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Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers

Date sent: Friday 13 November 2015

Sent to all Somerset GPs and Practice Managers                      This and previous updates can be found here

 

Domestic Abuse Remember that Victims  and Perpetrators may not always be those you expect

It’s easy to assume that domestic abuse  only affects partners or ex-partners within a relationship. However,  an increasingly common form of abuse, with potentially devastating results, is set to challenge those inherent beliefs. In 2014/15,  3% of the approx. 700 referrals to Somerset’s Independent Domestic Violence Advisor Service were for victims where the perpetrator was their child.  The child in question was  not a young adolescent, but a grown-up adult child typically  in their 20s or 30s.  These  cases prompted the Safer Somerset Partnership to join up with the Safer Devon Partnership  to raise awareness of  this form of abuse during this year’s domestic abuse awareness week (23rd to 27th November 2015).  If you know anyone who needs support  because of any form of domestic violence or abuse they can call the local helpline on 0800 69 49 999 or email: heretohelp@knightstone.co.uk. If you would like materials to promote awareness in your surgery, please email communitysafetyteam@somerset.gov.uk

Treatment of Overseas Visitors Everyone who approaches a practice for treatment should be offered NHS primary care

The LMC understands that the Department of Health  lawyers  looking at  the  charging  of overseas visitors for NHS services have decided  that the GMS Regulations  -  as currently written -  imply that any person, regardless of nationality, residence, or other factors, should be offered  temporary registration  or immediately necessary treatment if they approach a practice for medical care.  In theory  practices could probably refuse  registration if  they could demonstrate that such refusals were non-discriminatory, but it could well be deemed that it would be discriminatory if only non-UK residents were declined registration.

It looks as though  this includes eligibility for NHS GP prescriptions, but we  think it would be reasonable to restrict the duration of these to the length of time that the patient is going to be in the country.  So, if a patient is visiting for a week and comes requesting his or her routine medication,  they should be offered just enough for their stay in England.

Urgent clarification is being sought from the GPC on exactly what is required of practices.

EU Directive cross-border healthcare - England & Wales: The EU Directive on cross-border healthcare came into effect in England and Wales on 25 October 2013. In essence the Directive allows patients in those jurisdictions the right to seek access to treatment in another country in the European Economic Area (EEA) in either the private or state healthcare sectors. Patients will be reimbursed for the actual cost of the treatment, Full Briefing here

Survey Request to  Users of Southwest Pathology  (TST & YDH referrers) The laboratory looks to distribute a user survey to primary care every two years, and that time has come around again! Could I encourage as many people as possible to complete the survey (whatever their role in your practice). These surveys do provide valuable feedback for us, and help us to try and improve the service we offer.

The survey can be accessed via the link below and is, I am sure you will be pleased to hear, very short

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PathologyUserSurvey2015

Thank you for your participation. If there are any specific issues or suggestions you have which are not covered by the survey, please feel free to contact me directly david.james@tst.nhs.uk

Dave James, SPS Clinical Director

 

 

Kind Regards

Jill

 

Jill Hellens

Executive Director

Somerset LMC

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