We are a 5 partner GP practice dedicated to creating a friendly and caring environment supported by trained and motivated staff, who provide quality health care for our patients. The practice continually aims to improve its services and expand its facilities. We were awarded the Government’s Charter Mark in 1996 in recognition of high quality public services and this was renewed in 1999 and 2002. Also in 1999, we became one of the NHS Beacon Practice sites for our Integrated Nursing Team.
The Practice has five salaried GPs. We have a strong nursing team, including, four nurse practitioners, one specialist practitioner, four practice nurses and three healthcare assistants who all help to deliver a range of our services. The nurse team is led and co-ordinated by Ann Bateson. Advanced nurse practitioners and specialist practitioners are nurse prescribers with advanced training who offer an laternative to seeing a GP for accute illnesses and chronic disease management. We have close links with our community nursing team and health visiting team The practice is supported by our Management, Administration, Reception and Dispensing teams.
We are involved in the training of doctors, medical students and student nurses. GP registrars spend between six and 12 months in the practice and foundation year two doctors spend four months with us. We regularly support the education of medical and nursing students at various stages of their training.
We have a patient list size of 9,700 serving patients in Ferrybridge, Knottingley, and Castleford, West Yorkshire and Byram, North Yorkshire. The main surgery is based in Ferrybridge at Beauforth House Clinic, with clinics also helf at the old building on Ferrybridge High Street. We have a branch surgery at Byram. The practice provides a dispensing service to 2,700 of its patients and the majority of these are from Byram and the surrounding area. The practice is fully computerised.
Out of hours access to a GP is provided by NHS 111. Patients can call 111 directly or be directed automatically to it if they call the surgery number when we are closed. Patients calling the out of hours service are either advised over the telephone, invited to see a GP, or receive a home visit. The practice received records from NHS 111 listing details of any of our patients who have used the service.