Letter to our patients 1st December 2022
Flu campaign - Autumn 2022
If you still haven't had your flu vaccine and are eligible, it's not too late to book! Either call us or pop in to the surgery to ask for an appointment with the nurse at either our Carlton Surgery or Lowdham Surgery.
We also have some weekday evening appointments available.
Jubilee Park Medical Partnership
The NHS is understandably seeing high levels of worried parents enquiring about their child’s symptoms due to the increased levels of Group A Strep circulating.
If your child is unwell, and you’re not sure if you need to seek medical help, start with the Healthier Together App or website:Home :: Healthier Together (what0-18.nhs.uk)
This will help you decide whether your child needs medical help or you can safely treat at home.
The Out Of Hours Service has had very high levels of calls over the weekend from parents, and we expect to see high levels of appointments through the week.
You can download the app from the App Store or Google Play, you can set up a profile for each of your children and the app will give tailored advice for your child.
We have been made aware of some issues with the telephone system at the Carlton site, whereby occasionally, when a caller reaches queue position 1 the call rings and then the caller is disconnected.
We have spoken to our telephone system supplier and they have investigated the problem. In order to try and combat this issue we have reduced the number of callers who can be held in the call queue at any one time, which should mean that the calls in the queue are answered within the timeframe and callers do not get disconnected. We will run with this for the next few weeks to see if it improves the situation. Also when the call queue is full callers will now hear an announcement saying that we are busy and to please call again later.
If you are calling the surgery and your call is not urgent please try to call after 10 am.
Please bear with us as we are experiencing high demand for the service and we also have a number of new staff in our care coordination team who may take a little longer to answer your questions as queries as they train and learn the processes.
There has been a change to the Med 3/ Sicknote templates on our system which means it automatically sends your Sicknote by SMS text message or email link.
This is a more efficient way of getting your Sicknote to you and much quicker.
If you do not have access to text messages or email, you may request a paper copy from the surgery. You will need to state this when requesting your sicknote.
Welcome to Jubilee Park Medical Partnership
You asked...We did... New Appointment System December 2022!
As you are aware, back in August we trialled a new appointment system in the hope to ease the pressure both on our staff and to be more accessible to our patients. At the time we said we would trial it for 3 months and revaluate it. The GP’s met yesterday and decided that our current system isn’t working for us or our patients and therefore we have agreed on some changes which will begin to take effect from as early as next week. We understand the crossover period can be quite tricky and having to learn the new system can also be a challenge. However this change is essential to allow easier access for our patients which in turn we hope will reduce appointment waiting times, reduce phone waiting times and ensure we see as many patients as physically possible despite being massively understaffed across the whole practice. Please allow it time and be patient with it and please remember to be kind to our team who are working really hard to see you and help you.
So here is what you need to know;
- Morning appointments for GP's will run from 9am-12pm. They will have 10 minute appointments that are released ON THE DAY for urgent and non urgent appointments. These will be allocated on a first come first served basis.
- The afternoon will remain largely the same as it is currently with routine bookable appointments available on the 14 day, 7 day, 5 day and 3 day embargoed slots as before. Afternoon surgery is between 3.30pm-6pm. This allows the clinicians time to complete their administration work such as review tasks, pathology results, complete referrals, carry out home visits, issue prescriptions etc
- IMPORTANT TO NOTE that appointments are not triaged on the phone first. They are either booked in as telephone appointment or a face to face and this needs to be made very clear to our on every appointment.
- Once all morning appointments have been booked the message to patients will be to call back the next day, book a routine prebookable appointment if available, go to the Urgent Care Centre or if medically urgent, the Care Coordinators can send a urgent task doctors who will then assess and decide if the patient needs to be seen.
- It is really important, more than ever now, that Care Coordinators are taking a brief description of every single appointment. This will allow them to navigate your care to the most appropriate clinician and you will NOT be given an appointment without giving this information. This is going to be key in ensuring that all appointments are directed to the best clinician and all our staff are trained in patient confidentiality. They only need to know enough to help them decide which clinician is the most appropriate for you at that time. They aren’t just being nosy. Remember if you have a medication query, side effects, changes etc, please ask for an appointment with our Clinical Pharmacist. If you have a sport injury, back or knee pain for example this needs to be booked in with our First Contact Physio. We need to utilize the staff we have. This is really important to remember when the team ask you to describe your problem.
- For things such as ear infections and minor illness these will be booked with a Nurse prescriber/Nurse Consultant and will probably be face to face so they can do observations.
- To recap, patients who ring in the morning asking for an appointment that is appropriate for a GP or Nurse prescriber then you can ask for a face to face or telephone appointment depending on your problem. If you feel it can be dealt with on the phone then please ask for this. If you think you will likely need to be seen then please ask for face to face.
- It is important to remember, the staff will be unable to pre book any of the morning appointments, these are book on the day only and you will be asked to call back on a day that suits you.
- We understand our phone lines get extremely busy but we are hoping to reduce your waiting times by making these changes but please be mindful our staff our human too and are trying really hard to help you with a very limited number of available appointments. Shouting and verbal abuse is not tolerated here, in person or on the phone so we ask that you please be kind to all our team.
- Please note, unfortunately we do not have an endless number of appointments available each day. These are limited and you may be asked to call back on another day.
- We will be regularly reviewing our changes and any feedback is welcome via our website at www.thejubileepractice.co.uk
Many thanks for your continued support with our improvements to your service.
Jubilee Park Medical Partnership
Important information to keep you safe while isolating at home.
Click the Links below for the Leaflet and england.nhs.uk website.
Please can we remind all patients, when attending the surgery, you now need to wear a "face covering" as advised in the government guidance. (We cannot provide you with a mask when you arrive) Thank you. Jubilee Park Medical Partnership
Due to guidance received from NHS England, changes are being made to our online booking of appointments. It will not be possible to book an online appointment until this work has been completed due to risks presented by COVID-19 (Coronavirus).
Telephone Call Recording:
Jubilee Park Medical Partnership record both incoming and outgoing telephone calls at both sites for training and monitoring purposes.
The practice is supporting patients to use the NHS App. This is a free resource available to download to your smartphone, tablet or device. It is quick and simple to set up and easy to use.
Frequently asked questions and support and guidance for use are available at https://www.nottsnhsapp.nhs.uk/faqs/ .
There is also guidance on how to view your vaccinations and immunisations within the app at and https://www.nottsnhsapp.nhs.uk/media/begd1lap/how-to-view-immunisations-and-vaccinations-via-nhs-app.pdf .