Notice Board

Cervical Screening Awareness Month Jan 2020

As part of Cervical Cancer Prevention Week (20/01/2020 - 26/01/2020). GP Direct is running Cervical Screening Awareness Month. During this time we will be running extra Cervical Screening appointments (available to book online). For more information on Cervical Screening please visit https://www.gpdirect.co.uk/cervical-screening-smears

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GP Earnings publication for 2018-19

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

The average pay for GPs working in GP Direct in the last financial year (2018/19) was £59,570 before tax and National Insurance.  This is for 1 full time GP, 11 part time GPs and 2 locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.

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Don’t miss out on your flu vaccine (Jan 2020)

If you, or a dependent of yours, is aged six months or older and falls in one of the groups below (or you have received a flu vaccination invitation letter you will be eligible for the flu vaccination). The vaccine offers you the best possible protection against the main flu strains in circulation this winter.

The main eligible groups for the flu vaccine are:

  • Aged 65 or over 
  • Aged 2, 3 or 4
  • Has diabetes
  • Heart disease or health failure
  • Kidney disease
  • Stroke or TIA
  • Asthma which has required treatment in the past year or has resulted in an admission to hospital in the past two years
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other significant respiratory conditions
  • Dementia and other significant neurological conditions
  • Liver disease
  • Immunocompromised due to a medical condition or treatment
  • Body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more (if deemed clinically appropriate by a clinician)
  • Pregnant
  • Are a carer for someone
  • You live in long term nursing or residential home

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Patient online services (22.12.15)

GP Direct is committed to providing our patients a wide range of online services. Our clinical system supplier, EMIS Health, offers an award winning software for patients called Patient Access, which can be accessed via the web and also as a handy app. Patient Access offers a number of features, which include:

  • Booking (doctors and blood tests appointments), cancelling and checking appointments online
  • Requesting repeat medication
  • Messaging the practice securely online
  • Updating contact details
  • Viewing medical records

The online medical record viewer feature has two broadly different options. When requesting a Patient Access account from reception, which requires you to provide proof of ID, in the form of a passport or driving license, you may verbally request access to the core element of your summary care record, in essence this is your medication, adverse reactions and allergies which have been recorded on the clinical system. The second option is to request access to all coded information within your care record, this includes; problems, medication, adverse reactions, allergies, test results, investigations, symptoms and immunisations which have been coded. If you would like to view the coded information in your care record we simply ask that you read an information patient leaflet about this service and complete a simple one page application form, which can be provided to you by our receptionists. Once you have completed this form and returned it to the practice, we will consider the application, and provided there are no reasons to restrict access we will grant this and you will then be able to view your coded medical record online via your Patient Access account.

You can also apply for a Patient Access account online, however, this will only give you access to your first appointment booking, you will then need to provide your ID at reception, in the form of a passport or driving license to convert this to a full account. The link for the online access account registration is: https://patient.emisaccess.co.uk/Register 

We take your confidentiality and medical information very seriously and it is for that reason that we require to see ID before providing you with your Patient Access registration document at reception or coverting an online requested account to full status. If you do not have a passport or driving license, please inform the receptionists as the management team may be able to apply other measures of verification.

You may request Patient Access for children aged 10 and under, you will need to provide your proof of ID and evidence of the child's ID (they do not need to be present, however proof of ID in the form of a passport, birth certificate or red book will be accepted). When a child reaches 12 years of age their Patient Access account is suspended. This is a standard policy and follows best practice to ensure that a child has confidentiality over their medical record before they reach their teenage years.

If you have any questions about Patient Access and online services please feel free to speak to the practice. 

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Would you like to help shape services at GP Direct?

We are looking for enthusiastic patients to join our Patient Participation Group. We need a mix of patients representing a cross section of our patient base. If you're interested please request to speak to the Practice Manager or email us on gpdirect@nhs.net .