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Statement on proposed coming together of Albion Street Surgery and St Peters Medical Centre

We, the Partners and staff at Albion Street Surgery and St Peters Medical Centre, two well-established local GP practices, are pleased to announce we are merging. We believe it is an excellent opportunity to improve the way we work and to develop services for you - our patients.

The merger will see our two GP practices formally coming together on 1 October 2021. Both sites will continue to run, with the Albion Street building operating as a branch surgery of the new joint practice for the current time. Longer term, as you may be aware, we are building a new premises on the St Peter’s Medical Centre site. The building work commences in next month, and is due for completion in the summer of 2023.

There is no need for patients registered at either GP practice to do anything when the merger takes place. You will remain registered with the newly formed practice and we will continue to provide you medical help and support.

Under the proposal for the practices to come together, patients will still be able to book appointments with their current clinician, subject to availability, and the merged practice will strive to maintain continuity of care when possible.

St Peter’s and Albion Street’s patients will be able to access a wider range of health care professionals and will be less reliant on seeing locum GPs. With a larger practice team, there may be an opportunity to increase provision of services even further and strengthen what we can offer patients locally.

Once the new premises development is complete, there will be more available space, including a health education room for group consultations and learning events. There will also be opportunities to work more closely with our mental health trust, Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, to offer care and support closer to home.

These plans follow extensive discussions between the local Clinical Commissioning Group and Partners on the future of the practices. Our CCG makes every effort to support local General Practice services, which we know are facing the same pressures as those reported from around England.

The CCG and practice partners understand patients may have suggestions or questions and we would like to hear from you.

You can contact us:

In Practices: Please ask our reception teams for a feedback form. This can be filled out anonymously if you wish. You do not need to give us any personal information if you choose not to but please provide this if you wish for a response.

By Email: Please email either bhccg.clinicalstpeters@nhs.net or albionstreetsurgery@nhs.net

By Letter: Please write to us at your usual practice address, and mark it for the attention of the Reception Manager

By Phone: You can contact us via the practice mobile phones, which are only to be used for this purpose:

Albion St : 07873399487

St Peter’s Medical Centre: 07562017040

The last date to provide feedback is 31/7/21

 

There are FAQs  below as well as opportunities to email in any queries or comments you have or phone the practices.  The contact details for both practices are:

 

Albion Street

Website:    www.albionstreetsurgery.co.uk

Phone:       07873399487 (for practice merger queries only please)

Email:        albionstreetsurgery@nhs.net

St Peter’s Medical Centre:

Website:    www.stpetersmedicalcentre.co.uk

Phone:       07562017040 (for practice merger queries only please)

Email:        bhccg.clinicalstpeters.nhs.uk

 

 Frequently Asked Questions

Q . Why merge the practices?

The NHS is changing and NHS England is asking practices to work together across larger patient populations. We want to ensure that our patients continue to receive high quality medical care.

This merger will offer many benefits. The current practices use the same clinical computer system, and in merging, we will be able to access patient electronic records through a single system and log in, which will make it easier for our clinicians to view patient information across both our sites, wherever you may need to be seen, for example in our extended hours services. We are also able to bring together our management and support teams for more efficiency. Bringing together our practices in this way means, we can share our pool of knowledge and skills, particularly as we know people often have many medical concerns and needs.

Q. What will this mean to me?

Patients will not see any real change and you will be able to access services at your local practice as you do now. You will be able to go to either Albion St or St Peter’s Medical Centre.  Over time, we may be able to offer more specialist clinics and services, as we will have access to a wider healthcare team.

Q.What will be the name of the new merged Practice?

The name of the merged practice will be St Peter’s Medical Centre.

Q.Will I be able to see my usual Doctor or Nurse?

Continuity of care is valued by both patients and doctors and nurses. Our healthcare teams will be based at both locations and you will be able to see your usual Doctor or Nurse, subject to their availability.  

QI have a long term health problem – how will this affect my care?

We will make every effort to ensure that you continue to see your preferred clinicians for ongoing care. As your usual clinician may be working from either of our sites, you can see them at either place, depending on where they are working at that time..

Q.Will there be any change to the service we receive from community services such as district nurses, midwives or health visitors?

The community teams will continue to work with both practices as usual to provide care to patients.

Q.Will the new merged Practice have access to my medical records?

Yes, the clinical records are being combined into one. If you go to another site, such as for a specialist clinic, your medical record will be available to the clinician seeing you there..

Q.Will the Albion St telephone number change?

Yes, from 1 October 2021 it will transfer over to the St Peter’s number 01273 606006.

Q.Booking appointments – will I see any changes?

There are many ways to book an appointment.   You can book online as you do now, send in an eConsult or phone us.   From 1 October 2021, you will need to book your appointment via the St Peter’s Medical Centre website www.stpetersmedicalcentre.co.uk as the Albion St website will no longer exist.

 

We have Patient Care Advisors (receptionists) who will help guide you to the most appropriate appointment for your needs.  At the time of publishing this information, we remain under national protocol to offer total triage, but you can see a clinical face to face if clinically necessary.  Most nurse and healthcare assistant appointments remain face to face.

Q.How will my Medical Records be affected?

Our computer clinical system will merge the electronic records of all our patients. Whichever clinician you are seeing will be able to access your records no matter which practice you were members of.

Q.How will my Prescriptions be affected?

With a shared computer system there should be no change to the current way in which you order or receive your prescriptions. If you order your prescriptions online then we may need to update your details. Further information will be given and we will contact you if this is the case.

Q.Patient Participation Group

We plan to form a new single patient participation group (PPG).

A Patient Participation Group (PPG) is a group of patients, carers and GP practice staff who meet to discuss practice issues and patient experience to help develop and improve services. PPGs play a key role in helping patients get the best out of their GP surgery.

If you would like to find out more about the patient participation group or to get involved, please contact either lisa.yaxley@nhs.net if you are an Albion St patient or Debbie.hill2@nhs.net for St Peter’s

Q.What is the timescale envisaged for the merger?

The two practices are already working closely together and we plan to complete the merger process on 1st October 2021

 

Keeping you Informed

We will post regular updates on our website, provide information posters in our practices and consult our patient participation groups.

 

We value your views and if you have any questions or comments, we would like to hear from you:

 

In Practices: Please ask our reception teams for a feedback form. This can be filled out anonymously if you wish. You do not need to give us any personal information if you choose not to but please provide this if you wish for a response.

 

By Email: Please email either bhccg.clinicalstpeters@nhs.net or albionstreetsurgery@nhs.net

 

By Letter: Please write to us at your usual practice address, and mark it for the attention of the

Reception Manager

 

By Phone: You can contact us via the practice mobile phones, which are only to be used for this purpose:

Albion St :                                07873399487

St Peter’s Medical Centre:       07562017040

 

Thank you for your ongoing support.

 

The Partners and staff at Albion St Surgery and St Peter’s Medical Centre

DEADLINE FOR REGISTERING YOUR OPT-OUT IS SEPTEMBER 30TH 2021

If you don’t want your identifiable patient data to be shared for purposes except for your own care, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out.

If you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital please register your Type 1 Opt-out with the surgery by 30 September 2021.

The data held in your GP medical records is shared with other healthcare professionals for the purposes of your individual care. It is also shared with other organisations to support health and care planning and research.
If you do not want your personally identifiable patient data to be shared outside of your GP practice for purposes except your own care, you can register an opt-out with your GP practice. This is known as a Type 1 Opt-out.

To register a Type 1 Opt-out, for yourself or for a dependent (if you are the parent or legal guardian of the patient) (to Opt-out) you can download the form from the link below and then returning it to the surgery before the deadline of September 30th 2021

More information about this matter can be viewed on the NHS Digital website here

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