We would like to welcome Dr Emma Reed to the practice. Dr Reed will be at Bridge Street as a Locum GP for 5 weeks from Tuesday 13th March. Dr Reed will be seeing patients who are currently registered with Dr Taylor. Dr Reed will be staying at Bridge Street until Dr Banerjee joins as a partner on 16th April.
Dr Taylor will be leaving the practice at the end of February 2018. We wish him all the very best for his future move to the United States. We look forward to welcoming Dr Shrimpton and Dr Banerjee as partners from April 2018. Patients currently registered with Dr Taylor will be registered with either Dr Shrimpton or Dr Banerjee.
The Government will expect Primary Care Services to provide extended hours of service from March 2018. This may result in routine appointments being available from 8am-8pm, 7 days per week.
We are currently asking patients visiting the surgery to complete a short questionnaire on whether there is a desire from our patients to consult during these hours (for routine healthcare). Thank you for your feedback on this.
Chlamydia is a sexually transmitted disease which can lead to infertility as well as testicular infections or pelvic inflammatory disease in women. In about 70% of people it causes no symptoms at all, although it can cause penile or vaginal discharge and pain on passing urine.
Estimates suggest that in the age range of 16-25 years of age 12-14% of people have chlamydia. Rates are so high because of the high numbers of people without symptoms. The only way to protect against transmission of Chlamydia during sex is to use condoms.
Chlamydia is very easily treated and so early detection is very important in reducing risks of complications.
There is a national screening programme for the age group of 16-25, however people outside of this range can have a test by speaking to clinical staff at the surgery or one of the sexual health clinics.
We would advise having regular checks- either yearly or with each change of sexual partner.
Please do collect a screening pack from reception if you are in the screening age. The test is either a urine test or a self taken swab.
*We are pleased to offer a free goody bag for all patients requesting a test during the first few weeks of term*
It is a contractual requirement for practices to enable patients to have online access to a more detailed version of their medical record (rather than the patient summary version currently available online) by the 31st March 2016.
Safeguards have been negotiated in implementing expanded records access. There are circumstances where a GP may believe it is not in the best interests of the patient to share all information in the record, for example where it could cause harm to their physical or mental health. GP medical records software will be configured to offer all coded data by default, but GPs will be provided with the tools to withhold coded information where they judge it to be in the patient’s interests or where there is reference to a third party.
Bridge Street Medical Centre is committed to implementing this process as soon as the Medical Records supplier (TPP) make this function available to us.