At Waterfront & Solent Surgery we support the work being done by the Royal College of General Practitioners and their "Put Patients First" Campaign.
What’s the issue? General practice is facing a growing crisis, as it struggles to provide the care needed by an increasing patient population. Ballooning workloads, declining resources and an overstretched workforce are placing huge strain on services that remain the first point of contact with the health service for most of the UK public. This is bad news for patients, who face longer waits for appointments to see their GPs and a lower level of care than their GPs want to provide. Too often non-urgent care is being provided in our hospitals, at great expense,when most people want to be looked after in their local community. In response, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the National Association for Patient Participation (N.A.P.P.) have launched Put patients first: Back general practice – our campaign to improve patient care by increasing funding for general practice from 8.39% to 11%of the UK NHS budget by 2017.
We need your help! Your help will be vital to reversing the decline in resources invested in general practice so that GPs can deliver the improvements to care we want to achieve. We need your ideas and involvement so that together we can make a difference to patient care: 1. Read about the crisis in general practice and our case for change 2. Read about our vision for patient care 3. Take action to support our campaign 4. Stay informed and join in the conversation: facebook.com/rcgp.org @rcgp #putpatientsfirst www.putpatientsfirst.rcgp.org.uk
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.