GP Bulletin - June 2015

  Whittington Health GP bulletin   June 2015
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This bulletin is emailed each month to GP practices in Islington and Haringey. It contains useful information and updates from our GP medical director about Whittington Health. If you have a news item, event or update you would like to share with other GPs through this bulletin, please email
In this edition
img A note from Dr Greg Battle
img Spotlight on... maternity 
img Community simulation centre opening
img Community gynaecology services
Latest waiting times
Self management and change training for GPs
A note from Dr Greg Battle
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Welcome to the June edition of Whittington Health's GP Bulletin. 

I wanted to start with formally introducing our clinical strategy to GP colleagues. The strategy sets out our ambition for the future and provides a framework of patient focused, clinically led and high achieving care. The principles in the strategy are guiding us to formulate detailed plans. A fundamental part of this is supporting and working with general practice. Our partnerships and you will support us to meet the challenges of the coming years. Our clinical strategy for the next five years is available on our website

I am really excited about the potential development of our maternity and neonatal services. We have had productive meetings with the TDA this month to discuss our plans. We offer excellent integrated maternity care here and are committed to improving these facilities, which are so valued by our local community. You can read more about recent developments happening below. If you want any further information on the planned developments please do contact me. 

Best wishes,


Dr Greg Battle      07808 174 569

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img Our maternity services have undergone a number of developments and upgrades. 

Dedicated GP contact number
We have introduced a new dedicated antenatal telephone number for GPs. This is for questions or any concerns you have with your patients. The phone is answered by the midwifery staff between 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday. The number is: 07584 115846. 

Murray ward refurbishment
We recently re-opened a refurbished antenatal ward following a £650,000 investment. Women are admitted to the ward either with complications in pregnancy, in early labour, or for induction of labour. The refurbishment has addressed the needs of women and their partners. It features new accommodation including en-suite facilities. 13 other beds are provided in separate cubicles, which have been designed to ensure privacy and dignity for women and their partners. 

New maternity clinics:

Joint perinatal mental health and obstetric clinic
For:  women with problems such as complex psychiatric illnesses, as well as women with antenatal depression or a history of postnatal depression.  
It is jointly run by a consultant psychiatrist, a consultant obstetrician and specialist midwives.  Women are given care plans, tailored to their individual needs.
Refer: to the perinatal mental health service
Every first Monday afternoon of the month from 1.30-5.00pm
Birth reflection clinic
For: women who have had a traumatic birth experience.
The clinic will be run by lead midwife for labour ward and the supervisors of midwives
Refer:  To the antenatal clinic (0207 288 5586). 
The service will run from 8 July, and then three Wednesday afternoons per month. Full details will be available on our website soon. All sessions will run from 1.30-4.30 pm

Vaginal birth after caesarean section workshops
The session is run by our consultant midwife.
For: Women who have had a previous caesarean section and are planning a normal birth in a further pregnancy.
Refer: Women can refer themselves by calling 0207 288 5586 
Workshops will run on 29 June, 27 July, 24 August, 28 September, 26 October, 30 November and 21 December 21 2015. All run 11am-12.30pm
2   Community simulation hub launch event 16 July

The Trust has developed a new community simulation hub. Built within Crouch End Health Centre, it will provide a dedicated space for delivering innovative education and training.

The hub will be a training resource for GP educators.  It provides a unique opportunity to train within a simulated domestic environment. 

GPs are invited to the official opening on Thursday 16 July, 4.30pm-7pm. Please RSVP to or d rop in at any time. Wine and cheese will be served from 5pm.

Further information on the hub is available from Pre-launch viewings of the hub are also available on request. 

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Our new community gynaecology service is now fully operational.

It offers assessment, diagnostics and treatment for a range of conditions from the following health centres in Haringey and Islington.
  • Bingfield
  • Holloway
  • Hornsey Central
  • Tynemouth Road
Refer: GPs can refer patients by completing a referral form or through choose and book. 

The service treats the following conditions: 
  • Heavy menstrual bleeding assessment
  • Chronic pelvic pain assessment (more than six months)
  • Oligo/amenorrhoea
  • Vulval dermatoses, polycystic ovarian syndrome and benign ovarian cysts
  • Fibroids and cervical polyps
  • Urogenital prolapse and female urinary incontinence
  • Complex menopausal care
The following procedures are performed: 
  • Cervical polyp removal
  • Complex coil fitting or removal
  • Endometrial biopsy
  • Menopause management
  • Pessary changes or fitting
  • Ultrasound as part of the diagnostic process

For more information see the service page of the website
Latest waiting times

We are now publishing latest waiting time data on our website.

The data provides the waiting time for routine patients between referral and their first appointment, or the percentage of patients seen within the target waiting time. We update this information every month. 

The data below is what you can see on the website. We will provide the link for you in each of our GP Bulletin's. 

Waiting time data for May 2015

Service Waiting times
Cardiology consultant 8 weeks
Dermatology consultant 8 weeks
Ear, nose and throat consultant 6 weeks
Endocrine consultant 9 weeks
Gastroenterology consultant 13 weeks
General surgery consultant 4 weeks
Genitourinary medicine (sexual health) consultant 2 weeks
Gynaecology consultant 6 weeks
Neurology consultant 9 weeks
Ophthalmology consultant 4 weeks
Pain consultant 6 weeks
Rheumatology consultant 14 weeks
Thoracic medicine consultant 3 weeks
Urology consultant 5 weeks
Vascular consultant 4 weeks
Diagnostics and investigations waiting times   
CT scans 25 days
DEXA scans 29 days
Fluoroscopy 29 days
MRI 10 days
Nuclear medicine 22 days
Ultrasound (abdomen and gynaecology at Hornsey Central) 17 days
Ultrasound (general) 30 days
Ultrasound (gynaecology) 21 days
Ultrasound (hernias) 37 days
Ultrasound (MSK) 36 days
Ultrasound (obstetrics) 42 days
Ultrasound (paediatrics) 36 days

Musculoskeletal services (non-consultant led) - 69.5 per cent of patients seen within six week target waiting time

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We are running the following courses which are open to GPs. 

Advance development programme workshop
Develop skills to support patients with long term conditions and empower them to self-manage.

The course consists of nine hours of training, split into three workshops. It starts 7 July 2015. 

It is a free course for all Islington health professionals only.  This course is funded by Islington CCG. You can reserve a place here

Promoting change training
One day training course to provide health professionals with the skills needed to support effective conversations around healthy lifestyles changes.

This course is for health and social care professionals working with Camden or Islington residents. This course is funded by Islington and Camden Public Health.

For more information, upcoming training dates and to register visit the website.
Study dates
Whittington Education Centre, Magdala Avenue, London N19 5NF.
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If you would like to attend any of these study days, please email

If you have any feedback about a Whittington Health service, please feel free to email me. I’ll find the right person to help you.
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