New partner - Dr Rhian Thomas
The practice welcomes Dr Rhian Thomas as their new clinical partner. Having been a registrar/trainee in the practice Dr Thomas returned to the practice a few years ago as an associate GP. From 1st April 2018 she will be a partner. This means that, in addition to her clinical work, she will be involved in the day to day management of the practice and in influencing the strategy and development of the practice in the years ahead. Dr Thomas is passionate about her work and the care of her patients and will be a real asset to the practice in her new role.
Dr Gilmore- goodbye and thanks
Dr Boyd Gilmore has now left the practice. He has moved to Cumbria to a begin a new chapter of his life. He wishes to convey his sincere thanks to all the patients and staff who have left him cards and leaving presents. He very much appreciated the touching words and sentiments expressed in the cards, and wishes to express his gratitude to those who sent them for their support and kindness over many years. He sends his best wishes to all.
Dr Gilmore leaving
After 26 years working as a GP at Ancaster Surgery, Dr Boyd Gilmore will be leaving the practice at Easter 2018 and relocating to Cumbria to be nearer extended family and the fells. He joined the practice as a partner in 1992 and over the years has been involved in seeing the practice through many changes and developments.
With the recent appointments of Adrian Down as a non-Clinical partner, Drs Alexander, Allen and Glasson as associate doctors and Rachel Pacey as Clinical Pharmacist the practice continues to be committed to serving our patients and developing clinical services while remaining true to our practice ethos of proving high quality medical care in a professional, yet friendly, patient-centred and compassionate manner.
Dr Gilmore wishes to express his gratitude for the kindness and support that both patients and staff have shown to him over the years and wishes them every blessing in the years ahead.
Non-clinical partner - Adrian Down
After helping to develop the practice over the last 10 years as Practice Manager, and leading the practice to achieve an "Outstanding" Care Quality Commission rating, Adrian has now been appointed as a non-clinical partner. He will continue to act as Practice Manager. In addition, he will work with the other clinical partners in planning the development of the practice and to provide stability to the practice during a time of significant challenges in the delivery of NHS services and change in the partnership.
Clinical Pharmacist - Welcome to Rachel Pacey
The practice has created a new role of Clinical Pharmacist. We welcome Rachel Pacey into this position towards the end of August 2017. Rachel will work within the clinical team helping with medicines management and ensuring that safe prescribing practice is followed. She will also be involved in the management of long-term conditions, anticoagulation monitoring and the monitoring of specialist drugs.
Dr Watts' retirement, changing roles and new General Practitioners
Dr Watts, our Senior Partner retired at the end of July 2017 after many years of committed service to our patients and the practice. We wish him well for the future as he finds more time to develop his many interests outside of medicine. Dr Thomas will be off on maternity leave from the end of July 2017 and plans to return back to work early in 2018.
Drs Zbrzezniak and Gilmore have reduced their working commitment by one day per week with effect from the beginning of August 2017.
We welcome three new associate doctors, starting in July/August 2017, to the practice –
Dr Rachel Alexander, who will be working in the practice three days per week.
Dr Felicity Allen, who will be working in the practice two days per week.
Dr Matthew Glasson, who has recently trained as a GP in Lincoln, who will be working in the practice three days per week.
All of the new associate doctors will be working across both sites of the practice.
Lincolnshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan
Since the NHS was developed in 1948, the expectations and demands for healthcare have evolved. The government has therefore set a strategy referred to as "the five year plan", to make the NHS more responsive to and appropriate for the needs of contemporary society. As part of this process all NHS localities have been asked to develop Sustainability and Transformation Plans. Our local Lincolnshire plan can be found at full Lincs STP, a summary of the plan at summary Lincs STP, and FAQs at FAQs.
Care Quality Commission- "Outstanding" inspection report
We are delighted to report that following our Care Quality Commission inspection on 21st April 2016 the practice has been awarded an "Outstanding" rating. The full report can be seen on the CQC website.
Caythorpe & Ancaster Medical Practice is now a designated training practice for medical students from the University of Nottingham. Under the supervision of Dr Thomas we will host final year students for their four-week general practice attachment. The students will observe the work of various members of the practice and community team as well as participating in student surgeries, where they will consult with patients under the supervision of a GP. They will also undertake assessments in aspects such as prescription and letter writing, clinical skills and clinical audit. We hope that taking on students will help to promote general practice as a future career, as well as the opportunities that are available for working in rural areas, such as Lincolnshire.
Patient Group – latest newsletter now available
We are pleased to announce that we have an active Patient Group. As part on their ongoing work the group publish a regular newsletter. This gives information about the aims of the group, details of how to join the group, and general information about the practice. For more details about the group please click the link below to read the latest newsletter.
Patient Group Newsletter issue 9
Shingles Vaccination for Patients aged 70 to 71 or 78 to 79
All people aged 70 or 71 on 1 September 2014 (i.e. all those born between 2 September1942 and 1 September 1944, inclusive) are eligible to get the vaccine. People aged 78 or 79 (i.e. all those born between 2 September 1934 and 1 September 1936, inclusive) will also be offered the vaccine in a catch-up programme. Find out more.
Friends and Family Feedback
We are very interested in obtaining feedback about the care that you have received from the practice. Please click the Friends and Family Feedback link to access our on-line feedback service.
Proactive Care Programme
The NHS has introduced a new service for people who are more at risk of an unplanned hospital admission in an emergency situation and who would be likely to benefit from more tailored, active support from their GP surgery. We believe personal care planning could help improve your health and wellbeing, as well as help to reduce the risk of unplanned hospital admissions. We will be writing to patients identified as potentially benefiting from this programme
Please see the link to the Healthwatch website for details of events. Find out more