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Flu Clinics

Our Saturday Flu clinics are as follows:

6th October 08:30-11:00

17th November 08:30-11:00

Eligibility: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/

Epipen - urgent information

Due to problems with the manufacturing of Epipen - please read this updated guidance.

https://www.allergyuk.org/about/latest-news/762-extended-use-of-epipen-03mg-adrenaline-autoinjector

Prescribing guidance

Please note that due to guidance from the CCG, all prescriptions are now prescribed in a maximum of 28 days supply. We cannot change this.
If you pay for your prescriptions please consider a pre payment certificate which works out cheaper than paying for 12 items per year (you will have 13 items a year if you are prescribed just 1 medicine)  https://apps.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/ppcwebsales/patient.do

Planning a trip abroad?

If you are planning a trip abroad this year and you think you will need vaccinations,  please fill in a travel questionnaire via your SystmOne log in as soon as possible. A Nurse will then call you back.  Some vaccinations need to be administered quite a few weeks in advance so allow yourself enough time to complete your course.

Surgery Closed for Staff Training

The surgery will be closed for Staff Training on the following dates and times in 2018-2019:


27th September 15:30-18:30
23rd October 13:30-14:30
28th November 15:30-18:30
29th January 15:30-18:30
7th March 15:30-18:30

These training sessions are set for the whole of North Dorset. For urgent medical problems that cannot wait until we reopen please contact NHS 111 which is a free to phone number. If it is a life threatening emergency, please dial 999.

We have had a significant number of patients who haven't attended their appointment without cancelling it. PLEASE let us know if you are unable to attend so that we can offer the appointment to someone else.

Sherborne Walking For Health Scheme

Sherborne GP surgeries are looking for volunteers to become trained to lead health walks. No prior experience is required, just lots of enthusiasm!

There is plenty of evidence that shows regular walking helps people to live happier and healthier lives. Walking For Health is a national scheme focused on helping those least active or with a medical need to take regular exercise to get out and get walking with a friendly, local group.

As a volunteer Walk Leader you will share responsibility for organising and providing regular walks linked to a local GP surgery. Walk Leaders receive free training, ongoing support and are covered by public liability insurance.

A one day training course will be held in Sturminster in February.

For further information or to get involved contact Keith Harrison on 07825 691508 or email keith.harrison@dorsetccg.nhs.uk.

Further details about the North Dorset Walking For Health scheme - https://www.walkingforhealth.org.uk/walkfinder/north-dorset-walking-for-health

PPG Recruitment:

Could you help with health promotion events or in surveying the views of other patients to help us to improve our communication. Our active Patient Participation Group is seeking new member for these and other activities. The group strives to be as representative as possible of all our patients. If you would like to be involved please contact Reception on 01935 810900 or email Butehouse.ppg@dorset.nhs.uk.

Named GP

All of our patients have a 'named GP' responsible for their care.  This is largely a role of oversight, with the NHS requirements being introduced to reassure patients that they have one GP within the practice who is responsible for ensuring that this work is carried out on their behalf. If you would like to know who your named GP is, then please ask at reception.  Patients are still free to choose to see any GP or nurse in the practice in line with current arrangements.

The named GP will not:

  • take on vicarious responsibility for the work of other doctors or health professionals
  • take on 24-hour responsibility for the patient, or have to change their working hours. The requirement does not imply personal availability for GPs throughout the working week
  • be the only GP or clinician who will provide care to that patient

Complaints Procedure

If you have a complaint or concern about the service you have received from the doctors or any of the staff working in this practice, please let us know. We operate a practice complaints procedure as part of a NHS system for dealing with complaints. Our complaints system meets national criteria and Mrs Alex Kimber (Practice Manager) is the complaints manager. She will explain the complaints procedure to you and will make sure that your concerns are dealt with promptly. It will be a great help if you are as specific as possible about your complaint.

How to complain

Our aim at Bute House is to provide you with a high standard of medical treatment and care. We are keen to learn of any instances where you may feel we have fallen short of our aim. We hope that most problems can be sorted out easily and quickly, often at the time they arise and with the person concerned. If your problem cannot be sorted out in this way and you wish to make a complaint, we would like you to let us know as soon as possible – ideally, within a matter of days or at most a few weeks – because this will enable us to establish what happened more easily. If it is not possible to do that, please let us have details or your complaint within 12 months of an incident happening or of becoming aware of the matter complained about.

The 12 month time limit does not apply if the practice is satisfied that there were good reasons for not making the complaint within that time limit or that despite the delay, it is still possible to investigate matters fairly and effectively.

Complaints made orally and resolved to the complainant’s satisfaction not later than the next working day are not included in these complaints procedures. Written complaints should be addressed to Mrs Alex Kimber, Practice Manager.

Complaining on behalf of someone else

Please note that we keep strictly to the rules of medical confidentiality. If you are complaining on behalf of someone else, the written consent of the person concerned will be needed, unless they are incapable (because of illness) of providing this.

What we shall do

We shall acknowledge your complaint within 3 days, either orally or in writing, and offer to discuss the matter with you. If you do not wish to accept the offer of a discussion, we will decide how to handle the complaint, based on the available information. A letter will be sent to you setting out how the complaint will be investigated and the expected timescales. We will aim to have looked into your complaint within 14 working days of the date when you raised it with us. We shall then be in a position to offer you an explanation, or a meeting with the people involved. When we look into your complaint, we shall aim to:

  • find out what happened and what went wrong
  • make it possible for you to discuss the problem with those concerned, if you would like this
  • make sure you receive an apology, where this is appropriate
  • identify what we can do to make sure the problem does not happen again
  • advise you of your right to take your complaint to an alternative body (see below)

We will provide a written response as soon as reasonably practicable after completing the investigation.

We hope that, if you have a problem, you will use our practice complaints procedure. We believe this will give us the best chance of putting right whatever has gone wrong and an opportunity to improve our practice. If you remain dissatisfied with the response to the complaint you have the right to complain to an alternative body. (see below.)

The link below takes you through to our practice leaflet.  This leaflet is also available in our waiting room and we welcome any comments or suggestions you have. 

ComplaintsCommentsLeaflet

If you wish, you can choose to complain to any of the following organisations rather than to the practice:

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman:

By post: The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, Millbank Tower, Millbank, London SW1P 4QP

By email: phso.enquiries@ombudsman.org.uk

Website: www.ombudsman.org.uk

By telephone: 0345 015 4033

NHS Commissioning Board- NHS England:

By post: NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT

By email: england.contactus@nhs.netwith ‘For the attention of the complaints manager’ in the subject line.

By telephone: 0300 311 22 33 (Monday to Friday 8am to 6pm, excluding English Bank Holidays) They will take a note of your complaint and arrange for it to be passed to the complaints manager.

Healthwatch:

In person: at any Citizens Advice Bureau in Dorset, Poole or Bournemouth.
By telephone: 0300 111 0102

By post: Healthwatch Dorset, Freepost BH1902, 896 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH7 6BR

By email via the webite: www.healthwatchdorset.co.uk

The Independent NHS Complaints Advocacy Service:

By telephone: 0300 343 7000 or email: referrals@dorsetadvocacy.co.uk

Via their website: www.dorsetadvocacy.co.uk

A free confidential service that advises and supports people who are complaining about the NHS. The service is independent of the NHS and is currently provided in Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth by Dorset Advocacy.

Independent Mental Capacity Advocate (IMCA) Resource:

By telephone: 0845 3891762

IMCAs are a legal safeguard for people who lack the capacity to make specific important decisions: including making decisions about where they live and about serious medical treatment options. IMCAs are mainly instructed to represent people where there is no one independent of services, such as a family member or friend, who is able to represent the person.

The Care Quality Commission:

By phone: 03000 616161

Via their website: www.cqc.org.uk

You can contact the CQC if you are unhappy with a service even when you don’t want to make a complaint.



 
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