This week at home I received, along with a host of other junk mail, a leaflet from the NHS entitled "Better information means better care".
As a GP, and one with a special interest in medical information
technology, I was aware this was coming. However, when it arrived its
fair to say that I was disappointed in its "junk mail" format and that
it only seems to confuse the issue of electronic sharing of information
So far, over the last year, we as patients have received letters about
the Hampshire Health Record, the Summary Care Record, and now this
In order to try to clarify NHS Data Sharing for our patients, I have
written a page on our website providing a summary of these data sharing
systems, with links to more detailed explanations. I hope this will help
you understand the systems better. The web page can viewed here:http://www.waterfrontandsolent.co.uk/data-sharing
As you all know by now, computers are an absolutely essential part of General Practice. This week many of our older machines are going to be replaced. This means there will inevitably be some disruption to our service. Please bear with us while we go through this essential process.
We will be affected the week beginning 20th January and the disruption will last about 1 week.
Firstly we would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New from all the staff at the surgery.
past year has been a particularly tough and busy one for everyone at
the surgery, and the pressures on the practice have become more and more
noticeable. None more so than the pressure for appointments. It is for
this reason we have written a letter to our patients to explain some
important changes that will coming in the new year.
We hope you will take a few precious moments to take a look at the letter which is available on line by CLICKING HERE, and will also be available in the surgery waiting rooms.
Southampton A&E is still seeing a large number of people
turning up with D&V. They are managing to slowly re-open wards closed
by Norovirus but need to keep the infection away.
you have diarrhoea and vomiting, possibly with flu like symptoms, stay at home,
drink plenty of fluids and take paracetamol. It should pass in 48 hours but if
not, or if you have any concerns, call the surgery or 111. Please do not go
to A&E, stay at home and don’t risk infecting others!
You can find helpful advice sheets on our practice website here