uk/GPonlineservices
If you are not able to attend an appointment you have booked, for whatever reason, please let us know. We can then offer that appointment to someone else that needs it.
Patient Reference Group Meeting
The date of the next meeting of the PRG will be Wednesday 28th June at 2.30pm and will be held at Crestview Medical Centre. If you would like to be a member of the PRG or if you would like to raise anything regarding the practice to be discussed by the PRG please contact practice administrator Christina Easter to let her know. (Tel. 01502 526062 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
On-line appointment booking
We are able to offer our patients on-line, routine appointment booking with the Doctors at both sites. If you would like to sign up for this please speak to a receptionist at either site who will be able to provide you with the details you will NEED to register.
The appointments available for booking are single (10min) routine appointments with the GPs and from Jan. 2015 we are also making some 10 minute nurse practitioner appointments available. If you feel you require longer than the allocated time for routine appointments we would advise you to speak to reception who can then book the appropriate time for you.
Enhanced Summary Care Records
A Summary Care Record is certain information from patient records' which is uploaded to the NHS 'Spine', a central database that only authorised NHS staff have access to. Patients can opt out and you may have already done so. Summary Care Records from the practice were uploaded to the 'Spine' in April 2014. This enables authorised personnel in hospitals in England (usually in A&E departments) to see your latest medications, any allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medication you have had so they may treat you safely. Further information is available in the attached leaflet. If you do NOT want a summary care record created please fill out page 2 of the attached leaflet and hand it in to Reception at either site. The practice uploads Summary Care Record information daily to the NHS 'Spine' for those patients who have not opted out.
We are now asking patients if they would like to 'enhance' their existing summary care record. This would mean that additional information to that stated above would be available (with your consent) to anyone from another primary or secondary care setting looking at your records. If you attended A&E for example, following an accident, and the A&E doctor wanted to know if you were allergic to anything but in your state of shock you weren't able to remember, he would ask your permission to look at your Summary Care Record, where he would be able to see any allergies previously recorded in your medical records. If you wanted to 'enhance' your record it would include the following information:
- Significant Medical History (Past and Present)
- Reason for Medication
- Anticipatory Care Information (important in the management of long term conditions)
- Communication Preferences
- End of Life Care Information
If you would like more information please speak to reception.