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We have two practices based in the Dearne Valley area, one located in Thurnscoe and the other located in Goldthorpe. Both practices are in purpose built lift buildings.
Our goal is to work together with our patients, to educate them in their lifestyle choices and to help them manage and improve their overall health and wellbeing.
We welcome new patients to join us and aim to provide the same excellent clinical care to everyone.
This is a brief explanation of some of the changes you may be experiencing since Furlong Road Surgery merged with us, Dearne Valley Group Practice, on July 1st 2016.
We would first of all like to apologise that the former Furlong Road Surgery did not make enough attempts to inform you the changes prior to the merger or that Dr Gopinath planned to retire shortly after the merge.
We have noticed that many of you may require medication reviews to ensure that you are receiving the best and most appropriate care. We understand that this can be unsettling as we may suggest some changes to some of your medication but, we would like to reassure you that the changes are in your best interest.
We have noticed some aggression toward our reception team in relation to some of the changes, please keep in mind that it is not the fault of any member of our reception team and any information that they relay to you have been authorised by a GP.
Since the merge you now have access to SIX GP’s, TWO Practice Nurses, an Advanced Nurse Practitioner and THREE Health Care Assistants, all of these are here to help you.
We understand that change can be difficult and we are sorry that you were not better prepared before you joined with us but we hope that you will soon see the benefits of the merge once you settle in and get to meet our clinical team.
We are also aware of the issues with the telephones; we are very sorry for any issues you experience when trying to call. We are working with all the relative people to try and get this resolved as soon as possible.
If you do have any particular concerns please do not hesitate to bring this to our attention and we will do our best to help you.
On March 14, 2016 we were inspected by the Care Quality Commission and were rated as being 'Good'.
To see the full report please click here
How we communicate with people in a way that they can understand
Please click here for the policy
The tech team at Patient Partner who provide the telephone software for us have implemented what we hope is a solution to the looping problems you have all been experiencing.
What was the problem: Two people could be on the phone to a receptionist, Four people could queue behind them waiting to be answered, this was the maximum the system could handle so any callers after this would be looped back to the main menu if they pressed the option to speak to a receptionist.
What has been changed: Two people can be on the phone to a receptionist, Four people can queue behind them waiting to be answered (these will hear a ringing phone sound) Four people can queue behind them (These will hear some hold music). This is the maximum number of callers the phone software can take so if there are more than 10 people calling at once the phone line will be engaged preventing more calls coming in and being looped.
This seems like a huge improvement to us and we hope that you will agree the next time you call.
Also, we plan to double the number of staff that will be answering the telephone in the coming months so the situation should improve further.
Thank you for your patience during this time.
“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 Dearne Valley Group Practice in the last financial year was £66,015 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 2 full time GPs, 2 part time GPs and 0 locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.”
2) 5 PUFFS
3) 30 PUMPS
4) 2 PUFFS
5) 30 PUMPS
6) REPEAT STEPS 4 & 5 CONTUNUIOUSLY
We are signing up to a new system which will allow health and social care professionals from outside our practice view the most up-to-date information about you but only if you give them consent. This will help the professional caring for you gain a better understanding your needs.
What this means in a nutshell; should you attend a service such are the iHeart Barnsley HUB for out of hours care, you will be asked by the consulting clinician if they can access your record. At this point you have the opportunity to say no and no information will be shared. However, if you say yes, the clinician will only have access to a condensed view of your clinical information (past diagnosis, allergies, medications, current and past illness, investigations, blood pressure etc.) but equipped with this history it may significantly help them treat you. Your information will only be temporarily streamed while you are being consulted and will not accessible again without your consent.
If you do not wish to share your information at all then please contact the surgery and let us know. Please note, should you opt out of sharing but then later be seen in hospital or an out of hours service, they will not be able to access any of your history even if you authorise them to view it. It has to be allowed here before hand. Please bare this in mind when making your decision.
There are also leaflets available in reception.
We have put together a brief letter to help you understand more about the practice, the appointments we offer, how you can book and what our reception team can help you with.
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Message to parents,
Here are some links to fact sheets which may help you if your child is suffering from an ear infection, sore throat of cough. As the 'Home care is best ' poster suggests, a local pharmacy can recommend medication to ease symptoms and the medication will be FREE if you already do not pay for prescriptions.
Please share this with your friends, the fact sheets below also advise when you should seek help if they symptoms develop.
Please follow these links:
Ear Infection: http://dev.selfcareforum.org/…/2013/04/Ear_Infection_fin.pdf
Named GP for all patients
All patients at our practice have a named GP to oversee their care.
You may already have been told who your named GP is at some point; for those of you who haven’t yet been told, our aim is to let you know before the end of March 2016. Please ask next time you make contact with the practice if you would like to know who your named GP is. For those of you whose named GP has left the practice we will inform you of his or her replacement.
What does this mean for you?
You are unlikely to see any notable change in the way care is delivered to you by our practice, just a formalisation of our current process.
The responsibilities of your named GP will be to:
• Take the lead responsibility for ensuring that all appropriate services required by you from the GP practice are provided.
• Where required, use their professional judgement, to work with relevant health and social care professionals to deliver a care package that meets your needs.
• Ensure your physical and psychological needs are recognised and responded to by the relevant clinicians in the practice
• Ensure you have access to a health check if requested.
These responsibilities will be carried out within the opening hours of the surgery and do not change the way you or other patients currently access care outside of these hours.
You must continue to book appointments with the practice in the same way. If you require an appointment with a GP urgently and are unable to book it with your ‘named GP’ please book in with another available doctor.
Please book Nurse appointments in the usual way.
Please note that despite our GPs working with other health and social care professionals to deliver your care needs, they do not take on the responsibility for the care others deliver to you. If you have concerns about any care provided by a health and social care professional outside of the practice, this should be raised directly with them, or their organisation.
Download this year's Patient Participation Report by clicking here.
We encourage you to leave us feedback and any comments or suggestions you might have. Get in touch via facebook or fill in a comments slip in the surgery or send a letter to us addressed to The Practice Manager.
We will update our social media sites and waiting room notice boards with any updates that may occur based on feedback we receive.
Thanks again to everyone who took part in this year's survey.
Have you heard or used the Pharmacyfirst service in Barnsley. It’s been running for nearly a year now and we’d like to see what you think of it.
Thank you very much for taking part.
Barnsley GPs and pharmacies are offering a new service which gives you more choice and easier access when it comes to treating minor illnesses and ailments.
If you don't normally pay NHS prescription charges, then any medicines supplied under the Pharmacyfirst scheme will be FREE.
If you do pay for your prescriptions, then the cost of the medicines should be much less that the prescription charge and you get the same great advice from your pharmacist.
Your pharmacist is a qualified health care professional who can help with your health problems. The pharmacist will offer you a private space to talk to you about your symptom
The following conditions are currently covered by the scheme:
The NHS Health Check is for adults in England between the ages of 40 and 74.
Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia.
The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented, even if you have a family history of them.
NHS Health Check can help you by assessing your risk of developing these health problems and giving you personalised advice on how to reduce it.
Book in to see one of our Heath Care Assistants and get checked now!
Sharing information about the care you have received, enables those involved in providing care and health services to improve the quality of care and health services.
NHS England has commissioned a programme of work on behalf of the NHS, public health and social care services to address gaps in information. Their aim is to ensure that the best possible evidence is available to improve the quality of care for all.
This involves us sharing information about you!
Your date of birth, full postcode, NHS Number and gender rather than your name will be used to link your records in a secure system, managed by the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) . Once this information has been linked, a new record will be created. This new record will not contain information that identifies you. The type of information shared, and how it is shared, is controlled by law and strict confidentiality rules.
For more information on this please click here
and for information on how to OPT OUT click here
You may receive a pack/ leaflet in the post however, If you do not provide us with the correct documentation to opt out by the 31st of March 2014 we will have no choice but share your information.
Please share this information with friends and family. We want as as many patients to have an informed decision before this goes live.
If you notice any changes in your breasts, it’s important that you contact your doctor straight away. You’re not wasting anyone’s time and it’s much better to be sure, if only to put your mind at rest.
Finding breast cancer early makes it more treatable. A trip to your doctor’s surgery could save your life. And if a friend or relative says they have any of these symptoms, insist they see their doctor.
You might see public information announcements in the press or on television regarding sharing your information.
For a video on what this means please click here
or If you would like more detaild information about care.data please see the NHS Choices website here
Do you live in Barnsley or are you registered with a Barnsley GP?
Do you have any views or suggestions on how your local NHS Services could be improved? Would you like to be kept up-to-date about local health services?
We would like our patients to be aware that there is now specialist weighing equipment avaliable at both our Thurnscoe and Goldthorpe sights. For further information see one of our HCA's.