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Patient Notice. The Practice now opens on a Thursday afternoon between 16:00pm-18:30pm.


Please note, this will be for Patient Access Only.

Practice News

Latest News... April 2018

Please note: Our telephone lines will switch off at 1pm on Tuesday 24th April 2018 and resume at 16:00pm as normal. The Practice is currently undergoing planned maintenance work on our telephone system and we would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience. During this time your call will be handled by our out of ours service.

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Latest News... September 2017

Please note that the Practice will no longer be offering extended hours appointments on Wednesday evenings between 18:30-19:15pm.

We apologise in advance for any inconvenience this may cause patients however we will try to best accommodate you. 

Please talk to reception should you wish to discuss this further. Alternatively you can attend our next Patient Group meeting on the 27th September to put your view's across. 

Latest News... May 2017

Please see below the winning  raffle numbers form our coffee morning earlier this year.

Please contact the Practice if you have a winning ticket.

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Please read our latest Newsletter

Downsfield Newsletter March 2017 edition

What

We would like to invite you to attend Downsfield Medical Centre's Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support.  We are holding the event on Friday 28th October 2016 from 10:00am to 13:00pm and will be selling a lovely selection of homemade cakes and serving tea and coffee. All donations will be for a great cause. We will also being doing a raffle, so please ask at the surgeryshould you wish to buy some raffle tickets before this date to have the chance of winning some great grabs.

Macmillan is a charity close to our hearts as we have all been affected by cancer in some way. If you would like to learn more about the services Macmillan offer, please visit their website www.macmillan.org.uk.

We look forward to seeing you to raise money for a very worthy cause!

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Button batteries pose 'deadly' risk to toddlers

Following on from recent news from Great Ormand Street Hospital, Downsfield Medical Centre has introduced a battery bank for patients to drop of used batteries so we can dispose of them for you. 

Surgeons are warning of the potentially deadly risk posed to young children by button batteries.

If accidentally swallowed, the small, round batteries can get lodged in the oesophagus and burn a hole through its lining.

London's Great Ormond Street Hospital has seen a big increase in cases in the past year.

Surgeon Kate Cross said: "Button batteries should be treated like poison and kept out of reach of children."

Please click on the below link's for more information or watch the below recommended video.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-37410343

http://www.gosh.org/news/latest-news/valeria-has-specialist-treatment-after-swallowing-watch-battery

Please make sure children are kept safe. Please bring any used batteries to the practice and ask the reception to dispose of them at our battery bank. We hope patients will make use of this very new service to keep all children safe.

Latest News... September 2016

Accessible Information - Information for patients

From 31 July 2016, all organisations that provide NHS care or adult social care are legally required to follow the Accessible Information Standard.

The standard aims to make sure that people who have a disability, impairment or sensory loss are provided with information that they can easily read or understand with support so they can communicate effectively with health and social care services.

Benefits to  patients


• Access to information in the format they want • Improved outcomes and experiences • Increased understanding of and involvement in decisions and choices about their own health • Increased take up of early interventions / prevention initiatives • Better able to provide informed consent • Better partnership working with GP and health professionals.   

Building Infrastructure update

We would like to thank all of our patients for being very understanding following our temporary working arrangements in the new building. The building work is coming along very well and we are hoping for the patient waiting area and new staff reception to be ready for use by the end of September. In the mean time can I once again please thank all patients for coping with the current building work. We look forward to completion!

On behalf of all at Downsfield Medical Centre


“Improving the Practice” Questionnaire

Downsfield medical centre | 315 sheldon heath road | birmingham | B26 2TY Doctor Kommalapati

A survey was undertaken between January 2016 – June 2016 at Downsfield Medical Centre. Surveys were made available to patients for the whole of this time in the waiting room and handed to patients personally. You may have noticed that patients participated in getting as many survey’s completed by attending the surgery on busy evenings and personally handing patient a survey to complete, these patients were patients of our Patient Participation Group who very kindly offered to help with gathering information. The surgery would like to thank the Patient Participation Group (PPG) for all their help in gathering this information for us.

In total 90 completed surveys were returned, most were completed fully and many included comments in the sections provided for that purpose.

As a practice we are delighted by the results of the survey and are pleased that the efforts of doctors, nurses and reception staff are appreciated and valued by our patients. We also seriously note the few negative comments and combining these with the suggestions made by patients would like with the help of the Patient Participation Group to draw up an action plan for the next twelve months.

Please download a copy of our latest survey by clicking on the below link

Practice Survey Report 2016

Patient Online

Changes to Patient Online Service

Wouldn’t it be great if you could look at your GP records online?

Well, you can! You can also book and cancel appointments at your GP surgery and order repeat prescriptions online. You can already see some of the information in your GP online records, including your medications and allergies. From March 31st 2016 you will be able to opt in to see your detailed medical records online. This will include illnesses, immunisations and test results. Each GP surgery will make this information available at different times, as their computer systems become ready.

Just like online banking, you can look at your GP records on a computer, a tablet or a smartphone, using a website or an app. If you would like to start using online services, see the Getting Started with GP Online Services guide for more information. Information on how to get started is also available online at www.nhs.uk/patientonline

 

What’s in it for you?

  • You can look at your records whenever you choose to, without needing to print them. Online records are up to date and more secure than a printed paper record which could get lost or seen by others.
  • People who have long term conditions, for example diabetes, hypertension or coronary heart disease, have found that looking at their test results online helps them make positive changes to improve their health. They can see if their condition is improving or getting worse by looking at past test results. Adam, a patient at University Health Centre said ‘Record access is useful for those, like me, who need to have more regular contact with their GP’.
  • You can look at your medical records before your appointment to see if there is anything you need to discuss with your doctor or nurse. This could be your test results, illnesses you have had in the past or any new information added to your records. This would help you discuss any concerns you may have and help you benefit more from your appointment.
  • Sometimes when you see your doctor, you are given a lot of information and might not be able to remember it later. You may also want further information once you have had time to think about what was said. You can look at your online records after your appointment to make sure you understood what your doctor or nurse said.
  • One of the most useful things patients have found is that you can make sure your medical information is accurate. For example, you will be able to let your doctor know if you have an allergy to a medicine and it is not recorded.
  • Before you go on holiday, you can check if your vaccinations are up to date without having to go to your surgery.

 


 

Named GP for all patients

By 31st March 2016, every GP practice is required by the Government under the terms of the latest GP contract to allocate all patients a named accountable GP.

Downsfield Medical Centre has allocated every patient a GP who will be responsible for their overall care. This is purely an administrative exercise. If you do wish to know or change your named GP, we will make reasonable efforts to accomodate this request. As this practice is a single handed practice the named GP for all patients is Dr Kommalapati.

Please note: there is no need to telephone the practice for this information. Simply ask reception on your next visit

  • This does not prevent you from seeing any GP or Nurse Practitioner in the practice as you currently do.
  • Your named GP will not be available at all times and if your needs are urgent, you may need to discuss them with an alternative doctor.
  • You will still receive the same level of care.
  • You do not need to do any anything else, nothing will change for you.

 

For more information please click on the link below:

http://bma.org.uk/practical-support-at-work/contracts/gp-contracts-and-funding/general-practice-funding/gp-contract-2015-2016-england/gp-contract-named-gp

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Exciting News...Primary Care Transformation Funds For Revelopment

Over 1,000 GP practices across the country have had bids approved for funding in principle as part of the first tranche of the £1billion, four-year Primary Care Infrastructure Fund. Downsfield Medical Centre was one of the practice's!

The funding will help to improve the current  premises to benefit both patients and professionals working in primary care – either through making improvements to existing buildings or through the creation of new ones. It will also help the practice to harness technology and give practices the space to offer more appointments and improved care for the frail elderly in the community – essential in supporting the reduction of hospital admissions.

You will find that the practice is currently under construction and work is aimed to be completed by August 2016 at the latest. Please check the website and subscribe to our facebook page for daily updates.


Introducing the New Text Service - Please update your contact number at reception

Downsfield Medical Centre have now introduced a new text service which patient's can reply back to. You will also be able to automatically recieve a text reminder message for your upcoming appointments. Please ask at reception for more details. If you have a new number please remeber to change this at reception so you can benefit from our new service. If you would like to opt out of this service please let reception know.



 
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