Welcome to Skerne Medical Group
Between the hours of 18:00 and 08:00 including weekends and Bank Holidays, assistance is available from the out-of-hours service, please contact NHS 111.
There is no longer a walk in service available at this surgery on a Saturday morning. For emergency appointments every Saturday, Sunday and during Bank Holiday closures please contact NHS 111, who will direct you to your nearest available service one of which is Harbinson House, Sedgefield.
For further information relating to these services please press here to Find out more. For Information relating to Pharmacies that are open over the Holiday weekend in this area, please choose Darlington.doc or Durham.doc. For information relating to Hospitals and Dentists, please click on the Nhs Choices Icon at the bottom of this page. To find out about our Practice Values Find out more
SERIOUS GP RECRUITMENT & RETENTION CRISIS AFFECTING SKERNE MEDICAL GROUP
Despite our best efforts in recruitment of GPs, Skerne Medical Group face a reduction of 35% in GP manpower compared to October 2016 due to resignations, retirements and sickness. This will reduce GP available appointment time by 40% in February 2019.
There is a national GP recruitment crisis, so we urgently need to restructure and change the way we work to secure the practice’s ability to provide healthcare services for all our patients.
We are beginning a review of all four surgeries from which we currently provide services; Sedgefield, Fishburn, Trimdon Village and Trimdon Colliery, commencing with a review of whether Trimdon Village surgery and one additional site, to be determined after the engagement period, can remain open from 2019 on the current and projected staffing levels.
After much consideration it is our preferred option that we reduce from four surgeries currently to two in the short to medium term and then potentially to one site in the longer term.
This review will ensure continued quality patient care given the reduced availability of GPs, ensuring we can maintain safe and high standards of healthcare, now and in the future. It is important to reassure our patients that whatever the outcome is, everyone who is registered with Skerne Medical group will still have access to GP services.
The practice is also facing the challenge of significant housing development within its boundary, potentially increasing patient numbers further aggravating the current situation. These additional pressures on the current GP workforce could potentially lead to further GP losses in resignation or sickness.
We would encourage you to come along to our public engagement events over the next 6 weeks where we can explain our current position and future options in greater detail and receive your views. Dates, times and venues are detailed on our website and on posters in all of our sites.
We welcome comments & suggestions and there are a variety of ways you can provide these;
Your views are very important to the Partners and they would encourage you to use one of the methods
available to feedback your comments and help to secure the practices ability to provide high quality and safe GP services now and in the future.
We will continue to keep you informed on the website as plans progress.
How you can help us to help you
We would appreciate if patients could consider some ways in which you can help us to help you, in order to give you the best care:
- Attend appointments or cancel if no longer needed – don’t be a DNA (Missed appointment = wasted appointment)
- Seek advice from Pharmacies (& other alternatives) for common ailments
- Be willing to tell our Receptionist the nature of your problem so correct advice/appointment can be given (we call this Care Navigation)
- Accept you might not see a doctor first (but if the clinician you see thinks you need to see a doctor then an appointment will be made)
- If you are eligible, ask us for your Flu vaccination
- Request online access so you can order medication and make appointments online
- Order medication in plenty of time
- Public Engagement Meetings
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Accessible Information Standard
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Did you know that you can cancel your appointment with us in a click through SystmOnline Online Services.
(Site updated 12/11/2018)