An apple a day keeps the Doctor away…

Pelaw Medical Practice Tel: 0191 4692337

NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice is publicised, and the required disclosure is shown below. However it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice, and should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other practice. All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice. The average pay for GPs working in this practice in the last full financial year was £31,374 before Tax and National insurance. This is for three full time GPs, two salaried GPs and no long term locum GPs who worked in the Practice for more than six months.
The Pelaw Medical Practice vision of the future is to continue to provide the best possible healthcare and education to meet the needs of the practice population. To offer a team approach to healthcare not only within our own practice but to integrate with local practices to ensure that the human resources and skills available are used to the advantage of the local community. To continue to treat each patient as an individual and be sensitive to their needs without any prejudice. To continue to offer secondary care services within the practice and hopefully negotiate with the Primary Care Trust to extend the range of procedures provided. To look at the best ways of obtaining community feedback and involvement in the planning and development of primary care, in conjunction with the Gateshead Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Ultimately to be a general practice that patients feel comfortable to visit and feel safe in the knowledge they will be offered a good primary care service.
Every patient in the surgery has been allocated a "named" GP who is responsible for their care. You are still registered with the Practice rather than a particular GP and still have the choice to see whichever GP you choose. If you would like to know your "named" GP please contact the Surgery.
This practice plans to offer the facility for our patients to view, export or print detailed coded information held in their own records from April 2016. These details are subject to the necessary NHS GP systems and software being available to our Practice. Our Practice current offers the facility for patients: to book, view, amend, cancel and print appointments online to order online, view and print a list of their repeat prescriptions for drugs, medicines or appliances to view online, export or print summary information from their records, relating to medications, allergies, adverse reactions and any other items agreed between the practice and individual patients You must attend the Surgery in person to request your online access and bring ID with you. We are unable to give access to anyone other than the patient. We will publicise and promote our online services to our patients through the Practice website, patients waiting room leaflets and posters and the Patient Participation Group by 31st March 2016. If you wish to register for online access please visit www.patient.co.uk
There is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). It is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had. Why do I need a Summary Care Record? Storing information in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed. This information could make a difference to how a doctor decides to care for you, for example which medicines they choose to prescribe for you. Who can see it? Only healthcare staff involved in your care can see your Summary Care Record. How do I know if I have one? Over half of the population of England now have a Summary Care Record. You can find out whether Summary Care Records have come to your area by looking at our interactive map or by asking your GP Do I have to have one? No, it is not compulsory. If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery. You can use the form at the foot of this page. More Information For further information visit the NHS Care records website
Information about your health and care helps us to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments. The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used. How your data is used Information about your individual care such as treatment and diagnoses is collected about you whenever you use health and care services. It is also used to help us and other organisations for research and planning such as research into new treatments, deciding where to put GP clinics and planning for the number of doctors and nurses in your local hospital. It is only used in this way when there is a clear legal basis to use the information to help improve health and care for you, your family and future generations. Wherever possible we try to use data that does not identify you, but sometimes it is necessary to use your confidential patient information. You have a choice You do not need to do anything if you are happy about how your information is used. If you do not want your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you can choose to opt out securely online or through a telephone service. You can change your mind about your choice at any time. Will choosing this opt-out affect your care and treatment? No, choosing to opt out will not affect how information is used to support your care and treatment. You will still be invited for screening services, such as screenings for bowel cancer. What do you need to do? If you are happy for your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you do not need to do anything. To find out more about the benefits of data sharing, how data is protected, or to make/change your opt-out choice visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website. If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay). Your employer can ask you to confirm that you've been ill.You can do this by filling in a form yourself when you return to work. This is called self-certification. If you're sick and off work for more than seven days, your employer will probably ask for proof of your illness. Most employers ask for a fit note from your GP. However, this will also depend on your employer's company policy on sick leave (or sickness absence). This policy should tell you how many days you can be off sick before you need to provide proof of illness or a fit note. You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP. The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury. For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
This Practice trains junior doctors. They are fully qualified and have already done training in hospitals. You can expect them to provide a full range of GP services. If they are not certain about what to do they will ask more senior colleagues for advice. Thank You