Welcome to the website of Lyme Valley Practice where you will find information about the services we provide and also some health advice and links. Please do let us know what you think and how we can improve our practice and this website.
Sharing Patient Information
Anyone making healthcare decisions needs access to high quality information: doctors need it to inform their clinical decision making; patients need it when deciding which treatment is best for them; and commissioners need it when making decisions about which services are right for their populations.
Care.data is a new service being developed by NHS England which aims to achieve this ambition by providing timely, accurate information to citizens, clinicians and commissioners about the treatments and care provided by the health service.
Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure system, by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care.
Information such as your postcode and NHS number, but not your name, will be used to link your records in a secure system, so your identity is protected. Information which does not reveal your identity can then be used by others, such as researchers and those planning health services, to make sure we provide the best care possible for everyone.
How your information is used and shared is controlled by law and strict rules are in place to protect your privacy.
We need to make sure that you know this is happening and the choices you have. Posters and leaflets will be available in the practice and further information can be found at www.england.nhs.uk/caredata
Your GP Cares Campaign
GP surgeries are at the heart of our communities. They are the cornerstone of the NHS. But there are problems. GPs are facing increasing challenges which are affecting their ability to deliver services as we all would expect.
Demand for appointments keeps rising. Older and vulnerable people with complex issues need to spend more time with their GP. The number of people over 65 in the UK reached 10.8 million in 2012 and there are more than 18 million people, with at least one long-term condition such as asthma, arthritis or diabetes.
Pressures on the system are resulting in GPs retiring early and doctors are not choosing general practice as a career. Therefore it is likely that there will be fewer GPs to go around despite the increasing demand and the situation could get worse year-on-year.
That is why the BMA’s General Practitioners Committee has launched a new campaign, Your GP cares, to highlight some of the pressing issues facing general practice. Your GP and practice team care about the current situation and want to work with patients and government to find solutions and provide a better service. The BMA is calling for long term, sustainable investment in GP services now to:
• Attract, retain and expand the number of GPs
• Expand the number of practice staff
• Improve the premises that GP services are provided from
Those interested in finding out more about the campaign can find additional information on the BMAs campaign pages at:
Named GP for patients over 75
You may be aware that from April all GP practices have been required to provide all their patients aged 75 and over with a named GP who will have overall responsibility for the care and support that our surgery provides to them. Although t his does not prevent patients from seeing any GP of their choice in the practice as they currently do.
Each patient in this age group, should by now have received a letter informing them of their named GP. No further action is required from patients, but if you have any questions, or wish to discuss this further with us, please contact us at the practice.
Commitment to improve patient access to their medical records
Please see the attached statement of intent document that details the practices commitment to ensuring that by the 31st March 2015 our patients will have access to their medical records through our online services portal.
Viewing a Summary of Your Patient Record
April 2015 if you are registered with the practice for online services you will have access to a summary of your Patient Record.
To view key details from your Electronic Health Record follow this link and log onto SystmOnline as normal, then click the My Summary Patient Record link which should now appear on the menu on on the Home page.
The summary will include details of the following:
- drug sensitivities
- acute medication (issued in the last 12 months)
- repeat medication (current and past)
to return to the Home page.
Named Accountable GP for All Patients
From 1st April 2015, as part of the new GP contract, all GP practices are required to allocate a named accountable GP to all of their registered patients.
Rest assured that this will not impact your experience at the practice, the provision of appointments, your treatment, or what GP you can see.
You may wonder why your allocated GP is not necessarily the one you see most regularly. Please be assured that you can still access all of our medical team in exactly the same way as before.
If you are over 75 years of age, or on our register of patients who may need additional support because of your complex medical condition, you may have already been notified of your named GP via a previous, personalised letter. If this is the case then your GP will remain as detailed in that previous letter.