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Appointment Reminders

Would you like a reminder of your appointment time and date sending to your mobile phone? If so please contact the reception team on 01274 697600.

Patients Not Attending

During May 2015, 77 patients failed to attend a prebooked appointment with one of the doctors wasting 13hrs 20mins of surgery time.

61 patients didn't attend prebooked nurse appointments wasting 16hrs 20mins of surgery time and 18 patients didn't attend with the attached teams (physio etc) wasting 7hrs 35mins.

Repeated missed appointment will result in the patient being removed from the practice list and will need to register at another surgery.

Electronic Prescribing

In May 2015,the practice and its pharmacies went live on a system called Electronic Prescribing. Initially this will be used just for patients who have regular repeat medications. This system has the benefit of a greater security between the practice and the pharmacy. As a practice, we encourage all our patients to have a conversation with their pharmacy about the scheme and make a nomination of receiving pharmacy as soon as possible. Please note patients who already have a chemist receiving their prescriptions still need to have this conversation at the pharmacy.

Low Moor Medical Practice Needs You

to become a Practice Health Champion!

Are you interested in health and would like to encourage others to improve their health and wellbeing? Practice Health Champions volunteer with their GP Practice to deliver health and wellbeing activities to patients and the wider community. To become a Practice Health Champion you will need to attend a 2 day training course which will develop your knowledge, skills, experience and passion. Following this the Practice Health Champions will volunteer with the practice for approximately 3 hours per week. The Practice Health Champions will meet regularly with GP practice staff to identify and explore health concerns and issues which affect patients of the practice.

For more information contact 01274 322662, email practice.champions@bdct.nhs.uk. Application forms are available from the above or the practice reception. Closing date for application is 4th July 2015.

The Practice Health Champions project is delivered by Bradford District Care Foundation Trust. 

Live Well

Gluten Free Products on the NHS

NHS Bradford City and NHS Bradford Districts CCG's are organisations which are responsible for commissioning your healthcare. Commissioning  involves decisions about local need and how best to use the limited NHS finances. As you know, the NHS is under enormous financial pressure due to ever increasing demand for services and rising costs. This means that decisions have to be made on what to fund and what to fund.

NHS City and NHS Bradford Districts CCG's have now decided that:

  • It can no longer fund the prescribing of gluten-free (GF) food on prescription.
  • This will come into effect from 1st January 2017
  • After this date you will not be able to obtain any gluten free food products on an NHS prescription.

Why is this happening?

The NHS first allowed GF foods on prescription at a time when these products were hard to buy in shops. Nowadays, even people who do not have Coeliac disease, now chose to follow a GF diet. This increase in demand means that GF products are widely available, the quality of products is better as well as a reduction in cost. The NHS typically pays 6-10 times more than what you can buy the products for in your local supermarket. As the NHS has only limited funds it has to spend this wisely. The NHS spends a £25 million a year on prescribing GF foods. locally the NHS will save more than £320,000, which they need to invest in other patient services.

Any Queries?

We understand that many people will be disappointed by this decision but please understand the need to make wise decisions about NHS money and what it is spent on. GP surgeries in Bradford are required to follow the CCG decision.

Any queries should be addressed to the CCG and NOT your GP practice. You can contact the CCG via email on BradfordCCGsPatientSupport@Bradford.nhs.uk or write to: Patient Support Manager, NHS Bradford City and NHS Bradford Districts CCGs, Douglas Mill, Bowling Old Lane, Bradford, BD5 7JR. However, we hope you understand the rationale behind the decision.



 
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