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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. 

How we use your information:

1.) To Provide You with Treatment

Doctors need to make notes about any diagnosis, test results, treatments including drugs prescriptions, and other information that you may provide, that seems relevant to the treatment of your condition. We need to keep this information in order to provide proper care for you (for later treatment, or if you should be seen by another doctor) and to allow others to check the treatment that you have received.  

Nurses and other health professionals also need access to these records, and will add their own notes, as part of the overall healthcare provision. Secretaries, receptionists, and other clerical staff need access to some of your records in order to do administrative tasks, such as: booking appointments and communicating with you and other parts of the NHS.  

Your doctor may also need to provide information under certain Acts of Parliament (e.g. the Communicable Diseases Act 1978, which is necessary to prevent the outbreak of certain highly contagious diseases) to protect you and others.  

2.) The Health Service

In order to manage the NHS, some restricted information concerning treatments, drugs prescribed, numbers of patients seen etc. is needed, and hospitals and general practices must provide this information in returns to various central bodies. This information has personal details such as your name and address removed wherever possible. It is necessary from time to time to check these returns to prevent fraud as part of the NHS’s statutory obligations. This may result in your being contacted by an NHS Fraud Office to see if you will consent to your records being checked. Only if you provide your consent will the auditors be allowed to access your records.  

3.) Teaching Clinicians

Some medical files are needed to teach student clinicians. Without such materials, new doctors and nurses would be not be properly prepared to treat you.

4.) Planning

We need to be able to plan ahead about treatments, patient numbers, etc., but this uses summary information, not personal information.  

5.) Medical Research

Some medical research will require your direct involvement (especially if taking part in clinical trials) in which case the circumstances will be fully explained to you, and your express consent required. If you do not consent, then you will not be included in the trial. 

Other researchers only require access to medical statistics, and can greatly improve our understanding of health, and how to treat patients more effectively. Generally, researchers only need information about groups of people, so that no individual information is apparent. In some cases, they need individual records, but wherever we can we will provide these in an anonymous form (so individuals cannot be identified). Sometimes, researchers need access to individual medical files. We will contact you first for your consent (and before this the researchers must present their case before an Ethics Committee to check that their research is appropriate and worthwhile). Rarely, it may not be practicable (or even possible) to contact individuals for their consent, in which case the researchers must make their case before a Confidentiality Committee to show that there is enough benefit to the public at large to justify this.  

How do we manage your information?

We need to be able to move electronic information from system to system, extracting the data and modifying it for the next system. Occasionally, tests will need to be made on the data to check that it has been transferred correctly. This will only be done under carefully controlled conditions and all employees and contractors will be under strict contractual obligations to protect your confidentiality.

 
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