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Welcome to Sea Mills Surgery

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Looking after your wellbeing - Keeping in touch

About 15 million people in England have a long-term health condition. Long-term conditions or chronic diseases are conditions which are managed with drugs and other treatment, for example: diabetes, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease and hypertension (blood pressure).

We encourage patients to monitor their blood pressure by taking regula blood pressure readings, readings can be taken by visiting health corner at the practice and submitting your up to date reading to reception,  monitoring blood pressure at home with a self-purchased blood pressure machine and sending the information to the practice can inf

Send a review to your doctor via e.consult  Reviews - Sea Mills Surgery (webgp.com) A clinical member of the team will review the information you send us, and get in touch if you need to be brought into the practice. Reviews are available for Asthma, HRT, Contraception, Blood Pressure, Depression or Anxiety, Diabetes, Thyroid, COPD and Medication.  

We invite patients with long term conditions who've not had a review of their condition due to the pandemic to complete an online review (where able) and diarise booking with the practice for annual blood tests during your month of birth. A member of our reception team will be happy to advise. 

 

Flu Vaccinations

Delay from of vaccine from manufacturers - Clinics are being added on a weekly basis.

We are able to vaccinate all adults eligible for the free NHS flu vaccine, as well as children born between 1 September 2017 and 31 August 2019 and children who are at a higher risk from flu because of an underlying medical condition, such as severe asthma or a weakened immune system.

We are not able to vaccinate the remaining school-aged children in the area, as they will be vaccinated at their school before the end of January.

Our flu vaccine clinics are arranged around deliveries, which are phased throughout the flu season. We will contact all patients eligible for flu vaccine around the deliveries of vaccines. If you do not wish to wait for us to contact you, many local community pharmacies are also able to offer the flu vaccine and, if you’re pregnant, you can contact your local maternity service.

There is enough flu vaccine for all eligible people to be vaccinated

 

Covid Vaccinations (updated 1st November 2021)

Patients are being contacted by the National Booking system and local surgeries for their covid booster and third dose covid vaccines.

Please do not phone the surgery to book a covid vaccination unless you have received a call or text from Sea Mills or a letter asking you to do so.

There are now a range of choices and options available to patients for booking a covid-19 vaccine or booster, including grab-a jab venues.

You can check if you need to book and where to book here: Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

 

Who can get a COVID-19 booster vaccine?

Booster vaccine doses will be available on the NHS for people most at risk from COVID-19 who have had a 2nd dose of a vaccine at least 5 months ago.

This includes:

  • people aged 50 and over
  • people who live and work in care homes
  • frontline health and social care workers
  • people aged 16 and over with a health condition that puts them at high risk of getting seriously ill from COVID-19
  • people aged 16 and over who are a main carer for someone at high risk from COVID-19
  • people aged 16 and over who live with someone who is more likely to get infections (such as someone who has HIV, has had a transplant or is having certain treatments for cancer, lupus or rheumatoid arthritis)
  • People who are pregnant and in 1 of the eligible groups can also get a booster dose.

​​Eligible patients may receive a text message or letter from the National Booking System to book their appointment on line. 

Sea Mills Surgery does not have access to the National Booking System to update or amend any bookings not taking place at the practice

 

Stop Press - September 2021 updates

Why are GPs needing to work differently?

Why are GPs needing to work differently?

Please see this poster from the BMA for details

 

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the wider resources available locally to support you, including the emotional support line for those experiencing anxiety or distress. You can find more at the BNSSG Healthier Together website.

 

Unprecedented demand on services

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19 all GP practices, including Sea Mills are experiencing unprecedented demand for appointments. We understand the frustration this can cause. 

All urgent GP referrals to secondary care are processed within one working day. Blood tests requested by secondary care, normally taken at hospital can now be taken at the GP practice. 

Frequent monitoring of ongoing health conditions - Due to the shortage of supply of blood bottles and the covid vaccination programme, you may be over due a routine annual health check for Asthma, COPD, Diabeties and other long term conditions. The practice team will invite you in for your annual check, alternatively you can call reception to book an appointment. 

 

Phoning for routine test results

Please phone after 2pm for routine test results, after this time the phone lines tend to be slightly quieter. We are reviewing our telephone system. Please be patient with us whilst we look to improve our system. 

 

Zero Tolerance

Nationally practices have seen a significant increase in offensive, abusive or threatening behaviour - this will not be tolerated towards visitors and employees. Any behaviour of this sort will be acted upon in the appropriate manner and this may include contacting the police. We appreciate your support and understanding at this time whilst our Reception Team navigate your call and, clinicians triage the high demand for on the day appointments.

 

Community Pharmacy Service

Sea Mills are pleased to be working with local pharmacist to offer patients same day appointments for conditions including UTI's (females age 16-64 years) Impetigo -Adults and children age 2 or over, eye infections and children's skin conditions including Eczema and dermatitis. Please ask at reception for details. 

 

eConsult

For general enquiries, online options are available including eConsult for non urgent clinical and administrative support.

To use eConsult, head to the blue banner above "Consult with your Doctor online" click on the link request general advice and follow the prompt. 

To ensure fair access to GPs for all of our patients we provide a mixture of appointment types and booking methods. These include:

  • Online via Patient Access or the NHS App
  • By telephone - please call  01179 681182
  • By completing an eConsult request as described below

We do our best to provide a good selection of each type of consultation but at times of high demand you may find that all available clinics have been filled and be asked to try again at a later date. 

 

What happens when you complete an eConsult?

You will receive an automatic message advising that you will be contacted within 48 hours.

You will then receive a text message or email from us informing you of the day on which you will be contacted (up to 2 weeks ahead). Please provide a mobile number if at all possible and make sure that you are able to answer the phone on that day.

Although there is an option to select a preferred GP, unfortunately due to the way eConsults are allocated we cannot guarantee that you will be contacted by your requested clinician. 

 

eConsults are not suitable for:

Urgent problems (Call our reception team on 0117 968 1182  or 111 if the surgery is closed - for advice relating to Covid-19 symptoms or vaccination dial 119)

Complex problems which require a full consultation with a GP

Problems where you need to speak to a particular GP or you are following up a previous consultation

 

eConsults are suitable for consultations such as:

  • Medication queries
  • Sick note requests
  • Self help advice
  • Rashes/skin lesions
  • Pain relief advice

eConsults should not be used for requesting medications which are on your repeat prescriptions, which should continue to be requested in the normal way (online via Patient Access or the NHS App, email bnssg.scripts.seamills@nhs.net or via your designated pharmacy).

If your problem has resolved prior to your eConsult appointment date or you decide to phone for an appointment instead, please contact reception to let us know so that we can offer this eConsult appointment to someone else.

 

What is eConsult?

eConsult enables NHS based GP practices to offer online consultations to their patients. This allows patients to submit their symptoms or requests to their own GP electronically and offers around the clock NHS self-help information, signposting to services, and a symptom checker.

eConsult is the most widely used digital triage tool in NHS primary care, built by NHS GPs for NHS patients, designed to enhance patient access, improve practice efficiencies and signpost patients to the right place at the right time for their care. Live in 3,330 NHS practices, eConsult gives millions of patients access to their own GP online.

 

Green Impact for Health

We've pledged our commitment to Green Impact for Health - Taking steps to support a positive impact on the environment. Please visit our News page to see what this means.

 

In the news - Information relating to Patient Data

The planned mass extraction of patient data from GP records will be delayed from July to September, the Government has announced. The deadline of 23rd June 2021 to 'opt out' will be extended.

 

How the NHS uses your Patient Data

 

Patients can make or change a choice relating to their personal Data by phoning the NHS Digital Contact Centre.

The phone number is 0300 303 5678 - Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays).

A member of staff can help you use the online service make or change a choice on your behalf print and post a form to you.

Email: enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk

 

NHS Digital will collect:

YES: data about diagnoses, symptoms, observations, test results, medications, allergies, immunisations, referrals, recalls and appointments, including information about physical, mental and sexual health.

YES: data on sex, ethnicity and sexual orientation

YES: data about staff that have treated patients

NO: name and address (except for postcode, protected in a unique coded form

NO: written notes (free text), such as the details of conversations with doctors and nurses

NO: images, letters and documents

NO: coded data that is not needed due to its age - for example medication, referral and appointment data that is over 10 years old

NO: coded data that GPs are not permitted to share by law - for example certain codes about IVF treatment and certain information about gender re-assignment

Further information and to register for National Data Opt Out

 

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Reminder for Asthma or Diabetes patients

As your Annual Review is due during your month of birth, please make sure that you book your annual review at the beginning of your month of birth with reception.

 

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Covid Vaccination

Please support us by not calling about Covid-19 vaccinations

Don't worry if you haven't heard from us yet, we will be in touch directly to arrange your vaccination appointment when the time is right.

Thank you.

 

About the Sea Mills Surgery Team

The Primary Heath Care Team is led by a partnership of three Doctors and the Practice Manager. The Partners have a special interest in providing continuity of care for family planning, minor surgery, gynaecology and children's medicine. We also provide private services such as HGV medical examinations, the completion of health insurance forms, NHS travel vaccinations and claims.

 

Booking an appointment with a GP or Nurse at Sea Mills Surgery

We continue to offer telephone consultations as standard at Sea Mills Surgery.  We regularly review our appointment system and value your feedback. The surgery team thank *all* patients for their support and understanding during the pandemic.

The Surgery team remain focused on keeping footfall at the practice to a minmum for safeguarding patients and colleagues from risk of potential infection. The practice building is undergoing a series of updates designed to minimise risk.  

To book appointment with your GP or the Practice Nurse please follow the following instructions.

  • Please book your appointment the 'usual' way through our reception team or using Patient Access.
  • Please arrive at your appointment time. This will ensure you are not queuing with other patients and reduces footfall in the building. Arriving earlier for your appointment will not mean you will be seen earlier.
  • Hand santitiser is available inside the surgery
  • When you arrive for your appointment please ring the buzzer stating your name and who you are seeing and you will be collected from the front at your appointment time. We are aware the intercom system is not ideal - We are cleaning the buzzer frequently throughout the day until an alternative solution can be installed.
  • Please ensure you have a face covering (either a mask or scarf) and is on before you enter the building.
  • Please follow the signs or ask for assistance upon arrival at the practice. We are happy to help.

 

Would you like to join our Patient Participation Group?

We are looking for volunteers across all age groups and backgrounds to join the Sea Mills Surgery Patient Participation Group! With many changes happening in General Practice we feel it is important to hear your views and assist us in implenting these changes where possible.

If this is something you would like to be involved in or would like more information please see our Patient Participation Group page.

 

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Social Prescribing Link worker offering guidance for Sea Mills Patients

We are proud to announce our new Social Prescribing service at Sea Mills Surgery. Find out more and learn how this can help you or someone you know.

 

Practice joiners and leavers

The practice is delighted to welcome Jenny Russe as resident Care Coordinator based at Sea Mills three days per week. A pivtal role funded by Affinity Primary Care Network . A Care Coordinator helps to manage a patient's care, for example, the elderly or disabled. They monitor and coordinate patients' treatment plans, connect them with health care providers, and evaluate their progress.

The Practice is delighted to welcome Dr Emma Ginn BMBS (Tuesday's and Thursdays) Emma has joined from Cheddar Medical Practice and brings a wealth of experience as a GP Trainer with specialist interest in ENT.

We also warmly welcome Affinity Primary Care Network Pharmacist Isobel Martinez (Wednesday) and Emily Coe Pharmacy Technition (Wednesday and Friday) 

Green Impact for Health

We've pledged our commitment to Green Impact for Health - Taking steps to support a positive impact on the environment - Visit our News page to see more. 

 

Improving Access

The practice team review patient access and the appointment system frequently.

As part of the Affinity Primary Care Network Sea Mills are working together with five practices in the area to offer a range of additional appointment times include mornings between 07.00 - 08.00am, evenings between 18.30 and 20.00pm and Saturday morning appointments. 

To find out more about available appointments within the Affinity Primary Care network practices, please ask at Reception.

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