Little St John’s Surgery are participating in a new approach to improve access for patients to GP appointments. The aim is to direct patients to the most appropriate healthcare professional, which may be a GP or a Pharmacist.
From 31/03/2022 if your symptoms could be resolved by a booked consultation with the pharmacist instead of the GP, you will be given a same-day referral to a pharmacy of your choice.
We think this is a good thing. Once you see how great your local pharmacist is – they are highly trained and skilled clinicians in treating minor illness – we don’t think that you will look back.
This will also help us to free up GP appointments for people with more complex health issues and ensure that everyone gets treated at the right time, by the right healthcare professional.
We are keen to hear what you think and will be listening to your comments and feedback about your experience of using this service.
We would like to draw your attention to our GP Patient Survey results.
The GP Patient Survey is an independent survey run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of NHS England. The survey is sent out to over a million people across the UK. The results show how people feel about their GP practice.
Please see our survey results.
We are letting you know about a very useful website called Germ Defence which was created by a team of doctors and scientists to give you advice that has been proven to reduce the spread of viruses in the home. It can help you plan how to protect yourself and members of your family from infection by COVID-19 and ‘flu.
Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.
Locally, social prescribing is known as 'Connect for Health'.
NHS England describes social prescribing as “enabling all local agencies to refer people to a link worker”. Link workers - known locally as Community Connectors - give people time and focus on what matters to the person as identified through shared decision making or personalised care and support planning. They connect people to community groups and agencies for practical and emotional support.
Connect for Health particularly works for a wide range of people, including those:
Take a look at our Special Edition Newsletter about Connect for Health and our A new way of working with you information sheet for more information.
New Support for Parents (Information for young children)
Following a highly successful first phase which saw over 41,000 participants, researchers from Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust are leading a collaboration group are launching the second phase of their global study into the psychological impact of the Coronavirus pandemic and lockdown. The study is linked to the Medical Research Council global health research programme led by the Portsmouth-Brawijaya Centre for Global Health, Population, and Policy, University of Portsmouth.
Phase one results gave valuable insights in to how different people, genders and communities were coping with the global pandemic and the second phase enables more people to take part and ensures an even greater range and comparison between the two phases.
You can take part by completing the short questionnaire exploring the psychological impact of the coronavirus, its effect on our emotions, behaviour and wellbeing. The aim of the survey is to better understand how the coronavirus and the impact the current lockdown is having on our day to day lifestyle, what is helpful and what may be causing some people to be affected more than others in terms of their wellbeing.
The survey is open to anyone over the age of 16 and able to complete the online questionnaire. If you completed the survey in the first phase, you can take it again this time as it is important to understand how people have adapted and changed. We would encourage everyone, including staff, patients, friends and family to take part.
The survey can be found at this website, which takes around 10 minutes to complete.
Please ensure you select Little St John's Street Surgery when asked where you heard about the survey. You can find out more on the research pages on this website.
The survey is linked to the Medical Research Council global health research programme led by the Portsmouth-Brawijaya Centre for Global Health, Population, and Policy, University of Portsmouth. It has full Health Research Authority approval and is open to anyone over the age of 16 and able to complete the online questionnaire.
The study is open to anyone over 16 years of age (or under 16 with parental permission). Participants must reside in the UK. The average time taken to complete the online survey is approx. 15 minutes.
GP sites have been added to the survey so that when participants are asked where they heard about the survey, they should be asked to tick 'from a GP' and then further instructed to tick the name of the surgery in a drop-down list. Participants are advised to start typing the name of their surgery and drop-down boxes containing those words appear, so they don't have to scroll through a long list.
The survey is open to anyone; patients, relatives, friends, local groups, village social media sites etc. You can send the link to anyone.
With effect from Friday 01/05/2020 we are delighted to introduce our new GP Partnership team at Little St John’s Surgery. Dr Rajinder Sidhu, who has been with the practice for over 25 years, will now become our Senior GP Partner. He will be joined by 2 of our existing salaried GP’s Dr Annabel Smith and Dr Anna Livermore.
Dr Imaad Khalid left the surgery at the end of October 2020. Dr Sidhu and the GP Partners would like to thank Dr Khalid for his hard work and wish him well for his future endeavours.
Dr Judith Shelley left the surgery at the end of August. Dr Shelley had been with the surgery for over 10 years and will be greatly missed by all the team here as well as her patients. We would like to say a huge thank you to Dr Shelley for all her hard work during her time here.
Dr Gary Taylor has now retired from Little St John’s Surgery. Dr Taylor had been with the practice for over 25 years but has now retired to enable him to spend more time with his family and to travel. We would like to thank Dr Taylor for his tremendous contribution to the practice during his time here and to wish him all the very best for his retirement.
This GP Practice is taking part in an important national project to improve how people are diagnosed with cancer. See this poster about the National Cancer Diagnosis Audit for further details.
Put your heart into walking.
At 9am every friday meet at Ufford Park Hotel. Meet outside the main reception for a gently undulating two mile walk.
Great views, no traffic, and free parking! Free to join in, and the Hotel is open for tea, coffee, and a chat afterwards.
Did you know that you can book an appointment with the Nurse or the Doctor up to 4 weeks in advance and you can still book appointments on the day.
If you require urgent medical attention when the surgery is closed, please call the Out Of Hours Service (NHS 111) by dialling 111.
Weekdays: Monday to Friday: 18.30 - 08.00
Weekends: Friday 18.30 - Monday 08.00
Bank Holidays - 24 Hours
If you register or de-register from Little St John's Surgery your records will be transferred electronically with other surgeries who also have this facility in place.
As a Carer, Family Member, Friend, Doctor, GP, Health Professional, Employer, Employee, Charity or someone who wants know more... it's for you.
Please watch the short film below to find out how seeing a pharmacist can help take the strain off local NHS services...
Suffolk GP+ is for people who urgently need a doctor’s appointment, or can’t see their GP on a weekday. Please note that Suffolk GP+ appointments can only be booked through your own local GP practice.
More details on this service can be found here: GP+ Newsletter
The Friends and Family Test is a way of gathering your feedback, so we can continually review our service.
It is one simple question:
"How likely are you to recommend our GP practice to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?"
Your feedback will help us learn more about what you think of your experience - what you like and what you think we could improve. Ultimately, you're helping us to make changes that will ensure we can offer the best possible care.
It is completely anonymous. Please collect a form from your Doctor or Reception.
111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It's fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals.
How likely are you to recommend this Surgery to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment? Please spend 2 minutes to take the Friends and Family Test.
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