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April 2021

Appointment Pressures

We are experiencing exceptionally high demand for our GP appointments and we know this has a knock on effect for you our patients.

To help us help you we would encourage all patients to utilise our eConsult service available via this website, to confidentially contact the practice with routine and urgent but not medical emergency queries.  

This service has been designed to help your GPs manage and assess your healthcare needs efficiently.  If you use this service before 2pm we aim to contact you back the same day.  

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding. 

Easter Bank Holiday Closure 

We will be closing from 18:30 Thursday 1st and reopening at 08:00 Tuesday 6th April 2021.  If you require medical help or support during this time please ring NHS111 as there are a number of services available locally during this time.

If you have a life threatening emergency please dial 999

March 2021

Dispensary Update

We are pleased to announce that from Monday 29th March our dispensary hours are changing.  You will be able to collect medication between 9am until 1pm and 2pm - 6pm Monday to Friday. 

Thank you everyone for your continued support and kindness to our staff during the last 12 months.

Don't forget that the Dispensary and Surgery will be closed from 1pm on Wednesday 31st March due to staff training for the whole practice and we will be closed again on Friday 2nd and reopen on Tuesday 6th April for the Easter Bank Holiday Weekend. 

CLOSURE FOR STAFF TRAINING

Please be aware that the Surgery and Dispensary will be closed for staff training on Wednesday 31st March from 1pm.  We will reopen as normal on Thursday 1st. 

If you need medical advice during the time we are closed please dial 111 and speak with NHS111.  If you have a serious or life threatening emergency please dial 999. 

Thank you for your ongoing support. 

Please be advised the next scheduled shutdowns are as follows:

Wednesday 28th April 2021

Thursday 20th May 2021

Wednesday 30th June 2021

Thursday 29th July 2021

Thursday 30th September 2021

Thursday 28th October 2021

Wednesday 24th November 2021

Thursday 16th December 2021

Thursday 24th February 2022

Wednesday 30th March 2022

January 2021

EMAIL SCAM WARNING

We have been alerted by patients that there is an email in circulation claiming to be from the NHS asking you to book a COVID Vaccination.  They seem genuine in appearance but are asking for your bank details and a payment. 

COVID Vaccinations are FREE, the NHS will never ask you for a payment for this. 

Please stay safe online, if you are suspicious of any email please report it to your service provider or the police and block further emails. 

Please speak with your family and friends if you think they may be at risk from this or other types of email scams, encourage them to speak out before signing up. 

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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