Recent News

Mayflower Medical Group – eConsult FAQs
Fri, 21 Feb 2020

From February 24 the way we arrange GP appointments is changing. Instead of making appointments on request, we’ve introduced a system that will make it quicker and easier to get the help you need.

The new system – eConsult – allows you to tell us about your symptoms in a simple and convenient online form. We’ll then contact you by the end of the next working day to let you know the best course of action.

If you don’t want to fill out an eConsult form, you can phone your surgery and a patient advisor will ask some simple questions about your condition.

To help you understand eConsult – and the new appointment system – we’ve put together these FAQs. This list will be continually updated to respond to patient feedback on the system.

Does this change affect me?
This change applies to patients of all Mayflower Medical Group surgeries –  Ernesettle, Mount Gould, Trelawny, Collings Park and Stirling Road.

What is eConsult?
eConsult enables you to consult with a GP by providing information about your medical symptoms in a simple online form. All the information you provide is confidential and the eConsult ‘form’ only takes a few minutes to complete.

You can fill out an eConsult form on any device [computer, tablet or phone]. You don’t need to log in and there are no passwords to remember.

A clinician then uses these details – as well as your medical history – to decide the best course of action. We’ll then contact you by the end of the next working day to let know the next step.

How do I use eConsult?
The eConsult ‘window’ will automatically appear when you navigate to your surgery’s website homepage:

Ernesettle – https://ernesettle.accesshealthanddental.co.uk/
Mount Gould – https://mount-gould.accesshealthanddental.co.uk/
Trelawny – https://trelawny.accesshealthanddental.co.uk/
Collings Park – https://collings-park.accesshealthanddental.co.uk/
Stirling Road – https://stirling-road.accesshealthanddental.co.uk/

Then, simply follow the instructions. Depending on your responses, you may be asked to add some information about your condition and symptoms. It’s important to provide as many details as possible.

Or, you may choose to help yourself and get advice online.

You can also use eConsult to ask for repeat prescriptions, sick notes, and test results.

When you’re done, just submit the form.

What happens after I’ve submitted the form?
If you chose to get treatment and advice, your information is reviewed, and we’ll decide the best course of action. We’ll then get in touch that day, or by the end next working day [depending on when you submit your form], to let you know the next step.

For example:

  • If you need a to see a GP, they’ll arrange an appointment with you. This might be the same day, depending on how urgent your condition is.
  • If you have a minor ailment, we’ll give you a prescription or some appropriate advice [for example, to visit a pharmacy or information on how to treat yourself].
  • If you need another service [a physiotherapist, for example], you’ll be referred.
  • If your condition seems more serious, we’ll deal with you as a priority. This might mean directing you to the Minor Injuries Unit or Accident and Emergency.

If you submit your eConsult before 2pm [Monday to Friday, excluding bank holidays] we’ll aim to contact you on the same day. If you submit it after 2pm, we’ll respond by the end of the next working day.

What if I can’t use eConsult, or don’t want to?
If you’re unable to use or access
eConsult, or don’t want to, you can still phone the surgery. The difference now is that a patient advisor will ask you some simple questions about your condition. These are the same questions you’d be asked during a GP appointment.

The information is reviewed by a clinician and we’ll get back to you by the end of the next working day.

If you want to fill out an eConsult form but don’t have a device or access the internet, there are tablet devices for you to use at the surgery.

Are there any exceptions?
Certain patients will need to continue to phone their surgery as they are currently doing. These are:

  • Patients have been asked to arrange an appointment after submitting an eConsult
  • Patients attending long-term conditions clinics.

Can I submit an eConsult for someone else?
Generally, patients should submit eConsults based on their own symptoms or conditions.

However, if you’re the parent or guardian of someone aged under 18, you can fill out the form for them. Likewise, if a friend or family member needs help filling out the form, you can do so, provided you have their consent.

Why is Mayflower Medical Group using eConsult?
The UK – and Plymouth in particular – is experiencing a shortage of GPs. This problem is exacerbated by patients failing to attend appointments and making GP appointments when another member of staff could deal with their problem or query.

As a result, our patients spend too long waiting for an appointment and too long on the phone waiting to book an appointment.

eConsult will allow us to make better use of GPs’ time and to prioritise your care if it’s needed more urgently. It also makes life easier for you.

How will eConsult make life easier for me?
Using eConsult will make it quicker and easier to get the help you need. It also allows us to make you a priority if you need more urgent care.

Completing an eConsult form could help you avoid unnecessary trips to the surgery – if an appointment is unnecessary.

You can log and fill out the details wherever you are, 24-hour a day – whether that’s at home, on the train or during a lunch break. You can also take as long as you want in filling out your details.

EConsult will also help people who might be embarrassed discussing their symptoms face to face.

Is this only affecting Mayflower Medical Group patients?
No, the NHS long-term plan commits all surgeries to change how patients access the surgery. This includes the use of digital tools, like eConsult.

Over 1,000 practices across the UK already use equivalent systems, and more than a million patients have submitted online consultation forms. In fact, most GP practices in Devon already offer online consultations.

What if my condition is life-threatening?
If you’re experiencing signs of a heart attack or stroke, severe breathing difficulties, heavy bleeding or severe injuries, you should dial 999 or 111.

  • 999 is for life-threatening emergencies, such as a heart attack or stroke.
  • Dial 111 or go online [at https://111.nhs.uk] if you need medical help or advice fast, but it’s not life-threatening.

It’s important to note that, while you can fill out an eConsult form at any time, it doesn’t replace the NHS 111 out-of-hours service.

 



We’re changing the way GP appointments are made
Tue, 18 Feb 2020

From February 24, 2020, the way we arrange GP appointments is changing.

Instead of making appointments on request, we’ve introduced a system that will make it quicker and easier to get the help you need.

The new system – called eConsult – allows you to tell us about your symptoms in an online form. You can fill out the eConsult form on any device [computer, tablet or phone], and it only takes a few minutes.

We’ll then contact you by the end of the next working day to let know you the next step, which might be a GP appointment. [The process is explained in detail below.]

If you don’t want to fill out an eConsult form, or are unable to, a patient advisor will ask you the questions and complete it on your behalf.

This change applies to patients of all Mayflower Medical Group surgeries – Ernesettle, Mount Gould, Trelawny, Collings Park and Stirling Road.

How does eConsult work?
The eConsult ‘window’ will automatically appear when you visit your surgery’s website:

Then, simply follow the instructions. You don’t need to log in, so there are no passwords to remember.

Depending on your responses you may be asked to add some information about your condition and symptoms. These are the same questions your GP would ask in a normal appointment.

eConsult also includes a wealth of information on how to treat yourself. So, you may be able to resolve your issue there and then.

If you can’t fill out the online form [or don’t want to], you can phone the surgery, or walk in. A patient advisor can then ask you the questions on the form and fill it out for you.

When filling out the form, it’s important to include as much information as possible about your condition.

You can also use eConsult to ask for sick notes and GP letters, and to discuss test results.

If you want to fill out an eConsult form but don’t have a device or access to the internet, we have tablet devices and free WiFi you can use at the surgery.

What happens next?
A clinician will then review your information and we’ll get in touch by the end of the next working day to let you know the next step.

For example:

  • If you need to speak to a GP, we’ll arrange a face-to-face appointment or phone consultation. Depending on the urgency of your situation this could take place the same day.
  • If you have a minor ailment, we’ll give you appropriate advice [for example, to visit a pharmacy or information on how to treat yourself].
  • If you need another service [a physiotherapist, for example] we’ll let you know.
  • If your condition seems more serious, we’ll deal with you as a priority – which might mean directing you to the Minor Injuries Unit or Accident and Emergency.

Why are we making this change?
The UK – and Plymouth in particular – is experiencing a shortage of GPs. This problem is exacerbated by patients failing to attend appointments and making GP appointments when another member of staff could deal with their problem or query.

As a result, our patients wait too long for appointments and too long on the phone waiting to book them.

This change will allow us to make better use of GPs’ time and to prioritise the care of patients who need it most.

It also makes life easier for you. For instance, completing an eConsult form will help you avoid unnecessary trips to the surgery. You can also log on wherever you are, 24-hours a day, and take as long as you want in filling out your details.

Plus, it helps people who might be embarrassed discussing their symptoms face to face.

Is this only affecting Mayflower Medical Group patients?
No, the NHS long-term plan commits all surgeries to change how patients access the surgery. This includes the use of digital tools, like eConsult.

Over 1,000 practices across the UK already use equivalent systems, and more than a million patients have submitted online consultation forms. In fact, most GP practices in Devon already offer online consultations.

What if my condition is life-threatening or serious?
If your condition is life-threatening, you should dial 999. This would include a heart attack or stroke, severe breathing difficulties, heavy bleeding or severe injuries.

If you need medical help, or advice, fast – for example, your symptoms are serious but not life-threatening – dial 111 or go online to https://111.nhs.uk/. The NHS 111 service is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

How do I get more information?
While we’ve covered as much as possible in this letter, we understand that you may have more questions about the new system.

If you want to find out more about eConsult or would like to give us some feedback, email d-ccg.Mayflower@nhs.net

We’ve also produced a ‘FAQs’ document, which is continually updated and will provide more detailed information. You can read these online at https://www.accesshealthanddental.co.uk/gp-surgeries-medical-centres