DOORS OPEN AT THE PRACTICE
From Monday 19th July we are opening the doors to our patients. Please note that you will be required to wear a face covering to protect yourself and others.
Face to face appointments are already available too. You can either book these via the online service facility or by ringing reception.
Patient GP survey 2021
Wea re pleased to share the results of this year Patient GP survey. Please click here to find out the results for Woosltone Medical Centre:
How sharing patient data with NHS Digital helps the NHS and you
The NHS needs data about the patients it treats in order to plan and deliver its services and to ensure that care and treatment provided is safe and effective. The General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection will help the NHS to improve health and care services for everyone by collecting patient data that can be used to do this. For example patient data can help the NHS to:
- monitor the long-term safety and effectiveness of care
- plan how to deliver better health and care services
- prevent the spread of infectious diseases
- identify new treatments and medicines through health research
GP practices already share patient data for these purposes, but this new data collection will be more efficient and effective.
This means that GPs can get on with looking after their patients, and NHS Digital can provide controlled access to patient data to the NHS and other organisations who need to use it, to improve health and care for everyone.
Contributing to research projects will benefit us all as better and safer treatments are introduced more quickly and effectively without compromising your privacy and confidentiality.
NHS Digital has engaged with the British Medical Association (BMA), Royal College of GPs (RCGP) and the National Data Guardian (NDG) to ensure relevant safeguards are in place for patients and GP practices.
More information about patient sharing is available on the NHS Digital website.
If you wish to opt out you can do so via the National Data Opt Out website or by returning this form to the practice by 23rd June 2021 to prevent any data leaving the practice.
Opt out forms received by the practice after 23rd June will still be honoured but will only prevent access to the data that has already been shared with NHS Digital.
Introducing the Lewisham Wellbeing Map
The Lewisham Wellbeing map (LWM) is an intiative by Tim Bradley OBE. This is how he describes it :
"The Lewisham Wellbeing Map is a free portable smartphone/computer map showing places in the Borough of Lewisham which aid the health and wellbeing of people there. The current version is a multi-layered map which can be copied to anyone’s Google Maps screen. The ten layers, each of which can be switched on and off, include different types of provision such as Doctors, Pharmacies, Community/Voluntary sector, Better Living (eg. Diet, Anti-Smoking) and Outdoor & Mobility.
Please click here for further info.
Lewisham Strikes Gold: Awarding Woolstone Medical Centre
Today Minister for Equalities, Baroness Williams and the Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan congratulated Woolstone Medical Centre, for spearheading a new programme which trains GPs and staff in primary care organisations to fully support LGBT patients.
The Practice was presented with a Gold Award in the Pride in Practice (PiP) programme which has been developed by the LGBT Foundation; and funded by the Government Equalities Office.
PiP trains practitioners to meet the needs of their LGBT patients, from making a practice more welcoming to ensuring that patients are addressed in an appropriate way.
Woolstone were praised for being the first practice in London, and in the GEO-funded scheme, to receive the Gold award, demonstrating a real commitment to providing excellent and appropriate care to their LGBT patients.
Minister for Equalities, Baroness Williams, said:
“It is vital that LGBT people are able to access appropriate healthcare and are treated with respect.
“I would like to congratulate Woolstone Medical Centre on achieving the Gold Award for the Pride in Practice programme, showing a real commitment to ensuring they serve LGBT people in a supportive and respectful manner.”
As part of the LGBT Action Plan, the Government Equalities Office launched a £1m health grant scheme to fund projects to ensure LGBT people get the right healthcare support.
Pride in Practice was originally developed in Manchester, where since 2016 it was been delivered to 398 primary care services. The Government Equalities Office has funded the LGBT Foundation to pilot Pride in Practice in NHS GP practices, dentists, pharmacies and optometrists outside of Manchester in London and more rural areas of England. Under the grant scheme 350 primary care organisations, 75% of which are general practices, will be put through the Pride in Practice scheme.
For further info please please here.