Welcome to the Forrest Medical Centre website, where you can access the wide range of health services available at our surgery.
The site provides many online facilities and also contains a vast range of health information and resources, along with practical information on visiting the surgery.
We hope you find the website useful and informative.
We are closed on all Public Holidays. Please be aware that the surgery will next be closed on Monday 29th August 2016. We will be open our usual hours on all other days.
NATIONAL AWARD FOR FORREST MEDICAL CENTRE
Forrest Medical Centre has been awarded a Certificate of Achievement for our commitment to workplace health, safety and welfare!
This has been awarded by Peninsula Business Services, a national company that provide professional services to business across the whole of the UK - so this is something quite prestigious and something we are rightly proud of!
This award demonstrates and shows our commitment to safe, quality services - to both patients and staff - and we plan on only getting even better!
eMED 3 (Fit Notes) Data Collection and the HSCIC
The Health and Social Care Act 2012 gives the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) statutory powers to require data from health or social care bodies or organisations who provide health or adult social care in England.
Purpose of the Collection
The purpose of the anonymised data collection is to provide the Department for Work and Pensions with information derived from computer generated ‘Med3’ forms, known as fit notes, to:
a) undertake research analysis to inform policy relating to employment and sickness absence, including evaluation of the new Fit for Work service, which provides an occupational health assessment, and Employment Support Allowance and Universal Credit;
b) identify geographic, Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and GP practice level differences in sickness absence management to inform policy development and continuous improvement, resulting people returning to work sooner;
c) enable baseline comparisons for the Fit for Work service;
d) use fit note data to build an understanding of the drivers for benefit claiming;
e) enable CCGs to self Audit their fit note to inform their own policy and Commissioning decisions.
Benefits of the collection
The Department of Health believes that it is in the public interest for aggregated data to be made available to the DWP as this permits effective evaluation of a major new programme, the Fit for Work service, which contributes directly to the health management of the individuals referred to it. An early return to work helps to prevent short-term sickness absence from progressing to long-term absence and ultimately worklessness. This is a benefit for the patient, as well as a benefit to the economy.
The health service and public health have an interest because evidence shows that being able to work is an important part of health and wellbeing, and supporting people to return to work can form part of their recovery from ill health.
Remember - all extractions are completely anonymised, but if you do not want any of your data to be sent to the HSCIC then please just let a member of the reception team know and they can add the appropriate code into your records to block this extract.
Please be aware that from 1st November 2015 we will no longer accept repeat prescription requests via the telephone before 10.30am. This is to keep the phone lines free from those with an emergency first thing in the morning.
Requests will be taken on the telephone after 10.30am as usual. The online repeat ordering service is available 24/7 365 days a year - please ask at reception if you would like to register for this.
NAMED GP FOR ALL PATIENTS
From 1 April 2015, practices are required to allocate a named GP to all patients (including children). All new patients will be allocated their named GP within 21 days of registration. For existing patients we will allocate a named GP. If you want to know who your named GP is then please just ask at reception.
If any patient requests a particular GP as their named GP instead of the one allocated, then we will always try to arrange this.
Having a named GP does not mean that you have to see that doctor; you are welcome to see the GP you usually see, or the GP you would want to see for a particular problem – even if they are not your named GP.
Just as now, the GP you usually see, or your named GP, will not always be available and there will be times when you see different GPs in the practice. We do work as a team at the practice, and that will still be the case – there will always be a doctor to take responsibility for you.
The benefit of having a named GP is that if you were ever to feel that you needed one doctor in particular to take responsibility for looking after you, then you already have the name of the doctor who is happy to take on that role.
TRAVEL RISK ASSESSMENT FORM
If you are booking an appointment for travel immunisations with a nurse, please download and complete this form before your appointment - this will save you (and us) some time! Thanks
Travel Risk Assessment Form