In order to improve the service we provide for you - our patients - we will be closed on the following afternoons for training.
There is still an urgent service available should you need to access healthcare during the afternoon and if you do need NHS help during this time please call 07516 111001.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused but hope that you can understand this activity, which will ensure we are able to provide you with the most up-to-date and best possible health services.
Wednesday 13th October 2021
General Practice Data for Planning and Research Purposes
Purpose: Patients personal confidential data will be extracted and shared with NHS Digital in order to support vital health and care planning and research. Further information can be found here
Patients may opt out of having their information shared for Planning or Research by applying a National Data Opt Out or a Type 1 Opt Out. Type 1 Opt Out means that your records will not be shared outside of your GP PRactice except for your own care. If you wish to have a Type 1 Opt Out, download and complete the attached form and drop it of at your GP Practice. Type 1 Opt Out Form
For the National Data Opt Out patients are required to register their preference below.
Contact details for NHS Digital
You should then go Online at:
Or Telephone on 0300 303 5678
Or Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Legal Basis : The legal basis for this activity can be found at this link : General Practice Data for Planning and Research: NHS Digital Transparency Notice - NHS Digital
Processor: NHS Digital
GP Earnings - 31/3/2021
All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.
The average pay for GPs working in the last financial year was £81187 before tax and national insurance. This is for 1 full time GP, 9 part-time GPs and 3 locums who worked in the practice for more than 6 months.
Covid Vaccination Update
The staff at Pulborough Medical Group are proud to announce that we have vaccinated nearly 2000 of our patients aged over 75, and health and socialcare workers since starting vaccination clinics on 29th December.
However several patients have contacted the practice regarding the timing of the second dose.
Pulborough Medical Group was informed at the end of December 2020 that our patients’ second doses would be scheduled up to 12 weeks after the first dose. This was not a practice decision, and we currently do not have further supplies of the Pfizer vaccine at the surgery.
The guidance from the UK Chief Medical Officers prioritises the first dose, and states that vaccinating twice the number of people in the next 2-3 months is preferable in public health terms to vaccinating half the number with only slightly greater individual protection.
It is believed that vaccinating a greater number of people with a single dose will prevent more deaths and hospitalisations than vaccinating a smaller number of people with 2 doses.
We have been informed that 1 life is saved for every 180 vaccinations of those aged over 80, so we are taking action to ensure maximum short term impact and save lives.
Thank you for your understanding.
What PMG are doing during the Pandemic:
Update on our service during pandemic
PMG stats poster
How to stop the spread of viruses in your home
We are letting you know about a very useful website called Germ Defence which was created by a team of doctors and scientists to give you advice that has been proven to reduce the spread of viruses in the home. It can help you plan how to protect yourself and members of your family from infection by COVID-19 and ‘flu.
It’s easy to use and only takes 10 minutes - just click on this link:
(If this link does not open when you click on it, please copy and paste it into your web browser.)
Please pass details of the Germ Defence website to your friends and family.
There’s a button at the bottom of the Germ Defence website for sharing by social media.
If you’d like to know more:
- Over 20,000 people previously took part in research about Germ Defence
- People who followed the advice in Germ Defence had fewer and less severe illnesses - and so did the people they lived with
- Results of the study were published in The Lancet medical journal
- Germ Defence has been updated with COVID-19 advice to help prevent a wave of COVID-19 and ‘flu this Autumn/Winter
Information about how the Germ Defence website is being evaluated is available here.
PMG Website Survey
Please CLICK HERE to access our Website Feedback Survey
The PRINCIPLE Trial
The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments for COVID-19 for older people. We want to find medicines that can help people with COVID-19 symptoms get better quickly and stop them needing to go to hospital. The trial is recruiting participants through this website and also through GP practices across the UK.
PRINICPLE Patient recruitment Poster
Online appointment booking
Following guidance from NHS England we have changed the type of appointment available for online booking. If you need to speak to a doctor please phone the surgery and book a telephone triage slot. The doctor will phone the patient around the appointment time and do a consultation over the telephone. A follow-up face to face appointment can then be booked if required. We are taking this action to minimise the coronavirus infection risk. We apologise for any inconvenience this action may cause and will update patients regularly with any further changes – thank you.
Article from the British Menopause Society regarding the link of HRT to breast cancer
Private Microsuction Clinic for ear wax removal
Gatwick Audiology will be holding a clinic at PMG every alternate Friday. The rates are £60 for one ear and £90 for both ears.
Please note if there is no wax, a £30 consultation fee will still be charged.
To make a booking please contact them direct on; Email: email@example.com Tel: 0333 011 7717
From time to time patients will present to us, most usually with either dental pain of dental related infection. The General Medical Council (GMC) and British Medical Association (BMA) guidance is very clear, as follows;
“GPs should not attempt to manage a condition requiring dental skills unless they have the appropriate training and expertise. Both the civil courts and the GMC require doctors to have appropriate skills for any treatment they offer.” It goes on to advise that the treatment of dental problems is not the responsibility of GPs and that the patient should be advised to contact local urgent or emergency dental services, or in severe circumstances the nearest accident and emergency department.
Further information regarding this advice can be found on the following link;