As many of you will know, unfortunately Dr O’Farrell has resigned from the partnership due to personal reasons.
We are writing to notify you officially of his resignation and to apologise for any inconvenience that has been caused throughout his time away from the practice. We have tried to maintain services to the best of our ability – but being one partner down since July is likely to have had some impact on access to appointments and has meant continuity for some patients has been affected.
However, we are pleased to inform you that Dr Samuel White has been appointed as his replacement and will join us in February.
We are delighted that Dr White has accepted the position; he qualified at University of Wales in 2004 and was a GP Partner in Andover before spending some time working in St Richards Hospital and more recently as a GP Locum.
Dr White will be covering the Monday morning surgery at Hambledon, and will be at Denmead all day Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Friday afternoons.
We have been passing your best wishes on to Dr O’Farrell, and we wish him well for the future.
Thank you for your patience throughout what has been a difficult time for the practice, and we look forward to welcoming Dr White to the partnership.
On behalf of the GP Partners
The Partners are pleased to inform you that Dr Samuel White will be joining the practice as a GP Partner in the spring of 2020.
We are very sorry to say goodbye to Dr O’Farrell, he will be missed by his colleagues and patients – and your best wishes have been forwarded to him.
Patients who may be affected by these changes will be notified in the coming weeks.
Thank you for your co-operation and support throughout what has been a very difficult year, we would like to take this opportunity to welcome Dr White to the practice and to wish all our patients a happy New Year.
On behalf of The GP Partners
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NHS 111 Campaign – launches 21 October
The NHS 111 phase of the ‘Help Us, Help You’ Winter Pressures campaign launches on Monday 21st October. The campaign will run nationally with TV advertising, video on demand, out of home, search, social media and partnerships activity.
People can use NHS 111 to find out what to do and where to go when they have an urgent but non-life-threatening medical concern. The campaign encourages people to call 111 or visit 111.nhs.uk online, instead of worrying, self-diagnosing, or second-guessing what they should do when they have an urgent health problem.
The primary audience is all members of the public over the age of 16, with a focus on groups that NHS data show to be more frequent users of A&E departments, such as young adults aged 20-29 years.
The campaign assets are available on the PHE Campaign Resource Centre and include the following:
- Campaign toolkit with key messages
- TV advertisement (30 seconds)
- Social media tool kit with social cutdowns (x3) of the TV ad and a gif
- Static and digital screens for GP surgeries
- Partner content calendar
- Media plan
- Accessibility guides
GP packs and pharmacy packs contain NHS111 posters - follow the links to find out more
For further information about the campaign please contact Partnerships@phe.gov.uk.
SURGERY NEWS - 21st October 2019
We are very sad to inform you that, due to family reasons, Dr O’Farrell will not be returning to the practice.
Please be reassured that access to a GP is still a priority for patients registered with him, and we will endeavour to provide locum cover in order to ensure the least disruption.
Unfortunately the remaining partners cannot accept patient transfers – we are in the process of advertising and hope we will be able to recruit a replacement GP Partner in the coming months.
We apologise for the inconvenience his long term absence has caused, this was a very difficult decision for him, we would appreciate if his privacy could be respected at this time and that staff are not asked for more details regarding this.
Thank you for your support and consideration, Debbie Stimpson, Practice Manager – on behalf of The Partners.
Primary Care Networks (PCNs)
From 1 July 2019, all GP practices - including ours - will start to work together in ‘Primary Care Networks’ (PCNs), to share their expertise and resources over wider geographical area.
The NHS’s Long Term Plan, published in January 2019, aims to integrate a lot of services which have traditionally worked separately - like mental health services, physiotherapy and social care. By working together in a PCN, practices like ours can offer you a wider range of services than we can on our own, and give you much faster and more efficient access to the right care and support.
Each PCN will develop teams of healthcare professionals, including GPs, pharmacists, district nurses, community paramedics, physiotherapists and other health workers, to provide tailored care for patients in their community. A ‘Social Prescriber’ will be appointed in each PCN to help direct people to a whole range of non-medical services, like social clubs, community support groups and exercise activities, that will help them take greater control of their own health and stay well.
Within the South Eastern Hampshire CCG area, PCNs will deliver personal care valued by patients and GPs, and allow better collaboration between us and other practices. Locally, we belong to Havant & Waterlooville PCN, which is made up of the following 6 GP practices:
Bosmere Medical Practice, Park Lane Surgery, Staunton Surgery, The Denmead Practice, Oaks Healthcare & The Village Practice
The surgery has been successful in a bid for financial support to improve the quality of care for patients and their families with dementia both in the surgery and within the wider community. We are also proud to have secured Dementia Friendly status. Benefits include improved experience for patients and their carers and staff being better equipped to deliver high quality dementia care.
Our aim is to
- Recognise dementia earlier
- Support a prompt diagnosis so patients and families have more time to plan their future.
- Support patients and their carers from diagnosis to end of life
- Contact patients within one month of discharge from Older Peoples Mental Health Services
- Contact patients within 1 week of discharge following a hospital admission
- Help build and a support a dementia friendly community.
Kim Badcock our former nurse practitioner will be working in the practice for one day per week to help develop and deliver this service.
The new edition of Dementia Friendly Hampshire 2019 has now been published. The new Directory has also been updated on the Care Choices website and the link is shown below:
Via this link you can access a page which displays both a PDF and eBook version.
The Queen’s Nursing Institute Awards Ceremony was held in London on 25 June 2018, attended by over 300 community nurses and their guests.
We are proud to announce that
was one of the winners of the
Queen Mother’s Award for Outstanding Service.
Photographer credit: Kate Stanworth