New Text Messaging Service
Chain SMS is….. A system which allows us to easily send text messages to patients. It means we can be much more proactive about some communications, messaging you quickly and securely, so you are not waiting around to hear from us.
Some examples of how we may use it…..
- Reminders or notifications (eg prescription to collect)
- Responding to queries/e-consults
- Letting you know we tried to call
- Sending you advice at the end of a consultation
The practice name will always be at the bottom of the message. You won’t be able to reply to them. Please help us to help you by keeping your number up to date. If you don’t want us to contact you in this way, please let us know.
Training Practice Status
Stokewood Surgery has now adopted training practice status. This means we will have appointments available with fully trained doctors who are doing further training to become experienced GPs. From 1st August, we will be joined by Dr Alex Cook who will be with us for 6 to 18 months to gain more experience. These doctors, although fully trained, are called Registrars. They have a mentor/trainer in the practice and Dr Lloyd is our trainer.
This year we will be running our flu clinics a little later than usual. All GP surgeries have been advised by NHS England that we must offer one of two different vaccines this year, one for everyone aged 65 and over and one for anyone eligible, aged 18 to 64 and any primary carers.
Studies have proven that the two age groups get better cover from a different vaccine. Other vaccines are still being manufactured and may be available from other sources but GP surgeries have been directed NOT to offer these to our patients as these may be less effective. Unfortunately due to the lateness of the study results, supplies of these vaccines will arrive in smaller numbers and slightly later than usual. We will be inviting patients to attend to have the most effective vaccine for them as these become available. Clinics will be running throughout October and into early November this year. There will be enough vaccinations available for everyone at risk who wishes to have it so there is no need for you go elsewhere and risk having the less effective vaccine if you are not being called until late October/early November.
The under 18s will continue to be offered the nasal flu vaccine.
Home Blood Pressure Monitoring
For patients who require to take home blood pressure readings, we have 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.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please email or ask at reception if you would like a copy of the excel spreadsheet sent to you. Blood pressure monitors are also available to purchase from the Surgery at reception.
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
Changes to Data Protection Rules (GDPR - commencing 25th May 2018)
Please see our Privacy Notice and policy for more details of how your data is stored and used.
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