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Noticeboard contents :  New website for the Foundry, Text Messaging for appointments, On-Line access, 'Live Well, Feel Better' and Giving up smoking

NEWS FLASH !!! NEW WEBSITE for Foundry Medical Centre Lewes, follow this link to  learn about the Foundry, from its very early stages the Foundry Health ethos was much more than just moving to a new building or merging three surgeries into one - www.foundryhealthcarelewes.co.uk

 

  • March 12, 2018 - Press Release

     

    £55k award for new health hub in heart of Lewes

     

    Plans to improve access to GPs and provide a broader range of health services in Lewes have been recognised by a £55,000 government award for the new health hub in North Street Quarter.

     

    The award comes from The Greater Brighton One Public Estate Programme which supports projects that improve public services, stimulate economic growth and free up land for regeneration. It was awarded following a joint bid from Lewes District Council and local healthcare partners, including Lewes’s three GP practices who will join forces to offer more services and improved access for local people.

    School Hill Medical Practice, St Andrews Surgery and River Lodge Surgery will relocate into the new health hub, while still retaining the Ringmer branch surgery for the community. The creation of a health hub in the heart of the town will help meet increased demands on local GP practices. More appointments will be available as the health hub will be open seven days a week and will bring together other healthcare providers including a practice pharmacist, paramedic and nurse specialists.

    The grant will be used to design the facilities and spaces inside the hub. Specialist healthcare architects Murphy Philipps have been appointed to carry out the work, which will help health providers to plan their move into the hub and ensure the new premises meet their operational needs. The external design of the health hub has been carried out by the team of architects working on North Street Quarter and has been given full planning approval.

     

    Dr Jason Heath, GP partner at St Andrews Practice, said: “We are one step closer to being able to offer high quality integrated General Practice from the very heart of the town, in a way that is sustainable and secured for the local community for the future.

     

    “We will now work with architects Murphy Philipps on the specifications of the design on the state-of-the-art premises, which will see an integrated primary and community care facility with the long term aim to transform the delivery of health and social care in the town, and better support people to lead healthy lives.” 

     

    Marc Levinson from specialist healthcare architects Murphy Philipps, said: “We are very excited to be part of the team on this exciting project to enhance health services for local people. We will be working closely with health providers to tailor the new facilities to make sure they meet the needs of the community, and are fit to provide first rate care.”

     

    The North Street Quarter health hub forms part of a wider model for Lewes with the development of a health and social care campus, encompassing both existing facilities and a new facility. The Lewes Health Campus will be a catalyst for change to health and social care for the whole town of Lewes and wider population.

     

    There is no need for patients registered at the three surgeries to do anything to get a new GP as they remain registered with the GP partners working from Lewes Health Hub.

    Updates about the progress of the Health Hub will be posted on the North Street Quarter website. Please visit www.northstreetqtr.co.uk for further information.

  • On-Line access. Please see links on the Home Page for more details about on-line access for Appointments, Repeat Prescriptions, access to your Patient Records and access to test results.

  • Live Well, Feel Better - for more details see the link on the home page

 Life Well Feel Better

  • Free Health Checks for all patients aged 40-75 - If you would like to benefit from a free Health Check please contact us to find out if you qualify. Health Check surgeries are currently running. 

  • ‘Do you want to give up smoking?  Have you been thinking about quitting?  If so, do you know that you can get access to your local stop smoking service who have a proven track record in helping people to stop smoking and stay stop.  If you are interested in giving up or need any advice on the best way to do so why not ring the surgery on the number above and ask about the how you can access the service locally near you’ or click this link - NHS Smokefree

Latest News

Menopause Education Evening 

Do you have any worries or questions about the menopause and managing the symptoms? If you answered yes, we would like to invite you to come to our Educational Evening run by healthcare staff of all three Lewes Practices.  

Where: RIVER LODGE SURGERY

When: 18th of July

Time: 7pm to 8pm.  

We have a limited number of spaces available, please book by calling the reception team at River Lodge Surgery on 01273 472233.

 

NEW !! "INFORMATION WEBSITE"

We are currently working on an information website to keep everyone informed of the developments toward the merge of the three surgeries and changes and improvements to the service we provide.

River Lodge and Anchor Field - Appointment System Upgrade

November 2017

From the beginning of November 2017 we will be trialling a new appointment system. Please be prepared for our Reception Team to enquire as to whether you are requesting an appointment for an on-going condition, that you have previously seen a GP about, or a new condition. If it is a new condition, you will be added to our duty Doctor’s telephone list. They will phone you back and, where necessary, book you an appointment.

What the future plans for the Lewes Surgeries means for your medical records.

As you are hopefully already aware the three surgeries in Lewes (School Hill Medical Practice, St. Andrew’s Surgery, and River Lodge Surgery) are in the process of merging to become one healthcare provider. This is to increase the capacity that all three surgeries have to go on providing high quality care to you and the residents of Lewes and the surrounding area. This process is going to culminate in us all being in one building, however the process of merging has already begun and will continue to do so in phases. As part of this we will be beginning to share the work we do across the three practices. Initially this will be the administrative side of things e.g. processing referrals to hospitals or other service providers, managing prescriptions requests, booking appointments, etc. In time, you will also be able to book appointments to see healthcare professionals from the other practices too.

In order to achieve this, staff from the other two surgeries may need to access your medical records. Staff at all surgeries already have strict rules about how we access patient’s medical records and only do so if it is to facilitate providing health services to their patients. When we do so we all are legally bound to adhere to a strict code of confidentiality. This is to ensure that you can trust us with your information. Any breach of this is treated very seriously. Staff at all the surgeries will continue to adhere to these principals when accessing your record and so will only do so within these rules. If you would like to see more information about the principles we must adhere to go to web address: goo.gl/q2dY8u.

We believe that sharing work in this way will:

1. Improve the efficiency of providing you with healthcare services

2. In time will give you greater access to appointments

3. Make your appointments more targeted to your specific needs.

What happens to your medical information is up to you. If despite the benefits outlined above you would prefer that any member(s) of staff do not have access to your record, whether they are currently part of your surgery or from another, then please let us know and we will make sure that your wishes are adhered to. You can decide to change your mind about this decision at any stage.

If you would like more information about this then please contact us at the surgery and we will answer any queries you have.

What the future plans for the Lewes Surgeries means for your medical records.

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