What’s New? Latest developments in Primary Care and for our Practice

Updated April 2018

Too busy to See the Doctor?

We are working to improve access to appointments for our patients, in particular at evenings and weekends.   As well as our own late evening GP appointments at Portesham Surgery on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings (6.30 to 7pm) we can also book you into appointments in Bridport Community Hospital, Dorset County Hospital and Weymouth Community Hospital (all in the Minor Injuries/Urgent Care centres) from 6 – 8pm every weekday and at weekends.  These clinics are run by either a GP or a nurse practitioner who can assess and treat new minor illness, including issuing prescriptions, and advise on ongoing treatment, and (with your permission) can access your full GP medical record.  There are also nurse clinics where the staff can take bloods and do dressings.   Our reception team will advise you and book an appropriate appointment for you if this is helpful.

Surgery Snippets Newsletter – Spring 2019

Click here to see our spring 2019 surgery newsletter.

Blood Test Results 

If your nurse or GP takes a blood or urine sample for laboratory testing at Dorset County Hospital, we will only contact you with the results if any action is required (such as repeat tests, review with your GP or a medication change).

If you don’t hear from us (usually within a week) you can assume the test result was normal.

If you want to know the actual result you can check this online through SystemOnline .  You can also see your full medical record (not just the summary as before) including consultation notes.  Please note that you must supply an email address so that your identity can be verified.  Click here to find out how to access your summary care record, as well as order prescriptions and make appointments, via the web.

 Named GP

All our patients (including children) are allocated a Named GP who will coordinate your care if necessary. Do ask if you would like to know who your named GP is or let us know if you would like a particular GP to be your named GP.

Please note that all practices are now required to allocate a Named GP to their patients in line with NHS England requirements; this does not change the way we care for you in practical terms.   You still have the right to see or talk to any GP of your choice whenever they are available, regardless of who your Named GP is.

GP Earnings Report

All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (ie average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

The average pay for GPs working in Portesham Surgery in the last financial year (2017/2018) was £26,883 before tax and National Insurance.  This is for two part time GPs (no full time GPs) and three locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.

Enhanced Sharing of your full GP record

Other health providers who use the same clinical system (called SystmOne) are able to view your full GP record if they have to treat you.  Until now we have only allowed this access if you have specifically given your permission; we have individually asked 75% of our patients this question during the last year.  As of 4th January 2016 we now automatically allow electronic sharing of all our patients’ GP records, unless you tell us that you would like to opt out.  If you have to be treated elsewhere by healthcare staff using the same clinical system (for example all the Minor Injuries Units in Dorset, the district nurses, midwives and health visitors) they will still ask your permission to view your GP record, if it will help them to treat you, and you can still refuse access at that point.  (Note that if you have already opted out of enhanced sharing, we have recorded your wishes and you do not need to do anything further.)



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