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Current Staff Vacancies

The Beckington Family Practice

 

We are a busy GP practice located between Bath and Frome and are strengthening our support team, recruiting for the following role:

 

Receptionist

 

You will be welcoming patients to the practice, booking appointments and signposting patients both over the telephone and in person. Excellent communication skills and a good basic knowledge of computers together with attention to detail are vital.  The positions will be for 20 – 36 hours per week including a Friday. Some Saturday mornings may also be included. Some sessions commence at 7:45am and some finish after 7:00 pm.

 

The ability to work flexibly to cover extra sessions is an express requirement for this role.

 

Closing date for applications – 16th August 2022

 

Interviews will be held on the morning of Tuesday – 23rd August 2022

 

If you wish to become part of a busy and enthusiastic Practice team, please apply for the role by completing an application form here which can either be downloaded from our website www.beckingtonfamilypractice.co.uk or requested from:

 

Tracey Gale – Practice Secretary/HR Administrator,

The Beckington Family Practice

St Luke’s Surgery, St Luke’s Road,

Beckington, Frome BA11 6SE

Email: somicb.bfp.staffvacancies@nhs.net

 

Please return completed application form by email or post.

 

COVID Restriction Update For Beckington Family Practice Surgeries

Infection prevention control guidelines to remain in place

The highest priority for the NHS remains the safety of staff, patients and visitors.

Please continue to wear a face mask unless you are exempt.

Speak to a member of the Reception Team if you do not have one.

 

GP Community Pharmacy consultation service - Think Pharmacy

A new service to help you be seen more quickly via your local pharmacist for treatment of minor conditions

We have introduced a new, same-day, GP community pharmacy consultation service to help you receive quality care and support for minor health conditions, more quickly through accessing care via your community pharmacist.

It is estimated that 1000 GP appointments have already been freed up by the new Community Pharmacy Consultation Service.

For more information on the Community Pharmacy Consultation Service, visit our website

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For more information, click here to visit the NHS Website.

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Team up with your favourite Disney and Marvel characters, click here for more information.

Practice Announcement From Dr John Beaven (Senior Partner)

We would like to thank all of our patients for your patience and your expressions of support during the pandemic so far. Although it is not currently possible to directly book a face-to-face appointment with a GP, we have continued to provide face-to-face, telephone and online support and our nursing team have been working hard to provide essential care and investigations. We are also performing large numbers of blood tests on behalf of the local hospitals.

Thank you for being patient. We’re very busy, with many people contacting the surgery for medical advice and treatment. We are doing all we can to answer your queries as quickly as we can – this may take longer than usual. Now that lockdown is lifting, our GP practices are experiencing very high numbers of patients trying to contact them. In response we have been providing almost 20% more consultations than two years ago but this is proving very challenging. Please be patient and understanding if it takes a while for us to answer the phone or for you to be seen for an appointment.

Don’t forget your highly qualified, local community pharmacist can provide health advice and over the counter products or help with a wider range of minor illnesses and injuries like backache, bites, coughs and colds, sunburn, hay fever and diarrhoea. For urgent care, or after our GP surgery has closed, call or click NHS 111 to be directed to the local healthcare you need.

With new variants circulating, only half of the adult population fully vaccinated, some very vulnerable patients and with scientific advice to minimise numbers indoors (including waiting rooms) and limit face to face contact time we cannot safely return to ‘service as normal’ yet.

While face-to-face appointments continue to be offered to those based on clinical need, many issues can be resolved during a phone consultation without patients having to travel to a surgery.  The practice team will direct you to the most appropriate healthcare team for your needs.  We can also conduct video consultations and receive images by text or email, if the GP requests this. We are certainly not ‘phone only’, as some have feared, but we are likely to be ‘phone first’ for the time being.

Dr John Beaven June 2021