Flu Vaccinations NOW available
Our Influenza vaccinations are now available. Please contact the practice to book your Flu Vaccination. Patients aged 65 and over, patients with Chronic disease or who are pregnant are eligible. Also children who are aged 2-3 or have a long term condition are eligible. Contact the practice or ask in during your appointment to receive yours.
Appointments and Access at St Ann's Medical Centre
As a practice we try to offer a range of appointments to ensure that patients see the right person at the right time dependent on their health needs. We realise that at times we may not have achieved as high a standard at this as would like however we are implementing changes to try to improve access for all patients.
In line with Rotherham Clinical Commissioning Group we have adopted Care Navigation and already many of our patients have benefited from direct appointments with physiotherapists as well as improved engagement with our pharmacy colleagues for simple medications.
We intend to widen this approach by increasing the active signposting within our reception team and we look forward to your support whilst we do this. Our reception staff members will be asking for information regarding your attendance at the practice and we would like to assure you that this is purely to aid direction of your appointment. All staff members within the practice are covered by the NHS guidelines on confidentiality in the same way as our Doctors.
We hope you see this improvement in our appointments system and continue to support our staff in ensuring your attendances are with the right clinician.
As usual you can help with our appointment demand by cancelling any appointments no longer required.
We will now ask for a brief outline of your problem when you call to make an appointment at the practice. This isn’t because our reception staff are nosy but it’s a new approach that we call care navigation.
Through specialist training, our team can now offer more choice on who to see in the practice and help you get to the right health professional fast. Our receptionists never offer clinical advice or triage; this is about offering you the choice to see other specialists in our practice team if they have the expertise to deal with your problem; often quicker and without the need to see the GP each time.
For example, we often get calls that can be dealt with by a physiotherapist, the pharmacist, sometimes even the secretaries, that you may not be aware of if you haven’t visited the practice in a while.
By working this way, it helps us to free up time for GPs to care for our patients with complex or serious health conditions. More importantly though, it means you are seen by the clinician that is best placed to deal with your problem each time you visit us. The choice is up to you.
Agencies involved in this pilot are:
- Talking therapies (councellors etc)
- Contraception and Sexual Health
- Smoking Cessation
It would help the team to help you if you were to inform the receptionist why you need an appointment to see a GP.
Integrated Locality Pilot
St Ann's and Clifton Medical Centre's are part of an integrated Locality Pilot. This is a scheme where staff from many disciplines are based in the same building with the aim of providing more streamlined care for patients in the Community as well as facilitating earlier supported discharges from Rotherham General Hospital. For more information there are 2 videos a 4 minute short version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dgs20Df1aXY and an 11 minute long version https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e2HlhcNI1jU.
Summary Care Record
The NHS is changing how patient information is stored and shared in England, to provide better care for patients. SCRs provide healthcare professionals treating patients in different care settings with faster access to key clinical information.
For more information about the Summary Care Record click here, and for more information about the Enriched Summary Care Record click here
The practice is currently suffering from a high number of patients not attending for their appointments which results in longer waiting times for everyone else.
If you would like a text message reminder for your appointment please make sure we have you current mobile number recorded in your records.
If you no longer need your appointment please let us know by ringing 01709 375500, we can then offer this to someone else. Thank you