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16.3.2020 CORONAVIRUS - BILDESTON HEALTH CENTRE UPDATE

AS FROM TODAY AND UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE, WE ARE NO LONGER ABLE TO OFFER OUR OPEN ACCESS MORNING SURGERY. THERE WILL BE A TRIAGE SYSTEM IN PLACE. THIS IS TO PROTECT OUR VULNERABLE PATIENTS DURING THE COVID – 19 PERIOD.

BLOOD TESTS- WE ARE CURRENTLY DOING URGENT BLOOD TESTS AND INR TESTING.

ALL CURRENT BOOKED APPOINTMENTS- ALL CURRENT BOOKED APPOINTMENTS ARE BEING REVIEWED BY A CLINICIAN. FOR FUTURE APPOINTMENT PLEASE CONTACT US.

DISPENSARY- CURRENTLY OPEN AS NORMAL- HOWEVER PLEASE DO NOT CROWD THE WAITING AREAS.

HOW YOU CAN CONTACT US

THE BEST WAY TO CONTACT US IS THROUGH e- CONSULT - SEE THE BLUE BOX BELOWBY USING THIS IT WILL FREE UP OUR PHONE LINES.

WHAT CAN YOU DO TO HELP US

BE PATIENT – THE TELEPHONE LINES MAY WELL BE BUSY AS WE TOO ARE SHORT STAFFED AND HAVE LIMITED TELEPHONE LINES. WORKING IN THIS WAY IS NEW TO US TOO.

DO NOT STOCKPILE MEDICATION – IT IS NOT HELPFUL AND CAUSES DELAYS TO THOSE IN GENUINE NEED.

DO NOT VISIT THE SURGERY IN PERSON WITHOUT GOOD REASON.

 DO NOT ENTER THE SURGERY IF YOU HAVE:

A HIGH TEMPERATURE AND/OR A NEW CONTINOUS COUGH. IF YOU HAVE THESE SYMPTOMS CONTACT 111 https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 OR BY TELEPHONE

TO ACCESS UP TO DATE INFORMATION USE OUR WEBSITE OR OUR TWITTER PAGE @BildestonCentre

PLEASE SHARE THIS MESSAGE FOR US – EITHER BY SOCIAL MEDIA OR IN PERSON.

We would like to thank all the people who have made offers of help. We will be in touch shortly.

Private Fees

WHY ARE FEES CHARGED 

The government's contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients. However, in recent years more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a wide range of non NHS work. This work is not funded by the government, so GPs have to charge a fee to cover their time and other expenses.

 Surely the doctor is being paid anyway?

 It is important to understand that many GPs are not employed by the NHS. They are self-employed and they have to cover the costs of everything from the limited NHS funds provided - staff wages, buildings, heating, lighting, etc - in the same way as any small business. The NHS covers costs for NHS work, but not for non-NHS work, the fees charged by GPs contribute towards keeping the surgery running.

 Do GPs have to do non-NHS work for their patients?

With certain limited exceptions, GPs do not have to carry our non-NHS work. Many GPs however will always attempt to assist their patients and carry out this work.

Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form/letter?

Time spent completing forms & preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of patients which will always have top priority. GPs have an ever increasing workload of forms which must be prioritised against offering appointments and other urgent administration. We aim to complete non-NHS work within two weeks of receipt.

I only need the GP's signature - what's the problem?

When a GP signs a certificate, completes a report or writes a letter it is a condition of remaining on the medical register (which allows them to practice as a doctor), that they only sign what they know to be true. In order to complete even the simplest of forms, the doctor may have to check a patient's entire medical record.

Please see link below for our current private fee charges.

Please telephone the surgery for further information regarding fees/charges and ask speak to the Secretaries 



 
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