March Newsletter now available
March Newsletter is now available by signing up online to receive this or in a paper format from our waiting rooms. A copy will also be available from local pharmacies (The Village, Lloyds & Wainwrights) shortly.
Please see the list of posts available at Stokewood on our vacancies page.
Home Blood Pressure Monitoring
A new calculator tool has been set up using an excel spreadsheet. This will enable patients to record their readings onto the spreadsheet which will then calculate their average BP. Unfortunately we have not be able to make this available via our website at the present time, but we can email it out to you and you will be able to return it via email to our generic email box WHCCG.email@example.com. Please email or ask at reception if you would like a copy of the excel spreadsheet sent to you.
Reducing Wait Times for Routine GP Appointments
Back in November we implemented some changes to our appointment system with the intention of reducing wait times for routine appointments. At that time the wait was approximately 5 weeks (25 working days). A recent audit has revealed that the wait time has now dropped to 2.5 weeks (13 working days). There are some scattered appointments sooner, but 13 working days is based on appointments being available with a reasonable number of GPs and with a reasonable choice of times.
You may remember our stated aim was to get to 10 working days but in view of the fact that we have had a particularly bad winter with record number of flu type illnesses, and that we have had Christmas and the Feb half term holiday in this period, we think this is substantial progress.
We are still aiming to reach our target of 10 days and therefore we are still offering e-Consult, appointments at our Hub site in Badger Farm, Winchester and monitoring wasted appointments. Unfortunately levels were still significantly high in January with patients not attending or cancelling 240 appointments. This equates to approximately 40 hours of wasted GP or nurse time.
Diabetes Patient Education Event - 10th April, Winchester. Nutrition and Exercise to optimise Diabetes.
Steph Catlin, qualified sport and exercise nutritionist, will be speaking about optimising diabetes control through nutrition and exercise at the Hampshire Downs Pastoral Centre (opposite the Discovery Centre), Jewry Street, Winchester. The event is on from 7pm to 9pm and in order to work out how many people they are expecting, please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or ring (0778 7572123) them if you would like to attend.
Routine Appointments - Badger Farm Winchester (MHH Hub)
If you need a routine appointment but cannot wait for a convenient appointment at Stokewood/Old Anchor, or would prefer to be seen in the evenings or weekends, we have routine appointments available within our hub site at Badger Farm Surgery, Winchester (this is located at the back of the Badger Farm Sainsbury’s car park). For more information on MHH Hub surgeries visit: http://www.midhampshirehealthcare.co.uk/gp_access_hubs.htm
Eastleigh Local Development Plan 2011-2016
The partners at Stokewood Surgery have commented on the above plan as part of the consultation process. As a practice we have objected to any further development in our catchment area as we believe this will be to the detriment of the our existing and that of any newly registering patients. We also objected to the West Horton development last year although we are now aware that this has been approved. The partners consider that the surgery is already struggling for space on both sites, without taking in to account the national shortage of GPs which is causing recruitment issues in all areas of the Country. A copy of our full response can be see below.
Response from Dr Shelly & Partners on the Draft Local Development Plan 2011-2036
CQC Report Nov 2014