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NEWS FLASH !!! NEW WEBSITE for Foundry Medical Centre Lewes, follow this link to  learn about the Foundry, From its very early stages the Foundry Health ethos was much more than just moving to a new building or merging three surgeries into one - www.foundryhealthcarelewes.co.uk

March 12, 2018  PRESS RELEASE

£55k award for new health hub in heart of Lewes

Plans to improve access to GPs and provide a broader range of health services in Lewes have been recognised by a £55,000 government award for the new health hub in North Street Quarter.   

The award comes from The Greater Brighton One Public Estate Programme which supports projects that improve public services, stimulate economic growth and free up land for regeneration. It was awarded following a joint bid from Lewes District Council and local healthcare partners, including Lewes’s three GP practices who will join forces to offer more services and improved access for local people. 

School Hill Medical Practice, St Andrews Surgery and River Lodge Surgery will relocate into the new health hub, while still retaining the Ringmer branch surgery for the community.  The creation of a health hub in the heart of the town will help meet increased demands on local GP practices. More appointments will be available as the health hub will be open seven days a week and will bring together other healthcare providers including a practice pharmacist, paramedic and nurse specialists.

The grant will be used to design the facilities and spaces inside the hub. Specialist healthcare architects Murphy Philipps have been appointed to carry out the work, which will help health providers to plan their move into the hub and ensure the new premises meet their operational needs. The external design of the health hub has been carried out by the team of architects working on North Street Quarter and has been given full planning approval.

Dr Jason Heath, GP partner at St Andrews Practice, said: “We are one step closer to being able to offer high quality integrated General Practice from the very heart of the town, in a way that is sustainable and secured for the local community for the future.

“We will now work with architects Murphy Philipps on the specifications of the design on the state-of-the-art premises, which will see an integrated primary and community care facility with the long term aim to transform the delivery of health and social care in the town, and better support people to lead healthy lives.” 

Marc Levinson from specialist healthcare architects Murphy Philipps, said: “We are very excited to be part of the team on this exciting project to enhance health services for local people. We will be working closely with health providers to tailor the new facilities to make sure they meet the needs of the community, and are fit to provide first rate care.”

The North Street Quarter health hub forms part of a wider model for Lewes with the development of a health and social care campus, encompassing both existing facilities and a new facility. The Lewes Health Campus will be a catalyst for change to health and social care for the whole town of Lewes and wider population.

There is no need for patients registered at the three surgeries to do anything to get a new GP as they remain registered with the GP partners working from Lewes Health Hub.

Updates about the progress of the Health Hub will be posted on the North Street Quarter website.  Please visit www.northstreetqtr.co.uk for further information. 

Confidentiality and data protection

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Why we collect information about you

In the National Health Service we aim to provide you with the highest quality of health care.  To do this we must keep records about you, your health and the care we have provided or plan to provide to you. 

These records may include :

§         Basic details about you, such as address, date of birth, next of kin

§         Contact we have had with you such as  clinical visits

§         Notes and reports about your health

§         Details and records about your treatment and care

§         Results of x-rays, laboratory test etc.,

§         Relevant information from people who care for you and know you well, such as health professionals and relatives

  It is good practice for people in the NHS who provide care to:

·         discuss and agree with you what they are going to record about you

·         give you a copy of letters they are writing about you; and

·         show you what they have recorded about you, if you ask.

How your records are used

 

The people who care for you use your records to:

§         Provide a good basis for all health decisions made by you and care professionals

§         Allow you to work with those providing care

§         Make sure your care is safe and effective, and

§         Work effectively with others providing you with care

Others may also need to use records about you to:

·         check the quality of care (such as clinical audit)

·         protect the health of the general public

·         keep track of NHS spending

·         manage the health service

·         help investigate any concerns or complaints you or your family have about your health care

·         teach health workers and

·         help with research

Some information will be held centrally to be used for statistical purposes.  In these instances we take strict measures to ensure that individual patients cannot be identified.

We use anonymous information, wherever possible, but on occasions we may use personally identifiable information for essential NHS purposes such as research and auditing.  However, this information will only be used with your consent, unless the law requires us to pass on the information.

  You have the right

You have the right to confidentiality under the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA), the Human Rights Act 1998 and the common law duty of confidence (the Disability Discrimination and the Race Relations Acts may also apply).

 

You also have the right to ask for a copy of all records about you

 

§         Your request must be made in writing to the organisation holding your information

§         We are required to respond to you within 30 days

§         You will need to give adequate information (for example full name, address, date of birth NHS number etc.,)

§         You will be required to provide id before any information is released to you.

If you think anything is inaccurate or incorrect, please inform the organisation holding your information.

Notification

The Data Protection Act 2018 requires organisations to notify the Information Commissioner of the purposes for which they process personal information.

 

The details are publicly available from the Information Commissioner:

            Wycliffe house

            Water Lane

            Wilmslow

            Cheshire   SK9 5AF

Tel:       01625 545745

www.information commissioner.gov.uk

 

Freedom of Information Act - publication scheme

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires that the Practice makes available a publication scheme. A publication scheme is a guide to the classes of information that the Practice intends to make routinely available. This scheme is available on request from the Practice Manager.

 
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