We were flooded on the night of Thursday the 11th of May. The surgery has been flooded several times since we moved to the new building in 2007, but this was by far the worst. Most of the floods have been caused by leaks in the apartments and facilities above the surgery. This time, over 1/2 of the surgery was made unusable and unsafe by the flood. We were fortunate in not having to shut the surgery completely and were still able to provide a service to our patients. We would like to thank the Barton under Needwood Fire Service for responding so promptly, controlling the leak, advising about safety, and helping to start the clear-up. Thank you to Tippers for stepping in with the prompt deployment of dehumidifiers, ESREM Ltd for giving an early assessment of the electrics and Norclean for immediately getting the cleaning underway. A big thank you also to the whole Practice Team who reacted so well to the crisis and rallied and responded fantastically to keep the service going for our patients. A truly collective team effort.
And now, something completely different. Here are some tips for a successful consultation. Please mention your main concern first. Remember that your GP will usually only have 10 minutes for the whole consultation, including writing up your notes. Usually, you can only realistically hope to address one problem per consultation, but if you think that more than one problem could be important, then please say at the start of the consultation that you have several issues. This will enable the GP to work with you to decide on priorities. Try to avoid coming with a lengthy list of problems or saying “Doctor, one more thing” at the end of a consultation. This way, we can do our best to address pressing concerns and important health issues, in the limited time available.
We have some fresh staff joining us at Barton. Mrs. Karen Aucock is starting mid-May as an ANP (Advanced Nurse Practitioner). She will be seeing patients independently, much in the same way a GP does, and will be working 4 days a week. She brings a wealth of experience, having been an ANP at a practice in Stafford for 8 years. We are thrilled that she is joining us. Also joining us at the end of May is Dr. Chika Igwe-Omoke, who will be working 3 days a week as a GP. She comes fresh from GP training in Lincolnshire. We hope both joiners have an enjoyable and fulfilling time at Barton.
Best wishes from Team Barton.