QHS Bulletin – 10 April 2019

In this issue:

NEW: Southwark eHub pilot
NEW: Remote consulting from EPCS
New provider of Point of Care Testing (POCT) machines – NHS Health Checks
QHS supporting latent TB screening
Members’ meeting 3 April 2019 – Primary Care Networks


Programme Updates

Southwark eHub pilot

Now that most of our practices are live with eConsult we have been asked by the CCG to pilot the eHub model in our Extended Primary Care Service. We would like recruit a few practices to take part in this pilot. This would mean that the eConsultations submitted by your patients on Saturday and Sunday would be dealt with by one of our clinicians at EPCS over the weekend, completing this work for you before Monday! For more information see this presentation and contact Ryszard Stepaniuk to express your interest in the pilot.


Remote consulting from EPCS

Can we please remind all staff who book appointments at EPCS to follow the new process, as per the attached guide. The booking process is much quicker for you and this allows us to add consultations directly to your system without the need to send discharges. Over the course of next few weeks we will be changing the slots properties in our appointment books to ‘disallow any unregistered patients’, which means you will have to select a patient in your system to book an appointment and will not able to write in a patient’s name manually. Please share this update with all your staff.


Contract updates

New provider of Point of Care Testing (POCT) machines – NHS Health Checks

This letter from Southwark Council Public Health Division concerns the notification of the contract award for new POCT Machines. It is the intention of Public Health Division to make available the new POCT machines to all GP practices and they will be in contact with further details in the near future.


QHS supporting latent TB screening

We would like to remind practices that QHS has been commissioned by Southwark CCG to support the screening of the eligible cohort for the population of north Southwark. The call-recall process has begun and we are in the process of contacting individual practices. The plan is to screen patients at EPCS, Spa Medical Centre and the screening results will be delivered to the practice to follow up accordingly.

Please let Freddie Cheal, know if you would like to be included in the first group of practices to start the recall. A copy of the draft invite letter is attached for your information.


Member engagement

Member’s meeting 3 April 2019 – Primary Care Networks

QHS would like to invite all members to a meeting on Wednesday 3 April 6:30pm – 8:30pm at Cambridge House to discuss, in collaboration with the LMC, the development of Primary Care Networks (PCNS).

We would like all member practices to be represented and input their views, so please do sign up here.Refreshments will be provided from 6:30pm-7:00pm. If you would like to know more about the GP contract and PCNs please read this document or speak to one of the QHS team.

The Primary Care Network Handbook is now available for further guidance.