Dr Tayler retires July 31st after 28 years at Thaxted Surgery.
As a Thaxted resident, he has been part of the local community and a real community doctor. As senior partner, he has been instrumental in making this surgery one of the best and most respected in the area, both for the standard of our medicine, and for our service and patient focus.
We have a Tribute Book for patients to write in. It will be presented to Dr Tayler as part of his retirement celebrations. If you would like to contribute, please ask discretely at reception. Any donations for Dr Tayler can be left at reception in an envelope marked “for Dr Tayler” with your name. The Patient Participation Group will chose a present on behalf of patients.
We are also, sadly, losing Dr Lewis. Dr Lewis has been with us for 3 years, and is moving with her family to the Midlands. She too, has a loyal following of patients, and both they and we will miss her.
Dr Anthony Wraith will be joining us as a full time GP from August. Dr Wraith comes from Yorkshire (as did Dr Tayler 28 years ago!) and is relocating locally. Dr Wraith is recently qualified as a GP. He came first in his area in his GP Consulting Skills Assessment, and his patient feedback references are excellent.
Patient doctor relationships are very personal. We are very happy for Dr Tayler and Dr Lewis’s patients to try different GPs, including Dr Wraith, and migrate to their preferred GP over time.
We will not be replacing Dr Lewis. Instead, we are ending our contract with Carver Barracks, so that we will no longer be sending a GP there every day. This should mean all our GPs spend more time at Thaxted, which we believe will help provide greater patient continuity – particularly with respect to our part time GPS who will now spend all available time in Thaxted. Carver Barracks have decided to recruit a full time GP directly, which should also help to serve their needs for cover over a longer part of the day. We remain committed to the families at Carver Barracks, many of whom are Thaxted patients.
Named GP for over 75s
From June 2014, we are required to allocate a named GP for each patient 75 or over. All patients affected can pick up their letter from reception explaining who their GP is. We are happy to discuss any changes with patients.
Uttlesford Community Travel
We would like to make our patients aware of the service offered by Uttlesford Community Travel. This is a service partly funded by the NHS and Uttlesford District Council. Membership costs £10 per year, and a car to hospital can be booked to match the time of your appointment, at a cost of 45p per mile (£18.90 for a typical return trip to Addenbrookes). The car has ambulance access to hospital, and the driver will wait with you and bring you home. Buses for wheelchair access are also available. Members can also use the same service for shopping trips and other non-medical journeys.
Please call 01371 875787 or 01799 519008 for Uttlesford Community Travel.
You may be entitled to help with travelling costs for hospital appointments if you are on a low income. The NHS hospital will normally give you your refund when you go for treatment, or, if this is not possible, ask the hospital for an HC5(T) refund claim form – it tells you what to do. For more details see http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/Healthcosts/Documents/2012/HC11-oct12-approved.pdf
Voluntary Driver Schemes
We would also like to see if we can initiate some voluntary driver schemes in local villages, to bring patients into the surgery and perhaps to deliver medications. If you are interested in participating in such a scheme as a volunteer driver, or in helping to get a scheme running in your village, please contact one of our Patient Participation Group members, or the practice manager.