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We want to make sure it is as easy as possible for you to contact us about our services.

If you need to speak to PCS about any of our services then click on the blue button below to find out how to get help.  Alternatively, you can book into one of our 'drop-in' sessions with Dr Andy Hilton and Nicki Doherty.
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In today's update we are covering:
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For Information
  1. Appointments at Sloan Hub
  2. Additional Hot Hub Capacity
  3. Nurse Shifts Available
  4. Appointments Double Booked
  5. Vasectomy Service
  6. Shareholder vote – Digital joint venture Update
  7. Covid Vaccination Centre
  8. Booking COVID tests for your team 
  9. Registering service development interests and expertise
  10. PCS 'drop-in' sessions
For Information
Appointments at Sloan Hub
 
We recently announced that cold Extended Access provision will be returning to the Sloan hub from 9th August however it is important to note that Sloan will also continue to operate as a ‘hot’ Covid site both in and out of hours. The site will operate in a way that means the patients of hot and cold clinics do not access the same areas of the surgery however we would ask for your support, by taking caution when booking into these clinics, to assist us in maintaining separation for those attending the clinics.  
 
Shortly, the SystmOne and EMIS modules used for remote booking to Sloan clinics, named ‘PCS Covid hubs’, will revert back to the original name ‘Sloan Hub’.
 
In order to assist you in differentiating between hot and cold GP ledgers when booking an appointment using SystmOne or EMIS, please refer to the guidance below: 


The Session Name on SystmOne for cold and hot sessions are as follows:   
 
Cold GP session:
 
SLOAN COLD GP SESSION – COLD GP SESSION
 
Hot GP session:
 
Sloan COVID In Hour Hot Hub - COVID
Sloan COVID OOH Hot Hub
 
The Session Name on EMIS for cold and hot sessions are as follows:   
 
Cold GP session:
 
SLOAN COLD GP SESSION
 
Hot GP session:
 
PCS COVID HUB SLOAN IN HOURS
PCS COVID HUB SLOAN OUT OF HOURS
Additional Hot Hub Capacity

We are aware that the hot hubs are currently operating at full capacity and you will recall from previous communication that the CCG has funded some temporary additional capacity in recognition of the current levels of demand in primary care. We have since been working to mobile this, we are yet to identify a suitable practice that is willing to host a hub on site in hours. We have asked our Sheffield partners whether or not they have any suitable estate, which so far has not been fruitful; they continue to look.

We considered the possibility of increasing out of hours capacity, but the additional risk to patients (however minimal) created by extending waiting times for appointments was considered to outweigh the potential benefits. When considered alongside further estates challenges and the fact a number of evening appointments tend to be available at 6pm each day, it was felt that increasing out of hours capacity would not be useful to practices. Please let us know if this is not the case.  


What can practices do to help:
  • If you have space or are aware of space that would be suitable for a hot hub please let us know via pcs.enquiries@nhs.net
  • Whilst we appreciate the pressures that all practices are currently under we also are aware that a reasonable number of referrals into the hot hubs are not appropriate for the service they provide: please think twice before referring and this could release important capacity for other patients.
  • Remember, this is not instead of practice capacity it’s in addition to support it. There are lots of practices who have put in place good local models for hot patients as well – if you are interested in learning more we are happy to connect you.
Nurse Shifts Available
 
There is high demand for nurse appointments in the Extended Access hubs and because of this we are seeking to increase our nursing workforce.  If you are a registered nurse and are interested in picking up some additional hours within the Extended Access Service please contact Lindsay.Andrews-Barber@nhs.net for more information.
Appointments Double Booked
 
It has come to our attention that over the past week some Extended Access appointments had been made available on both SystmOne and EMIS, this was an error on our part for which we apologise.  This issue led to some appointment slots effectively being double booked.  The staff on shift did their best to facilitate these appointments and some patients may have had the time of their appointment changed, however, regrettably a few appointments were cancelled. We have reviewed our rota templates and are satisfied that this has error been rectified from tonight going forward. Thank you to those practices who have fed back to us regarding this. If you come across any issues related to the Extended Access or have any questions, please do contact the team as your feedback, and that of your patients, is very important to us.
Vasectomy Service
 
Early in July we reported to you that we were seeking appropriate estate in order to work through our Vasectomy waiting list.  We are pleased to say that we have secured an appropriate venue but we are not able to access the premises until September. We will keep you updated on progress. 

Otherwise, this service remains closed to new referrals at this time.
Shareholder vote – Digital Joint Venture Resolution Update

This week we wrote to our shareholders regarding the digital joint venture resolution, to confirm that shareholder practices passed the resolution by exceeding the 75% vote for it that was required.

Please see email below for more information.
Read full email here
Covid Vaccination Centre

Darnall Primary Care Centre is holding walk-in vaccination clinics, open to everyone aged 17 years and 9 months+. Call in at times below. 1st and 2nd doses (8 weeks between doses).  Walk-ins available, including those not registered with a GP. We also now provide AZ appointments in addition to Pfizer at weekends.
Booking COVID / Confirmatory PCR test following a positive lateral flow tests for your team
 
Please use this service to access COVID tests for your team members when they are either symptomatic or require a confirmatory test following a positive lateral flow test .

Download: Ask staff to save the contact details so they can easily access the service when needed.  

Book a test: using the button below. 

 
Book test
Save testing contact details to your outlook
Registering service development interests and expertise

As GP practices you came together to create PCS to do the things that you can't do alone. It's your organisation.

Our experience has shown that to deliver things the way you need them delivered we need to involve clinicians, managers and practice teams from the outset when services are being created.

Rather than wait until we have any specific project in the first stages of development, we would like to be pro-active and build up a register of those with an interest in future project development. So, if you have a specific area you are interested in then let us know so that we can contact you if input is needed in that area.
Register your areas of interest
PCS 'drop-in' sessions

The PCS team is always keen to hear about anything you would like to raise with us in the way of feedback or any ideas you may have on how we might shape things going forwards. 
 
Dr Andy Hilton and Nicki Doherty keep a lunch time 'drop in' slot available in their diary on Wednesday (Andy) and Friday (Nicki).  If you would like to catch-up with them in one of those, please simply click the button below, and we will get back to you to arrange that.

Please note that these 'drop-in' sessions are in addition to the 1:1 meetings we have been arranging with practices.
 
PCS drop-in slot request
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