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Please note we are currently experiencing GP staff shortages

We have advertised for two new GPs and despite our best efforts to date have not been able to fill the two posts available.  We will continue to try to recruit GPs.

There is a shortage of Doctors who want to work in General Practice in Northern Ireland and there are many vacancies at present for GPs in Practices.  We hope when the Northern Ireland Executive is up and running again that this issue will be addressed.

This is happening in many Practices across the Province and GP service provision is suffering

You may have heard reports in the press of General Practices having to close in some areas of Northern Ireland due to having no Doctors to provide appointments.

Due to our shortage of GPs we have had to adjust our appointment availability to allow the GPs who are here to cope with Patient demand safely and this has had an impact on the provision of routine appointments.  We are working hard to improve access to our services.

Our reception staff are giving you advice on how best to use the system and are not acting as a block to appointments, when they ask you questions it is because they have been asked by the GP to get as much information from you regarding your problem, this will allow the Doctor to deal more efficiently and appropriately with your request

Please bear with us in this difficult period we are doing our best with the resources available to us at present and hope that we can increase the number of routine appointments asap.

Please note we are currently experiencing GP staff shortages

We have advertised for two new GPs and despite our best efforts to date have not been able to fill the two posts available.  We will continue to try to recruit GPs.

There is a shortage of Doctors who want to work in General Practice in Northern Ireland and there are many vacancies at present for GPs in Practices.  We hope when the Northern Ireland Executive is up and running again that this issue will be addressed.

This is happening in many Practices across the Province and GP service provision is suffering

You may have heard reports in the press of General Practices having to close in some areas of Northern Ireland due to having no Doctors to provide appointments.

Due to our shortage of GPs we have had to adjust our appointment availability to allow the GPs who are here to cope with Patient demand safely and this has had an impact on the provision of routine appointments.  We are working hard to improve access to our services.

Our reception staff are giving you advice on how best to use the system and are not acting as a block to appointments, when they ask you questions it is because they have been asked by the GP to get as much information from you regarding your problem, this will allow the Doctor to deal more efficiently and appropriately with your request

Please bear with us in this difficult period we are doing our best with the resources available to us at present and hope that we can increase the number of routine appointments asap.

 

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Some services provided are not covered under our contract with the NHS and therefore attract charges. Examples include the following:

  • Medicals for pre-employment, sports and driving requirements (HGV, PSV etc.)
  • Insurance claim forms
  • Private sick notes
  • Vaccination certificates/printouts

 

The fees charged are based on the British Medical Association (BMA) suggested scales and our reception staff will be happy to advise you about them along with appointment availability.

 

 

Explanation of tasks to be performed for the production of any non-NHS report

 

The following notes have been prepared by the Chairman of the BMA Professional Fees Committee. The purpose of is to explain the various tasks, which are normally undertaken by a GP practice when a request for a non-NHS report is received. These steps are as follows:

 

  1. Mail to be opened by Secretary
  2. Correspondence to be read by Secretary to check that all relevant paperwork has actually arrived
  3. Check that patients consent, where appropriate is signed
  4. Log the arrival of the document in the Practice System
  5. Notes to be searched, pulled and married up with the information request
  6. Records and request to be allocated to a doctor
  7. Doctor to assimilate contents of request, confirm patient consent to divulge if in order
  8. Ascertain whether or not the Access to Medical reports, Data Protection Act or Access to Health Records Act, applies
  9. Read the entire general practitioner notes and the entire hospital letters and laboratory results contained within the patient record
  10. Formulate appropriate reply, either in writing or by dictation
  11. Records (if manually held) and draft response to be returned to Secretary
  12. Type report us as draft
  13. Notes (if manually held) back to doctor together with draft for checking and amendment
  14. Notes (if manually held) and amended draft back to Secretary
  15. Typing up of final report
  16. Notes (if manually held) and final report back to doctor for checking and signature
  17. Notes (if manually held) back to Secretary
  18. Photocopies to be kept in practice record system
  19. Report to be held for 21 days in accordance with Access to Medical Records Act or similar
  20. Make diary entry of bring forward date to post completed report
  21. Complete payment claim form, log out date of postage or report to relevant authority
  22. Chase the payment, if appropriate
  23. Receive either payment schedule form requesting authority and reconcile with bank statement, or receive payable order/cheque and arrange banking

 

As can be seen, there are a considerable number of administrative, financial and legal duties consistent with the professional processing of any request for a report coming in to a practice. The above 23 points assume that at no point does the patient either need seen clinically, or request, as is their right under the various legislation, access to the report or the notes. Nor do any of the above take any account of archiving costs consequent upon the generation of any report. Consequently, an appropriate administration charge in view of the above is not an unreasonable request before the professional time and expertise is also taken in to account in producing the report.


 

 
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