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Dear Patients,

Please look out for information  by the practice regarding sharing electronic information between Hospitals, GP's and Community Care via the Local Care Record.

We have now uploaded our CQC 2016 Inspection Report. We are pleased to announce that we were awarded 'Good' in all areas. Please go to the link 'CQC Inspection Report' under the heading further information if you would like to view the report.


Please note it is a NHS requirement that all patients are allocated a named GP who is responsible for the patients overall care at the practice. Please contact the practice should you wish to know who your named GP is.
If you have a preference to who your named GP is then the practice will make reasonable efforts to accommodate this request however p
lease may we re-iterate you can still see whichever GP you wish and not only your named GP
. If you have any questions then please ask at the reception desk or call the surgery.

Many thanks

Did you know we have a formal PPG Group called The Links Patient Participation Group?
Our PPG Chair for The Links Patient Participation Group is Roger Ballaster. Ask for more details if you are interested in joining.

 We are now up and running with a Text Messaging Service.
We have the facility to use the above service to contact you by sending SMS Text Messages to your mobile phone. 

To ensure this service is used to its full advantage, can we please ask you to check your mobile number is correct on our records, this can be done via the reception desk or telephoning us on 0208 461 3333 if you are a Downham patient or 0208 857 0011 if you are a Mottingham patient.

 However if you would not like to be part of this service and have not already responded to the text we sent out Dear Patient, The Links Medical Practice is introducing a FREE patient messaging service. To opt out, text STOP to 07800008113 then please let reception know so we can ensure you do not receive any text messages.

 

As from Monday 1st December 2014, we have added  the 'Friends and Family Test'  survey to our website.   There are 3 simple questions for you to answer.   This survey will provide a quick snapshot of what our patients think, and how we can improve our patient care and practice services.   

The survey is located under the heading 'Have Your Say', on the right hand side of the website home page. 

We look forward, to receiving your views. 

 Further patient information relating to Friends and Family Test:
                                                 
http://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/fft-short-guide-patients.pdf 

                                                     

Letters are being sent out by NHS England, please make sure you respond otherwise they will deduct or remove you from our list.  Thank you

 

111 nhs service.

The new national telephone advice service '111' has come to Bromley.This service has replaced NHS Direct and is the contact number for patients at certain times of the day when the surgery is closed.Please telephone the surgery and listen to the surgery answer phone message for details.

Thank you.

 APPOINTMENT OPTIONS

We have some Saturday morning and some evening appointments every other week which are bookable in advance .

You may also book a telephone appointment if you wish to discuss an ongoing medical problem.Please try and book with your usual Dr when requiring treatment for an ongoing problem. Telephone appointments are not suitable for new diagnosis and complex problems.

We have a  'medical pod' in the waiting area at each surgery. This is for use by patients who are not already on treatment for blood pressure. Please ask reception for a free token and you may use the machine to record your weight, height and blood pressure. The machine speaks instructions but it DOES NOT speak out your weight. At completion the machine will print two tickets with the weight height and blood pressure readings.  Please put your name on the slip, tick whether you are a smoker or not and hand one of the copies in to reception.We can use this information to update your records. Please note that if the blood pressure reading falls outside a set range the receptionist may ask you to have your blood pressure checked again by a health care assistant.

Shingles Vaccine now in surgery for patients Aged either 70 OR 79  years of Age-Leaflets available in surgery appointments available with the Nurse now. 

Antenatal Care

 

pregnantDuring your pregnancy, you will be looked after by the Primary Health Care team which is led by your GP, and includes the Midwives and Health Visitors involved in your care and the care of your baby.  If there are any problems, you may need to see the specialist team of healthcare professionals at the hospital.

Midwife

The midwife has been specially trained to care for mothers and babies throughout normal pregnancy, labour and birth.  A midwife usually works either in a hospital, a midwifery unit, or is attached to a GPs practice.  Midwives are involved in giving antenatal care, attending home births and delivering babies in hospital or GP/midwife units.  Your midwife may even accompany you to the hospital.  She will continue to look after you and your baby until she hands over your care to a health visitor at between 10 and 28 days after the birth.  Your midwife will give you a contact number in case there are any problems.

Health Visitor

A health visitor is a fully qualified nurse who has had extra training in caring for people in the community.  Her role is to help families, especially those with very young children, to keep healthy.  Your health visitor will visit you at home sometime after your baby is 10 days old.  She will give you information about feeding as well as general health and safety.  She will also offer advice and give support if you have any problems.  You can arrange to see her at home or at the child health clinic at the Surgery.

Obstetrician

An obstetrician is part of the hospital team.  As a doctor who specialises in pregnancy, labour and birth, he or she is able to deal with complications in any of these areas.

Paediatrician

Also part of the hospital team, a paediatrician is a doctor who specialises in the care of babies and children.  After the birth, a paediatrician or a member of his team will check to see that there is nothing wrong with your baby before you leave the hospital.

 

 

Postnatal Care

Your postnatal check usually takes place at around six to eight weeks after the birth and is a check to see that the body has returned to normal. 

 

Blood pressure, weight, blood and urine will be tested and a physical check may be given to check that the vagina, uterus, ovaries and breasts have returned to normal.  Any stitches will be looked at to make sure they have healed properly and a smear test may be given if this is due. 

 

This is an opportunity to talk about problems and to get advice on contraception.

 

 

 

At this appointment your baby will usually receive his or her six-to-eight week check and first vaccinations at the same time.

 
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