WELCOME TO HERSCHEL MEDICAL CENTRE
Patients Notice : Your local A&E is experiencing longer delays than usual, so to help us (and to avoid a long wait) we would ask that you only attend there or call 999 in a serious or life-threatening emergency.
Remember, there is a range of options available to you, including your local pharmacist, NHS111 and 111.nhs.uk. The attached poster may help you better understand all the options available to you. As you know self-care is a great way to avoid getting ill in the first place, so keep washing your hands with soap and water, get plenty of sleep, eat and drink healthily, check your medicine cabinet and ensure you have sorted any prescriptions or vaccinations.
Patients Notice: 11/10/2019
Following a recent Patient satisfaction survey about our website we are currently in the process of updating our website. We would appreciate your co-operation during the upgrade. Thank you
The surgery will be closed for training from 12:30pm - 18:30pm on the following dates;
- Wednesday 30th January 2019
- Thursday 14th February 2019
- Thursday 14th March 2019
- Wednesday 24th April 2019
- Wednesday 22nd May 2019
- Thursday 20th June 2019 - Please note the practice will be closed all day for training.
- Wednesday 24th July 2019
Are you a Carer?
Further information on National Carer's Week can be found via:https://www.carersweek.org
For further information about services in our area, please call Slough Carers Support on 01753 524176.
or visit http://sloughcarerssupport.co.uk/
National Shortage of the Pneumococcal Vaccine
There is a national shortage of the pneumococcal vaccine. We are currently awaiting a supply. Please call the surgery and ask for a callback from the Nurse if you require this vaccination
Yellow Fever Vaccination Shortage
There is currently a national shortage of the yellow fever vaccination. If you are one of our patients and are planning on travelling to an area that will need this vaccination, please call the surgery and ask for a call back from the Travel nurse to see if we have availability.
Due to staff shortages, Dr Clark and Dr Bhargava will be resuming daily clinics and will NOT be able to accommodate for pre bookable appointments. We kindly request patients to call up on the day to book and be mindful that they may be allocated an appointment with other Doctors working for the Practice.
Practice Statement on Appointments
Our GPs are aware that some patients are finding it increasingly difficult to get the appointments and services they need from us, and feel you should be made aware of the reasons.
Over the past few years, successive governments have reduced the investment in General Practice from around 10% of the NHS budget to nearer 7%.
In spite of this reduction in funding we still provide 90% of consultations carried out in the NHS. There is access to GP services 24 hours, 7 days a week, and the demand to see GPs is rising dramatically. There are currently 340 million GP consultations a year, an increase of 40 million in the last 5 years.
This has not been matched by an increase in GP and staff numbers or an expansion in the infrastructure. Added to this we are expected to take on more and more work previously carried out in hospitals, and are obliged to attend meetings with the Clinical Commissioning Groups, NHS England management and spend hours preparing for and meeting the Care Quality Commission. All of these mean less time to see our patients.
In addition, we are faced with huge difficulties in recruiting new doctors and nurses to work in General Practice. Currently there is a shortfall of about 10,000 GPs across the country. It is impossible to see how this shortfall can be addressed when it takes a minimum of 10 years to train a GP. In short General Practice is in crisis.
We simply want you to know that we are aware of the problems you have accessing some services and that we are working as hard as we can to provide those services. We hope you will bear with us as we strive to continue to provide quality General Practice in this area.
Statement of Intent IT/Electronic Patient Records
New contractual requirements came into force from 1st April 2014 requiring that GP practices should make available a statement of intent in relation to the following IT developments. Click here to read ours.
Child Health Information
Please find link for the Slough Child health website that provides a wide range of information in English, Punjabi, Urdu and Polish languages. Hover and link below:
The link above will take you to the GP survey results, just add in your practice name. The ‘about’ tab gives you some useful background.
Please visit http://healthwatchslough.co.uk/