Prescription Charges from 1st April 2019
With effect from 1st April 2019 the prescription charge will rise to £9.00 for each medicine or appliance dispensed. The cost of prepayment certificates (PPC) remains unchanged.
3 month PPC remains at £29.10 and a 12 month PPC remains at £104.00
These offer savings to people who need at least 4 medicines in a 3 month period and at least 12 during 1 year.
New Service - Hearing Aid Batteries
With effect from Wednesday 23rd January 2019 patients will be able to collect replacement hearing aid batteries from Chew Medical Practice. Every other Wednesday a volunteer will attend the surgery between 11am and 12.30pm to give out batteries. No appointment is necessary and if this time is inconvenient you can leave your battery card with Dispensary and they will advise the date for collection.
Please note that as this service is provided by Virgin Care they cannot supply batteries for hearing aids issued by any other service provider.
General Data Protection regulations 2018
On 25th May 2018 the General Data Protection regulations (GDPR) came into force in the UK. The GDPR builds on the current Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) and will strengthen the legislation, giving individuals more rights and protections. For further information please see Item 12 under Further Information on the home page.
Care Quality Commission Inspection (CQC) report
The practice received a routine Care Quality Commission inspection on Tuesday 16th January and was given an overall rating of 'good'. The full report is available to view by clicking on the link at the bottom of the home page.
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Sharing GP records with the Royal United Hospital
Clinical staff at RUH are now able to view your entire GP records when they treat you. They cannot change them or add to them, but they are able to look at information that could be useful in treating you. It will also speed up access to information that the hospital would otherwise have to request from us.
The hospital doctor or nurse will ask for your consent before they look at your GP record, and you can refuse at the time if you prefer. Alternatively you can tell us that you do not want your health record shared in this way, and we can block it at this end.