General Practice Hub: evening and weekend appointments now available
Patients who are registered at this practice can now book an appointment to see a GP or nurse on weekday evenings (after 6.30pm) or at the weekends (on Saturday and Sunday) and can be booked up to one week ahead. Appointments take place at the GP Hub, King Edward VII Hospital although may occasionally be offered for St Marks Hospital, Maidnhead. Please book these appointments in the usual way through our Reception team.
The Clinicians you see will have the same access to your medical records as clinicians at here at the Practice.
These appointments are for routine general practice issues only and not for urgent care. If urgent care is required outside of our opening times please call 111 for advice.
This 'General Practice Hub' service is part of a national initiative to improve access to general practice.
In order to provide you with the very best care, all of our doctors, nurses and staff need to keep their knowledge and skills up to date. All surgeries in Windsor Ascot and Maidenhead (WAM) have regular training sessions throughout the year and all Practices are closed during these times.
The forthcoming training days for 2019 are as follows:
- Wednesday 23rd January 2019 - the Practice closes at 12.30 and re-opens at 8.00am the next day
- Thursday 21st February 2019 - the Practice closes at 12.30 and re-opens at 8.00am the next day
- Thursday 21st March 2019 - the Practice closes at 12.30 and re-opens at 8.00am the next day
- Wednesday 3rd April 2019 - the Practice closes at 12.30 and re-opens at 8.00am the next day
- Thursday 16th May 2019 - the Practice closes at 12.30 and re-opens at 8.00am the next day
- Wednesday 12th June 2019 - the Practice closes at 12.30 and re-opens at 8.00am the next day
- Wednesday 10th July 2019 - the Practice closes at 12.30 and re-opens at 8.00am the next day
- Wednesday 11th September 2019 - the Practice closes at 12.30 and re-opens at 8.00am the next day
- Wednesday 9th October 2019 - the Practice closes at 12.30 and re-opens at 8.00am the next day
- Thursday 21st November 2019 - the Practice closes at 12.30 and re-opens at 8.00am the next day
- Wednesday 4th December 2019 - the Practice closes at 12.30 and re-opens at 8.00am the next day
At all times when the Practice is closed emergency advice and assistance is available by calling 111.
ANNUAL FLU VACCINATION
Whilst we have all enjoyed a lovely warm summer this year, thoughts are now turning towards the autumn and for us that means the annual flu vaccination programme.
Flu vaccination provides the best protection against an unpredictable virus that infects many people each year. Vaccination is free for patients who are most at risk from the virus including;
- Over 65 year olds
- Children aged 2 – 9 years old
- Patients in clinically at risk groups
- Pregnant women
We recommend that you have your vaccination with the Practice at one of our clinics, or in an appointment here, as we have access to your full medical records to review if you are entitled to any other vaccinations that can be given at the same time i.e. Pneumococcal or Shingles. We will also be able to advise if for any reason one particular vaccine is not suitable for you.
Please call the surgery in order to book your appointment and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Clinically At Risk Groups for Seasonal Flu Vaccination
Chronic (long term) respiratory conditions such as asthma (which required an inhaled or tablet steroid treatment or has led to a hospital admission in the past),
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- Chronic neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease or multiple sclerosis (MS)
- Problems with your spleen – for example sickle cell disease or if you have had your spleen removed
- A weakened immune system as a result of the conditions such as HIV and AIDS or medication such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- Being seriously overweight (BMI of 40 or above)
For further information please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/who-should-have-flu-vaccine/
GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation
Please see below details on GDPR, and links that comply with these new laws.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in the UK on 25 May 2018. The GDPR and the forthcoming Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018, which has yet to be finalised, will replace the current Data Protection Act.
What is the GDPR?
The GDPR was designed to harmonise data privacy laws across Europe. The aim is to protect citizens from privacy and data breaches.
The current DPA dates from the 1990s when organisations held much less data on individuals. As the amount of data held has increased and technology has advanced, so has the risk of cyber crime and data breaches. The GDPR aims to address gaps in current legislation by providing a framework with greater scope and tougher punishments for those who fail to comply.
The key principles of the current DPA remain unchanged, but some areas of legislation have been strengthened.
Like the DPA, the GDPR applies to ‘controllers’ and ‘processors’ of data – a controller says how and why personal data is processed and the processor acts on the controller’s behalf. Practices are data controllers.
How we use your information
Fair processing notice guidance
Patient Opt Out Form
The data protection officer for our practice is Makala Larkins. If you have any concerns you may call and contact her.
11th December 2017
Funding for Community Space
On Monday 11th December, Dr Kirstin Ostle and Administrator Robbie Tomlinson pitched to the Windsor Lions charity club to earn a grant to furnish the newly built community space on the ground floor of Dedworth Medical Centre.
They were successful and earned a grant of £2,000, which will allow the new space to be made welcoming with tables and practical items like painting easels for art groups.
For the full story visit the Windsor Observer's site.
Publication of GP Earnings
NHS England require that the average net earnings of GP working in the Practice to deliver NHS services publicised and the required disclosure is shown below. However, it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading as it takes no account of how much time GPs spend working in the Practice and should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other Practices.
Average Pay for GPs working in South Meadow Surgery in the last financial year was £82,766 before tax and National Insurance. This is 2 full time GPs, 8 part time GPs and 1 locum who worked in the practice for more than 6 months.