Symphony Healthcare Services Ltd, welcomes Highbridge Medical Centre
On Monday 3 April 2017, we welcomed Highbridge Medical Centre to our organisation.
Symphony Healthcare Services (SHS) was set up in April 2016 to support primary care and GP practices like Highbridge who were struggling to cope with increasing patient numbers, more complex medical conditions and recruiting GPs.
What is Symphony Healthcare Services – is it private healthcare?
No, the healthcare services that we provide our patients is funded by the NHS like any other GP practice and we work very closely with both NHS England and the CQC to ensure that the care we provide meets the high standards set.
Symphony Healthcare Services was created in 2016 as a subsidiary of Yeovil Hospital and a number of local GP practices in Somerset. It was set up to help bring together hospital and GP services more closely and to support primary care to be able to meet patient demand both now and into the future. We are talking to a number of other GP practices to see if we may be able to support them too.
Why is it sometimes difficult to get an appointment with my doctor?
Across the country it is becoming harder to recruit new GPs and many existing GPs and GP partners are retiring, or looking to work in a less pressured environment.
In addition, our demographics are changing. With new treatments and medicines now available, we are all living longer and in rural counties in particular like Somerset, we have a growing population who are over the age of 65. This has also created an additional strain on primary care, with the average number of appointments per patient, per year increasing as we get older.
What are Symphony Healthcare Services doing to make sure I can access the health care I need, when I need it?
Being part of a larger organisation, means that we can help to support GP practices like Highbridge to recruit sufficient GPs as well as looking at different ways of caring for our patients. We are also introducing new specialist staff, in addition to GPs who can provide the care that you need without adding to the pressure on our GPs – remember you don’t always need to see a doctor first!
As well as caring for our patients with the most serious health conditions, we are also focusing on prevention – to enable everyone to live as long a healthy life at home as is possible and avoid unnecessary admission to hospital.
What differences will I see at Highbridge?
You will be able to contact the medical centre in the same way as usual. We have already been able to make some improvements to the service, which has meant that we have been able to re-open our practice registration list for new patients. We are also now able to offer the minor operations and joint injection services.
Over the next few months we are introducing new healthcare practitioner roles, who are are also able to support patients with medical conditions, prescribe medication and offer advice on dealing with current, or new medical conditions. We also hope to make some improvements to the centre itself.
How can I get involved?
If you would like to help get more involved in the medical centre, we always very keen to welcome new members to our Patient Participation Group - for more details please contact reception and come along to our Open Morning on 20 April between 11.30 am and 1.00 pm.
We will be keeping our patients up to date with the latest news through a new Highbridge Medical Centre newsletter - launching in May this year.
If you have a specific question about Symphony Healthcare Services, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can find out more by visiting our website: www.symphonyintegratedhealthcare.com