In a time of uncertainty, we will be putting together a few of our favourite resources to help spread a little happiness!
CoViD-19 Update from Dr Gurjit Dhesi - Wednesday 18th March 2020
Please click here to read a letter from our Senior GP Partner Dr Gurjit Dhesi about how The Allan Practice is dealing with CoViD-19.
Covid-19 Update - Friday 6th March 2020
In view of the COVID-19 outbreak, The Allan Practice has introduced extra safety measures to safeguard patients and staff from potential cases. If you book any type of appointment online, the booking will NOT be guaranteed until your risk level has been reviewed. You will receive a telephone call prior to your appointment to make this assessment. Once this has taken place, THEN your appointment will be confirmed. Please do not come to your appointment until you have received such telephone call. To help us, please ensure that the best number to contact number you on is included in your booking notes. We appreciate your support and will update this process as the situation evolves.
Staying Active, Independent & Happy Morning - Saturday 22nd February
Join us on Saturday 22nd February, 8am-11:30am at The Allan Practice for a drop-in morning for patients aged 65+, their friends, families & carers. The morning will be a brilliant opportunity to interact with a range of local services, including Live Well, Stay Well, Chalfont Nordic Walkers, Chalfont Over 60s Exercise Club, Bucks Vision, Slimming World, Action on Hearing Loss, Bucks Fire & Rescue, Chalfont Craft Clubs, BOPAG & Gold Hill Baptist Church! There's no need to book, pop in to Calcot Medical Centre any time between 8am-11:30am, we look forward to seeing you there!
Pandemic Flu Patient Guide - 31st January 2020
IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE PANDEMIC FLU PLEASE READ THIS
Information on what to do if you think you have symptoms of Pandemic Flu, and how the Practice is dealing with this:
If you think you may have Pandemic Flu DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY.
Take your temperature.
If you/the patient fall into one of the following groups, immediately telephone the practice:
- You have a serious underlying illness
- You have a weakened immune system
- You are pregnant
- A sick child under two years old
- Over the age of 65
- Your condition has suddenly got much worse
- Your condition is still getting worse after 7 days (or 5 days for a child)
Your doctor's secretary will arrange for a doctor or nurse to contact you.
If a prescription is needed, the practice will arrange for this. It will be possible for someone to call to collect it on your behalf. If you do not have someone available to help you please contact the practice for advice.
2nd December 2019 - Changes to Prescription Ordering
From 1st January 2020, The Allan Practice will no longer be processing prescriptions requested via email.
This decision has been made to help eliminate prescribing errors, ensure patients receive their medication as quickly as possible and help to reduce the ever increasing workload that our secretarial staff are facing.
The most efficient way to request medications is through Online Services. All patients will have an Online Services account set up by the end of 2019. Patients will receive an email with their access details to allow them to set up an account. If you do not received an email, please contact your doctor's Secretary who will email your information again.
If you request medication on behalf of another patient, please contact their doctor's Secretary to allow us to make appropriate arrangements.
11th October 2019 - Car Parking Changes
On Monday 14th October 2019, Bucks Hospitals Trust will be introducing parking charges at the Chalfont & Gerrards Cross Hospital site. Until this point our staff have parked at the the hospital to allow maximum parking availability for our patients directly at the surgery. Unfortunately the introduction of these charges will make it unviable for our staff to continue to park there as they have to park all day. The Allan Practice has therefore made the difficult decision to dedicate the on-site car park as 'Staff Only' parking.
Patients are requested to park at the Chalfont & Gerrards Cross Hospital site where they will be given one hour free parking. We believe this will be ample time for those attending surgery for appointments. Individuals with Blue Disabled Parking Badges will still be able to park in the Disabled Bays at the front of Calcot Medical Centre.
We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause, and appreciate your understanding and cooperation in managing a situation over which we had no control.
Healthy Living Morning - Saturday 31st August 2019, 8am-11:30am
Are you looking to make some healthy changes to your lifestyle? On Saturday 31st August 2019, The Allan Practice is holding a Healthy Living Morning and you're invited! There will be stalls from a number of local services including Slimming World, Live Well, Stay Well and Chalfont Gym, as well as drop-in blood pressure and blood sugar checks. There's no need to book, just pop in any time between 8am and 11:30am.
1st August 2019 - Training in General Practice - New Registrars
As of 1st August 2019 two new Registrar GPs have joined The Allan Practice. Dr Waqar Khurshid and Dr Jay Patel will be with us for six months of training before moving on to hospital placements. Face-to-face and telephone appointments are available to book online with both Dr Khurshid and Dr Patel. Our previous registrar Dr Riz Shaffiq has left us for one year of maternity leave and will join us again in August 2020.
17th June 2019 - A full time replacement for Dr Allan
I am pleased to be able to share news of Dr. Allan's long term GP replacement!
Since the eponymous Dr. Allan retired from The Allan Practice, we have been on the lookout for a high calibre, experienced GP who is able to look after a busy 'personal' list of patients. It is common knowledge that the environment for GP recruitment is not at its easiest right now, and we are extremely grateful to both Dr. Ranj and Dr. Davey who have helped us out over the last couple of years.
I am confident that our newest partner, Dr Asif Hirani, ticks all the right boxes and will be with us for the longer term. He is an experienced GP who has already shown himself to be a warm, friendly and capable individual. He will be with us from 1st July 2019 and will work full-time over four days every week. I will let him introduce himself here. There will be a lot for Dr. Hirani to get accustomed to when he starts with us and I would ask you to bear that in mind during his initial weeks.
Whilst I write this update, I would like to take the opportunity to remind all of our patients that our constant aim as a practice is to offer the highest level of care possible (within the confines of existing NHS resources). We all feel that the single most important factor to achieve this is continuity of patient care. This is why we continue to work as a tight knit unit with five full time (or near full time) GP's, with little reliance on part time GP's (and even less so on external locums). This traditional model of general practice is rarely seen nowadays and we hope that our efforts to sustain this do not go un-noticed by our patients.
With best wishes,
Dr Gurjit S. Dhesi
18th March 2019 - A Note for Dr. Dhesi and Dr. Davey's Patients
As of 1st April 2019, Dr Dhesi and Dr Davey's clinical and secretarial hours will be changing due to a change in working arrangements.
Dr Dhesi will work: Monday, Tuesday morning, Wednesday and Thursday.
Dr Davey will work: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.
Both doctors will retain their own secretaries, but the opening hours for them will also change in line with the new clinical hours. Debbie will be available for Dr Dhesi's patients Monday, Tuesday morning, Wednesday and Thursday, and Chris will be available for them on Friday mornings. For Dr Davey's patients, Chris will be available Monday and Tuesday, Michelle will be available Thursday and Friday and Wednesday mornings will be covered by Carole.
Patients will still be able to send secure messages to their doctor's secretary 24/7 on Online Access, as well as book appointments and order repeat medications.
1st April 2019 - Ear Syringing Cessation
In line with all other local practices, and due to increasing demand on our nursing services, we are no longer able to offer ear syringing at The Allan Practice. We have continued to offer ear syringing at the surgery for as long as possible, despite receiving no funding for the procedure. The Partners have come to this difficult decision in order to prioritise essential services and those services for which we are contracted to provide by NHS England. Ear syringing takes up a large amount of clinical time, meaning patients can struggle to get nurse's appointments in a timely manner. Because of this and the fact that it is not part of our GMS contract, the decision has been made to cease performing ear syringes at The Allan Practice. We wish to apologise for any inconvenience caused, but we are sure our patients will understand the need to prioritise both essential services and those that we are contracted to provide.
There are a range of options for ear syringing for the local area. Please see our Ear Wax Guide for more information.
Disclaimer: The Allan Practice cannot recommend any private providers and takes no responsibility for services given by other private providers.