Further to the announcement that Primary Care Management Services has been awarded the contract to provide primary care medical services to the patients registered at Chiltern House Medical Centre, they met with the Patient Participation Group last week (Thursday 11th July) to discuss proposals for Holmer Green.
PCMS are clear that they want to ensure they have a presence in Holmer Green as well as supporting residents to access the Temple End surgery in Wycombe. Whilst this will not be in the form of a traditional surgery, they are considering innovative alternatives that would mean Holmer Green is leading the way in finding new ways to meet the needs of patients living in villages.
Although PCMS will continue to provide services to patients, their new contract does not go live until 1 September, and so PCMS are continuing discussions with the PPG in relation to their proposals which are:
- Introducing a transport champion to support patients to use the Hazlemere & Widmer End Good Neighbours Including Holmer Green Community Transport service and help with bookings.
- Introducing Q Doctor – an online video doctor service providing secure and easy to use video GP consultations from your PC or smartphone. They are investigating how support sessions may be delivered to assist those less familiar with technology.
- Having an elderly care nurse and/or paramedic available who can visit patients who are frail or have mobility issues. This service is already in place in PCMS’s Mandeville practice and is receiving very positive feedback.
Finally, PCMS are investigating how they can work with the Pharmacy to provide a consultation base for services like support and advice, blood tests, and vaccinations. This is in the early stages of discussion and is very much dependent on a number of factors, but we will keep you updated on progress.