Monifieth Medical Practice
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Newsletter - Winter 2016-17

 

Winter is nearly upon us and with it, the only constant is change! Dr Siama Ali went off on Maternity leave in July and has now added a baby boy to her family; she will be back with us in February 2017. Dr Ruth McCullagh, who has been covering Dr Ali’s maternity absence, has happily agreed to join us as a salaried GP and will commence in January 2017 working 2 days per week. Sadly, Helen Connelly one of our practice nurses left for pastures new, but we are happy to announce that Nurse Sharon Robertson has stepped in to fill her shoes.

Advanced Nurse Practitioner
The practice has introduced the welcome addition of an Advanced Nurse Practitioner (ANP). Cindy Kelly joined the team at the beginning of November and we have been setting out her role in the practice. An ANP is a nurse who has an advanced nursing degree and who is able to see and diagnose patients, refer patients to secondary care and prescribe drugs. Cindy is a very capable ANP and joins us with over 12 years experience in the role. We see this as an opportunity for Cindy to care for those who present with more acute problems, and we are building a system that, in time, will release our GPs to be able to care for patients with long-term conditions. We are also very aware that continuity of care is sometimes not all that it could and should be, and we are confident that this change in our working systems will also see an improvement in that area too.

Help Us to Help You
To be able to differentiate and identify acute illness, the GPs partners have asked the reception team to ask you the reason for your call to the practice. Please don’t be offended or worry about this, it is so we can put you in with the most appropriate clinician and this information is simply added to your appointment booking. This can also greatly assist the clinician when reviewing your notes. The receptionists are all fully aware of their responsibilities within the cloak of data protection and patient confidentiality.

Other news
Dr Alison Clement was awarded Fellowship of the Royal College or General Practitioners back in August 2016 and is now also the Clinical Director for Angus. I am sure you will join me in congratulating her on both achievements! Dr Whyte will be reducing her sessional commitment to the practice in January 2017, reducing to 2 days per week as will Dr MacLean to 2.5 days per week.

South West Angus Locality Improvement Group
Yours truly is now the Chair of the Locality Improvement Group and my role is to help facilitate the transformation of health and social care in South West Angus. This is in line with the main strategic priorities for Angus as a whole:
Priority 1. Improving health, wellbeing and Independence.
Priority 2. Supporting care needs at home.
Priority 3. Developing integrated and enhanced primary care and community responses.
Priority 4. Improving integrated care pathways for priorities in care.
The group comprises both Monifieth Medical Practice and Carnoustie Medical Group; together with partners from social care, health, the voluntary sector and care providers. Clearly, behind each of these higher level priorities, lies the real work to be done and we have taken our first few steps to achieving some of the underpinning aims and objectives. If you would like any further information regarding the work of the group, please let me know.

Practice Patient Advisory Group (PPAG)
The Advisory group continues to meet on a quarterly basis. The group provides help and guidance by ensuring that the ‘voice’ of the practice population is heard when it comes to decisions being made about such things as the telephone system and ways to make the appointment system better. The chair of the group now sits on the South West Locality Health & Social Care Integration team and has already provided some useful insight from a patient perspective into the decision/action process of that group. If you think you would like to become a volunteer working with the practice as part of the PPAG, please contact me here at the practice.

Vision Online Services
We have experienced some real issues with the smooth running of this services and I can only apologise for this and thank those who have persevered. However, at long last we have a working solution and all is back up and running. Please remember that we offer an online appointment booking/cancellation service, together with a prescription-ordering module for those on repeat medicines. If you would like to sign up for this free service, please enquire at the reception desk and one of team will take some details and provide you with the necessary paperwork. Please note that a current email address is required in order to enable the service. Also, due to patient confidentiality, the email address should be individual and not a group or family email e.g. thesmiths@xxxxx.com

Flu Season
The start of our vaccination campaign this year has been very busy with record numbers coming into the surgery in the first two weeks. So if your a patient of the practice and haven’t had you jab and are 65 years old or over, or under 65 and in a clinical risk group, please ensure you make an appointment with the nurse and pop in and get it done.

Eric Blyth
Practice & Business Manager

 


 

 

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