Welcome back to Dr Ubhi
We welcome Dr Ubhi back to the practice following her maternity leave. Dr Ubhi will be working Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Electronic Repeat Dispensing
Electronic repeat dispensing is a way to issue 12 months of scripts directly to a patient's allocated pharmacy, to save them having to request a monthly repeat prescription from the practice. It is suitable for patient who are on 1 or 2 medications, and who have not required any changes to their dosage over the last 12 months. The practice already has some patients who receive their medication in this way, and we are looking to increase this. Our practice is collaborating with NHS Business Services Authority (NHSBSA) who is providing NHS numbers for those patients that maybe suitable for electronic repeat dispensing prescriptions. The information is obtained from NHS prescriptions submitted to the NHSBSA. A member of our clinical team will contact these patients soon to explain the benefits of this service.
NHS Prescriptions for medicines available to purchase over the counter
From 31 May 2018, a range of medicines that are available to buy over the counter from pharmacies and supermarkets will no longer be routinely prescribed by GP surgeries.
These are medicines associated with a number of minor, short term conditions, which either get better by themselves or you can treat yourself.
The decision in Gloucestershire follows a recent national consultation and NHS England guidance which recommends this change (referenced below). As a commissioner (buyer) of services and treatments, the CCG has a duty to plan and prioritise fairly and use the public money available to achieve the maximum health benefit for the people of Gloucestershire.
The annual prescribing cost for these medicines in Gloucestershire is around £2 million which we think could be put to better use to support more serious health conditions. Costs to the NHS are often higher than those over the counter when other fees are included such as those for dispensing or medical consultations.
The change will also help to ease some of the pressure on GP surgeries, so doctors and other healthcare professionals can concentrate on patients with more serious or long term conditions.
The average cost of many of these medicines no longer prescribed on NHS prescription will be around £2 to £3 - for example olive oil ear drops, antifungal skin cream or antihistamine tablets. The price of these items may vary slightly, but will range from 30p (for a small packet of paracetamol) to around £5 (for a bottle of branded cough medicine). Please discuss the best range of medicines available to you with your community pharmacy team.
We hope that you understand the rationale behind this decision. If you have any concerns about how this will impact your health, please discuss with your GP or Practice Nurse during your next appointment. If you have any concerns or complaints about the decision, please contact the CCG at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on the conditions affected can be found on the link below:
NHS England guidance: https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/conditions-for-which-over-the-counter-items-should-not-routinely-be-prescribed-in-primary-care-guidance-for-ccgs/
New evening and Saturday AM clinics available
As a member Practice of Cheltenham Peripheral Cluster we now participate in the provision of Improved Access appointments via a shared rota. This gives patients an opportunity to book an appointment with General Practice each weekday Monday to Friday 18.30 - 20.00 hrs, Saturday mornings from 08.30 – 12.30 hrs.
Records are shared across the practices with adherence to strict IT Governance and Confidentiality rules and a signed Information Sharing Agreement has been signed and approved by each practice Named Improved Access Lead and approved by each practice Caldicott Guardian.
The Cheltenham Peripheral Cluster consists of 5 GP practices:
Seven Posts Surgery
Stoke Road Surgery
Winchcombe Medical Centre
Patients from cluster practices are managed under our current registered Regulated Activities and consulting GP responsibility agreement.
Welcome to our new website
Welcome to our new website, hopefully you will find this easy to navigate, with clear links to our online access. The website is also tablet and mobile friendly so accessible from all devices. Please let us know if you have any feedback or suggestions for things you would like to see on the website.