Gibson Lane Practice

Gibson Lane, Kippax, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 7JN
Telephone: 0113 287 0870

UPDATE ON FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENTS WITHIN THE PRACTICE

Please be aware that although some of the lockdown restrictions have been lifted today, we will continue to screen any patients who attend the surgery. Our door at Kippax will remain locked and will only be opened to patients who have an appointment to see a nurse or doctor face to face.

If you have a face to face appointment please wait in the car park at your appointment time. When your appointment was booked you will have been asked, if possible, to bring a mobile phone with you. The clinician will ring you on your mobile phone to ensure that you have arrived in the car park. The clinician will then message the receptionist at our front door to ask them to open it for you.

On arrival in the building you will be asked to use hand sanitiser. We would also ask that you wear a face mask. The receptionist will direct you to the doctor or nurse’s room.

We will try to ring you on your mobile at your designated appointment time but obviously sometimes we run late.  Please bear with us if we ring you a few minutes late.

If you do not have a mobile phone, we will ask the receptionist to speak to you in the car park and direct you into the building.

Dr C Hirst

23 June 2020

UPDATE ABOUT HOSPITAL REFERRALS TUESDAY 23 JUNE 2020

During the coronavirus pandemic, you may have been aware that we have been unable to refer patients to most of the clinics at the hospital. Only urgent referrals could be made.

We have been notified that from Monday 29 June, GPs will be able to refer any patient requiring advice from a specialist healthcare professional.

However, due to the ongoing situation, the service provided by the specialist may be different to that in the past. Specialists will try and assess patients remotely, although there will obviously be some occasions where patients may need to attend the hospital for investigations.

GPs are also being encouraged to use a specialist service called ‘Advice and Guidance’. This electronic service allows the GP to seek specialist advice from the hospital. An electronic letter is sent to the specialist and we have been informed that we should expect a reply within 2 days. Any advice offered by the specialist can then be discussed between the GP and patient and may avoid a referral to hospital.

As a practice, we have a large number of referrals  in a ‘pending’ folder waiting to be sent from GP consultations over the last few weeks. We will send these referrals from Monday 29 June – if you have been told that this is how your referral would be dealt with, then rest assured it will be sent off – you do not need to contact the surgery.

Dr C Hirst

23 June 2020

Face Coverings

With immediate effect all patients will be required to wear a face mask when entering the surgery.

From 15 June it is mandatory for passengers to wear face coverings while travelling on public transport in England, and from 22 June in Scotland.

Please note that the responsibility for issuing exemptions is with the transport provider, not GPs – see for example, this information from First Bus and Arriva

INFORMATION REGARDING SENDING PICTURES OR IMAGES TO THE PRACTICE

As you may be aware, we have been using a new system during the covid pandemic which allows us to ask patients to send pictures to us. This has often proved very useful for our doctors and has in many cases allowed us to treat patients without them attending the surgery.

However please ONLY  send pictures if you have been advised to do so by a clinician ie a doctor or a nurse. Sometimes the doctor may send you a message ahead of your appointment time asking you to send in pictures and the message will contain a link allowing you to do this.

Dr C Hirst

17 June 2020

Keeping Well at Home

This booklet has lots of ideas and suggestions to help us keep well

It is written for those with less or no access to online resources and includes a list of helpful contact numbers at the back. There are a large number of online resources currently available to everyone to support the information provided here. Search the words on bold below to find out more.
Ask a friend, family member or volunteer to help find and print additional resources if possible

Online resources and support
• Active Leeds provides various online resources such as activity tutorials, guidance and information, and fun challenges to try from home. We are sure there will be something that will work for you and help you to be Healthy At Home.
• Sport England’s campaign Join the Movement has its own online hub, giving free access to a range of home workout options. As well as free tips and advice from organisations such as the NHS. Find what works for you, stay connected and share your workout with friends and family using the hashtag #stayinworkout.
• For those managing a long term condition We Are Undefeatable offers inspiration and ideas to help people get active by finding what works for them.
• Older adults can visit BBC Sounds where they will find 10 today, an exercise programme from Sport England and the BBC to help older adults protect against poor health, look after mental wellbeing and maintain independence.
• To break activities down into ten minute sessions, why not try Make Movement Your Mission? Developed by Later Life Training, each session includes a range of easy, low impact exercises that you can do in your own home. These can be found on the Later Life Training You Tube Channel.
We hope you find it helpful and share it with your friends, family and community.

Omnitherapy NHS Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service

Omnitherapy is an NHS funded resource for anyone aged 17+ registered with a GP in the Leeds Area
We‘ll help you feel better
Leeds Mental Wellbeing Service delivers Omnitherapy online video courses, with sessions that deal with a wide range of feelings/symptoms.

When you’re experiencing mental health difficulties, you want to find help right away. We’re committed to delivering professional support promptly, when and where it’s needed. That’s why we’re helping to break down the barriers to accessing mental health support by exploring new technologies and new ways of delivering the help you need.
CLICK HERE FOR LINK TO LEEDS OMNITHERAPY

UPDATE TUESDAY 19 MAY 2020

Following on from the Government’s announcement last week to ease some of the lockdown measures we are aware that some people will now be returning to work.

Some people will be anxious about returning to workplaces where adequate social distancing measures have not been put in place by their employer. We would ask that in such situations patients should discuss the issues with their employer – employers should be making reasonable adjustments and performing appropriate risk assessments for their staff using occupational health support if necessary. A fit note from a GP should not be required. 

Some of our patients have recently been incorrectly contacted by the Government advising them that they are at high risk of complications from covid 19 and they should be shielding.  We have complained to NHS Digital about this situation and they are looking into it. If you receive such a message or letter that does not seem correct please contact the surgery. A receptionist will take your details and one of the GPs will review your notes to determine whether you are at high risk or not.

We are aware of a possible scam regarding cervical screening. Some women are being contacted by text message – this claims to be from the call and recall service for smears and advises them that they are overdue for screening. The message asks them to call a mobile number and provide personal details. These messages are NOT from the NHS Cervical Screening Programme. The Action Fraud Line has been contacted. If you receive such a message please do not respond to it. If you need advice about when your next smear is due, please contact the surgery and we will be able to advise you.

You may have read in the Yorkshire Evening Post that the practice is involved in covid 19 research. We are a long established research practice and have been involved in various research projects over the years. We are currently in the early stages of planning for 2 covid 19 trials which may result in us asking some patients to be involved – the practice will contact any patients who may be suitable for this in due course.

Dr C Hirst

CERVICAL SMEAR UPDATE 15.5.20

If you are due a cervical smear please let the practice know.

We are restarting our smear clinics and indeed Drs Grainger and Skipp did a smear clinic each on Thursday 14th May. Our waiting list for such appointments is low as a result. Once we have a list of patients who need appointments we will arrange more clinics either with our nursing staff or doctors.

Dr C Hirst

APPOINTMENT UPDATE 12 MAY 2020

We continue to offer telephone appointments for ALL  appointment requests with our GPs.

 A few of these appointments are pre-bookable but the majority of these appointments are bookable on the day and are available to book from 8am.

Please be aware that if you book either a pre-bookable or an on the day appointment then the GP will phone you at any time in morning after 8am. Please be ready to take a call from 8am onwards.

If you wish to make an on the day appointment please contact us early in the day. We are now busier than in previous weeks and have become aware that some patients are phoning us later in the morning by which time most of our appointments might already be booked.  If we are fully booked and your problem is not urgent then you may have to book for another day.

Our nursing team continue to see patients when this is felt to be clinically necessary. Any patients seen by them will be screened for coronavirus symptoms prior to coming to the surgery.  Patients who are free of coronavirus symptoms will be asked to wait in the car park for a member of the nursing team.  You will be asked for your car registration number so we can identify you in the car park.

We will continue to monitor and adapt our appointment system for both GPs and nurses as the current situation evolves.

Dr C Hirst