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Improved Access in General Practice
We are working to improve access to appointments for our patients, in particular at evenings and weekends. If you would like to be offered one of these appointments, please ask. Please note that these appointments may be at a Poole General Hospital.
Hopefully you won’t need to visit your GP very often, but a bit of insider knowledge may help you when you do need to go!
Click HERE to find out how many of these insider tips you didn't already know?
On Monday 23rd October, Public Health England (PHE) launched a national campaign, highlighting that taking antibiotics when you don’t need them puts you and your family at risk of more severe or longer illness.
To help keep antibiotics working you are urged to always take your doctor or nurse’s advice on antibiotics.
It is estimated that 5,000 deaths are caused every year in England because antibiotics no longer work for some infections and this figure is set to rise with experts predicting that in just over 30 years antibiotic resistance will kill more people than cancer and diabetes combined.
Antibiotics help ward off infections during chemotherapy, caesarean sections and other surgery. They also treat serious bacterial infections, such as pneumonia, meningitis and sepsis, but they are being used for everyday viral infections, such as colds or flu, where they are not effective. Taking antibiotics encourages harmful bacteria that live inside you to become resistant. That means that antibiotics may not work when you really need them.
For further information on antibiotic resistance click HERE.
YOUR ELECTRONIC HEALTH RECORD
How is it shared?
The practice now uses a clinical computer system called SystmOne, which can enable your full electronic health record to be shared to professionals involved in providing direct care to you, across different healthcare services.
To provide YOU with the best care, your electronic health record will be made available to other services involved in your care. This information will only be accessed when you visit these services and with your consent. no information about you will be shared prior to this.
A shared record ensures Health or Social care professionals always have the most accurate, up to date information about you.
We strongly advise our patients to carefully read our leaflet ‘How is your Health Record shared?’ to find out what choices you have and for further information.
For more information, click HERE.
Please click HERE to read this leaflet.
Out of Hours - Tel 111
A message from The Adam Practice Doctors
“The practice issues nearly half a million prescription items every year, so naturally we get lots of requests for consultations about clinical aspects of medication.
The Adam Practice is very fortunate to have two Clinical Pharmacists in our team who are highly trained as medicine experts. We have therefore created a telephone and face-to-face appointment service for them to deal with most questions regarding your medication, instead of seeing a GP.
Examples of when you would see a Clinical Pharmacist include:
- Feeling unwell since starting new tablets
- Advice on medication changes made by a specialist
- Repeat medication reviews
To name but a few.
We have instructed our staff to utilise these appointments, so if you are booked into see a pharmacist for your medication query, please respect our clinical decision.
Thank you very much for your co-operation.”
“I received excellent service from the clinical pharmacist, having arranged a telephone consultation. All my medication was painstakingly reviewed and I cannot rate this service more highly. This is a brilliant addition to the practice and will presumably allow the GPs more time to deal with patients.” - source: NHS Choices
"Just been helped by the Adam practice pharmacist, I understand this is a recent addition to the practice and seems to work well, Its worth patients reading about what it provides using the online description. Certainly from a patients point of view I believe it will be very useful once its realised what its about." - source: NHS Choices
Getting the most from your GP
Protected Learning Time
The Adam Practice hold Protected Learning Time (PLT) events every year. These dedicated training sessions allow GP practice staff the opportunity to learn about the most up to date information on particular subjects and Healthcare priorities in Dorset.
During these sessions (outlined below), we will close our doors and telephone lines to allow all staff to attend. If you require medical attention whilst we are closed, please call NHS 111. For all life threatening, medical emergencies please call 999.
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Patient Online Services
- Click the link above to register for SystmOnline (you must have the registration document issued to you by reception)
- Available for patients aged 16 years and over
- View, book and cancel appointments online
- Order repeat prescriptions online
- Update your personal details online
- View your summary medical record online
To register for online services, please ask at reception. For security purposes you must provide proof of identification (list of acceptable ID). Reception will print a PIN document which you can use to create your account.