24 ECG service: The practice is pleased to announce that it is now able to do its own 24hr ECG's at the surgery rather than patients having to travel to hospital to have this done.
Frailty service: Dr Gwynn is working with locality stakeholders to develop an integrated community service for patients with frailty. There have been some successful stakeholder meetings to share the vision attended by Health Watch, Locality practices PPG's, Cotswold District Council, voluntary sector and patient representatives. (Thanks to Nigel from our PPG for helping us put the meeting together). The next step is a meeting with the various community providers on the 21st April. Once we have shared the vision it will be onto the nitty gritty of the business case. The end point will be a service that integrates primary, community and voluntary services around patients.
Locality Development Plan: The practice is an integral part of the South Cotswolds Locality plans to develop ever more services locally. The localities strategy can be viewed by following the link below. If you have any thoughts Dr Gwynn would be delighted to hear them.
Transformation of general practice: You are no doubt aware that general practice has been under increased workload pressures over the past few years. Dr Will Norman has been leading a group of GP's from all of the locality practices to discuss how we can ensure the service is more sustainable in the longer term and account for additional house building in the town. Due to the hard work of the team and the CCG Cirencester has been made a priority for additional infrastructure funding. We are now awaiting a central NHS decision whether we can go ahead and really start thinking about new surgery buildings and the services that need to go into them.
Social prescribing: This is a new service at the practice. We now have a dedicated social prescriber who holds a session each week at the surgery. The GP, practice nurse or community team can refer you (Although, to be honest all you need to do is ask one of us and we will refer you). The social prescriber can link you into all of the amazing local voluntary groups and generally point you in the right direction for issues that you might be experiencing. If she does not know the answer she often knows someone who does.
Dementia awareness: The practice along with the locality have concentrated on making sure that we identify patients with possible early dementia as there is lots that we can offer. It was apparent a few years back that the number of patients that we had with dementia was not as many as one would expect. We have combined learning events, training and active case management to increase our identification rate and its now more in line with expected.
CQC Inspection and Report: The CQC carried out a planned inspection at our practice on 19th April 2016 to ensure that we are meeting essential standards of quality and safety. Our full report and rating is available on the link below:
CQC Report 27.5.16
GP Registrars: We have 2 GP Registrars at the surgery, Rosie Marshall who started in August last year and will be with us for 1 year and Diana Burkill-Garcia who started in February will be with us for 6 months.