UPDATED GUIDANCE FOR SHIELDING PATIENTS
You may have read in the media that the government have decided to ease the lockdown regulations for shielding patients. As a practice, we have been given no further information on this, and so would ask that you avoid contacting us as we are unable to give further advice. For current guidance, please see the government website.
Given the current levels of COVID-19 it would seem an unusual time to announce this step, so we suggest that you are cautious about making changes to your current behaviour.
COVID19 ISOLATION NOTES
In light of the COVID19 virus some employers may ask for a sick note if you are isolating. If you have to stay at home but feel well enough to work, ask your employer if you can work from home - in this case you will not need an isolation note. Otherwise, below are two links - the first is a downloadable letter for you to complete if you are self-isolating but have not spoken to a medical professional. The second is the link to the NHS 111 website, which you should use if you have been in contact with a GP or the 111 service regarding self-isolation.
Medical certificate for employer
Welcome to the Wellspring Surgery
Thank you for your interest and support in keeping Wellspring’s GP services in this purpose-built property.
Below are the issues your GPs here have been battling with over the last six years.
- The £15million building was opened in April 2012 and the practice has occupied part of this as a purpose-built surgery to date. Wellspring now serves 10,000 patients.
- The freeholders are Nottingham City Council and no tenancy agreement has been signed (cannot be agreed) between the council and our landlord, NHS Property Services.
- Originally, the building housed three GP surgeries, but two of these vacated some time ago. Wellspring has worked hard to accommodate the influx of patients this created.
- There have been numerous service charge issues over the years. Our service charges have increased tenfold since 2012 with no clear explanation nor reasonable justification of this and this is what we are disputing. If new charges are to stand it will make the practice financially unviable and could potentially bankrupt the partners.
- Wellspring has had a GP resign due to this situation and it is possible there may be further resignations. The current financial position/risk has made it impossible for us to recruit a replacement partner and, as a consequence, we have had to stop accepting new patients.
- The partners are unable to stabilise the practice until there is a solution to this issue and are very concerned for the practice and, of course, our patients.
This situation reached the point in October 2017 where Joanne Sherwood, Practice Manager, and the GP partners wrote to senior MPs (Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Jonathan Ashworth, shadow Health Secretary) and met with our local MP, Chris Leslie, about the predicament we found ourselves in. Some of these people have moved on but as at June 2019, we are still awaiting a formal resolution.
The GP arm of the British Medical Association, the General Practitioners’ Council, are currently looking at this together with the ongoing support of the Nottinghamshire Local Medical Committee to help us reach a solution that means people in St Anns continue to have locally-accessible GP services in the building that was purposely built for them.
As detailed in the poster in the waiting areas, you can directly contact Chris Leslie, MP, and the Nottingham City CCG to make your voice heard and also sign the petition at reception.
Your support means a great deal to the practice and we will continue to keep you updated.
Dr Teed & Partners
(Site updated 01/06/2020)