THE MARCHES SURGERY
AUTUMN NEWSLETTER, OCTOBER 2017
2017 has been a year of change at our surgery. Three GPs moved on at the end of January. We have since expanded and enhanced our team, allowing us to offer a greater variety of appointments and services.
There are six doctors – Crispin Fisher, Judith Johnson, Peter McKay, Claire Chikosi, Sophie Whittall and Rachel Boughen. (Sophie is about to leave us for maternity leave, and we wish her well and look forward to seeing her back next year).
In addition, we usually have a GP registrar (in their final year of training to be a GP). Currently this is Mike Hennessy, who is with us until February 2018. We also host junior doctors in their second year of training posts (foundation year two) who have four month placements with us. Hannah McNeil is with us until December 2017. You may also see junior doctors in their first year of GP training – they are with us one day of the week during this year, and will join us as our full time registrars when they enter their third and final year of GP training. Kathy Lewis and Joshua Bilbie are with us in this capacity at present.
We are pleased to be a training practice for medical students from Keele University, who undertake placements with us in their third and fifth year of training. Corrine Dignan is with us at present, until December.
THE NURSES AND OTHER CLINICAL STAFF
Our three Practice Nurses are Sharon Bloise, Gemma Austin and Helen Pudge.
Our Nurse Practitioner is Caroline Mansell. Caroline offers minor illness clinics twice daily in the surgery and provides regular weekly or fortnightly visits to the five care homes in Leominster.
Our Primary Care Practitioner is Mel Bird. Mel worked as a paramedic for 12 years before joining us. She, too, provides minor illness clinics twice daily, and assists us with urgent home visits.
Our Health Care Assistants (HCAs) are Deborah Stinton, Ruth Mills and Pauline Robinson.
We have opened our own Facebook page, through which you can keep right up to date with news from the practice.
SUMMARY CARE RECORD (SCR)
This is the section of your GP records available to NHS staff to view electronically if you are being seen in a different setting (typically an A&E department or out of hours service). Consent is always sought before anyone can access your SCR. This is usually limited to a record of your medications and allergies or adverse drug reactions.
It is possible to consent to an “enriched SCR”, which also includes your significant medical problems and vaccinations, as summarised in your GP records. There are many advantages to agreeing to this, and we would encourage our patients to consent to this. Please contact Reception fora consent form and leaflet or if you require further information.