Medical Centre recruits nurse as 90 join for blood tests
Medical Centre has recruited a qualified nurse to support the Warfarin
blood monitoring service that was withdrawn at Burnham-On-Sea and
Berrow Medical Centre last month.
Harvey Sampson, Interim Associate Medical Director for Highbridge
Medical Centre, told Burnham-On-Sea.com that the centre has welcomed
over 90 new patients since Burnham and Berrow withdrew the blooding
testing service at the end of June.
Sampson explained: "We are able to offer the anti-coagulation
blood testing services previously offered by Burnham & Berrow
Medical Centre for patients who register at the practice in Highbridge."
service has been available since July 1st 2017 and we have employed
an additional Nurse for 19 hours a week; specifically to support
the additional patients who require this service."
the past few weeks we have already welcomed 90 new patients and
we would like to reassure any potential new patient that we have
a very experienced and professional team at Highbridge, who are
ready to support any new patient and their family who would like
to register at the medical centre."
news was also confirmed in a letter written by David Slack, Managing
Director of NHS Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group, to Dave Chapple,
Secretary of Bridgwater Trades Union Council.
his letter, Mr Slack writes: "Dr Sampson from the Highbridge
practice has explained that an additional member of staff had been
recruited to provide this service."
is a qualified nurse who will be working for 19 hours per week,
mostly supporting the INR service (Warfarin monitoring). The Burnham
Medical Centre have been unable to recruit either additional GP
or nursing time and were not willing to operate an HCA (Health Care
Assistant) model because of the GP supervisory time."
to a separate question about pay levels within the NHS, Mr Slack
adds: "I can confirm that it is my considered opinion that
many years of pay restraint and the workload pressures on many staff
are an important part of the context within which the NHS is working."
pressures are generated in part from increases in demand as the
population ages as well as shortages of staff in some areas due
to recruitment challenges and/or financial constraints."
intensity of the working day has therefore increased significantly
for many staff, leading to some retiring earlier or going part-time.
It is of course these challenges that STPs are designed to address
so we can find ways of improving health outcomes and the quality
of services within the limited financial resources."
matter is therefore a key part of local discussions with NHS England
and system partners. It is not the CCG's responsibility to lobby
Government ministers or negotiate with trade unions. We do, however,
ensure that local MPs are appropriately briefed and NHS Commissioners
are aware of our views."
Chapple, Secretary of Bridgwater Trades Union Council, told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"This is an astonishing reply from the Chief Officer of the
Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group - Highbridge Medical Centre
has recruited someone to cover the Warfarin clinic tasks."
begs the question, if Highbridge can recruit new staff to deal with
the Warfarin issues, why couldn't the Burnham and Berrow Centre?"
new patient who would like to register at Highbridge Medical Centre
can either complete a registration form online at www.highbridgemc.co.uk,
or call the practice on 01278 783220 to talk through the registration
process with a member of the team.