New Gynaecology Service
Local Gynaecologist and Obstetrician Dr Karen Morton whom many of you may know from the Royal Surrey County Hospital has launched a new service called Tonsmor Doctors from Dr Morton’s providing consultations free at the point of care via the NHS. Badgerswood and Forest surgeries are proud to be one of the first to try it out.
When you call the surgery for an appointment we can offer you a ‘Morton Key’ for direct speedy access to a Gynaecologist or a GP.
At busy times you may find it quicker to speak to a doctor from Tonsmor by phone or video than to wait for a surgery appointment or one of our doctors to call you back. Doctors from Tonsmor report the outcome of the consultation back to us so that everything appears in your patient notes, just as if you had been seen in the surgery itself. Our Tonsmor partners will be able to recommend investigations, treatments and hospital referrals if needed.
Dr Morton’s are open 7 days a week so, if you work, you may find their slots more convenient.
For women, Gynaecologists are available every evening after 7pm and throughout both Saturday and Sunday at the weekend. If you would like to try it out, then please ask Reception when you call. We welcome your feedback on this innovative extension to patient experience. It is free to you via your surgery and the NHS.
Dr Karen Morton said “COVID has taught doctors and patients alike that online consultation is invaluable. Tonsmor is for everyone, but for women in particular. This is because women need to seek medical advice more often than men for such matters as contraception, period problems, fertility, pregnancy, then menopausal matters. My mission is to deal with this gender health inequality and make it easier to consult. I and my fellow Founder Doctors look forward to meeting you online.”
It was announced yesterday (14.07.20) that from July 24th 2020 everyone is required to wear a face covering when entering a shop or business.
This is in addition to wearing one on Public Transport which has been mandatory for some time now.
If you feel you are unable to wear a mask for auditory/sensory/breathing reasons, please visit www.keepsafe.org.uk/mask and download an exemption card for you to show if asked why you are not wearing one.
Please note, it is NOT the responsibility or the role of the Surgery to issue anyone with an exemption letter or certificate. Please visit the website above for more information.
Badgerswood & Forest Surgery would like to remind all patients to NOT attend the surgery if you think there is a possibility that you have been infected with Coronavirus. Instead, you should isolate yourself at home and check the online 111 symptom checker on the following website: https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19 , this will guide you through any next steps to take.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and your information
The ICO recognises the unprecedented challenges the NHS and other health professionals are facing during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The ICO also recognise that ‘Public bodies may require additional collection and sharing of personal data to protect against serious threats to public health.’
The Government have also taken action in respect of this and on 20th March 2020 the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care issued a Notice under Regulation 3(4) of The Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 requiring organisations such as GP Practices to use your information to help GP Practices and other healthcare organisations to respond to and deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
In order to look after your healthcare needs during this difficult time, we may urgently need to share your personal information, including medical records, with clinical and non-clinical staff who belong to organisations that are permitted to use your information and need to use it to help deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. This could (amongst other measures) consist of either treating you or a member of your family and enable us and other healthcare organisations to monitor the disease, assess risk and manage the spread of the disease.
Please be assured that we will only share information and health data that is necessary to meet yours and public healthcare needs.
The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has also stated that these measures are temporary and will expire on 30th September 2020 unless a further extension is required. Any further extension will be will be provided in writing and we will communicate the same to you.
Please also note that the data protection and electronic communication laws do not stop us from sending public health messages to you, either by phone, text or email as these messages are not direct marketing.
It may also be necessary, where the latest technology allows us to do so, to use your information and health data to facilitate digital consultations and diagnoses and we will always do this with your security in mind.
If you are concerned about how your information is being used, please contact our DPO using the contact details provided in this Privacy Notice.
Data Protection Officer: Caroline Sims
GDPR Lead for Badgerswood & Forest Surgery - Sue Hazeldine
Email (both): firstname.lastname@example.org
Please also see this SCR coronavirus (COVID-19) supplementary privacy notice
Have you had an appointment with someone from your GP practice - over the phone, by video or in person - in the past 2 weeks? Researchers at University of Southampton are looking for people in England to take part in a study looking at how doctors talk to patients about their medical condition or treatment. This would involve filling in some questionnaires about your appointment and possibly a chat with a researcher on the telephone (this is optional).
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Local people have told us that they want to see GPs and other health and social care staff working more closely together. They would also like to be able to access urgent GP appointments more easily, and to have the choice of convenient alternatives such as telephone and online consultations. Local people would also like IT services to be used more effectively so that their patient record is available to all of the professionals caring for them.
GP practices are now working together to see how they can transform local GP services and want to hear your views to help them in this work. You can share your views by completing a quick online survey.