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July 2018

Your Data Matters to the NHS

Information about your health and care helps the NHS to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments. 

Since May 2018, the strict rules about how this data can and cannot be used were strengthened.  The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used.

You can choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and planning. 

To find out more visit: www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters or call 0300 303 5678

If you have already opted out of data sharing you will NOT need to opt out again.

May 2018

With the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) coming into effect from 25th May 2018 we have been busy updating our policies to reflect the increased security surrounding your data.  As part of our on-going commitment to data security you can now read and download our privacy notice along with our information leaflet on our website under further information or click here

http://www.freshwell.co.uk/info.aspx?p=7

April 2018

NHS England have advised the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group that they must encourage all member practices to reduce the money spent on prescribing OTC (Over the Counter) medicines.

In the first instance, we will no longer be prescribing the following medicines to patients aged 18 year and over: cetirizine & loratadine tablets, sodium cromoglicate eye drops, beclometasone (beconase) or fluticasone (flixonase) nasal sprays.  You will need to buy these from a chemist in future.

Click here for further information http://www.freshwell.co.uk/info.aspx?p=6

 

February 2018

When you book an appointment, please let the receptionist know a brief reason why you need to see a clinician. This will allow them to book you in with the most appropriate person. Thanks to CREAMER funding, we now have a Orthopaedic Specialist Practitioner working here twice a week. He is able to give advice regarding musculoskeletal injuries. You can book to see him directly without a referral from one of our doctors.

January 2018

Think #3beforeGP

The Royal College of General Practitioners is currently running a campaign asking everyone to help alleviate the pressure on GP Practices across the UK.  It simply asks you to consider....

Before making a GP appointment, can I?

1) self-care

2) use NHS Choices or a similar reputable UK resource

3) seek advice from a pharmacist

December 2017

To improve communication we are introducing a new FREE text message appointment booking confirmation and reminder service for all patients aged 18yrs and over.  If you would like to be included in this service please make sure we have your current mobile number.

If we already have your mobile phone number you will receive a text messaging asking if you would like to opt in/out of this service.  If you choose to opt out this can be done by a simple return of text, but you can always opt in at a later date if you change your mind.

If you remain opted in you will start to receive text messages to confirm your appointment giving you the option to cancel your appointment directly by return of text.

Our plan is to expand this service to allow us to inform you if a clinic has been cancelled, the flu jabs are now available or if the Doctor would like you to book an appointment to discuss recent test results.

Please help us to keep your records up to date by informing us on any changes to your mobile telephone numbers to ensure you continue to be included in this text messaging service.

October 2017

Our children's flu vaccines have now arrived. Children who were 2 or 3 on 31st August 2017 are eligible. Please ring for an appointment if you would like your child vaccinated. Primary school aged children will be vaccinated at school.

We have now installed hearing loops at both the reception and dispensary counters. We would like to thank The CREAMER Fund for financing this important improvement to our practice for patients who are hard of hearing. We have added signs to each counter to help them know where to stand for the best reception. There is also a portable device available for use in the consultation rooms. Please ask at reception if you would like this to be made available when seeing a doctor or nurse. the portable device can be used without a hearing aid if necessary.

September 2017

We are now taking bookings for our flu clinic on Saturday 7th October. Eligible ADULT patients (over 65s, pregnant women, carers, patients with certain chronic diseases, immunosuppressed and obese patients) should phone reception to book. Further information relating to flu vaccinations for children will follow shortly.

August 2017

Our Summer 2017 Newsletter is now on the website and available to download.  Head over to the newsletters page to find what has been happening behind the scenes at Freshwell Health Centre.

4th July 2017

Building works are currently underway at the surgery. Because we are having a new reception counter fitted the main entrance is not in use. Please follow the signs to enter at the rear of the building. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

June 2017

Please note that due to a technical error on the website previous news items have been lost.

Statement of Intent

FRESHWELL HEALTH CENTRE

STATEMENT OF PURPOSE APRIL 2016

What is a statement of purpose?

A statement of purpose is a legally required document that includes a standard set of information about a provider’s service. Statements must describe: 

  • The provider’s aims and objectives in providing the service.
  • Details of the services provided including the service types.
  • The health or care needs the service sets out to meet.
  • The provider’s and any registered managers’ full name(s), business address(es), telephone number(s) and (where available) email address(es).
  • Details about the legal status of the provider (for example, whether they are an individual, company, charity, or partnership).
  • All of the locations where regulated activities are actually provided, or where they are provided from (listed as ‘locations’ on your certificate of registration together with any service branches not listed as locations).

Part 1 - Provider’s Name, Legal Status & Address:

Freshford Practice (Partnership)

Freshwell Health Centre

Wethersfield Rd

Finchingfield

Braintree

Essex CM7 4BQ

Telephone: 01371 810328

Email: freshwell.administration@nhs.net

Names of Partners:

Dr David LT Oliver

Dr Imogen C Shaw

Dr Richard P Meakin

Dr Kim E Andrews

Part 2 – Aims & Objectives:

We endeavour to provide the best services to our patients as close to the community as possible.

We aim to provide all our patients with excellent access to our service.

By providing good access & excellent diagnostic facilities, we seek to safely minimise the need for our patients to travel elsewhere for their treatment & investigations.

We operate within a confidential and safe environment & involve them in decisions regarding their treatment.

We show our patients courtesy and respect at all times irrespective of ethnic origin, religious belief, personal attributes or the nature of the health problem.

We do our best to act as the patients’ advocates, supporting and representing a patient’s best interests to ensure they receive the best and most appropriate health and/or social care.

We aim to prevent disease by promoting good health and well being to our patients through education and information

We work in partnership with other healthcare professionals in the care of our patients to tackle the causes of, as well as provide the treatment for ill health.

We aim to be a learning organisation that continually improves what we are able to offer patients. In particular, we foster continuous improvement by encouraging patient feedback.

We ensure that all members of the team have the right skills and training to carry out their duties competently.

We take care of our staff by offering them support to do their jobs and protect them against abuse.

Part 3 – Location, people who use the service, service type & regulated activities

  • The Freshford Practice operates from one location only – Freshwell Health Centre, address as above.
  • Core users of our service are the whole population that live within our catchment area and are registered with us.

 o    In addition, other users from surrounding areas may be referred here from their GPs for specialist clinics and / or investigations.

Regulated activities under CQC are:

    • Treatment of disease, disorder or injury
    • Surgical procedures
    • Diagnostic and screening procedures
    • Family planning
    • Maternity and midwifery services 

 Services

  • GP consultations
  • Asthma and Chronic obstructive airways disease clinics
  • Coronary heart disease clinics
  • Diabetes clinics
  • Cervical cytology screening
  • Contraceptive services
  • Child health surveillance
  • Maternity services
  • Vaccinations and immunisations
  • Childhood vaccinations and immunisations
  • Minor surgery & cryotherapy
  • Flu immunisation
  • Minor injury service
  • Ear wax syringing & microsuction
  • ECGs (12 lead & ambulatory)
  • Ambulatory Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Spirometry (Lung tests)
  • End of life care
  • Stop smoking support
  • Travel advice
  • Women’s health
  • X-ray
  • Ultrasound
  • Dexa (bone density) scanning
  • Community Cardiology Clinic (with Echocardiography)
  • Community Gyanecology Clinic

Part 4 – Registered Manager Details

Dr David LT Oliver is the senior partner and he is the registered manager for CQC Purposes at Freshwell Health Centre, address as above. The practice manager is Mrs Linda Cutts at the same address.



 
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