Welcome to the Garden City Practice
The practice is moving to Birdcroft Road (the former Parkway Clinic), WGC AL8 6EH late April/early May 2019.
We are delighted to announce that we will finally be moving to this purpose built NHS clinic in 3 months time. It is 2 years since we carried out the patient consultation on this move and we have been battling to progress through NHS England bureaucracy to get to this point. The great news is that we have secured approval from the top of NHS England and expect to move in 3 months time. Attached is a link to a document that sets out a little more detail about the move. You, as patients, deserve better and more appropriate buildings for your GP surgery. Our doctors, nurses and non clinical staff all deserve better facilities too - and we are all very excited to be moving into a new building. We will keep you updated via the website and newsletters as the building work develops.
Patient comms re new clinic on Birdcroft
Flu campaign 2018/19
If we have written to you then you are eligible for a free vaccination. Please do come in and have your flu vaccination with us at the practice – in a safe, clinical environment. The flu vaccine is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus that can cause unpleasant illness in children and severe illness and death among at-risk groups, including older people, pregnant women and those with an underlying medical health condition.
Studies have shown that the flu jab will help prevent you getting the flu. It won't stop all flu viruses and the level of protection may vary, so it's not a 100% guarantee that you'll be flu-free, but if you do get flu after vaccination it's likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been.
For patients under 65 and considered at risk we are giving the quadrivalent vaccine—which protects against 4 strains of flu virus
For patients 65 yrs and older we are giving a new vaccine - the adjuvanted trivalent (aTIV). This vaccine recommended by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisations (JCVI) for this age group. Deliveries of aTIV to practices will be arrive at the practice between September and early November (the vaccine only has 1 national supplier so all providers will receive staggered stock). Please do wait until our stock has arrived – there is plenty of time to be safely vaccinated at the practice – and we have ordered vaccinations in advance for you.
General Data Protection Regulations - 25 May 2018
We have updated our Privacy Notice and a copy can be found on the separate section for My Care Record and Use of Your Data.
We have a separate statement for children. As part of the new regulations that come into force on 25/5/18 we are removing mobile numbers from patients records when they are aged 16 and 17 and the mobile number clearly belongs to a parent. If you would like this number re-instated on your medical records you will need to inform us.
From April 2018 you will be able to access extended GP services between 6.30-8.00pm Mondays to Fridays and between 8.00am to 4.00pm on Saturdays and from 8.00am to 12.00pm on Sundays. These extra appointments will all be at Spring House Medical Centre (across the road from the UCC - Ascots Lane AL7 4HL). To find out more, or to book an appointment, please speak to one of our reception team or visit the following website:
Ephedra Healthcare Ltd - www.ephedrahealthcare.co.uk
It is likely that you will not see a GP or nurse from this practice at one of these appointments. Do ask our reception team when you call whether you would like one of these Extended Access appointments. There are a few same day appointments on Saturday and Sunday at the Extended Access hub - please call 01707 294 358 to book these.
We will still be open 3 out of 4 Saturday mornings at the Knightsfield surgery as usual.
Proposed move to the Parkway Clinic
The practice has started engaging with patients and other interested parties about a possible move to the Parkway Clinic. The practice has been looking for suitable premises for over 15 years as it is widely recognised that our current buildings are not suitable and in breach of Equalities and Health & Safety law.
We are keen to hear your views and you can find out more about the scheme by clicking on the following link:
Patient comminication re Parkway
We have also prepared a transport factsheet - so please click on the attached links to read further details (maps showing local parking options will be available at all receptions):
Transport links for move
In the case of life threatening emergencies then please continue to dial 999.
Life threatening emergencies are those such as sudden, severe chest pain, severe breathlessness, loss of power in a limb, loss of consciousness or severe bleeding.
Named accountable GP
All patients are assigned a named, accountable GP when they join the practice who will have overall responsibility for the care and support that our surgery provides to you. This does not prevent you from seeing any GP as you do at present and there is no change to how you access your GP and the choice you exercise. When you next visit the practice do ask who your named, accountable GP is. These details will also be printed on your prescriptions.
(Site updated 23/01/2019)