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Primary Care: RWT Primary Care Network

As of 14 April 2021, nine GP Practices are now part of the Trust which will see RWT directly responsible for the delivery of care.

This offers a unique opportunity to redesign services from initial patient contact through on-going management and end of life care.

As a single organisation the issues of scope of responsibility, funding, differing objectives and drivers will be removed and clinicians will be in a position to design effective, high quality clinical pathways which will improve appropriate access and positively impact on patient outcomes. 

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For any Primary Care Network queries, please email the team  
COVID-19 Vaccine for Patients

The NHS vaccination programme has made a strong start - in just two months, the health service has vaccinated more than 11 million people, opened more than 1,500 vaccination services, visited 10,000 care homes and issued over six million invitations from the National Booking Service.

We are determined that nobody should be left behind, so if you are aged 42 and over or clinically extremely vulnerable and haven’t had your first dose yet, please come forward now and make an appointment at nhs.uk/covidvaccination, or by phoning 119 if you can’t use the internet.

Q&As on Opening Up Bookings

No. People will still need to make an appointment in advance before going to any vaccination service. This is important because booking slots are carefully managed to allow for social distancing and the number of appointments is based on the supply available that day.

No. It’s easier if you do have your NHS number, but if you don’t both the NHS booking website and phone line can still book appointments using other details, provided you are registered with a GP practice.

You can find your NHS number on the NHS App or at NHS - Find NHS Number.

No. You will only be able to book if our records show you have yet to have your first dose. If you have already had your first dose, please wait for the NHS to contact you about your second.

The National Booking Service also handles booking for pharmacy-led vaccination services, of which there are around 200 across the country. Only a small number of people don’t live within travelling distance of at least one of these services.

Alternatively, you can also choose to wait to be contacted by your local GP services. If they haven’t been in contact already, this will be soon.

The vast majority of people in these groups have already either had their first dose or are booked in to be vaccinated shortly.

The NHS is confident that the supplies and booking slots are available to accommodate the expected number of people who may now come forward.

If you are 38 or over, clinically extremely vulnerable or on the Shielded Patient List, then it is likely that you have been contacted by the NHS already. If you haven’t, this could be for a number of reasons, but is most likely to be because you are not registered with a GP or have recently moved, and we therefore don’t have your contact details.

If you have never registered with a GP or haven’t been to a GP for a number of years, we would recommend speaking with your local practice about registering.

As well as getting access to Covid-19 vaccines, being registered with a GP also means you are invited to important health checks such as for cancer or heart disease, and can access care easier when you need it. More information on registering with a GP is available at NHS - How to Register with a GP Surgery.

No. For the moment this only applies to people aged 38 and over and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

When the time comes to start vaccinating other priority groups, this will be by invitation only so that we can manage the supplies of vaccines available in the fairest possible way.

You may already have an NHS number but just don’t know it. If you don’t know your NHS number, you can find out if you have one and what it is at NHS Digital - NHS Number.

If you don’t have an NHS number this is likely to be because you are not registered with a GP. If this is the case, we would recommend speaking with your local practice about registering.

As well as getting access to Covid-19 vaccines, being registered with a GP also means you are invited to important health checks such as for cancer or heart disease, and can access care easier when you need it.

More information on registering with a GP is available at NHS - How to Register with a GP Surgery.

If you need to rearrange an appointment that you booked through the NHS website, you can do this through the ‘manage your appointments’ section on the booking page.

If you booked through 119, you can also ring to rearrange your appointment.

If you can’t attend your appointment for any reason, please cancel or rearrange it so that the appointment slot can be given to someone else who needs it.

Yes. Only those who have had a vaccination recorded are marked on our system and are therefore unable to book again.

No. Unless you are aged 38 or over, clinically extremely vulnerable or on the Shielded Patients List you will not be able to book an appointment.

If you receive a letter for someone who does not live at your address anymore, please return to sender in the usual way so that our records can be updated.

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Additional Appointments Available

Additional appointments are now available to all Primary Care Network practice patients.

Details of the extended access can be found on the below. 

Unity Enhanced Access (access appointments at the weekends, weekday evening and bank holidays). 

Unity Hub will be providing GP and nursing appointments for all patients that are registered under VI. 
More information about Unity Hub can be found here.
 

Our Primary Care Network practices
All the above GP practices are accepting new patients depending on where you live.

Please check the practice website for information about how to register with the practice.
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Frequently Asked Questions
      

 

 

Are RWT ‘taking over’ the GP surgeries?    
This is not a take-over or a merger. All three practices taking part approached RWT to be involved.

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Is this definitely going to happen?
We are very confident that this will go ahead. There are a number of formal approvals that are needed and the transfer of staff is currently being worked through and we are working closely with central and local NHS organisations to finalise our proposal, and gain final approval. However we wanted to keep people updated about what was happening before the official announcement goes out in April.


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What will this mean for me as a patient?    
There will be no change to normal GP services. Over time, we aim to increase the number of services and locations from which you will be able to access GP services. 

The GP practices are all working together, and with RWT, to develop our plans for closer working together between hospital, community and GP services. This is a really important for all involved and it needs to be properly worked through which will take time. 

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Why is this happening now?    
Following a government report into the future of the NHS (NHS Five Year Forward View) all healthcare organisations are being encouraged to think differently.

   

Across the country new models of care will be trialed with RWT proposing a pioneering approach that differs to others around the country and is very much focused on what will work for the people of Wolverhampton. 

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Do I need to do anything on the transfer date to still be able to see my GP?    
No. There will be no disruption for you as a patient and no changes to how or where you access services.

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Will there be a reduction in local GP services?
No. Our intention is to work with the existing Trust teams, our new GPs and the commissioner to improve local GP services and ensure patient needs are met.     

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Will any of the surgeries close?
There is no intention to alter the location of any of the current surgeries.

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Will staff be made redundant?
Staff, including the GPs will be employed by RWT with no staff being made redundant as part of the transfer and formal consultation is currently underway with those staff. There are no plans for any staff to be made redundant. In fact we envisage growing opportunities for our staff to develop and enhance their skills.

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Will patients have to wait longer for appointments?
No. One of the things we hope to achieve is to provide quicker access to services over time.

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What do I do if I want more information?
There will be posters going up at each GP practice as well as this website being updated and announcements in the local press. We are already engaging with the Patient Groups from each practice and taking on board feedback. If you have a comment or question you can get in touch by emailing: RWTPrimaryCare@nhs.net

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Will this mean I have to go to New Cross for appointments?
No. Your GPs will continue to be based at your current surgery.

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As we are joining other practices will this mean less appointments?
No. One of the things we hope to achieve is to provide better access to appointments over time.

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