Lynwood and our new surgery - the latest update...
Letters have been sent to all those who wrote in support and against the last planning application notifying of the decision to withdraw this application. We can confirm that although the original application has been withdrawn, a new application is due to be submitted under the CCG's name for a two storey development over the coming weeks.
For further information about the withdrawal of the previous application, the reasons for the new application and for copies of the new plans, please visit the East Berkshire CCG website https://www.eastberkshireccg.nhs.uk/
Private prescription changes...
When patients seek specialist treatment privately, the private consultant may prescribe any necessary medication. Often, however, consultants recommend a particular medication and patients ask their GP to issue a NHS prescription. Where the GP considers that the medication recommended is clinically necessary they can issue the medication however, we must have relevant information to go alongside the request. This includes the diagnosis and any other reasons for the proposed plan of management, including any proposed medication and ongoing care. This information is required for our patient’s and clinician’s safety. Once we have received the request and relevant information, prescriptions will be processed and issued within 14 working days. If the medication is specialised in nature and is not something GP’s would generally prescribe, it is for the individual GP to decide whether to accept clinical responsibility for the prescribing decision recommended by another doctor (the same principles apply to requests to undertake diagnostic tests or other procedures within the NHS). If you have any queries relating to this policy please enquire by phoning the practice.
We are now using Chain SMS to message patients!
Dated: 12 April 2019
Chain SMS is a system which allows us to easily send text messages to patients. It means we can be much more proactive about some communications, messaging you quickly and securely, so you are not waiting around to hear from us!
Some examples of how we might use it...
- Reminders or notifications (e.g. prescription ready)
- Responding to simple queries (e.g. if you had a quick question about your medication)
- Letting you know we tried to call
- Sending you advice at the end of a consultation
The practice name will always be at the bottom of the message. You won't be able to reply them. Please help us to help you by keeping your number up to date. If you don't want us to contact you in this way please let us know.