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Important Information - please read

Medical Records

 

Lancashire and South Cumbria has been chosen by NHS England to be a national pilot for the digitisation of Medical Records.  Scanning these paper based records and making them digital will enable better utilisation of space, creating more clinical space, staff areas, multi team space and video hubs, removing the need for some practices to build extensions. In addition it will also make your record more easily and speedily accessible to clinical staff within your practice.

 

Your complete GP medical record will be digital and stored in a secure cloud based clinical system (only accessible by your GP practice) with the paper based records being securely destroyed following BS EN 15713:2009 Secure destruction of confidential material.  Your GP will still be able to access your records easily within this system. The scanning and destruction of the paper records will follow strict data protection guidelines adhered to by the NHS. As with paper based records, digital records are stored for the durations specified in the Records Management Codes of Practice for Health and Social Care. For GP patient records, this states that they may be destroyed 10 years after the patient’s death if they are no longer needed.

If you wish to discuss the scheme, please inform the Practice direct either by

Letter or via e-mail 

 

Philip Jones

Bridgegate Medical Centre

Winchester Street

Barrow in Furness

Cumbria

LA130HJ

 

Email – Mbccg.a82009@nhs.net

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PLT - Thursday 19th November 2020

Bridgegate Medical Centre will be closed for GP and staff training from 1pm today and re-open tomorrow morning at 8am.


If you require urgent medical attention contact 111 the out of hours service.

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Important information please read

The advice for anyone in any setting is to follow these main guidelines.

  1. If you have been in contact with someone with coronavirus or have returned from an affected area identified by the Chief Medical Officer as high risk and you are feeling unwell with a cough, difficulty breathing or fever, stay at home and use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call NHS 111.

  2. Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.

  3. To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.

  4. Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

At the current time and based on our understanding of what is known of COVID-19 and other similar respiratory viruses, it is likely that older people and those with chronic medical conditions may be vulnerable to severe disease. As more information emerges, recommendations may change.

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  Hepatitis B Vaccine

Hepatitis B Vaccine is no longer available free on the NHS.

It is available at the surgery and there will be a charge of £65 per dose.

                       

 

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Doctors at Bridgegate surgery would like you to join Doctorlink

We have been looking at how we can improve access to Practice services.

Doctorlink is our new online service where you can :-

Access advice

Book appointments online

 

Click on the link below to register

https://app.doctorlink.com/bridgegate/register

 

Corona Virus

Covid-19

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We are being inundated by patients requesting  information as to whether they are in an "at risk group" the only guidance we have access to is the Government Advice on social distancing.
Please do not contact the surgery regarding employment issues, speak directly to your employer.

Please refer directly

https://www.gov.uk/…/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-ever

Coronavirus (COVID-19) and requests for fit notes (Med3)

 

Requests for certification of absence from work may fall into five categories:

 

  1. Personally affected – isolating for seven days
  2. Personally affected - remaining unwell for over seven days
  3. Household member affected – isolating for fourteen days as per government advice
  4. At risk group – following government advice
  5. Those in full time education
  6. Personally affected – isolating for seven days

 

Patients should self-certify for the first seven days as normal if they are unfit to work.

They do not need to contact their GP

 

  1. Personally affected - remaining unwell for over seven days

 

If patients remain unwell and unfit to work over seven days, advice is to visit www.111.nhs.uk and complete an online self-assessment. The patient may be asked to call 111 for further advice on the next steps regarding their illness/ fitness to work.

 

They do not need to contact their GP.

 

  1. Household member affected – isolating for fourteen days as per government advice
  2. At risk group – following government advice

 

GPs cannot and are not the gatekeeper of the statutory sick pay system. Employers are responsible for putting in place arrangements for home/remote working where this is possible. Where it is not, the employee may self-certify and return to work following the relevant absence which their employer may authorise as per government advice. Where they do become unwell during or after this time, point 1 and 2 applies.

 

They do not need to contact their GP.

 

  1. Those in full time education

 

There is no requirement to issue certification to schools or colleges to confirm absence. These organisations must work with parents and students to ensure that any absence is appropriately recorded, obviating the need for a ‘doctor’s note’.

 

They do not need to contact their GP

     

 

As per the current www.gov.uk S13 Guidance for Employers it should be noted that:

 

By law, medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness. After 7 days, it is for the employer to determine what evidence they require, if any, from the employee. This does not need to be a fit note (MED3) issued by a GP or any other doctor.

Your employee will be advised to isolate themselves and not to work in contact with other people by NHS 111 or Public Health England if they are a carrier of, or have been in contact with, an infectious or contagious disease, such as Covid-19.

We strongly suggest that employers use their discretion around the need for medical evidence for a period of absence where an employee is advice is to stay at home due to suspected Covid-19, in accordance with the public health advice being issued by the government.

 

New Practice Private Policies

Please click in the links below to open and read

Practice Private policy

Young patient privacy policy

Personal information

DID YOU KNOW WEEKEND GP APPOINTMENTS ARE NOW AVAILABLE

In partnership with your GP, Cumbria Health on Call are offering WEEKEND APPOINTMENTS at Furness General Hospital or Westmorland General Hospital.

You will be seen by a GP who has access to your medical records and who can provide the same service as your usual GP.

Healthcare Assistant appointments are also available.

Please ask at the surgery if you would like to book a weekend appointment.

Opening Hours

Find out when our practice is open, what the GP consulting times are and what to do if you need help when the practice is closed. Find out more

Repeat Prescriptions

Do you need to re-order your medication? Visit our prescriptions page and complete the online form. Find out more

Like To Register?

New to the area and would like to join our practice? We would be happy to help you. Fill in our registration forms and come see us. Find out more

 

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