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North West London Celebrates World Diabetes Day

On the 14 of November 2017 north west London will be celebrating World Diabetes day. For more information click hereThis event is free and open to everyone! Clinicians, patients, carers, anyone living with diabetes, friends and family. Refreshments will be provided. If you would like to go please please register here.

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Don't miss out on your flu vaccine (Sep 2017)

If you, or a dependent of yours, is aged six months or older and falls in one of the groups below (or you have received a flu vaccination invitation letter you will be eligible for the flu vaccination). We will be running walk-in flu clinics starting on the 15th of Septembe. Click here for more times. The vaccine offers you the best possible protection against the main flu strains in circulation this winter. The main eligible groups for the flu vaccine are:

  • Aged 65 or over (or turning 65 by 31.3.2018)
  • Aged 2, 3 or 4 (born between 1.9.2012 and 31.8.2015)
  • Has diabetes
  • Heart disease or health failure
  • Kidney disease
  • Stroke or TIA
  • Asthma which has required treatment in the past year or has resulted in an admission to hospital in the past two years
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other significant respiratory conditions
  • Dementia and other significant neurological conditions
  • Liver disease
  • Immunocompromised due to a medical condition or treatment
  • Body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more (if deemed clinically appropriate by a clinician)
  • Pregnant
  • Are a carer for someone
  • You live in long term nursing or residential home

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GP Earnings publication for 2015-16

All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

The average pay for GPs working in GP Direct in the last financial year (2015-16) was £41,220 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 1 full time GPs, 9 part time GPs and 8 Locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.

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Don't miss out on your flu vaccine (Dec 2016)

If you, or a dependent of yours, is aged six months or older and falls in one of the groups below (or you have received a flu vaccination invitation letter you will be eligible for the flu vaccination). We can offer flu vaccines throughout the week (including some Saturdays) with one of our nurses, call the surgery to book your flu vaccine now to offer you the best possible protection against the main flu strains in circulation this winter. The main eligible groups for the flu vaccine are:

  • Aged 65 or over (or turning 65 by 31.3.2017)
  • Aged 2, 3 or 4 (born between 1.9.2011 and 31.8.2014)
  • Has diabetes
  • Heart disease or health failure
  • Kidney disease
  • Stroke or TIA
  • Asthma which has required treatment in the past year or has resulted in an admission to hospital in the past two years
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other significant respiratory conditions
  • Dementia and other significant neurological conditions
  • Liver disease
  • Immunocompromised due to a medical condition or treatment
  • Body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more (if deemed clinically appropriate by a clinician)
  • Pregnant
  • Are a carer for someone
  • You live in long term nursing or residential home

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Dr Merali to lead West Harrow Sunday walk

Dr Merali will be leading a walk on Sunday the 17th July @ 9.30am (then weekly every Sunday at the same time and place) click here for flyer. It starts from our Surgery, 3-7 Welbeck Road, HA2 0RQ. Dr Merali and our fantastic walk leaders will walk you through the West Harrow Park. Come and join our friendly walking group, enjoy the relaxing environment and have fun.

Completely free to attend, just turn up!

For information on other weekly walks visit: www.harrowhealthwalks.org

The upcoming walk has been covered by the Harrow Times website: http://www.harrowtimes.co.uk/news/14613856.Harrow_doctor_starts_weekly_walking_group/

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GP earnings publication for 2014-15

All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

The average pay for GPs working in GP Direct in the last financial year (2014-15) was £40,020 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 2 full time GPs, 6 part time GPs and 9 Locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.

Patient online services (22.12.15)

GP Direct is committed to providing our patients a wide range of online services. Our clinical system supplier, EMIS Health, offers an award winning software for patients called Patient Access, which can be accessed via the web and also as a handy app. Patient Access offers a number of features, which include:

  • Booking (doctors and blood tests appointments), cancelling and checking appointments online
  • Requesting repeat medication
  • Messaging the practice securely online
  • Updating contact details
  • Viewing medical records

The online medical record viewer feature has two broadly different options. When requesting a Patient Access account from reception, which requires you to provide proof of ID, in the form of a passport or driving license, you may verbally request access to the core element of your summary care record, in essence this is your medication, adverse reactions and allergies which have been recorded on the clinical system. The second option is to request access to all coded information within your care record, this includes; problems, medication, adverse reactions, allergies, test results, investigations, symptoms and immunisations which have been coded. If you would like to view the coded information in your care record we simply ask that you read an information patient leaflet about this service and complete a simple one page application form, which can be provided to you by our receptionists. Once you have completed this form and returned it to the practice, we will consider the application, and provided there are no reasons to restrict access we will grant this and you will then be able to view your coded medical record online via your Patient Access account.

You can also apply for a Patient Access account online, however, this will only give you access to your first appointment booking, you will then need to provide your ID at reception, in the form of a passport or driving license to convert this to a full account. The link for the online access account registration is: https://patient.emisaccess.co.uk/Register 

We take your confidentiality and medical information very seriously and it is for that reason that we require to see ID before providing you with your Patient Access registration document at reception or coverting an online requested account to full status. If you do not have a passport or driving license, please inform the receptionists as the management team may be able to apply other measures of verification.

You may request Patient Access for children aged 10 and under, you will need to provide your proof of ID and evidence of the child's ID (they do not need to be present, however proof of ID in the form of a passport, birth certificate or red book will be accepted). When a child reaches 12 years of age their Patient Access account is suspended. This is a standard policy and follows best practice to ensure that a child has confidentiality over their medical record before they reach their teenage years.

If you have any questions about Patient Access and online services please feel free to speak to the practice. 

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Pharmacy opening hours during the Xmas and New Year period (18.12.15)

Click here to view the pharmacy opening hours rota for the Xmas and New Year period.

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It's not too late to get your flu vaccine (Nov 2015)

If you, or a dependent of yours, is aged six months or older and falls in one of the groups below (or you have received a flu vaccination invitation letter you will be eligible for the flu vaccination). We can offer flu vaccines throughout the week with one of our nurses, call the surgery to book your flu vaccine now to offer you the best possible protection against the main flu strains in circulation this winter. The main eligible groups for the flu vaccine are:

  • Aged 65 or over (or turning 65 by 31.3.2016)
  • Aged 2, 3 or 4 (born between 1.9.2010 and 31.8.2013)
  • Has diabetes
  • Heart disease or health failure
  • Kidney disease
  • Stroke or TIA
  • Asthma which has required treatment in the past year or has resulted in an admission to hospital in the past two years
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other significant respiratory conditions
  • Dementia and other significant neurological conditions
  • Liver disease
  • Immunocompromised due to a medical condition or treatment
  • Body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more
  • Pregnant
  • Are a carer for someone
  • You live in long term nursing or residential home

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Last flu vaccination walk-in clinic on Saturday 31st October (Oct 2015)

The last flu vaccination walk-in clinic is taking place on Saturday 31st October 2015 at Welbeck Road surgery from 9am to 12noon. If you fall in an 'at risk' group you are recommended to get vaccinated to give you the best possible protection against the main flu strains in circulation this winter.

If you, or a dependent of yours, is aged six months or older and falls in one of the groups below (or you have received a flu vaccination invitation letter you will be eligible for the flu vaccination):

  • Aged 65 or over (or turning 65 by 31.3.2016)
  • Aged 2, 3 or 4 (born between 1.9.2010 and 31.8.2013)
  • Has diabetes
  • Hearth disease or health failure
  • Kidney disease
  • Stroke or TIA
  • Asthma which has required treatment in the past year or has resulted in an admission to hospital in the past two years
  • Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and other significant respiratory conditions
  • Dementia and other significant neurological conditions
  • Liver disease
  • Immunocompromised due to a medical condition or treatment
  • Body mass index (BMI) of 40 or more
  • Pregnant
  • Are a carer for someone
  • You live in long term nursing or residential home

More information about flu vaccination eligibility can be found on the following link: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/who-should-have-flu-vaccine.aspx

Those aged 2 to 17 years of age will be offered the Fluenz nasal flu vaccine, more information about this can be found on the following link: http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/child-flu-vaccine.aspx

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Out of hours service arrangements from 1st October 2015 (Sept 2015)

As of the 1st October 2015 the responsibility for arranging out of hours care will be transferred from the practice to NHS England. The out of hours service provided to you will remain exactly the same and you should continue to access care in the same way when we are closed. The current out of hours provider is Care UK and they will continue to provide this service from 1st October 2015. You can access the out of hours service when our call centre is closed by calling NHS111 by dialling 1, 1, 1. It is free to call from landlines and mobiles. If, for any reason, you are unable to access the NHS111 service by dialling 111, instead please call 020 3402 1111. Calls to this number are charged at your networks standard rates. 

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A&E Services are changing at Central Middlesex Hospital and Hammersmith Hospital 

On Wednesday 10 September 2014, the A&E departments at Central Middlesex Hospital and the Hammersmith Hospital will close.

Urgent Care Centres at both sites will continue to treat patients with minor illnesses and injuries that are urgent but not life-threatening 24 hours a day, seven days a week

Adults and children can use the Urgent Care Centre for:

ü  Sprains and strains

ü  Minor burns

ü  Cuts

ü  Minor infections

ü  X-rays 

Urgent Care Centres (UCCs) are run by experienced GPs and nurses with skills in urgent care.  UCCs are for patients who cannot wait for a GP appointment, but do not need the emergency treatment provided by an A&E.  You do not need an appointment to be seen at a UCC.

In an emergency, call 999.

Call NHS 111 if you need urgent medical help or advice, but it’s not a life-threatening situation.

More information on the changes is available at www.nwlondonemergencycare.nhs.uk

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How sharing information in your medical records can help the NHS to provide better care

A modern information system has been developed, which will make increased use of information from medical records with the intention of improving health services. The system is being delivered by theHealth and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) and NHS Englandon behalf of the NHS. Read more...

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Would you like to help shape services at GP Direct?

We are looking for enthusiastic patients to join our Patient Reference Group. We need a mix of patients representing a cross section of our patient base. If you're interested please request to speak to Omer Hussein or Ann Knight.

Alternatively if you would like to be involved in giving feedback by email only please fill in the Virtual Patient Reference Group form which you can collect from reception or email info@gpdirect.co.uk expressing your interest in joining the Patient Reference Group or Virtual Patient Reference Group and we will get back to you.