The team at your GP surgery is constantly striving to improve your care and improve their skills so that you have a better patient experience. We host regular team training where we educate, learn and build new skills.
World Stroke Day- 29th October 2020
click the link to see how you can get involved in the movement to raise awareness for stroke patients.
World Patient Safety week- September 2020
The overall objectives of World Patient Safety week are to enhance global understanding of patient safety, increase public engagement in the safety of health care and promote global actions to enhance patient safety and reduce patient harm. The origin of the Day is firmly grounded in the fundamental principle of medicine – First, do no harm.
The COVID-19 pandemic is presently among the biggest challenges and threats to face the world and humanity, and health care is living its greatest crisis in patient safety ever! The pandemic has exerted unprecedented pressure on health systems worldwide. Health systems can only function with health workers, and a knowledgeable, skilled and motivated health workforce is critical for the provision of safe care to patients.
At the GP practice we have weekly meetings in addition to also having quarterly patient participation group meetings to constantly evaluate how we can improve patient safety and experience.
September 2020 is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, and is symbolised by a gold ribbon, worn to commemorate the event. This is an annual international awareness month to raise support, funding and awareness of childhood cancers and the impact for sufferers and families of sufferers of childhood cancer. It was founded in 2010 by former US President Barack Obama and is mainly run in the form of awareness events by cancer charities.
Childhood cancer is devastating to growth and development in children, and devastating to their families and friends. At a time when young people should be focusing on school, play and socialising, if they have cancer, their focus can be on medication, operations, and what life they have left.
Parents of childhood cancer sufferers have the anguish of watching their children suffer, and the stress of decisions on medications and treatments as well as decisions on time of work for themselves and time off school for the child, and worst, trying to explain to a child what is happening to them and answering the resulting questions on life and faith, and worst of all is the loss of a child to cancer, a devastation that can never be put right.
Some forms of cancer are mainly or exclusively only seen in children, and that is something highlighted by the awareness month. Children can be more resilient to cancer and cancer treatments than adults, and there are many cases of triumph and complete recovery, where children make a complete recovery and grow up to normal life. But awareness, education and support are vital, which is why Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is also vital.
Zero Tolerance Policy to Abuse of NHS staff
We know that #coronavirus is a distressing time for us all. This message is only aimed at a small minority, but please can everyone treat and respect #NHS staff in ways they would like to be treated themselves.
NHS Doncaster CCG has zero tolerance of violence and aggression from members of the public towards NHS staff. We appreciate incidents are extremely rare and the vast majority support the NHS.
Please help us by staying at home and thank you for your continued understanding.
AMP Group Practice held their first Carers forum at Denaby Medical Practice on Thursday 6th June.The staff and expert patients from our PPG would like to thank all patients who gave their support on the day.
If you would like further information on the services we provide for our patients and carers please contact the practice and speak to your site manager.
On Monday 10th June hosted our first Alzheimer's forum in support of Alzheimer's week
Following diagnoses of Covid virus in Yorkshire, the following emergency plan will be in action:
COVID-19 Business Continuity Plan
COVID-19 has spread rapidly around the world in 2 months. The WHO have classified it as a public health emergency if international concern. The reproduction number is estimated at 2-3. The incubation period may be up to 24 days and it appears it may be possible for asymptomatic individuals to transmit the virus to others. It has high pandemic potential. GP practices have a duty to protect their patients and a duty as employers to protect their staff. We all have a moral duty as brothers, sisters, patents, sons and daughters to protect our own families from our work related health risks. As independent contractors we need to be proactive in managing these risks for
ourselves rather than waiting for direction from others.
1. Notice on practice home page with brief information on our coronavirus plan and links to PHA website and 111 phone number
2. STOP notice on front door advising those with fever and acute respiratory symptoms not to enter but to return home and contact the practice by phone
3. Further Posters in the waiting room and notice on practice information screen re-iterating stop sign advice
4. No patients with acute viral symptoms (fever, cough, myalgia, diarrhoea) to be seen in the practice unless serious concern for their health (mainly age and co-morbidity, or if breathless).
a. As a large proportion of patients with URTI report SOB this should be assessed on phone triage by ability to speak in full sentences and can be supplemented by questioning ability to climb stairs
b. As a major reason for seeing patients is to rule out bacterial infections/pneumonia and decline antibiotics, antimicrobial stewardship will be temporarily relaxed and antibiotics prescribed if felt appropriate by the GP and allows safe telephone only management of patient
5. Option to move to total triage by telephone due to concerns that there is now transmission in the community and possible transmission by asymptomatic cases
6. Need to explore remote working options for clinical and admin staff in case they need to self isolate for 14 days or longer – BSO remote access using own devices or buy cheap laptops; cheap contract or PAYG mobile phones for telephone contact or pay staff an allowance for use of personal mobiles for business use. Also useful if entering pandemic to protect staff
from exposure in the first place and keep them well and working
7. Suspend routine work like annual bloods and BP checks for monitoring repeat meds to create capacity and reduce footfall in the practice
8. Suspend QOF work and chronic disease management clinics (ideally with Dept Health agreeing QOF holiday for those that need it)
9. Choose a room in the practice to use as an isolation room
10. All scripts issued in 3 month supply to reduce demand and footfall
11. Appoint a COVID-19 business continuity lead and deputy
12. Ensure an up to date list of all staff contact details and NOK details
13. Plan in place to redirect phones and allow remote working of practice has to be closed for deep cleaning/decontamination
14. If remote working need system to get scripts printed and given to patients
In support of Carers and Alzheimer's week the practice are holding a carers morning at Denaby Medical practice on Thursday 6th June between 10am-2pm, and a Alzheimer's morning on Monday 10th June between 10am-12noon at Conisbrough Medical practice - all patients and carers are invited to join the team.
This week is alzheimers week and the practice is working with Alzheimers society to support carers and patients with Alzheimers. We are having a drop in specialist Alzheimers support morning at the practice across all the sites, we will be writing to all our patients with dementia and their carers as well.
Please use this opportunity to discuss and share any problems you have and advise us on how we could be a more dementia friendly practice.
here is a link to find out more:
carers week is in mid June 2019 and we have been acclaimed for providing unfunded evening and Saturday appointments for carers since 2010. This has been innovative and considered as excellent in patient need responsiveness. we are holding a cafe and coffee morning during this week and we will be writing to carers asking them to attend.
Patient participation group meeting-
Our successfully established PPG meeting is in July 2019 and the next PPG speaker is a consultant ENT surgeon. we will also be discussing how we can help the gypsy and traveller population- Askern has one of the largest populations of this community in the UK. We will also be discussing patient surveys.
Mr Yousef (MPharm)
Mr Yousef has successfully completed 6 months at the practice dealing with complex medical queries and minor ailments. He has had very positive feedback from patients and is soon to be a dad!
latest Patient Participation Group meeting- 16th April
Thank you to all the patients who came to our latest PPG meeting this April. We had a fantastic turnout. Educational talks were done on
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patient participation group meeting- Merry Xmas to all, wishing you a happy and healthy new year.
Next Patient education meeting- Breast diseases - all you need to know 11/12/18- Mr Inder Kumar- consultant breast surgeon, Rotherham District Hospital
The Fit note- a guide for patients and staff
fitnote - click to see the pdf
Patient Participation Group meeting mid October:
There will be a PPG meeting for patients from Askern, Mexborough, Conisborough and Denaby medical practice held in mid October at Mexborough medical practice. Our guest speaker will be Mr Hassan (FRCS) who is a consultant eye surgeon at Rotherham Hospital. Please let Sana Khan (Mexborough) know if you would like to attend for catering purposes.
PPG meeting - July 2018
Our second PPG meeting of the year has been very successful with patients from askern, mexborugh, conisborough and now joined denaby medical practice coming in for the meeting.
supporting local comprehensive school students-Matthew Clark- potential NHS Pharmacist of the future
the practice has a long standing policy of inviting students from local comprehensive schools who have the potential of being future NHS heros in various roles for example, paramedics, nurses, pharmacists, doctors and dentists.
we believe if given the opportunity to train and prepare for interviews = they should be successful in entering these courses and we would hope they would come back to serve the local community. Matthew clark- 17 - son of a local police officer from the local comprehensive was given an opportunity to spend his work experience at the practice. this practice fully sponsored him in his training with the multi discaplinary team. matthew successfully completed his program and we wish him well in his application for university.
June 2018 - Cancer research UK- Race for life
Practice has an ethos of supporting national charities working locally. Every year we have supported a charitable organisation- this year we had intended to do 2. Race for life ( as we have done over previous years) in June 2018! And watch the space for another later in the year !!
April 2018 - Supporting Global health for all
Professor( Hon) Kumar was invited as the British speaker at the Kazakastan family practice association on the celebration of World health organisation ( WHO) 40 th year celebration of “ Global health for all” declaration in Almaty April 2018
Askern Medical Practice are proud to announce that they are now proud members of the GP for Veterans Health Network.
Republic Of Ireland Health Service
Prof(Hon) Vijay Kumar was invited to Mallow Health centre in Cork( Largest GP surgery in the country ) , Republic of Ireland to speak and advice on improving the care delivery in the Republic based on the evolving NHS model of care closer to home and breaking down " waiting lists " in Ireland.
Patients in Ireland could wait upto 18 Months to see a specialist and that's not the case in the U.K. , where innovative work has led to services being delivered in the community by hospital consultants including at Askern and Mexborough medical practice e.g. Orthopaedics and Opthalmology consultant services being delivered in our surgeries for patients from all over Doncaster . Ljubljana University - Slovenia
Professor Vijay Kumar invited to speak at the department of family practice at Ljubljana University in Slovenia (EU) on achieving higher standards in Healthcare Delivery - February 2016
Teaching Republic of Ireland doctors & talk to Irish Surgeons
Dr Vijay Kumar attended the PSCA conference in Dublin on 25th & 26th September 2015 speaking on the current opportunities and threats in Primary Care Surgery.
Visit from Leeds GATE (Gypsy and Traveller Exchange) - September 2015
AMP bringing tighter relationships and advising Leeds CCG, public health, Doncaster/Leeds Council, Askern/Leeds Gypsies
NHS Leadership of the year award 2014/2015
Awarded for the services carried out for the patients in the community. This was awarded to our Clinical Lead, Dr Vijay Kumar at the end of 2014 at the Leeds Marriott Hotel.
AAFP Conference – American Family Practice.
Dr Vijay Kumar presented to American Doctors and from other places around the world at the Global Health conference part of the American Family Practice in Washington DC.
The National Health Service was explicitly explained to various delegates at the conference.
Interacting down under - New models of care in the NHS...
Our practice’s clinical lead was invited to present to the rural university centre based in Lismore which
includes the University of Sydney, University of Newcross, University and Woologong. The speech was broadcast widely across to the outback to some of the Doctors working out there, talking about the various new models of care.
Visit from Kazakhstan
Visit from a leader of doctors in Kazakhstan. Damilya Negmonova attended the practice in June 2015 to see how the practice is run and learning from British care service to take back to Kazakhstan. Our staff had an excellent meeting with her and was delighted to exchange stories.
Demilya then returned with 4 professors from the University of Almaty in September 2015.
September 2015 - Dr Vijay Kumar - Honorary Professor
Dr Kumar has now been appointed as an honorary professor in international health care delivery
The Practice is approved by the University of Middlesex for training for the diploma in Minor Surgery and had the accolade of have various GPs coming to train under our clinical lead.
The practice has also trained Healthcare Assistants nationally and various lectures have been provided in Leicestershire and other areas for training.
The Practice has also done approved surgical training for level 1 and level 2 in a recent programme held in Manchester in early July 2015.
Picture below shows Dr Vijay Kumar meeting Princess Ann in Manchester at the International Surgeons Conference organised by the Association of Surgeons in Great Britain & Ireland (ASGBI) as a community member - April 2015
Our Practice has been a long standing training practice for surgical services within the community. We offer training for GPs in various skin procedures and other procedures.
The Practice leads nationally in providing new models of surgical training at the Association of Surgeons in Primary Care (ASPC).