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Somerset LMC Weekly Update Friday 1st December 2017

Date sent: Friday 1 December 2017

All Somerset GPs and Practice Managers

PCSE Surveys If you have not already completed these surveys we would encourage you to do so at your earliest convenience, they close on the 8th December they will help the GPC in their continued efforts to push NHS England and PCSE to resolve the issues practices are experiencing with the service.

Survey of practices - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PCSEpracticesurvey

Survey of practitioners - https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PCSEpractitionersurvey

Flu vaccination email to Teachers from Somerset County Council we have been made aware that somerset county council have advised all teachers to obtain a flu jab free of charge from their GP, this is incorrect and we have notified public health who have requested they circulate correct information ASAP.

Technical Requirements for 2017/18 GMS Contract Changes-Version 3 Includes information relating to change to hepatitis B from November 2017 following the change in the recommended vaccine, dementia data collection, national diabetes audit, updated falls Read codes for GMS/PMS data collection which are now in a spreadsheet and Read code for seasonal influenza and vaccination of social care.

Improved Access following the e mail from the CCG regarding information practices share on their websites we have agreed the following paragraphs that practices may wish to use on their websites together with any relevant local arrangements, information and the CCG poster (our thanks to Taunton Federation)

This is a new initiative across Somerset whereby patients can make appointments at extended times (up until 8pm at night Monday-Friday and on Saturday mornings) at other practices across the local area. Practices working together to deliver extended access to appointments are listed on the poster below.

Appointment types will vary, some being face to face and some on the 'phone and there will be a mixture of pre-bookable and same day appointments available across the week. They may be with a doctor but could also be with another healthcare professional such as a primary care practitioner or a nurse. We are keen to balance the importance of continuity of care with convenient access for patients whilst ensuring that the service is safe.

To book an evening or weekend appointment please contact your registered practice during normal opening times, this will help us to signpost you to the most appropriate option for your particular problem. By contacting us we can fully explain the process, ensure that the booking is appropriate (as we hope to be able to meet your needs by offering an appointment with your usual GP) and cover all the relevant information (and consent) that we need to before we book an appointment for you. Further information is shown below.

 

Kind Regards

Jill

Jill Hellens

Executive Director

Somerset LMC

TEL: 01823 331428

Fax:01823 338561

www.somersetlmc.co.uk

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