Welcome to the Danbury Medical Centre website
This surgery website is used to present all our patients with up to date news and information about our practice. We will keep it current with any developments or other details that we feel are relevant to you.
As well as a source of information about our practice, the staff and the services we provide, we hope you will use this website as a useful resource for other health-related information. Please have a look around and do send us some feedback if you like. We can use your ideas to improve our online services and further develop the content of this site.
Limited car parking is available for patients visiting the surgery. A bay is allocated for disabled drivers and two bays allocated for doctors on-call. Please respect the use of these.
Patient services are provided at ground level. If you need assistance, please speak to the receptionist. If you wish to view the new Danbury Medical Centre plans they are now uploaded to this website under "Further Information".
Many congratulations to our two GPs, Dr Liz Bartlett and Dr Vandy Sehgal who have both recently given birth. Dr Bartlett's daughter was born on 12th July weighing 8lb 5.5oz named Lydia and Dr Sehgal's son, Saksham, arrived on 22nd August weighing 3kg.
Dr Bartlett will be returning to work after 12 month's maternity leave.
Dr Vandy Sehgal has, very recently, tendered her resignation with the Practice. Dr Sehgal and her family will be emigrating to Australia in December so will not be returning to the Practice. We will all miss Vandy very much and are very sad to see her leave. However we all wish her enormous luck and happiness in her new life abroad. The Practice will be happy to forward on any personal thanks or wishes you wish to send to her.
IN-HOUSE GYNAE CLINIC SERVICE FOR PATIENTS
The GP led Clinical Commissioning Group have made the decision that Danbury Medical Centre cease providing the local in-house Gynaecological Clinic. This has been a very popular service over the last few years with patients attending from a number of local practices. We are trying to see whether it is possible to appeal this decision. We are very disappointed that this decision has been made without prior discussion with us, apparently due to lack of funding. At a time when moving services out of hospital into the community is seen to be encouraged in principle the reality, it would appear, is very different.We have started a petition and would appreciate your support. This is available to sign at reception.
EXCITING OPPORTUNITY FOR YOUNG PERSON
Our Dispensary is currently advertising vacancies for two Apprenticeship positions.
If you are interested, please follow link below for more information and application -
FRIENDS & FAMILY TEST
From the 1st December 2014 all GP practices are required to ask patients the Friends & Family test questions that will be monitored by NHS England on a monthly basis. The two questions are as follows:
- How likely are you to recommend our GP Surgery to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment?
- If we could change one thing about your care or treatment to improve your experience, what would it be?
Please feel free to offer us your opinion of how you think we measure up against these questions by clicking on the "take our patient survey" link at the bottom of this page.
SAVE OUR SURGERY
Your GP Cares (BMA Campaign)
WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please share this link as far and wide as possible. The BMA are running a national campaign ‘Your GP Cares’. The campaign explains the crises that General practice is currently facing and the fact that we are aware of the problems that patients are having at present with regards to getting an appointment. The campaign explains the reasons why we can’t “just get another doctor” and why that is not the long-term solution. We need you, as patients,to have your say by contacting local MPs and getting involved in the campaign. Please support us in our attempt to help save General practice.
View the campaign website
View the campaign video
The RCGP is running a campaign called "Put Patients First"
They are lobbying the government to increase funding for General practice to 11% by 2017. Please sign the e petition below:
The BMA is running a campaign called "Your GP Cares" and is asking patients to sign an e petition to require the Government to improve investment in general practice. Please sign this petition via the link below:
In 2004 when the “New GP contract” was brought in and the funding of practices was changed, there was an introduction of the Minimum practice Income Guarantee (MPIG) which was designed to prevent financial de-stabilisation of practice. The contract stated that this would remain in perpetuity so long as it was needed. In April 2014 the MPIG will be withdrawn over a period of 7 years as a new GP contract is introduced (without GP agreement). The loss of the MPIG is causing concern as some practices will face the threat of becoming non-viable as they will be unable to fund the current service provision which will translate into a loss of services, loss of doctors and reduced access. Our surgery will lose £320,000 and this will inevitably result in a loss of staff and services. Danbury Medical Centre provides many chronic disease clinics and services that prevent the need for our patients to be referred elsewhere. If these services are not financially sustainable we may need to cease providing them which will result in our patients needing to be referred elsewhere into secondary care.
Danbury Medical Centre is under financial threat and is identified as being one of the worst affected practices within Mid Essex.
The sad fact is that the people who will suffer when our MPIG is removed are the patients, yet interestingly the business plan for NHS England is entitled“Putting Patients First.”
Dr Chaand Nagpaul (Chair of the British MedicalAssociation): 'General practice is not just in crisis; it is imploding'
Read the speech in full here:
I standbefore you for the very first time as chair of the BMA’s GP committee, proud to represent 46,000 dedicated GPs working tirelessly across the UK.
Today nearly a million patients will visit their GP surgery – put into perspective that’s 16 times more than those who’ll attend accident and emergency – UKgeneral practice is truly the pulse and life blood of the NHS, and that which keeps it alive.
It’s admired globally, independently evaluated as having highest levels of quality personalised care, cost effectiveness, and equity. We provide the totality of first point of contact services, unlike parts of Europe where GPs for example don’t see maternity, gynaecological conditions or children. UK GPs manage demand with 19 out 20 patient contacts concluded in primary care itself.
Whilst this should be cause for celebration, it’s tragic that within our own shores, NHS general practice has been systematically devalued, attacked and defunded, leaving it in a parlous state, with the quadruple whammy of a crisis in workload, workforce, premises and morale.
We’re seeing record numbers of patients in general practice - 40 million more annually than five years ago, the greatest rise in any sector of the NHS, set to increase relentlessly with a growing older population, and tranches of care moving out of hospital
Yet despite this escalating workload, we’ve seen brutal disinvestment, with general practice’s share of the NHS budget dwindling in a decade from above 10% to nowless than eight, and a real terms reduction of £450m in 3 years, and now MPIG and PMS funding cuts which threaten the viability of many GP surgeries nationally.
We’ve similarly seen a relative reduction in the GP workforce, with the number of GPs as a proportion of all doctors in England reducing from 34% to 26% in two decades.
The simple fact is that demand has far outstripped our impoverished capacity, denying patients the care and access they deserve. GPs are struggling to square an impossible circle to manage the multiple complex physical and mental health needs of patients in the bare bones of a 10 minute consultation- an insensitive insult to so many of our most ill patients. We’re forced into providing conveyor belt care at breakneck speed, up to 60 times in a day, added to by an open-ended volume of phone calls, home visits, repeat prescriptions, results,reports and hospital correspondence. This is unmanageable, exhausting and unsustainable and puts safety and quality at risk.
It’s therefore no surprise that even a Government commissioned report last year showed GPs suffering record levels of stress, and a BMA survey showing that 6 out of 10 GPs intend retiring early.
These intolerable pressures have butchered the joy and ability of GPs to care for their patients, leading younger doctors to shun general practice in favour of a career in hospital, with a 15% reduction in GP training applications last year, and 451 places unfilled. Ministers ignore this workforce crisis at their peril which seriously risks leaving patients bereft of a GP service in some areas.
Nor do we have the space to care. With no dedicated funding for GP premises in over a decade, were struggling to provide 21st-century care from dated buildings designed for a past era, without the rooms for GPs to consult, patients to wait or staff to work in.
And whilst the government has announced £650m to ease winter NHS pressures, can you blame GPs for feeling aggrieved that the crisis affecting 90 % of patient contacts in the NHS which is in general practice is given zilch, showing a callous disregard for the plight of a profession on its knees.
Therefore amidst all the headline grabbing pressures in the NHS, I urge Ministers to open their eyes and wake up to the fact that general practice is not just in crisis, it’s imploding. And if the building blocks of the NHS crumble, the NHS collapses too. Not alarmist, not scaremongering. Just fact.
There are 340m consultations in general practice annually compared to 21m in A&E - itself under pressure. The fact is that if you destabilise general practice, it would only take us to see 6% fewer patients to double the numbers attending casualty if they went there instead, with drastic consequences.
Therefore I call upon Government to finally stop denigrating GPs as the problem, and to see us as the solution. That in an NHS paralysed with cash constraints, it’s logical to invest in the unarguable cost effectiveness of general practice. GPs are a bargain at the price - just over £70 per patient per year pays for unlimited appointments, home visits, telephone advice, and so forth - a fraction of the tariff cost of a single outpatient appointment.
And that’s why we’ve launched our campaign ‘Your GP cares’, calling for more GPs, nurses, staff and buildings. To provide us with more time and tools to care forpatients, which would reduce hospital pressures, improve the nation’s health,and release cost efficiencies in a cash strapped NHS - we would all gain from this investment.
I n conclusion, I urge you to support us in our fight for the very survival of UK general practice and in doing so for the survival of the NHS itself.
Sign the petition online and write to our local MP Simon Burns at:
THE LATEST EDITION OF OUR PRACTICE SURVEY REPORT 2014 IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR VIEWING ON THIS WEBSITE
THIS IS AN OPT OUT SERVICE
Please click here to read the Care.Data information
This is a new service developed by NHS England which aims to provide timely, accurate information to clinicians and commissioners about the treatments and care provided by the Health Service. They can only do this by using information on clinical records and compare the care received in one area to care received in another. All surgeries have no option in participation, but individual patients can dissent.
The minimum amount of information – your date of birth, your postcode, your gender and your NHS number, but not your name will used to link your records in a secure environment before being deleted. Once this information has been linked, a new record is created and will no longer contain any information that identifies you.
PLEASE read the leaflets on the reception desk and if you DO NOT want your information extracted, please complete a slip on the reception desk. A code will be added to your records that will not allow anything to be transmitted.
The proposed date for first extraction is 4th November.
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DANBURY MEDICAL CENTRE - UPDATE
We are delighted to announce that on 14th October 2013 Chelmsford City Council decided to
GRANT PLANNING PERMISSION
We would like to thank all our patients who have provided overwhelming support for our application. We look forward to providing you all with a wonderful, modern GP medical centre.
PATIENT SURVEY REPORT 2013 NOW AVAILABLE TO VIEW UNDER FURTHER INFORMATION
ONLINE APPOINTMENT BOOKING
DANBURY MEDICAL CENTRE - ONLINE APPOINTMENT BOOKING
This facility is only available to registered patients at
Danbury Medical Centre
To use this facility the patient must first obtain a user name and password from the surgery in order to log in. This must be done in person at the surgery and will only be provided by the receptionist upon production of photo ID by the patient - such as passport, photo driving licence or student card.
(Once you have received your password please allow 24 hours before you can access the system)
Once you have obtained your log in details please click on the link below to be taken into the online booking system.
A significant amount of appointments are now available to book via this system which are not able to be booked by a receptionist, some of these appointments are for the next day or the within the week, with a choice of GP, and can only be accessed online. We are developing this online booking system further and are constantly monitoring the online appointments to ensure that they meet patient demand. We appreciate your understanding whilst we develop this new service.
Please click on the link below to book an appointment or order a repeat prescription at Danbury Medical Centre. This facility is only available to registered patients at the surgery.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR PATIENTS.
CHANGE OF DETAILS.
PLEASE BRING TO THE SURGERY PROOF OF CHANGE OF NAME/ADDRESS.
YOU WILL BE ASKED TO COMPLETE A FORM AND YOUR DETAILS WILL THEN BE UPDATED.
TO REGISTER AS A NEW PATIENT.
TO REGISTER AS A NEW PATIENT PLEASE BRING TO THE SURGERY, PROOF OF PHOTO ID - e.g. DRIVING LICENCE, PASSPORT, AND A UTILITY BILL FOR EACH ADULT APPLYING.
PLEASE NOTE TO PROTECT YOUR IDENTITY, WE ARE UNABLE TO UPDATE OUR RECORDS OR REGISTER YOU AS A NEW PATIENT UNTIL WE RECEIVE THE ABOVE INFORMATION.
(Site updated 06/10/2014)