Practice

The practice has been established since 1991 and takes great pride in delivering state-of-the-art health care. We believe we offer a really unique service. Being people-centred, we endeavour to create a genuinely caring environment for both our patients and our staff whilst also encouraging our patients to take responsibility for their own health.

We understand the central role of education and believe that we must use this tool in order to provide the highest standard of care for our patients. We therefore consider it our mandate to advise you on preventative issues necessary to maintain your health. We also understand that you want the doctors and nurses who look after you to keep motivated and up to date with medical developments. We are determined to do so through an education programme which is encouraged at every level of our organisation.

We believe that you deserve the best representation in local health politics and have always had a deliberately high profile in securing the best for our patients at that level.

But most of all we understand that you want to feel free to discuss your concerns with us in a private and unhurried environment. We realise that you want to feel heard and respected. We like to think of medicine as a genuine partnership in which you will play a key role and in which we will offer individual advice based on the best knowledge available.

Our mission is to provide you with readily available medical care of the highest standard whilst encouraging you to take responsibility for your health. We aim to do this in a friendly and helpful environment and to ensure that the doctors and staff achieve both their personal and professional goals.

GP Earnings

All GP Practices are required to declare mean earnings (i.e. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

The average pay for GPs working in the practice at Bath Road Surgery in the last financial year was £63,775 before tax and national insurance.

This is for 1 full time GP and 3 locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than 6 month

Named GP

From 1 April 2015 all patients will be allocated a named accountable GP.

Will practices have to write to patients to tell them their named GP?

There is no requirement to write to any patients regarding their named GP. Practices are required to inform patients of their named GP at the next appropriate interaction and it is for practices to decide what is appropriate.

What does ‘accountable’ mean?

This is largely a role of oversight, with the requirements being introduced to reassure patients that they have one GP within the practice who is responsible for ensuring that this work is carried out on their behalf.

What are the named GP’s responsibilities to 75s and over?

This is unchanged from 2014-2015; for patients aged 75 and over the named accountable GP is responsible for:

  • working with relevant associated health and social care professionals to deliver a multi-disciplinary care package that meets the needs of the patient
  • ensuring that these patients have access to a health check as set out in section 7.9 of the GMS Contract Regulations.

Does the requirement mean 24-hour responsibility for patients?

No. The named GP will not:

  • take on vicarious responsibility for the work of other doctors or health professionals
  • take on 24-hour responsibility for the patient, or have to change their working hours. The requirement does not imply personal availability for GPs throughout the working week * be the only GP or Clinician who will provide care to that patient

Can patients choose their own named GP?

In the first instance, patients should simply be allocated a named GP. However, if a patient requests a particular GP, reasonable efforts should be made to accommodate their preference, recognising that there are occasions when the practice may not feel the patient’s preference is suitable.

Do patients have to see the named GP when they book an appointment with the practice?

No. Patients can and should feel free to choose to see any GP or nurse in the practice in line with current arrangements. However, some practices may see this change as a way to encourage and promote a greater degree of continuity of care for patients.

All patients registered with this practice will have been allocated a named GP at the point of registration. If you would like clarification of who your named GP is, please speak to reception.