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Dr James Seddon joining the practice
Dr Crabtree left the practice at the end of December, and has now been replaced by Dr James Seddon. Dr Seddon will take over Dr Crabtree's patient list and will work all day on Monday and Thursday.
Whilst Flu clinics have been completed for 2018, we still have a limited supply of vaccine available for those who qualify.
Flu vaccinations are free to all patients over the age of 65, pregnant women and patients with long term conditions such as Heart Disease, Chronic Liver Disease, Chronic Kidney Disease, Diabetes, COPD, Asthma (if prescribed a long term steroid inhaler) Immunosuppression, or BMI over 40.
Please book an appointment with the practice nurse if you wish to take up the offer.
Improved Access - Evening and Weekend GP Services
This is a new initiative across Somerset whereby patients can make appointments at extended times (up until 8pm at night Monday-Friday and on Saturday mornings) at other practices across the local area. Practices working together to deliver extended access to appointments are listed on the poster below.
Appointment types will vary, some being face to face and some on the 'phone and there will be a mixture of pre-bookable and same day appointments available across the week. They may be with a doctor but could also be with another healthcare professional such as a primary care practitioner or a nurse. We are keen to balance the importance of continuity of care with convenient access for patients whilst ensuring that the service is safe.
To book an evening or weekend appointment please contact your registered practice during normal opening times, this will help us to signpost you to the most appropriate option for your particular problem. By contacting us we can fully explain the process, ensure that the booking is appropriate (as we hope to be able to meet your needs by offering an appointment with your usual GP) and cover all the relevant information (and consent) that we need to before we book an appointment for you. Further information is shown below.
Somerset Wellbeing Website
This new website www.tauntonwellbeingzone.org provides links to local and national support groups for a wide range of conditions. Access the sitevia the above link or through the Advice tab in the website Home Page, which also gives links to other services which may be useful.
Improved Access Scheme - from July 2017
From 1st June 2017, the practice will be offering late appointments for those patients who find it difficult to come to the surgery during out normal working hours. Pre-booked appointments will be available with a GP from 6.30pm until 8.00pm on Monday and Thursday evenings. These will be for routine appointments only, and all urgent treatment required during these extended hours will still be dealt with by the Out of Hours service. The surgery telephone lines will not be manned, and no services will be available from reception during 6.30-8.00pm.
Dr Theresa Foxton joining the practice
Dr Janes left the practice at the end of February, and has now been replaced by Dr Theresa Foxton. Dr Foxton will take over the majority of Dr Janes patient list. Any patients moved to another GP have receive a letter advising them. Dr Foxton will work all day on Tuesday and Thursday, and Friday mornings.
On-line Access - enhancement from 1st April 2016
Patients are now able to view details of all coded entries and test results recorded in their medical record in addition to medications, allergies, ordering repeat medication and booking appointments with their GP on-line.
In order to access the system, patients will need to visit the surgery, bringing photo identification, to obtain a password to allow registration on the website. If you already have access and would like to take advantage of this enhancement, you will need to visit the surgery, again bringing photo identification, to enable us to enhance your access.
Named Accountable GP
By the end of March 2016, all patients are required to have a Named Accountable GP. At Luson Surgery, we have always operated a system of personal lists, where a patient is seen by their Usual GP. This GP will now officially be your Named Accountable GP, and will remain ultimately responsible for your medical care. This does not stop you from seeing another GP when your GP is absent, as in such circumstances a duty GP is always available to you.
Care Quality Commission Inspection
We were inspected on Thursday 3rd December 2015. The inspectors report can be viewed on-line at www.cqc.org.uk or by following the link on our home page. A copy is available in reception at the surgery.
Friends & Family Test
We want to have feedback from you. One simple measure of our service is whether you would recommend our surgery to your friends and family.
If the entrance hall at the surgery we have an iPad which can be used to give your assessment of the service we provide by telling us how strongly you would recommend us.
Alternatively, you can complete our online form by clicking here.
We thank you for your feedback.
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Patient Participation Group
Did you know we have a Patient Participation Group (PPG)?
The purpose of the Luson Surgery PPG is to help us access and use your ideas for new projects, and gaining your views as to how the practice can improve and develop.More Information
Are you a Carer?
Compass Carers is a dedicated support service for carers across Somerset. We offer FREE information, advice and guidance as well as emotional support, signposting, training, and a telephone support service for un-paid carers. Please call us on 01823 255911.
Free NHS Health Checks
Free NHS Health Checks are available for patients between the ages of 40 - 74 who do not have a pre-existing condition.
This involves an assessment of your risks for developing heart disease and a simple examination, e.g., blood pressure, urine check and cholesterol level. This is particularly important if you smoke, or have a family history of coronary heart disease at an early age (less than 60 years).
The service is provided by Somerset County Council, and will give advice and follow-up support on giving up smoking, losing weight, lowering your cholesterol levels and following a healthy lifestyle.
Appointments can be booked by clicking here.
If you need medical attention
'Choose' Well by choosing the right service. Click on the link to find out more information. Click here for the Choose Well leaflet. The short video below is all about Choosing the Right Service.
On-line Appointment Booking and Repeat Prescriptions
Whether you are at home or work you can quickly log on to view, book and cancel appointments and order repeat prescriptions via the internet. Available 24 hours a day, it's especially useful when the practice is closed or telephone lines are busy. You will soon also be able to order your repeat prescription online using Patient Access. We are currently developing this service.
111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It's fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals.
How likely are you to recommend this Surgery to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment? Please spend 2 minutes to take the Friends and Family Test.
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