SURGERY NEWS

Lizzie Guttridge - New Practice Manager

Lizzie joined the practice in January 2021 and has stepped into the role of Practice Manager. She is highly experienced in management and leadership and works full time, Monday to Friday.

 

Martin Ellacott - Retirement

After a couple of decades dedicating himself to the surgery, we said farewell to Martin Ellacott (former Practice Manager of Luson Surgery) in January 2021. His successor, Lizzie Guttridge stepped into the role in January.

 

Dr Adrian Tyler - new GP

We are pleased to welcome Dr Tyler who will be joining us from 1st October 2020 as a GP Partner.  Dr Tyler is an experienced GP who has worked at other surgeries in Somerset, and will initially work at the practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

 

Dr Barbara Crabtree - Retirement

After over 29 years service, Dr Crabtree has retired as a partner at Luson Surgery.  We anticipate having a replacement GP in place in the new year.  In the meantime Dr Crabtree's patients will be able to see any of the other GPs when necessary.

We wish Dr Crabtree a long and happy retirement.

 

Improved Access Scheme - July 2017

  • From 1st July 2017 patients can book routine appointments until 8.00pm each weekday, and on Saturday morning.
  • These routine appointments will be at a GP Practice within the Taunton Deane Area, as practices will be open on a rotational basis to see each other's patients.
  • Luson Surgery will open on Monday and Thursday evenings.
  • All appointments are by prior arrangement, and no walk-in service will be available.
  • Patients with acute problems who require medical assistance can still call 111.

 

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, againing bringing photo identification, to enable us to enhance your access.

 

Values by which we operate

We have put together a statement of the core values by which we run the practice.  These values are also displayed in the practice.

 

Electronic Prescribing - release 2 - 12th May 2015

From 12th May 2015 prescriptions can be sent electronically, direct to the Pharmacy of your choice, without the need for you to collect a signed form from the surgery.  If you already have an arrangement with a Pharmacy to collect your prescriptions from the surgery, please ask us to update your records.  If not then ask at your Pharmacy, and they will sign you up for the service, which will save time for both you and us.

 

On-line Access - enhancement from 1st April 2015

Patients are now able to view details of all medications and allergies recorded in their medical record in addition to 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.

 

Blood Clinics

Following the departure of Maggie Leyden after many years of service, our weekly blood clinics will in future be run by Wendy Bass on Wednesday morning.

 

On-line Access for Repeat Prescriptions & Appointment Booking

Patients are now able to order repeat medication and book 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.

GP Data for Planning and Research, legal direction (England)

You can choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and planning. To find out more visit the NHS.uk - Your NHS Data Matters page.

To find out how NHS Digital collects General Practice Data and what the data will be used for, visit General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) - GP Privacy Notice.

Read the NHS Digital Transparency Notice.

You do not need to do anything if you are happy about how your confidential patient information is used. You can change your choice at any time.

Here is a useful video that explains how the NHS uses your patient data from GP practices to improve health and care.

Type 1 opt-out: medical records held at your GP practice

You can tell us if you do not want your confidential patient information held in your GP medical record to be used for purposes other than your individual care. This is commonly called a type 1 opt-out. Please complete this Opt-out/in form (Word document) and return it back to the surgery via post or in person.

Type 2 opt-out: information held by NHS Digital

Previously you could tell your GP practice if you did not want NHS Digital to share confidential patient information that they collect from across the health and care service for purposes other than your individual care. This was called a type 2 opt-out.

The type 2 opt-out was replaced by the national data opt-out. Type 2 opt-outs recorded on or before 11 October 2018 have been automatically converted to national data opt-outs. Please do not contact your surgery for these National opt-outs.

Read more about the collection and conversion of type 2 opt-outs.

If you have decided to compete a National Opt Out, please see this information on managing your choice.

 

NHS App

The NHS app is valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions. Proof of your vaccination status will also be available on the NHS app and you will be able to use this as a Vaccination Passport.

Here is a useful guide to help you to download your NHS app and be holiday ready How to download and register to get your NHS App COVID-19 Vaccine Passport

If you have Patient Access, you will be able to retrieve your Linkage Key and Codes which you can use to register on the app. Here is a guide on how to retrieve your Account Linkage Key: How to find your Linkage Key and Codes in Patient Access

If you don't have Patient Access, you can still use the NHS app. You will simply need to provide some further identification. The app will explain this all to you and is very user friendly.

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