Surgery Development Update:
Click here for Update No 2 on our Building Plans 30/03/16
Click here for Update No 1 on our Building Plans 20/02/16
Click here to see our Building Plans: Ground Floor & First Floor
Click here to read about changes to our Appointment System
Named Accountable GP
All patients have now been allocated a named accountable GP in accordance with our GMS contract and NHS England. Patients are still able to request an appointment to see any GP of their choice. To find out who you have been allocated, please ask at Reception when you are next in the surgery or you can find the information on your repeat prescription slip.
Publication of GP Net Earnings
As part of our 2015 GMS contract, we are required to confirm the following details for the financial year 2014/15.
The average pay for the GPs working at Billingshurst Surgery was £54,293. Please note that this figure was before payment of income tax, National Insurance, employee pension costs and practice expenses.
There were 4 full time and 5 part time GPs working at the practice in 2014/15. No locums were employed during this period.
We occasionally close in the afternoon to allow GPs & staff protected time for training and development in order to continually improve patient care. The surgery will therefore be closed on the following dates/times. Please dial the number listed against the date for medical advice/contact during these sessions:
- Thursday 22nd September 2016, closed from 12:30 - 18:30. Please call 111
- Thursday 6th October 2016, closed from 12:30 - 17:30. Please call 0300 555 5252
- Thursday 17th November 2016, closed from 12:30 - 18:30. Please call 111
Change to Routine Blood Tests
Please be aware that ALL routine annual blood tests (including diabetic, coronary heart disease, hypertension) are changing from fasting to non-fasting. This is in line with recent NICE guidelines that support a non-fasting cholesterol blood test.
New Meningitis B Vaccine for Babies
A new Meningitis B vaccine for babies is being launched on 1st September 2015. The vaccine will be offered to babies aged 2 months, followed by a second dose at 4 months, and a booster at 12 months. There will also be a temporary catch-up programme for babies who are due their 3 and 4 month vaccinations in September 2015, to protect them when they are most at risk from infection. We will be contacting you in order to book an appointment.
For further information please click on the following link: Meningitis B Vaccine . In particular please click on the following link for the NHS recommendation on the use of parcetamol for this immunisation: Paracetamol & Men B Vaccine .
Mobile Numbers & Email Addresses
We use text messages to send appointment reminders and in the future for the notification of routine test results. If you provided us with your mobile number you will be automatically subscribed to this service, if you do not wish to receive text messages from us please let us know. Similarly, we may contact patients by email for all-patient or other notifications, eg Seasonal Flu Clinic alerts, so please let us know if you do not wish to receive emails from us.
Friends & Family Test
From 1st December 2014, GP practices are required to undertake the NHS Friends & Family Test, asking patients whether they would recommend their GP surgery. If you would like to add your response to this ongoing survey, please click on https://www.iwantgreatcare.org/gpsurgeries/billingshurst-surgery . Alternatively, you can complete a paper copy of this survey which is available at our Reception Desk.