From October 2022, GPs across the across the UK will have to offer Enhanced Access Services. Have your say about what YOU need or want in Bexley by completing this short survey: www.bit.ly/BexleyEA22
Survey on improving access primary care outside normal GP hours
The Bexley Local Care Partnership is supporting GP Practices and Primary Care Networks in engaging with patients and their carers on improving access and understanding of primary care services. This new national NHS England Programme is called Enhanced Access. It requires GP practices to work together in their Primary Care Networks to deliver an improved model for accessing primary care services, which take place outside of standard GP Practices hours (8am-6.30pm Monday-Friday): mornings, evenings, and weekends.
Working with GP Practices and Primary Care Networks, we have developed this short survey to capture local views on possible improvements to these services. The survey will close on Thursday 21st July 2022 at 09:00am.
We are seeking views from patients and their carers registered with GP Practices in Bexley and would be grateful if you could complete the survey by following this link - https://forms.office.com/r/xa6zkmcP9y
New Phone System
A new phone system was installed on Monday June 27th 2022. All incoming and outgoing calls from that date will be recorded for training and monitoring purposes.
Bexley MSK Service (Care for a range of muscle, bone & joint pains and problems)
Bexley MSK is a Multidisciplinary service providing care for a wide range of muscle, bone and joint pains and problems for adults in the Bexley locality. They are a large team of Physiotherapists, Podiatrists, Hand Therapists and Pain Psychologists with expert knowledge in how to help people manage painful conditions.
They can help you to manage a range of common conditions, such as:
- Sports injuries
- Back pain
- Neck pain
- Plantar fasciitis
- Emotional distress caused by painful conditions
If your condition does not get better, your clinician will be able to help you onto the next stage of your care plan by facilitating:
Referrals for clinical investigations such as x-rays, MRIs, and blood testing
Referrals on for consultant opinions such as orthopedics, rheumatology and pain management teams.
Click here for more information.
You can now refer yourself directly to the Bexley MSK Service for simple physiotherapy problems without visiting your GP first, simply click on the link here
Please provide as much information as you can about your condition, this really helps them assess your needs and next steps
Following receipt of your self-referral, one of their team will be in touch to arrange a telephone triage session with a physiotherapist, and this will take around 20 minutes
From then, the team will discuss with you the next steps
Please note that self-referral is most helpful if you are suffering from recent injuries such as strains and sprains, or joint and muscular pain.
Mental Health Awareness Webinar
Are you experiencing low mood, anxiety, loneliness, worry, uncertainty or carer stress? Our APL PCN partner, The Albion Surgery, would like to invite you to a Mental Health Awareness Webinar held in conjunction with MIND Bexley and Bexley Voluntary Service Council. They will provide information on self-help resources, how to access talking therapy and wellbeing activities, and organisations that provide support and practical help.
Thursday 11th March 7.30-8.30pm
Click here to register
Summit Research Study
We are pleased to be participating in this study that aims to detect lung cancer early using low dose CT (LDCT) screening of at risk individuals and support the development of a new blood test for early detection of lung and other cancers. In addition, the study will provide evidence to inform a potential future national lung cancer screening programme. Those aged 55 -77 who currently smoke or who have smoked regularly in the past will be invited by the researchers to participate.
Latest Helpful Information
New guides for the following are available in the Useful Guides section of Further Information on this website:
- Blue Badge Permit Application
- Older Persons Community Care Guide
- Making a Will & Funeral Planning
Latest Coronavirus Updates
Click here to go to our dedicated Coronavirus page
Sad News (08/07/2020)
Unfortunately, after 47 years in the NHS and 20 with Plas Meddyg, our lovely Practice Nurse Susan Grace is retiring at the beginning of August. Susan has been a key part of Plas Meddyg and will be sorely missed by patients and staff alike. All the best for the future Susan!
Fear of Flying (08/07/2020)
It is now practice policy that we do not prescribe diazepam for the fear of flying. Current guidelines recommend that we do not prescribe it and it is not licensed for that use.
We do appreciate that fear of flying is very real. There are a number of courses available which may be helpful - please search the internet for "Fear of Flying".
If you really feel that you can’t fly without taking diazepam then you would have to source it through a private travel clinic or private travel doctor.
Potential Scam (18/05/2020)
We have been notified today of a possible scam.
Some women are being contacted by text message, claiming to be from the call and recall service, to advise 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.
Please do not ring their number.
WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CHILD IS ILL OR INJURED
Please click on the document below on what to do if your child is ill or injured during this pandemic
We are committed to providing best practice and high quality care to our registered patients. Ear syringing is no longer considered to be the first line treatment for the clearing of ear wax and it is not a funded service within the NHS for General Practice.
Current guidelines are that ear drops should be used to soften the wax which will then enable the natural movement of the wax from the ear.
In line with current best practice and many other GP surgeries nationwide, Plas Meddyg Surgery has made the decision to withdraw the ear syringing service with effect from 10th February 2020.
If you have ear symptoms that concern you, please book an appointment to see a Nurse or GP at the practice
Toothache Out of Hours? Call 111
Please click on the document below for further details
Urgent Dental Service
Hayfever Guidance - Management & Treatment
Please click on the document below to access the latest local guidance
Hayfever Management & Treatments
Evening and weekend appointments now available
Patients who are registered at this practice can now book an appointment to see a GP on weekday evenings (after 6.30pm) or at the weekends (on Saturday and Sunday). Appointments will take place at special GP Hubs at Queen Mary’s Hospital and Erith Hospital. Talk to the practice receptionists to find out more or book an appointment.
Over The Counter Products
This practice is now unable to routinely prescribe medicines for self-care that can be bought readily from supermarkets and pharmacies without a prescription. For more information see the 'Over The Counter Products' page in the Prescriptions section of this website or click on the link below.
Patient appointments with a GP are now available between 18:30-20:00 weekdays and 08:00-20:00 weekends/bank holidays
Our patients can now be seen for routine GP appointments in new GP centres at Queen Mary's Hospital and Erith Health Centre from 18:30-20:00 weekdays and 8:00-20:00 weekends/bank holidays.
These appointments should not be used for a follow up appointment, as continuity of care is important, but if you have a non-urgent problem and can’t wait for our next routine appointment, please call our receptionists who will be happy to book an appointment for you.
You will be seen by a local GP who will, with your consent, have full access to your medical records and we will receive details of the consultation automatically.