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 Whinfield Medical Practice
national health service

Whinfield Medical Practice

Whinbush Way
Darlington
County Durham
DL1 3RT
Tel: 01325 481321
Fax: 01325 346683

Physio Self Referral ( posted on Apr 13, 2017 )

 

 

 

 

 

If you are suffering from muscle, joint, neck, back or shoulder pain, you can  now contact the physio Team directly on 01325 728988. There you will be assessed and offered an appointment.

New Stop Smoking Service ( posted on Apr 13, 2017 )

 

Stop Smoking

 

 

 

 

The new Darlington Stop Smoking Service launches 1st April 2017.

Free phone number: 0800 8021850

Website: http://darlingtonstopsmokinghub.org.uk/ 


 

( posted on Oct 20, 2016 )

Great North Care Record

 

This is to let you know about a change to the way we share information from your medical records within the NHS.

 

Doctors, nurses and health professionals are working to improve the way patient information is securely shared within the NHS – improving the care you receive and helping NHS services to run more efficiently.

 

As you may be aware, information about you is already shared with your GP practice when you visit a hospital or walk-in centre. In the future, we want to ensure that information from your GP records is available electronically to NHS healthcare providers including hospitals, mental health services, out-of-hours doctors and the ambulance service when they are caring for you.

 

This could include details of some medical conditions, medications, allergies, operations, treatments and tests, plus contact details for your next of kin or carers. These details are already shared, but this is generally when needed, using slower and less reliable methods like phone, letters or fax.

 

 

This will help us to provide you with better healthcare:

 

  • With the most up-to-date and accurate information about your health, healthcare professionals can give you better advice and safer, more effective care
  • You won’t have to answer the same questions from different professionals - you will only need to tell your story once
  • With less time wasted on checking details, we can reduce delays to treatment (for example, if you have to attend the Emergency Department when your GP is closed)
  • Better access to records may shorten your stay in hospital – or avoid it altogether
  • There will be less need to have the same tests undertaken more than once

 

 Keeping your records safe

Electronic records will be viewed through a secure encrypted system, protected by stringent NHS security standards. Your record will be used only when healthcare professionals are caring for you. You will always be asked for consent before professionals can view your records, for example when you visit a hospital.

 

We are keen for all our patients to benefit from this improvement in NHS care, so you will be automatically included unless you contact us to opt out. If you are happy with the new arrangement, you do not need to take any action.

 

If you wish to opt out of the scheme, you can do this by contacting your GP practice. If you choose to opt out, this means your electronic information will not be available to health professionals to review in the event of an emergency, even if you wish to offer your consent at this time. It may also mean that your information is no longer available to other NHS community services.  

 

If you would like to discuss any concerns, you can contact the Great North Care Record team on 0344 811 9587 or email gncarerecord@nhs.net. Further information is also available at www.greatnorthcarerecord.org.uk

Communication Needs ( posted on May 10, 2016 )

We want to get better at communicating with our patients. We want to make sure you can read and understand the information we send you. If you find it hard to read our letters or if you need someone to support you at your appointments, please let us know. We want to know if you need information in braille, large print or easy read. We want to know if you need a British Sign Language interpreter or advocate. We want to know if we can support you to lipread or use a hearing aid or communication tool. Please tell the receptionist when you book your  next appointment, or call us on 01325 481321.Thank you.

2015/16 GP Contract – Patient Online Access Update ( posted on Mar 8, 2016 )

This practice offers the facility for patients to view online, export or print detailed coded information held in their own records from 31st March 2016 



 
This practice also offers the facility for patients:

  • to book, view, amend, cancel and print appointments online
  • to order online, view and print a list of their repeat prescriptions for drugs, medicines or appliances
  • to view online, export or print summary information from their record, relating to medications, allergies, adverse reactions and any other items agreed between the practice and individual patient
 

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