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'Living with COVID' Government Response
We don't yet know what the guidance will be for primary care in response to the new 'Living with Covid' reponse, therefore until this is confirmed, please can you continue to:
-Wear your mask when you visit your practice
-Keep distance when in your practice
-Arrive no longer than 5 minutes before your appointment time
-Avoid attending for routine care when you have COVID
-Tell your practice if you have COVID symptoms or are COVID positive when you have an appointment
That way all patients can feel safe - including those who cannot be vaccinated or whose immune systems are weak.
Bilborough Medical Centre Makes ‘Good’ Progress
Bilborough Medical Centre and its branch site Assarts Farm Medical Centre have been recognised as a ‘good’ following their first full inspection by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Both practices have been managed by Nottingham City GP Alliance (NCGPA) since 1st April 20219, under a care-taker contract initially, and now as a full-time provider on a 10 year contract.
During the inspections, which took place in April 2020 and November 2021, the practices were examined on five key categories – ‘safe’, ‘effective’, ‘caring’, ‘well-led’ and ‘responsive’. The practices were awarded the rating of ‘good’ across the board, which is an excellent result and significant improvement from the last CQC inspection.
Inspectors have written up their findings in a report, which was issued to NCGPA on 11 January 2022. In the report it was noted that leaders had an inspiring shared purpose and strive to deliver and motivate staff to succeed. Focus was also given to the culture of innovation and continuous improvement at the practices thanks to the pilot of an automatic booking system that enables patients to respond to a text message and book an appointment for a specific clinic such as cervical screening.
To read the full press release, click here
#GrabAJab in Nottingham City Center
While you are out getting your last minute bits for Christmas (or even starting your shopping if you have left it a bit late) you can also #GrabAJab at Nottingham City GP Alliance.
There are appointments available Midday - 8pm Monday 20 December to Friday 24 December for 1st, 2nd or Booster vaccinations.
To book yourself in call the team on one of the following numbers:
You will need your name, date of birth, NHS number and last vaccination date (if applicable).
Once booked pop along to Nottingham City GP Alliance 64 Long Row (between Pepe's Chicken and Tescos) at your alloacted appointment time and get vaccinated.
AquAid - The Africa Trust
Here, at Nottingham City General Practice Alliance, we are aware that keeping our team hydrated will aid them to perform at their very best throughout the work day. As a result, we decided to invest in watercoolers from AquAid.
Our unique relationship with AquAid has also given our company the opportunity to help those less fortunate than ourselves, because with each purchase an automatic donation is made to The Africa Trust.
These funds are used to build ‘Elephant Pumps’ - a modified version of an age old Chinese rope pulley system. One such pump is currently being installed in Africa on our behalf and it will be a much needed source of clean and fresh drinking water for many.
Our organisation’s name will be proudly displayed on our well and we look forward to adding a photo and a letter of thanks from the villagers to our site in the near future.
To date AquAid have built over 8,000 such Elephant Pumps across parts of Liberia, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe; and have donated in excess of £17 million to charity.
Grange Farm Medical Centre
From 1 October 2021, Nottingham City GP Alliance (NCGPA) take over the management of Grange Farm Medical Centre. We would like to extend a warm welcome to all patients who are registered at the practice. The change will be mainly behind the scenes in back-office management. Patients will continue to see many of the same friendly faces when they visit the practice; with the addition of two new GP’s.
The practice opening times will remain the same and patients can contact the practice in the same way they always have. The website will look a little different to what patients are used to, but the new site is simple and easy to use www.gfmc.org.uk
Stub It! this Stoptober
Nottingham City ICP and partners are urging residents to use Stoptober as reason to make a quit attempt this October. More than 20% of adults who live in Nottingham City are registered as smokers, compared to 13.9% nationally. That means that a staggering 55,121 people in our city smoke.
Evidence shows that if a smoker can quit for 28 days then they are five times more likely to quit for good. Teaming this with behavioural support and nicotine replacement products, such as the service provided by Stub It! smokers will further increase their chance of quitting for life.
New location for appointments with GP+, GPX and Stub it!
From Monday 2nd August our services GP+, GPX and Stub it! will be moving location. Don't worry it's in the same building, just on the first floor.
Patients attending face to face appointments with these services will need to access the building via our Angel Row entrance. Our Angel Row entrance is located between Pepe's chicken and Tesco express, opposite the old City Library. The friendly team at Parliament Street Medical centre will help direct anyone while we settle in.
Parliament Street Medical Centre
Following a tender process by Nottingham and Nottinghamshire CCG NCGPA took over the provision of GP services for Platform One Practice on 1 July. The practice has become Parliament Street Medical Centre and has reloacted to 79a Upper Parliament Street, less than a mile from the Platform One Practice site.
If you were a patient at Platform One and need help or support you can visit the website: Homepage - Upper Parliament Street Medical Centre (parliamentstreetmc.co.uk) or you can contact the practice by phone of the same telephone number.
Nottingham City General Practice Alliance (NCGPA) would like to confirm that Emma Bravery is leaving the post of Chief Operating Officer after nearly 5 years in this position.
Emma oversaw the expansion of NCGPA from a small group to over 130 staff managing over a dozen services across Nottingham City, supporting General Practice and primary care services for its citizens.
The Board and Senior Management Team would like to express it thanks to Emma for her commitment, enthusiasm and dedication to NCGPA and wish her the very best for her future career.
With the advent of Primary Care Networks, Integrated Care Systems and further developments in the local Health Care landscape, NCGPA is reviewing its structures to develop an organisation that meets the needs of Nottingham City General Practice, PCNs and the citizens they serve. This period of review and transition will enable NCGPA to design and consolidate our aligned relationship with PCNs in consultation with our shareholders, stakeholders and other partners. This process is being facilitated by Dr Adele Cresswell and Dr Alastair McLachlan on the joint behalf of PCNs and NCGPA. Adele will cover the NCGPA COO responsibilities on an interim basis until a permanent appointment can be made.
Dr Jonathan Harte,