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GMS Contract Merge
We are pleased to announce that The Buntingford Medical Centre and The Puckeridge Surgery - known as The Buntingford and Puckeridge Medical Practice – are formally merging GMS contracts on 5 July 2022.
A letter to patients can be read at this page on the website here: CLICK HERE . The letter describes what this change means.
Patients do not need to do anything - this message is just to notify everyone that there is something happening about contracts.
We would like to thank staff and our Patient Participation Group (PPG) for supporting this process.
We care about your experience and use patient feedback as an opportunity for reflection, process review and staff training where appropriate.
Give Feedback on Care
Long Term Conditions Review:
Following Covid-19, the Practice has changed ways of working and how we review patients with long term conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease or asthma.
Please click on the ‘Long Term Conditions’ section of our website to view this.
IMPORTANT NOTICE -FACE COVERINGS
Whilst COVID restrictions have ended in many settings in England, the Practice continues to follow Public Health Infection Control guidance to protect our staff and vulnerable patients in requiring all patients and visitors to wear a face covering when attending the surgery.
Thank you for your ongoing support and co-operation.
The Buntingford & Puckeridge Medical Practice.
'WE ARE STILL HERE FOR YOUR CARE'
COVID-19 has changed how patients access their GP. The pandemic has supercharged the use of remote consultations in primary care. These will never replace face to face appointments which should be available to all patients where appropriate. However, they can be a convenient way for people to access medical advice and treatment.
There is a risk that if patients don’t feel they have access to a GP for non-urgent issues, they will seek help at A&E.
- We have adopted different ways of working following the pandemic to support the management of infection control.
- Face-to-face appointments are available to all patients, but you will be asked to discuss your conditions over the phone or online first to assess what would be most appropriate for you
- In addition to face-to-face consultations, many GP practices may offer consultations online or over the phone. This can be a convenient and flexible way to receive healthcare but if you would prefer to see a GP or healthcare professional in person then this can be discussed with the clinician.
Ways to seek healthcare advice from a GP
- Call your surgery to discuss a face-to-face or virtual (telephone or video) appointment
- Visit your GP surgery website for information of self care.
Use online Services or download the NHS App to order repeat prescriptions, book appointments and check your symptoms
Training Practice - Support the GP's of the future.
Did you know that The Buntingford & Puckeridge Medical Practice is an accredited training practice which means we provide educational placements to qualified postgraduate doctors. It is possible that you may be seen by one of these doctors who work under our supervision at the surgery. These doctors are usually on placement with us for between 4 to 12 months.
Germ Defence, which was created by a team of doctors and scientists to provide advice that has been proven to reduce the spread of viruses in the home. It can help you plan how to protect yourself and members of your family from infection such as COVID-19 and ‘flu.
It’s easy to use and only takes 10 minutes - just click on this link: www.germdefence.org/index.html?src=E82130
Women’s health - Let's talk about it
We ask certain questions to help make sure that our policy making is representative and to understand how it may affect certain groups. Please do not identify anyone else in your answers to any questions during this survey if they have not given permission for you to do so (consultations.dhsc.gov.uk).
Need to know your NHS number: Its easy, just follow the link below:
(Site updated 12/07/2022)