Previous Practice Newsletters
Optum International (UK) - January 2019
We are working with Optum International (UK) to conduct a one-off piece of analytics work to support the care and treatment of the population registered with GPs in Dorset.
A small number of analytics specialists from Optum in the UK team, all of whom are based in the UK, will have access to pseudonymised data. This means that Optum will not be able to identify any individual and the data they receive will ensure anonymity. Optum has a long track record of working with and within the NHS are fully compliant with all necessary data protection laws.
Once the work with Optum is complete, they will delete the data from their systems. Patients who have chosen not to share their data will be excluded from the extract at source and their data will not be extracted from the GP system.
In addition, Weymouth & Portland GPs are working with Optum, who will spend time observing and evaluating how the practice functions to quantify potential areas of improvement for both clinical and back office service delivery. Optum are the preferred development partner with NHS England and, as with all our team, have suitable governance in accordance with all applicable laws, privacy notices and in accordance with all contracts.
Walk For You - Official Launch Friday 22nd June
Walking for Health is England's largest network of health walk schemes, run by the Ramblers and Macmillan Cancer Support. They offer free walks and make sure no one gets left behind. The walks are open to everyone on a drop in basis but are especially aimed at those who are least active, with lower physical ability or long term conditions.
Pop along to the offical launch on Friday 22nd June, or find out more by visiting the Walking For Health Website.
Healthy Living Event - 19/05/2018
Feedback from a recent patient survey found that patients expressed a need for more information on local healthy living services. You told us there are many services available but are often unsure how to access these services or which service does what.
With the help of our Patient Participation Group we are pleased to announce a Healthy Living Event.
Healthy Living Event
Saturday 19th May
Park Community Centre, Chelmsford Street, Weymouth
11am - 3pm
Come along and find out more about your local services in a fun and interactive way.
Stands to include:
Diabetes UK Dietician advice My Health My Way, Live Well Dorset Healthwatch Dorset Age UK Smoke Stop Services Stroke Support Steps to Wellbeing Dorset Fire & Rescue Walkers and Talkers Health Walking Group FREE RAFFLE and food and cooking demonstrations from the Friendly Food Club.
Dorset CCG are supporting our Healthy Living Event, please click here to view Dorset CCG news.
10 March 2018
Improved Access to General Practice Service (IAGPS) Extended Access Apppointments:
The Clinical Commissioning Group have been working to improve access to appointments for patients, in particular at evenings and weekends.
The new IAGPS has been rolled out in Weymouth and will be based at Weymouth Community Hospital. It will be staffed by local GPs, nurse practitioners, practice nurses and health care assistants, providing a mixture or primary care appointments.
The aim of the service is to provide extra primary care apointments, for the locality, outside core hours, i.e. some weekday evenings and weekends.
If you would like to be offered one of these apointments, please ask at the surgery.
01 March 2018
All GP practices are rquired to declare the mean earnings (eg average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.
The average pay for GPs working in the Royal Crescent and Preston Road Practice in the last financial year was £69,065 before Tax and National Insurance. this is for 3 full time GPs and 12 part time GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.
01 January 2018
Staff News - Sandra Maddison
Following the retirement of Kate Meacham the partners are pleased to announce Sandra Maddison as the Practice Manager from January 2018.
Sandra joined the Practice in 2007 as Surgery Manager at Preston Road Surgery after a 20 year career in corporate banking. In the last few years Sandra has also taken on the role of Practice Business Manager. She is very much looking forward to the role of Practice Manager and working with the partners to continue to develop high quality person centred services for patients.
31 December 2017
Staff News - Kate Meacham
Kate Meacham will be retiring from her post as Practice Manager at the end of December.
Kate Meacham took over from Mary Cleverton in 1999 and has since worked alongside the partners to develop high quality responsive and caring services for patients. She has also taken an active role in the Weymouth and Portland Locality to promote collaborative working with other GP practiaces on many projects including integrated health and social care, suport for carers and poromoting early help in the community. We wish Kate a very happy retirement.
01 November 2017
Staff News - Tracy Sheppard
The Partners are pleased to welcome Tracy Sheppard as Assistant Practice Manager to the team.
was born and bred in North Wales, where she spent 14 years working in
general practice before moving to Dorset in 2000. Tracy continued
working in the NHS both in acute and community care in various
specialities including Audiology, ENT, Surgery, Orthopaedics and
Occupational Health. Tracy is very happy to be back in general practice
and is looking forward to working with the team.
04 April 2017
CQC Final Inspection Report
Royal Crescent and Preston Road Practice is delighted with the rating of “Outstanding” awarded by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The Inspection Team assesses healthcare providers against a set of quality indicators - safety, effectiveness, caring, responsiveness and well-led, and how services are delivered to six population groups.
The Practice is well-organised, strategic, inclusive and friendly. There is a culture of openness and honesty alongside continuous improvement. We provide training, education, learning, mentoring and pastoral support. We have an excellent reputation and are committed to providing strategic support in the locality and across Dorset.
We believe that personal care is at the heart of family general practice. Our patients tell us that the continuity of care and a relationship with their own GP is really important; the practice was above average for its satisfaction scores on consultations with GPs and Nurses and we are very proud of this achievement.
CQC received consistently positive feedback from patients. We welcome all comments from our patients and use these to develop the service we provide. Our thanks go to the members of the Patient Participation Group who work closely with us on this.
The CQC highlights the following work as Outstanding – development of services for the homeless and vulnerable, the visiting team of practitioners who proactively manage the over-75 population within care homes and the patients’ own homes and the Community Angels who provide befriending, transport and support to patients.
CQC recognised that our staff are motivated and inspired to offer kind and compassionate care. We wish to thank all these highly skilled, motivated, committed and caring staff - clinical, managerial and administrative, who work so hard on a daily basis to provide the highest standards of care to our patients, and are thrilled this has been recognised by a national organisation.
To read a copy of the report please click here.
01 February 2017
Would you like to join our new Patient Participation Group (PPG)?
Visit our our PPG page for further details.
The first PPG meeting will be held on Wednesday 12th April at 11:00am. Please inform reception if you would like to attend.