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Portway Family Practice 

Important Information

28th May 2021

Unfortunately we are currently experiencing some technical difficulties with our telephone lines.  If your are trying to contact the surgery as a matter of urgency please email us on: m88026.tividale@nhs.net We apologies for any inconvenience caused, hopefully our lines we be up and running ASAP. 

Many thanks for your patience.

Suppling face masks exemption letters to patients.

We have had an increase in requests from patients for letters of exemption to wearing face masks in various public settings.

Our response follows the UK Government guidance and supported by the British Medical Association.

The Government guidance suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption. It should be sufficient for someone to declare that they are eligible for an exemption direct with the person questioning them (e.g. Bus Drivers)

Practices are therefore not required to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions, or to those who do not fall under the list of exemptions.

For more information please see the gov.uk website

Thank You

Home Visits

Home Visits are reserved for the following groups of patients:

  • Terminally illHome visit
  • Truly bedbound
  • Patients who are severely ill and cannot be mobilised

Although a traditional part of general practice, home visits are time consuming. Please remember that several patients can be seen in the practice in the time that it takes to make one home visit. So please help us to help you and our other patients by visiting the surgery whenever possible.

A doctor's ability to properly assess and to treat a patient seen in their own home is often impaired by the non-ideal clinical situation of poor lighting, absence of chaperones, unhygienic conditions and such simple difficulties as soft beds, making it impossible to palpate abdomens or complete other examinations correctly.

We want to see patients as quickly as possible, and the best way is often to encourage them to come to the health centre, because your GP will have access to all your medical records, including those held on computer. There are also better facilities for examining and treating patients at the Health Centre.

Babies and small children should be brought to the surgery where we will do our best to see them promptly. If the Reception staff are made aware that your child is particularly unwell, they will do everything they can to see that you are not kept waiting unnecessarily to see the doctor.

Transport/social problems: We cannot undertake home visits for reasons of convenience or lack of transport .We will be happy to provide you Home with details of local taxi firms. From experience, we are aware that relatives, neighbours or friends are often willing to help out. Our responsibility to you is to resolve the medical problem you have; your responsibility is to take all the reasonable steps you are able to, to enable us to do that.

Please request home visits before 10:30am by calling 0121 612 3424 opt 2 then opt 1, whenever possible as this allows the Doctor to plan their day accordingly. Late requests often lead to disruption of the appointment system and excessive waiting times for others.

A doctor/nurse will call you back on most occasions to assess your problem. This is to enable the doctor to assess if a visit is required, and then prioritise visits. It may be that your problem can be dealt with by telephone advice, or that it would be more appropriate to send a nurse, or indeed arrange a hospital attendance. It also prepares the doctor to collect some information required as necessary for the visit.

He/she may ask you to come to the surgery, where you will be seen as soon as possible.

Home visits are discretionary and not an absolute requirement of the GP terms and service. GPs are not obliged to visit a patient if they have assessed the patient's clinical need on the telephone and found them to be suitable for an alternative method of healthcare.

The doctors would like to stress that NO patient in definite need of a home visit will be refused.

In the past, GPs were able to do routine follow up home visits. Sadly, pressures of time and more patients needing attention means this is usually no longer possible.

Some problems such as severe chest pains or shortness of breath are medical emergencies and you may be advised to dial 999.

 

 
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