The Practice will close on Monday 27th May for the Spring Bank Holiday and reopen as usual on Tuesday 28th.
Recruitment - ANPs and Phlebotomists
We are currently looking to expand our team of ANPs and phlebotomists please see the Vacancies tab at the bottom of the home page for further details.
Gabapentin and Pregabalin
As from 1st April 2019, both these medications will become "Controlled Drugs". Prescriptions for these will be printed and available for collection at Reception (or by your Pharmacy)
We are starting to use ACCRUX to send messages to patients about their health care, however this is in it's early stages at the moment.
Minutes of PPG Meeting held 14th December 2018
Medications to purchase "over the counter". Please see list attached to help you with minor, short term conditions.
Medication Advice for Minor Conditions
eConsult - NOW LIVE - Consult our doctors online
'Ask NHS' app – get involved
Have you used the new Ask NHS App? We want to hear from you! ‘Ask NHS' provides you with improved access to NHS 111 and your local NHS services. You can talk through your symptoms in complete confidence with Nurse Olivia, a virtual nurse. If needed, Olivia will arrange for a call back from a 111 Nurse to discuss your symptoms further. You can also search NHS approved healthcare advice, schedule GP appointments and search opening times/locations of local healthcare services. If you haven’t used the app before you can download the app via Google Play (for Android phones) or Apple App Store (for iPhones).
We are introducing an initiative to help people to find the most appropriate source of help when they call our Practice or pop in to make an appointment.
This means that our specially trained Reception staff may ask questions about why appointments are required.
You are not obliged to answer the questions they ask, however by doing so we can make sure that those people who really need to see a GP can see them as soon as possible.
Virtually everyone who calls to make an appointment asks to see a GP, but very often help will be available more quickly from other highly skilled medical professionals such as Nurses or Pharmacists, or from other services, including the voluntary sector, they can support people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs.
Our trained Reception staff will be able to offer you the most appropriate help using the range of information they have access to.
There is great pressure on appointment availability. At the Westgate Practice during February 2019, 6578 patients attended their appointment. However, 303 patients did not attend their appointment, amounting to 44 hours of lost appointment time.
Confidentiality - Privacy Notice
We have now updated our Privacy Notice in accordance with the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). For further information please refer to our Practice Policies
National Diabetes Audit
The Practice is taking part in an important national project about diabetes care and treatment in the NHS. If you are a diabetes sufferer please read the information on the links below:
National Diabetes Audit Poster
NDA Patient Information Leaflet
Patient Feedback - "You said..." - We did
"I can't always hear the television in the Doctors' waiting area"
We have now added sub-titles to make it easier for you.
“ I have difficulty getting through on the telephone lines and have to wait a long time”
In response to feedback from patients regarding our telephone lines, the Westgate Practice has recently in June 2018 implemented a new telephone system. This new telephone system provides patients with a choice of options to access to speak with the most relevant person. The telephone system also provides the caller with information of where they are in the queue. Should a caller not wish to wait, they can decide to call back at an alternative time. We now also record all calls for training purposes. Our staff are able to access live information during the day of calls into the practice. This includes how long average callers are waiting, how many callers are queuing at any one time and how many calls have been missed. This will enable to practice to resource our telephones.
“ I find it difficult to get an appointment”
The Westgate Practice continually reviews the quality and standard of our performance and the services we provide to patients. The practice is able to offer a wide clinical choice of expertise for patients. We now have 20 GPs working at the practice, 9 practice nurses and 5 advanced nurse practitioners. As a training practice we also have a number of registrars working with the practice. More recently the practice has recruited two new Salaried GPs and a Clinical Pharmacist. In addition, to increased staff resources, the practice now offers "E-Consult" (found on our "Home" page) which is an on-line service where the patient answers a series of questions regarding their health condition, this then goes to a doctor. We will contact you within 24-48 working hours with information of what the doctor wants you to do next. This enables patients to consult with their own NHS GP simply by completing a quick online form. Please see our website for more information