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Important News Covid-19 Virus

Derby Road site will be operating as an isolation site  from Monday 23rd March. The site will be manned by a full team of staff working via telephone and  e mail. We are also hoping to start using video consultations as well. All patients who need to be seen will be seen at  the Pinewood site where infection control protocols will be followed to prevent the spread of infection including the use of personal protective equipment such as masks, aprons, gloves and goggles. In the possible event that staff are forced to self isolate and / or become unwell , we will re -deploy staff from the Derby Road site as and when required. We hope in this way to preserve a resilient workforce for as long as possible. Any patient attending the Pinewood site will be given instructions to wait in the car park until asked to come into the surgery. ALL patient requests for appointments will continue to be assessed and prioritized by telephone and by e mail.  It is clear to us that many routine procedures and treatments will be delayed as we attempt to meet the needs of our most vulnerable and ill patients. We apologize sincerely for this and ask for the understanding of our patients.

For more details on specifics, please see the newsletter below.

Derby Road Patient Newsletter March 2020-Download

here: Patient Newsletter March 2020

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Suffolk GP+ Service

Suffolk GP+
Please note that Suffolk GP+ appointments can only be booked through your own local GP practice.

Suffolk GP+ is for people who urgently need a doctor’s appointment, or can’t see their GP on a weekday. This was initially a nine month NHS pilot as part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund, which aims to find innovative ways of improving convenience and access to GP services for patients. In April 2016, the scheme was extended for a further 12 months.

Suffolk GP+ is being run by Suffolk GP Federation and is staffed by a rota of Suffolk GPs and Nurse Practitioners. The service runs at Riverside Clinic in Ipswich and at Swan Surgery in Bury St Edmunds.

The service is primarily for residents in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds but appointments are made available for residents living further afield if they wish to travel. There are no self-referrals and appointments can only be made via a patient’s own local GP practice.

Over fifty local Suffolk GP's have signed up to the Suffolk GP+ bank of doctors. They are continuing to work for their own GP practices in the county while also working two or three additional shifts per month for Suffolk GP+. There are four or five doctors and a nurse practitioner on each Suffolk GP+ shift.

Approximately 20,000 additional GP appointments are being offered over the course of the NHS pilot, with 24 appointments on week-day evenings and 150 on weekends and Bank Holidays.

Suffolk GP+ has electronic access to patients’ notes with patient consent so the GP or Nurse Practitioner can quickly understand the patient’s medical background, which helps with assessment and treatment. The notes are updated by Suffolk GP+ so the patient’s own GP knows about the appointment.

Collaboration with wider health services to ease pressure

In addition to the appointments being offered via local GP practices, Suffolk GP+ is collaborating with local hospitals and the ambulance service, to help ease pressure on Emergency Departments. Some patients at Ipswich Hospital and West Suffolk Hospital who are waiting at A&E and who are assessed as having minor ailments are being offered an appointment with Suffolk GP+. 

Paramedics attending 999 calls also have the option to contact Suffolk GP+ where the patient is assessed as needing to see a GP rather than go to A&E. The paramedic will call Suffolk GP+ first, before bringing them directly for an appointment.

The NHS 111 medical helpline and GP Out-of-Hours services are also collaborating with Suffolk GP+ to enable booking of some patients for appointments within the Suffolk GP+ opening times if appropriate.

Funding for Suffolk GP+

Suffolk GP Federation submitted a bid endorsed by Ipswich and East Suffolk CCG to run the NHS pilot as part of Wave 2 of the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund. There have already been 20 Wave 1 pilots and there are 37 Wave 2 pilots nationally.

The NHS pilots aim to find innovative ways of improving convenience and access to GP services for patients. Additional benefits include relieving pressure on GP Practices, hospital emergency departments, GP Out-of-Hours services and NHS 111.

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