Tiptree Medical Centre Joins THE COLTE PARTNERSHIP
On 1st June 2017 Tiptree Medical Centre joined 10 other local practices to form "The Colte Partnership". Please be assured that as a patient you will not notice any changes in that you are still registered with Tiptree Medical Centre and the doctors, nurses and other staff at the surgery will be remaining there. www.coltepartnership.co.uk
Local health services are under huge pressure. Please don’t call 999 or go to A&E unless it is a life threatening emergency. For advice call 111, ask a pharmacist or contact us on 01621 816475
NEW APPOINTMENT SYSTEM as from Monday 21st August
As always there will be a Duty Dr on call from 08.00 - 18.30 for medical emergencies only.
Detailed patients guide for requesting appointments with a GP.
All patients that would like to request a GP appointment will be required to telephone the surgery (816475) on the day. Patients do not have to panic and ring at 8am. This service will run throughout the day. Any patients having difficulty hearing and communicating over the telephone can come down to the surgery and speak to one of our receptionists who will be able to talk to one of the GP’s to arrange a face to face appointment
No GP appointments will be made at reception so please do NOT queue outside first thing in the mornings. Our doors will open at 8am for pre-booked and medical emergency appointment only.
All other services will remain as normal, patients will still be able to book routine Blood tests, Asthma and Diabetic reviews, Family Planning and Smear tests, ECG’s and BP check with a member of the Nursing Team or HCA’s.
GP’s will manage their own bookings by offering and booking follow up appointments and reviews.
Brief details and current telephone numbers will be taken by the receptionist and placed in telephone slots for all GP’s to telephone triage.
Patients will be able to provide mobile numbers so they can be telephoned anytime that day.
PLEASE NOTE: All calls from a GP will be withheld numbers, and unfortunately the GP’s will not be able to repeatedly call patients that do not answer. If there is no answer a voicemail may be left for the patient to re call the surgery the following day and rebook.
GP Telephone triages with patients
GP is able to deal with a problem over the telephone so patient does not require a face to face appointment.
GP offers & books a face to face appointment for that day.
GP books an appointment with a Nurse Practitioner
Home Visit arranged for housebound patient.
Why The Change?
A decision has been made by the partners to look at the way forward for our Surgery
This new system will enable and utilise the GP’s resources much more efficiently on a daily basis therefore decreasing patient waiting times and the high amount of the DNA’s we have been experiencing.
As with any new system we are expecting teething problems but we truly believe this is the way forward for Tiptree Medical Centre.
Please note due to this New System the Walk in/Express clinic 8am-9am service will no longer be running.
Phlebotomy clinic offers blood tests by appointment only. Please contact Reception who will be happy to make an appointment for you
Dementia Friendly accreditation
Tiptree Medical Centre has been recognised as one of the first Dementia friendly practices in Essex.
The honour comes following its participation in the Alzheimer Society’s county-wide Dementia Friendly GP practice project.
The project was funded by the SCN though Mid, West and North East Essex CCGs and surgery staff have worked hard to make a number of dementia-friendly changes. These included staff becoming Dementia Friends, putting up dementia-friendly signage and making double appointments available for patients who are affected by dementia.
COMMUNICATION WITH OUR PATIENTS
We want to get better at communicating with our patients. Please tell the receptionist if you need information in a different format or communication support or email us at
We want to know if you need information in braille, large print or easy read
We want to know if you need a British Sign Language interpreter or advocate.
We want to know if we can support you to lip-read or use a hearing aid or communication tool.
GP National Survey 2015 please click here to view the results https://gp-patient.co.uk/
As a result of the survey we have composed an improvements action plan, if you have any comments or suggestions please let us know by emailing us at Tiptreemedicalcentre@nhs.net
How will this be done
Who will do this
Date to be completed by
Where are we
Advertise opening hours
Notice board TV, website, door, reception barrier
By 1st may 2016
Perform in house survey
always have surveys available in reception
Practice Manager/ Patient Representation Group
30th July 2016
Completed survey in July
Ongoing patient survey in waiting room
Trial open day access
Practice Manager/ Dr Roberts, Nurse Practitioner
Suspended following success of other initiatives
Implement new on call system
Instruct all staff
Practice Manager/Reception Supervisor
Review capacity /resources
Partners / Practice Manager
Recruit salaried GP
Recruitment /advertise post/GPPC
Practice Manager /Partners
1st Dec 16
Completed, Dr Macnaughton -Garratt commences one year appointment Oct 2016
Hold an open day
Delayed until next year due to leave of key staff
Review admin/reception roles
Recruit new reception supervisor and new reception staff
Practice Manager/ Partners
Completed all in post
Make more appointments available for on line booking
Plan rotas for 2mths in advance
Take photos, organise frame
Business cards, for gp to have message for follow up, book apt
Discuss with GP’s
Visit surgery where changes have been made. Jubilee street
Contact PM, Visit surgery
Practice Manager/Nurse Practitioner
1st May,see review of visit
Improve telephone system with call back and queue identifier
Investigate systems and obtain quotes
New system ordered July 30th
Instillation of system aborted
New system to be sourced January 2017
Apt new general nurse
Practice Manager/Partner/Lead nurse
Completed. Nurse Linsell in post 1st November 2016
Additional full time Nurse Practitioner
Negotiate with nurse
Nurse Lockhart 30hrs a week as Nurse Practitioner
All prescription queries to Prescription Clerk and only she will forward to on call
Liaise with reception supervisor and prescription clerk Inform staff
Practice Manager/Reception Supervisor /Prescription Clerk
Appointment of Pharmacist to manage all medication queries
Contract with GPPC
Completed Nike Odusote started 1st August
Evening sessions for nhs heatlh checks
Negotiate with HCA
Sessions held in October, more will be planned for the new year
Review housebound patients to access if truly housebound
Searches and patient lists
Practice Manager/ nursing staff
Completed 50% reduction in home visits
Review HCA sessions
When Nurse practitioner contract is agreed
Practice Manager/Lead nurse/HCA
ICE, electronic pathlogy requests
All patients are allocated a named GP, however you can continue to request to see the GP of your choice. If you wish to know your allocated GP please ask at reception or email us at Tiptreemedicalcentre@nhs.net
Free Screening for the risk of Heart Disease
If you are aged between 40yrs and 75yrs and do not already suffer from heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, high blood pressure or have had a stroke (as you should already be under the care of the practice nurse), we can offer you a free check once every 5yrs. The aim of the check is to prevent you from developing long term conditions.