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Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 2nd October 2015

Date sent: Friday 2 October 2015

All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers    

DNs Remote Access to Emis

Further to the correspondence sent to all PMs this week the LMC have now arranged a meeting with Somerset Partnership to look at a county wide solution.

Non e Referrals to MPH

We have been made aware that MPH are no longer accepting faxes or paper referrals,  it would appear that practices have not been informed  and the LMC are currently speaking to both the CCG and MPH in relation to this, in the interim we have received the following instructions from a practice on the process.

All referrals now need to be received by MPH electronically – they can no longer accept faxes  or paper referrals with the exception of Rapid Access Chest Pain referrals and Minor Stroke/TIA referrals.

You can still write to Consultants for advice or updating on patients already under their care and these can  be faxed over as normal.

Urgent paper referrals will be emailed by the secretaries to the RMC (BMS) who will upload them onto a drive shared with them and MPH.  The referrals are downloaded daily  by appointments at MPH and sent to the appropriate departments for triage by the consultant (the hospital policy is that the Consultants do this within 48 hours) who will then request an appointment be booked.

Routine paper referrals will be sent by us via post to the RMC for uploading onto the shared drive.


Email urgent referrals to as you would a phlebotomy form.  If you have any attachments you will need to use the scan section of the photocopier and upload as necessary.  Please mark clearly that this is an urgent referral  in the subject box. Select the read receipt option for reassurance.

If you encounter any problems with the hospital system not working  please make a note of the patient’s name and NHS number and we can contact Lorretta McAlpine, hospital bookings manager,  either by email  - or by telephone 01823 344875. 

If you need to chase an appointment which you have requested you can ring the bookings team in the normal way.  At the moment only the appointments team have had training in uploading so are more likely to be able to help than telephoning a secretary at the current time until they are trained.  However once trained, it may be worth ringing the secretary re urgent referrals to let them know it’s on the shared drive and they can mention to the Consultant (we may have to discuss this at a further date).

Practice Collaboration from Theory to Practice

Following on from the LMC roadshows last Month we are in the process of putting together a paper for all practices on the proposed Provider Support Unit (PSU) that was discussed at the events, we hope to be able to send this in the coming week.

Capita Request for premises information

Practices will have received in a recent BNSSSG bulletin a request from Capita for information on premises as part of their ‘Strategic Estates Plan’ commissioned by NHS England. The CCG would like practices to forward any information they propose to send to them first to check as the information gathered will form the basis of the  premises investment mark 2.

Meningococcal B for infants – FAQs

NHS Employers have updated their vaccs and imms FAQs in relation to meningococcal B for infants to explain the eligible age cohort (2 – 13 months), as well as a catch-up cohort up to 2 years for children born on or after 1 May 2015. Link


Kind Regards



Jill Hellens

Executive Director

Somerset LMC

TEL: 01823 331428

Fax:01823 338561

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Attached file: Emis-Instructions.pdf