Covid Autumn Boosters & Flu Jabs

Cornerways will be providing clinics for Covid boosters & flu jabs – one in each arm in the same session. Clinics will be by invitation and we hope to start on 20th September (starting with over 65s), however are waiting for confirmation of flu vaccines arriving before we invite you. We will organize these quickly as soon as we have stock – reception will not be able to organize anything for you if you call up at present. We’ll update this message as soon as we have the green light. We will also personally visit our housebound patients for their boosters (we will contact you). You will also receive invites to have your boosters at other clinics – you can of course choose where to have them. Best wishes, Dr. Romans & Dr. Sayers

Care Quality Commission Update

Dear Patients,

Cornerways Surgery was inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in April 2022 and their report has just been published. Please see here for the full report details. We’d like to thank you for engaging so well in providing feedback for this inspection, with ‘exceptionally positive feedback from patients’ and ‘timely patient access to services and appointments’ identified as areas of outstanding practice. However, we are required to improve overall. This means the CQC will check within a year that we have made the changes suggested, and then re-rate the practice. The required improvements are around governance (policies), who performs our safety audits, management of safety alerts, re-checking registration details of clinicians on an annual basis and keeping updated records of staff vaccinations. We can assure you our policies are now up to date, we have had an external fire safety audit and will have a further external health & safety audit, all clinicians are indeed still registered without restrictions to practice (and we will check this annually as per requirements) and we now have records of staff vaccinations. Safety alerts continue to be acted upon promptly, and we have increased the robustness of our system by (i) running a suite of safety searches monthly and (ii) employing a clinical pharmacist to keep oversight of this system. Furthermore, whilst we had a system in place to record significant events and discuss within the team informally, there is now a formal policy and learning will be shared internally and externally (to other local practices) and documented. Please feel free to get in touch if you have questions. If you’d like to see how you rated us, please view the national GP Patient Survey Results here (you scored us higher than the CCG average in every question). We are grateful to the CQC for their inspection and highlighting areas we can improve and are confident we will receive a satisfactory re-inspection shortly.
Thank you, Dr. Romans & Dr. Sayers

Mask wearing re-introduced across NHS Sussex

From today, NHS organisations in Sussex will reintroduce mandatory mask wearing for all staff and patients in order to protect everybody from rising rates of COVID-19 infection. 1 in 30 people are testing positive for COVID-19 and rates are rising. Many people won’t know that they have the virus as they won’t have any symptoms. To make sure our staff can continue to care for you, please wear a face covering when visiting our services, unless exempt.