For more than twenty years, the surgery has been involved in the postgraduate training of doctors to become GP's. GP Registrar's have several years hospital experience before they join the practice team. Dr Rhys Watkins is a qualified GP trainer, currently working closely with GP Registrar's to assist their entry into General Practice.
Patients may, from time to time, be asked if they mind having another doctor present during their consultation, or if they mind their consultation being recorded for training purposes. The doctors fully understand that some patients may prefer not to have another doctor present or their consultation recorded and will always respect the wishes of the patient at these times.
Our Training Profile
We are a six-partner Practice, (of approx 10,200 patients in a mixed urban/rural pattern. We also have the services of Dr Susan Amroliwala who works Monday - Thursday and Dr Alyson Van den Broek in a part-time post for two sessions weekly, they are both salaried partners. The practice is situated in the northern half of the city approximately 1 mile from the centre. The surrounding areas of housing constitute the bulk of the practice population, but all urban areas of Gloucester contribute and we have patients present in all the small villages surrounding the city.
The practice is long established and has had five partners since 1984 and increased in 2003 to seven partners. The practice population is stable and has increased since 1984 by approximately 2000.
The age spread of our patients is typical of all those practices in the city, but we probably have a higher representation of middle class patients than some. All social classes are represented from the homeless to the most socially advantaged.
Five have the MRCGP and all contribute equally to the Practice.
- Dr Rhys M Watkins
- Dr Nicholas Gilbert
- Dr Andrew Seymour
- Dr Sarah Richards
- Dr Rachael Khalid
- Dr Sanjeewa Sumathipala
- Dr Susan Amroliwala
- Dr Alyson van den Broek
We are a teaching practice and, in recent years, almost every registrar has applied to extend his or her training with us. We do not currently have a trainee with us but are due to re-start in August 2013. The current Practice Trainer is Dr Rhys Watkins.
We believe that the practice provides a superb environment for the GP registrar with full commitment to protected teaching time, VTS release, study leave, weekly joint surgeries, video surgeries and tutorials. There is even time for a half day each week for the registrar. Your training year must however be enjoyable and memorable. One partner holds the DMJ and is a Vice chair of the Clinical Comissioning Group.
We provide clinics for asthma, diabetes, ante- natal, well person, cervical cytology, immunization, smoking cessation, hypertension, coronary heart disease and child health surveillance clinics. Minor surgery, sigmoidoscopy and family planning is also undertaken. Our immunisation rates for children are approx. 98% and cervical cytology rate close to 85%.
The Primary Health Care team is comprised of the following:
- 3 Practice nurses
- 1 Health visitors
- 1 Midwife
- 1 Health Care Assistant
- 2 Phlebotomists
- A District Nursing team
- 2 Secretaries
- Numerous receptionists/clerical staff
- 1 Practice Administrator
- 1 Office Manager
All participate fully in our monthly primary health care team meetings and clinical governance.
Practice premises are on one large site at Heathville Rd with five consulting rooms for the partners and a further consulting room for our registrar, two nurses/treatment rooms and a branch surgery three miles away in Tuffley, a Gloucester suburb. Both sites are served by the same linked computer system, Isoft Synergie system, with full local area network, NHS net and Internet connections. All consultations are entered onto the computer record by individual partners, which would be termed "paperless" consulting. This terminology does not however indicate the huge influx of paper communication currently being received! All hospital correspondence is scanned into the computer system and we are electronically linked to the hospital for pathology results.
The practice is highly regarded locally with a very good relationship with the consultants at Gloucester Royal Hospital. All partners are fully accredited, with full PGEA.
The above profile is a brief outline of the practice, which we hope is helpful to you. Should you require more information we would be delighted to see or speak to you.
Our Practice Administrator is Mrs Vanessa Bassett Tel. 01452 528299 . Alternatively our trainer Dr Watkins or Dr Richards on the same number or by email Rhys.Watkins@gp-l84026.nhs.uk