Are you a registered patient at the Holmes Chapel Health Centre?
We are aware that one of the big topics of concern for residents of Holmes Chapel and the surrounding area is the increasing number of housing developments being submitted and approved locally.
Patients of the Holmes Chapel Health Centre are rightly concerned as to what impact this increase in the local population will have on the Health Centre and what plans are being put in place by the Health Centre to accommodate an increase in the number of patients. The Health Centre is in contact with the local Parish Council and Eastern Cheshire Councillors and is aware of the developments being proposed and/or progressed.
Unfortunately additional clinicians and staff cannot be put in place in advance of any projected increase in patient numbers; NHS funding is only made available to us based on the actual number of patients registered as patients of the Health Centre. This means that GP Practices have to react following an increase in population size, rather than the more desired approach of proactively recruiting prior to an increase in population size. The Health Centre Management is also looking at our building facilities and has approached NHS England for support and guidance on how we can best provide the right facilities in the coming years to enable us to manage a larger population of patients. Please be reassured that we have no intention of closing our patient list to new patient registrations.
Patient Online Services (Patient Access)
Patients of the Holmes Chapel Health Centre can now access a number of services online, these being:
- Booking of appointments online
- Requesting repeat medication online
- Updating your contact details online
- Viewing key information from your GP Medical Record online (current medication, immunisation, allergies)
In order to register for access to the online services (known as Patient Access) patients must attend the Health Centre in person, bringing with them two forms of identification (one photo ID and one address ID). Patients must also provide a valid personal email address. Please contact the Health Centre for further details.
The January 2015 Patient Newsletter is now available, containing useful information for all of our patients – this can be downloaded from our website or a copy picked up from the Health Centre or Library. Download your copy of the Patient Newsletter here.
If you use Twitter you can follow the Health Centre (@HolmesChapelNHS) and be kept up to date with any news or advice.
Would other patients of the Health Centre find this newsletter helpful?
Please spread the word, all that patients need to do is provide us with their email address and we will add them to our distribution list. Email to : firstname.lastname@example.org
Dean Grice, Practice Manager
Holmes Chapel Health Centre