COVID-19 - IMPORTANT UPDATE FOR OUR PATIENTS
Changes to Appointments at the Practice
In line with national advice we are trying to reduce footfall in the practice sites to help us with infection prevention and control for the benefit of both staff and patients. We will be implementing the following changes from Monday 16 March 2020. Please read our information leaflet for more details. Thank you for your understanding during these uncertain times.
Practice Coronavirus Plan
We have shared the attached plan with all of our staff and we wanted to share it also with our patients.
The plan is subject to change.
BVP Covid 19 Plan
Patient Advice Leaflet for Coronavirus
Please see attached advice leaflet for our patients
Useful information for anyone with long term conditions
Patient Info - Coronavirus and long term health conditions
Guidance on social distancing
Gov. UK Social Distancing
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Requested letters for cancellations to gym memberships
We are aware that some gyms are asking for letters for their members from practices, please see the attached letter from the Partners
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Self-management Health Coaching
Managing life with a health condition isn't always easy. We know that understanding and keeping track of medications, treatments, tests and appointments with healthcare professionals are important, but also that a health condition affects our emotions, how we feel about ourselves, our social life, hobbies and day to day routines at home. Feeling confident managing all of that can be a challenge.
At The Blackmore Vale Partnership, we have a health coach and link worker as part of our team. Clinical healthcare professionals like doctors and nurses can be really important to help us manage the medical aspects of our health, and health coaches and link workers can help us manage the emotional and practical impact in our day to day life.
The health coaches are there to support people with health conditions to feel more confident, and have lots of experience talking about a whole range of subjects:
- Managing pain and fatigue
- Preparing for appointments
- Accessing information to understand conditions and treatments
- Feeling more confident getting out and about
- Building a network of support around you
- Accepting and coming to terms with having a health condition
The link workers are there to focus on connecting people with long term health conditions to groups and activities available to them in their community, they will focus on:
- Improving your social support network and feelings of isolation
- Information sourcing and gaining confidence to attend groups
- Identifying any other non-clinical support options that may be of benefit
Our health coach and link worker, is based at Abbey View Surgery on Wednesdays, and we have a health coach at Sturminster Newton Surgery every Tuesday. They are part of our team here to support you. Lots of patients and their carers say how hard it is when healthcare professionals only have ten minutes, but health coaches have up to 45 minutes for each session to listen to you and support you. Link workers have 30 minutes.
Your GP, Nurse Practitioner, Practice Nurse or any member of the reception team can refer you to see the health coach or link worker, so if you are interested in this, please mention it to one of the team.
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Blackmore Vale Community Health Initatives - Click on the link for more info
Local Mental Health Support Group in Shaftesbury
Support Group Details
We have been advised about a brilliant new service that is for young people 11-18 year olds, it is free and anonymous and is called KOOTH. Young people can contact them online and receive advice, support, counselling and guidance on any matters that are causing young people concern. This service has been commissioned by Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group. They are available 365 days of the year and you can chat to them online until 10pm. Do take a look, they are all qualified counsellors or phsycotherapist.
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The practice fully supports the NHS policy on zero tolerance. Anyone who attends of calls the surgery and abuses the GPs, staff or patients be it verbally, physically or in any threatening manner whatsoever, will risk removal fromt he practice list. In extreme cases we will summon the Police and have offenders removed from practice premises
Enhanced Data Sharing Model (EDSM)
Patients registered with a GP in The Blackmore Vale Partnership are set to benefit from a new way of sharing information about their care between NHS health professionals.
Going live on 8th August 2016, the Enhanced Data Sharing Model (EDSM) allows health professionals who are directly involved in an individuals’ care to view specific information contained within their GP health record; e.g. District Nurse, another GP, Physiotherapist. This is done with the individual’s consent. The individual has the right to refuse/withdraw consent at any time.
Examples of who might be able to access information include:
The EDSM system offers real benefits for local people. For example if you are receiving treatment from three different services, they can now share information and make decisions based on what other treatment you are already receiving. In the past they would have treated a patient but would not have had access to their full medical record.
Weymouth, Portland & Purbeck localities have already successfully implemented the Enhanced Data Sharing Model. Practices across Dorset have been working closely for some time to be able to achieve this too and we are delighted that we can now offer local people improved care both within the locality and across the rest of the country.
Information shared can only be accessed by health care professionals, other than your GP, when required and only with the patient’s permission. Patients who do not wish to share their information are advised to speak with their local GP Practice. If you have already opted out of sharing your record, this will still be case.
All information is held on a national secure electronic computer system called SystmOne which is currently home to around 37 million patient records. Access to these records is audited and can only be done with agreement from the person concerned.