GP Bulletin - December 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
New consultant

Advice and support to GPs

img Child Health Information Service - new address
Advanced care planning workshop for GPs - reminder
img Lower Urinary Tract Service - update  
A note from Dr Greg Battle
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Welcome to the December edition of Whittington Health’s GP Bulletin.

Dear colleagues,

This is the final edition of the GP Bulletin from me for a while as I am away on sabbatical during the first three months of 2016. We will continue to keep you up to date by email as necessary, so you will not miss any important information.

For any communication issues during my absence, please contact Kate Ewer on

For GP liaison issues, concerns or questions please contact deputy chief executive Siobhan Harrington at

I will return in April 2016.

I hope you have some rest over the holiday period and a merry festive season. I wish you a happy and prosperous 2016.

Best wishes

Dr Greg Battle      07808 174 569


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We are delighted to welcome consultant urological surgeon Paul Erotocritou.

Mr Paul Erotocritou (MBBS BSc MSc MRCS FRCS (Urol) Eng) was appointed consultant urological surgeon in March 2015. Paul obtained his medical degree from Royal Free and University College Medical School and went on to complete his training throughout North London, working at Whittington Health as both a senior house officer and specialist registrar.

His final year as a senior registrar was spent in the Stone and Endourology Unit at University College London Hospital. During this period he gained a masters degree in Urology and was awarded a distinction for his research dissertation entitled Utilisation of Computed Tomography in the Assessment of Urinary Tract Calculi to Predict Extracorporeal Shockwave Lithotripsy Success.

He was also awarded the Markowitz prize as the most outstanding senior registrar at the Institute of Urology and continues to be an invited member of the stone multidisciplinary team at UCLH.

He is trained in all aspects of adult general urology, with further expertise in the management of stone patients.

He is married with two young daughters who take up most of his free time.

Paul can be reached at

2   Advice and support to GPs
Ask emails
I am working to get more 'Askspecialism' advice and support services up and running. These contact addresses can be used for seeking advice on particular patients, management queries or for asking service questions. They support GPs with secondary care expertise in a more timely and accessible way.

Here is a reminder of the addresses which are up and running to date, with a three working day response time:
I am hoping that more will be set up while I am away.
We also need to use email, rather than faxes, where possible to request investigations. I am asking for new forms for imaging, cardiology and endoscopy to include an email address for direct access. 
For now these are working well, but you may find the forms are not the most intuitive at first, though they do become progressively easier. When asked to add a signature to the form, type ‘emailed’ in this box.

For imaging, email the form to:
For cardiology referrals (24 hour BP, Holter, exercise test, echo, heart failure and chest pain) email forms to:
If you need an electronic copy of any of these forms please email
Reminder to send adult community referrals by email
Please remember that referrals for all adult community services (except Improving Access to Psychological Therapies in Haringey) should be sent by email.
Please send referrals for Haringey residents to:

Referrals for Islington residents should go to:
The fax numbers for Haringey (020 3300 7578) and Islington (0844 774 6419) are no longer in use and referrals sent to these numbers will not be actioned.
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The Child Health Information Service (CHIS) for Haringey and Islington processes new births, bloodspots and immunisation data for children across Haringey and Islington.

It works closely with health visiting teams, GP surgeries and maternity units to ensure quality in reporting levels to promote the safety of children. 

The team collects from GPs six to eight week information, including breastfeeding data, immunisations given, safeguarding issues, and movers in and out of the area highlighting when children and families have moved abroad.

The team has moved to a new address:
CHIS Whittington Health
1st Floor (Old Nurses Home)
Magdala Avenue
London N19 5NF
The phone number and email address remain the same:
Tel: 020 7527 1390 


Courses and events

Advance care planning workshop for GPs

This workshop, specifically designed for our local GPs, provides an excellent opportunity to learn more about advance care planning, including key legal and ethical issues. 

The programme includes a session on ethics and the law, led by internationally renowned barrister and medical ethicist Daniel Sokol. This is followed by simulated learning using practice-based scenarios.

The workshop has been commissioned by the Islington Community Education Provider Network (CEPN) to develop a strong local workforce and support a collaborative approach to learning across Islington.

Date and time: Wednesday 10 February 2016, 2-5pm

Venue: Whittington Health Community Simulation Hub, Crouch End Health Centre, Middle Lane, N8 8PH

Cost: Free, but non-attendees will be charged £50

For more information: Email Jana Kristienova at:

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Transition to parenthood – CPD course (one day)
This course provides an opportunity to review and develop knowledge and skills in supporting parents through the transition to parenthood. Run by Middlesex University London and UCL Medical School, the facilitators aim to provide a simulated learning environment using practice-based scenarios.
The course is open to any qualified staff who provide support to new parents.

Dates: Thursday 11 February, Thursday 25 February, Tuesday 1 March, Wednesday 13 April, Tuesday 19 April, Thursday 12 May, Wednesday 25 May, Tuesday 21 June, Wednesday 29 June

Venue: Whittington Health Community Simulation Hub, Crouch End Health Centre, Middle Lane, N8 8PH

Cost: £150

To book:  For more information and to book, email Jana Kristienova at: Each session is limited to a maximum of 12 delegates.

Supporting cancer outcomes using significant event analysis
This free event, organised by Macmillan Cancer Support in association with the Royal College of General Practitioners, brings together clinical leads across primary and secondary care to share and debate cancer significant event analysis to improve cancer care and outcomes across London.
Open to all GPs, cancer leads, appraisers, programme directors, trainers and tumour pathway directors in London, the event will embed quality improvement in early diagnosis and the management of cancer in postgraduate training.
Date and time: Wednesday 16 December, 9am-5pm
Venue: Royal College of General Practitioners, 30 Euston Square, London NW1 2FB
To book: Email: 

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The Lower Urinary Tract Service (LUTS) at Hornsey Central Neighbourhood Health Centre reopened on Monday 23 November.

In the longer term we will commission an independent external review of the service to ensure patients continue to receive support and advice, and we will share the recommendations of the review.
The contact number for all enquiries for the clinic is 020 3074 2400.


Study dates
Whittington Education Centre, Magdala Avenue, London N19 5NF.
img Chest medicine - Wednesday 20 January
img Rheumatology - Thursday 11 February
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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