New facility for children outside of surgery hours

Swindon Advertiser: From left, SEQOL nurse Anita Fisher and Bob Sanderson, director of unscheduled care at Carfax Health Enterprise, with Sharon Gerry and her two grandchildren, Eli, two, and Zachery, three From left, SEQOL nurse Anita Fisher and Bob Sanderson, director of unscheduled care at Carfax Health Enterprise, with Sharon Gerry and her two grandchildren, Eli, two, and Zachery, three

A NEW clinic dedicated to treating children outside of GP surgery hours is being trialled at the Carfax NHS Medical Centre in the town centre.

The service, staffed by nurses experienced in dealing with children, is open from 5pm to 8pm Monday through to Friday.

It is aimed at youngsters, toddlers and infants suffering from common colds, aches or pains but not life-threatening conditions.

Any parent or carer who believes their child should see a health practitioner immediately can call the clinic and make an appointment, following a phone assessment.

The pilot scheme run by the Carfax Health Enterprise and social enterprise SEQOL aims to save families from making unnecessary trips to the emergency department at the Great Western Hospital.

The centre will allow parents to book late afternoon appointments if they cannot see their GP that day.

Jan Trethewey, customer experience director at SEQOL, said: “It’s really for children who are unwell, have a temperature, a cold, or an earache for example when they come out of school. Parents can’t always get a doctor’s appointment after school because they are all booked up.

“It can be quite frightening when your child has a temperature and you are not sure if you need to see a doctor. A call handler will book an appointment for them but if they wish to speak to a nurse, we will arrange for one to call them back.”

The clinic will be piloted until May when Swindon’s Clinical Commissioning Group, which funds the project, will decide whether to continue running it.

It is hoped the service will help alleviate pressure on A&E staff this winter as an increasing number of patients are admitted to hospital year on year not only in Swindon but nationally.

Despite a well-publicised campaign launched in 2011 urging patients to ‘choose well’, promoting alternatives to the emergency department to prevent further clogging up of the service, many people still see the hospital as their first port of call out of hours.

They also wrongly assume they will be seen quicker at the A&E.

The new clinic would offer another option to families alongside the many already available to them.

“It’s important that people are aware of the local healthcare services available and choose well,” said a Great Western Hospitals NHS Trust spokesman.

“Some people wrongly assume that if they turn up to the emergency department they will be seen more quickly – however, we treat patients in order of clinical need, therefore if your condition is not critical or life-threatening you could be waiting a long time.

“It is estimated that at least one in four people attending the emergency department could be treated more quickly and effectively elsewhere, for example at a local pharmacy, their GP or outside of normal GP surgery opening hours, the Swindon Walk-In Centre on Carfax Street or the Urgent GP/Nurse Centre on the Great Western Hospital site.”

Call the clinic on 01793 646466.

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6:30pm Mon 17 Feb 14

anotherimigrant says...

Another con trick by the local health tricksters.

May be this is the reason the filthy house of death cant treat anyone.

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Critics slam GPs, who in recent years chose not to work out of hours

Only your wealth and health are at risk, what will you give up first
Another con trick by the local health tricksters. May be this is the reason the filthy house of death cant treat anyone. GPs' £1,500 for a shift in A&E: Family doctors hit jackpot moonlighting at weekends and nights Four in ten casualty departments hiring GPs to cope with soaring numbers Hourly rates vary from £50 in Merseyside to £120 in South London Critics slam GPs, who in recent years chose not to work out of hours Only your wealth and health are at risk, what will you give up first anotherimigrant

6:35pm Mon 17 Feb 14

anotherimigrant says...

No that couldn't be the reason.

Maybe this was the reason


The NHS is spending almost £1 billion a year on a “stealth” system of automatic pay rises, which have seen some workers’ earnings rise by up to a third in five years, an investigation discloses today.


Hundreds of thousands of staff receive automatic pay rises over and above nationally negotiated increases as long as they fulfil a basic level of performance.


The system means the cost of employing 1.3 million NHS workers is constantly increasing above inflation.


Under the deals a mid-ranking hospital manager who started on £73,000 five years ago now earns £98,000, a 33 per cent rise, while a consultant who was earning £67,000 in 2004 will now be on £90,000. In contrast, average wages have risen 10 per cent in five years.


The system, known as increments, have led to pay increases as high as 45 per cent over the last seven years for some staff without any promotion or improvement in performance.
No that couldn't be the reason. Maybe this was the reason The NHS is spending almost £1 billion a year on a “stealth” system of automatic pay rises, which have seen some workers’ earnings rise by up to a third in five years, an investigation discloses today. Hundreds of thousands of staff receive automatic pay rises over and above nationally negotiated increases as long as they fulfil a basic level of performance. The system means the cost of employing 1.3 million NHS workers is constantly increasing above inflation. Under the deals a mid-ranking hospital manager who started on £73,000 five years ago now earns £98,000, a 33 per cent rise, while a consultant who was earning £67,000 in 2004 will now be on £90,000. In contrast, average wages have risen 10 per cent in five years. The system, known as increments, have led to pay increases as high as 45 per cent over the last seven years for some staff without any promotion or improvement in performance. anotherimigrant

6:45pm Mon 17 Feb 14

anotherimigrant says...

So a couple of fine examples as to why you cant get to see your own GP.

Mine is a prostitute and sells his wares at the local house of death for the sums quoted at A.

2 weeks to see him at his own practise, for which he is paid handsomely. but you can find him prostituting himself at the hospital most days.

Apparently to pay the vets bill for his wifes horses and the only, only concern in life for him is the rising cost of the private schools his kids go to.

I get treated for indigestion for 7mths when in reality I was dying of blood poisoning. So he is crap at diagnosing a simple and common complaint but the cost of his horse feed and skool cost are at the front of his mind, always.

If the lazy barstewards put the house in at their own surgeries you wouldn't need to have this out of hours surgery paid for.......by .......who.....me.
So a couple of fine examples as to why you cant get to see your own GP. Mine is a prostitute and sells his wares at the local house of death for the sums quoted at A. 2 weeks to see him at his own practise, for which he is paid handsomely. but you can find him prostituting himself at the hospital most days. Apparently to pay the vets bill for his wifes horses and the only, only concern in life for him is the rising cost of the private schools his kids go to. I get treated for indigestion for 7mths when in reality I was dying of blood poisoning. So he is crap at diagnosing a simple and common complaint but the cost of his horse feed and skool cost are at the front of his mind, always. If the lazy barstewards put the house in at their own surgeries you wouldn't need to have this out of hours surgery paid for.......by .......who.....me. anotherimigrant

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