7th February 2024
MMR vaccinations If you need to check your child’s status after receiving a text message from the NHS. Please check your child’s red book or submit a request via our website . Please do not ring the surgery
26th January 2024
Please see our practice newsletter for practice updates on staff changes, the prescription ordering line, online access to medical notes and lots more
3rd January 2024
NHS England are running a survey to understand the experience of adults living with type 1 and type 2 diabetes diagnosed at least 12 months ago. If you are invited, you will be sent a letter and text message reminders explaining how to take part.
The survey is voluntary and all answer are confidential.
30th October 2023
You may be aware NHS England have determined that all patients will have complete prospective access to their medical records As your GP practice, we have been asked to provide you with access to your full medical record via the NHS app (and NHS website) if you have a suitable NHS login, from 31 October 2023. This instruction also includes automatically provisioning prospective access for patients who turn 16 years of age.
We are advocates of patients having access to their medical records and encourage this, especially to view test results rather than ring the surgery. In fact 46% of our population have some form of online access, either to book appointments or order medication and are able to view elements of their medical records. So, whilst we support the principle of patient access, we are currently providing access in a manner that we determine to be safe. (i.e. with third-party data redacted), in order to minimise the risk of data breaches pertaining to other individuals, named in patient records
We also have significant concerns about the risks relating to safeguarding of vulnerable adults and children, and the risk of harm (up to and including loss of life, particularly femicide) that may result if/when patient data is revealed to third parties under coercion or threat. Under the current planned changes to the system, when a patient moves surgery, there is no guarantee that any redaction will transfer also, thus increasing risk. These concerns have been raised with NHS England and we have yet to receive a satisfactory response.
We are aware that not everyone will want access to their full record on the internet at this time, and some patients may have concerns about their personal medical records being made available on their smartphones or online, especially if other people have access to their devices.
We therefore regret to advise that, in light of the current lack of ability to enable mass online access to patient records safely, we are unable to comply with NHS England’s plan, for fear of the consequences to our most vulnerable patients.
The BMA have provided us with guidance around our responsibilities as Data controllers. We WILL continue to enable individual-level patient access upon request, when we are sure the notes concerned have been appropriately checked and safely redacted and that by providing access, you or others will come to no harm. We trust in your understanding and are happy to discuss this with any patients as needed. You can find further information about how to use the NHSApp and apply for online access to records on our online services page.
Patient Participation Group
The next meeting will take place on Wednesday 18th October 2023 at 2pm
September Flu Clinics
We are holding flu clinics on
Saturday 16th September 9am to 3pm
Saturday 23rd September 9am to 3pm
Saturday 30th September 9am to 12 noon
All patients eligible will receive a text message with a link to book or a letter if we do not hold a mobile number on record for you
Please see Springfield's latest New letter for updates on flu clinics for 2023, New staff and the upcoming Macmillian coffee morning
1st March 2023
Try the NHS App
If you’re a patient at our practice you can now use the new NHS App, a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.
You can use the NHS App to get health advice, book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP health record and more.
If you already use an online service you can continue to use it. You can use the NHS App as well.
For more information go to www.nhs.uk/nhsapp.'
January 2023 - Learning Disabilities Annual Health Check
Springfield Medical Practice will carry out your learning disabilities health check with the help of our Health Care Assistant. These checks are offered yearly to all our patients aged 14 and above who have a learning disability. (Please note this is only available to patients registered at Springfield Medical Practice)
If you are aged 14 and above with a learning disability you are eligible to have this health check every year. So, if you are someone who has a learning disability or are a carer for someone with learning disabilities then please make sure that you access this annual health check.
We send out invites to carry out these checks to all our patients known to us and on our learning disability register, every year. If you have a learning disability and have not received an invite, then please call us on 024 76332628
If you are unsure whether you have a learning disability, or the person you care for has learning disabilities, then please book an appointment to discuss this further. This way your name can added to our learning disability register.
You will be asked to have a blood test prior to the appointment. It is best that it is done but if the patient is reluctant then it can be discussed on the day of appointment. You will also be asked to provide a urine sample on the day.
A typical appointment lasts 30 minutes and involves observations like height, weight & blood pressure. A detailed chat with GP/Health Care Assistant about your health, leading to examination and further investigations if needed. You will receive Health Action Plan at the end of the appointment
It is important that all patients with LD are on the register. This helps in accessing annual health checks and also provides them priority access to vaccinations as most of them fall in a vulnerable group. It also helps young people with EHCP and older adults access appropriate social care
30th June 2022
Primary Care Networks (PCN's )are groups of GP Practices working together to deliver Enhanced Services. These services are provided by the practices, over and above the core hours and GP contract.
From 1st October 2022, PCNs have been asked to undertake patient engagement, to ensure new services meet the needs of the local population.
If you saw the Panorama TV programme last night you are probably as concerned as we were to see unsupported clinicians treating patients.
Springfield Medical Practice has been a training practice for many years. This means that we have junior doctors at the surgery and these can be doctors undertaking 4 month placement during their initial hospital rotation scheme, and GP trainees. They are all qualified doctors and work under the supervision of the regular GP's.
We ALWAYS have a supervising GP available on site to discuss patients and offer advise to our trainees during the clinic, but also after clinics.
We ALWAYS have a Duty GP available for urgent queries from our other team members and community teams. This includes Nursing team, Phlebotomists, Clinical Pharmacists, Physiotherapists, Midwives, and District Nursing team to name but a few.
We have a Physician Associate, who is also under supervision of a GP.
Being a healthy weight is important for your long-term health but it is also great for your self-esteem, confidence and general wellbeing. There are many ways to achieve a healthy weight through diet and physical activity, and it’s important to find the right way for YOU.
We have a range of tools and programmes that may help you. Get in touch and we can talk you through all of the options available to you, or click on the link below.