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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT EARLS BARTON & PENVALE PARK MEDICAL CENTRE

Since July 2021, a caretaker practice has been providing General Practice services to patients while Northamptonshire ICB undertook a procurement exercise to appoint a more long-term provider. We are delighted to be able to advise you that following this exercise Weavers Medical has been appointed and will be taking over the contract from 1st February 2023.

We would like to reassure you that you will still be able to access the full range of General Practice services you normally would, and services will continue to be delivered from the same locations.

Weavers Medical is a large forward-thinking practice in Kettering. The practice is focussed on patient care and believes in the traditional values of a family doctor. It takes a ‘whole person’ approach to healthcare to ensure a healthy mind as well as a healthy body.

Dr John McManus, Executive Partner at Weavers Medical said: “Everyone in the team is excited to help Earls Barton and Penvale practices to be the outstanding healthcare centres which we know they can be. There is such a lot of potential in the people working at the practices and we want to work alongside them to make these places where staff enjoy working and patients feel welcomed and cared for.

“Our aim is for patients to be extremely proud of their local practices and we will do all we can to make this happen.”

Northamptonshire ICB would like to thank Albany House for acting as a caretaker practice to registered patients at Earls Barton and Penvale practices while we worked to find a long-term provider. We are grateful for the service they have provided and for ensuring continuity of care to patients. Over the next few months we will be working with Albany House and Weavers Medical to ensure a smooth transition for patients and staff.

For those patients who would like to consider registering with an alternative practice in the area you are, of course, free to do that at any time. You can find information on local GP practices and the services they offer at www.nhs.uk.

Accelerated Citizens’ Access programme - Access to Records

Following Guidance from the British Medical Association (BMA), Earls Barton Medical Centre have taken the tough decision to pause access to records as part of the Accelerated Citizens’ Access programme, led by NHS England.

From November 1st 2022 the NHS App will automatically give patients the ability to see any new entries to their GP medical record.

While many practices will be able to facilitate this change before the deadline, some may not be ready to roll it out safely and in line with their obligations under the Data Protection Act. These practices need more time to prepare. As data controllers of the GP record, this includes making sure that appropriate safeguarding measures are in place to protect patients – for example, for those living with an abusive partner, or patients with particular mental health conditions.

The guidance from the BMA reads: “As Data Controllers of the GP record, and custodians of patient care, GPs have a dual obligation to uphold their responsibilities to their patients in terms of information governance as well as clinical safety. Based on feedback received from members, GPC England is not confident that all practices can uphold these obligations if they allow automatic prospective (future) access to the full electronic medical record to go live on 1 November 2022.”

Dr David Wrigley, deputy chair of the BMA’s GP committee in England, said: “It’s only right that patients have access to their GP-held medical records, but this must be done carefully and with the appropriate safeguards in place to protect them from potential harm.

“The current timeline of activating this new programme on November 1st is just too soon for some practices to do safely, which is why the BMA is advising those surgeries to write to their system supplier and request that activation is temporarily delayed. This will give them the extra time they need to make sure that any potentially harmful or sensitive data is reviewed and, if necessary, redacted, in the interests of the patient. We also feel additional support is needed for practices to implement this change.

“We have a duty of care to speak up when patient safety is at risk, which is why we encourage practices even slightly unsure about whether they can deliver this programme before the start of November, to refer to our guidance. Our patients are at the heart of what we do, and we will always act in their best interests.”

Should you require access to your records, this can continue to request access via the NHS App, Airmid App or SystmOnline allowing the practice time to review individual records before access is granted.

IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR PATIENTS REGISTERED WITH EARLS BARTON & PENVALE PARK MEDICAL CENTRE

Following a visit by the Care Quality Commission, which highlighted a number of significant concerns, the CQC has taken the decision to cancel the practice’s registration as of 9th July 2021. NHS Northamptonshire CCG has therefore taken the decision to appoint a caretaker provider to minimise disruption to patient care. Albany House Medical Centre has been appointed as the caretaker and they will work to ensure patients receive the high standard of care expected from the NHS. The previous management and Partners are no longer with the surgery.

 The surgery will remain open as usual and continue to provide services to you, you will still have access to a GP and other clinical staff there.

If you have any queries, please contact the NHS Northamptonshire CCG Patient Experience team by emailing nccg.patientexperience@nhs.net or by telephoning 01604 651100 (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm)

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With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.

VOLUNTEER DRIVER SCHEME - EARLS BARTON PATIENTS

Did you know that EBMC patients have access to the local Volunteer Drivers Scheme.

SHOULD YOU NEED TRANSPORT FOR SURGERY OR HOSPITAL APPOINTMENTS USERS CAN BOOK THIS SERVICE DIRECTLY.

PATIENTS SHOULD ALLOW 3 DAYS ADVANCE NOTICE OF THEIR JOURNEYS WITHIN THE VILLAGE AND 1 WEEKS NOTICE FOR JOURNEYS OUTSIDE THE VILLAGE.

A SMALL MILEAGE CHARGE IS APPLICABLE.

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CALL WENDY STANTON CO-ORDINATOR FOR THE CAR SCHEME ON 07741 171188  (Voice mail service)

TRAVEL VACCINATIONS - Please note the practice no longer provides this service.

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