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GP Forward View

There is a national issue that is affecting GP practices and the services they are able to deliver.

GP Forward View Summercroft Surgery

Increasing demands on general practice over the past five years – not just a heavier workload but the increasing complexity and intensity of work – have led to a feeling of crisis. The NHS is finding it difficult to recruit and retain sufficient GPs who want to do full-time, patient-facing work.

General practice is at the heart of the care provided by the NHS. The need to invest in general practice has never felt more important for the long term sustainability of the NHS. We have recognised the pressures faced and improvements are already underway thanks to the GP Forward View.

This animation explains the changes and additional support that are being rolled out as part of the GP Forward View.

Watch the GP Forward View Animation

More information:

Summercroft Surgery – Practice Development Plan

The following practice development plan has been agreed in response to anticipated changes and shortages across the year, including maternity vacancies and GP retirements. The plan below details how the practice anticipates in using funds to facilitate a smooth succession and staff retention in times of change; using this opportunity to develop robust systems and efficient services to meet the needs of our patient population without detriment to the GP workload. It has been drawn from partnership meetings, discussions with other providers, patient feedback and PPG suggestions and clarifies the organisation’s long term aims in accordance with the GP Forward View.

Coming soon…

NHS Friends and Family Test

Have your say to improve your healthcare

Did you know you can now have your say to help improve more services across the NHS? The Friends & Family Test is about giving patients the opportunity to provide quick feedback on their care and treatment experience. It’s already in use in many parts of the NHS and is expanding to a lot more. You can say what is going well and what can be improved so that people who make decisions about local healthcare can take your views into account. It doesn’t take long and you don’t need to give your details on your feedback form. Watch this video for more information…


Read our Winter Health Advice…

Cold and wintry conditions can cause misery. The cold air can make it more difficult to breathe, and minor ailments like sore throats, bad coughs, colds and flu are more common during the winter months.

If you’re over 60 and feeling under the weather, tell your friends, family or carer as soon as possible, and get advice from your local pharmacist before it gets worse.

Your local pharmacist can:

  • Give you expert advice to help prevent conditions such as a bad cough, trouble breathing, cold, or a sore throat from getting worse
  • Help you manage a long term condition, if you have one
  • Offer longer opening hours than your GP surgery and see you without an appointment
  • Provide a consultation area to speak privately so other people can’t hear
  • Tell you if you need to see your GP.

For more information please visit the links below:


Are you a Carer for someone?

A Carer is someone who, without payment, provides help and support to a friend, neighbour, or relative who otherwise could not manage because of frailty, illness or disability.

Most Carers would still not recognise themselves under the term “Carer”; they are just people trying to cope as best they can whilst doing their best to help someone else. Carers straddle every walk of life; from business executives to school age children.

If you support someone who could not manage without you, you are a Carer. The person you look after might be a relative, friend or neighbour who is ill, frail, disabled, has mental health problems, or misuses drugs or alcohol.

As a Carer, you need to look after your own health and wellbeing too.  We work with a local charity called Carers Bromley to identify Carers and provide them with free help and support.

If you are a Carer and are either a practice patient or caring for a patient in the practice, please let us know.  If you are both a patient and a Carer it is important that we help you to look after your own health and wellbeing. Please ask reception for the Carers form or download it here, complete it and hand it in at reception. If it helps, your GP can refer you to Adult Social Care Services for an assessment of your needs as a Carer and the needs of the person you care for. Please indicate on the surgery form if you wish to be referred for this service.

You can also contact Carers Bromley directly by completing their self-referral form.  Pick up a leaflet from the surgery waiting room or download a leaflet.

For a guide to the full services and support that Carers Bromley can offer you as a Carer, please download their Information Guide for Carers.  We also have a dedicated Carers notice board in the waiting room at the surgery.

Specific help is available for people caring for someone with dementia, with drug or alcohol issues, mental health problems or learning disabilities.

There are also special support groups and involvement activities for young carers; those aged 4-18 who help to look after someone in the family by taking on responsibilities normally handled by an adult.

Club 358 is a support group for young adult Carers aged 16 to 24 years.

Carers Bromley: Carers Helpline: 0800 015 7700

Under 25? Say Yes to the Test





We offer a free chlamydia test to all young adults aged between 15-24 years.

  • It’s free
  • It’s quick
  • It’s confidential

You do NOT need to see a doctor or nurse to have the test – you can take the test yourself. Simply obtain a testing kit from surgery reception.If you want to, download and print our Chlamydia Test Card.  Hand it to a member of reception staff and they will discretely supply you with a testing kit.

Facts about Chlamydia

  • Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection
  • People who are 24 and under and sexually active are more likely to get chlamydia
  • 1 in 14 people 24 and under who are tested, have chlamydia
  • It affects both men and women
  • Most people who have chlamydia don’t know they’ve got it

If you are 24 or under and have been sexually active, it is recommended that you take a chlamydia test every year, or every time you change a sexual partner.

If you would prefer, and for more information, you can order a free home chlamydia test kit; just go to checkurself or go straight to Order a Test Kit

Should you have chlamydia symptoms or have received a positive result then you need treatment. Don’t worry, chlamydia is easy to treat with antibiotics, and treatment is FREE!

NHS Health Checks Now Available


Summercroft Surgery offers free NHS Health Checks every five years to patients between the ages of 40 and 74 who are not otherwise being seen for a pre-existing medical condition. These checks are conducted by our Health Care Assistant (HCA) in their regular clinics and normally last about 20 minutes.

What is an NHS Health Check?

The NHS Health Check is a nationally defined health check aimed at adults aged 40 to 74. It is designed to assess your risk of developing diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, stroke and dementia.

Crucially, your NHS Health Check can detect potential problems before they do real damage. Everyone is at risk of developing heart disease, stroke, diabetes, kidney disease and some forms of dementia. The good news is that these conditions can often be prevented.

Your NHS Health Check will assess your risk of developing these health problems and give you personalised advice on how to reduce it. The test is free of charge, including any follow-up tests or appointments.

For more information, including what happens at an NHS Health Check and how it can help you, please visit the NHS Health Check Website.

Your invitation to a free NHS Health Check

If you are:

  • A registered patient
  • Aged 40 to 74
  • Not otherwise being seen for a pre-existing condition*

and you have not had an NHS Health Check with us in the last five years, then you are eligible and we would like to invite you to make an appointment for your free NHS Health Check.

Please contact reception to book an appointment with one of our Health Care Assistants for an NHS Health Check.

You should also download and read the NHS Health Check Leaflet.  Paper copies of this leaflet are also available from reception at all our surgeries.

(* Includes coronary heart disease, chronic kidney disease, diabetes, hypertension, atrial fibrillation, transient ischaemic attack, hypercholesterolemia, heart failure, peripheral arterial disease, stroke or if you are currently taking statins.  If you have one of these conditions diagnosed, your GP will already be monitoring your health on a regular basis.)


Welcome to our new website!

We hope you enjoy the new look and feel of our new website and that you find everything you need.

We have added an extensive range of information covering the services we, and other local healthcare organisations, provide and we have included many links to other sites you may find useful. There are a number of new features, such as the new Friends and Family Test and our online Notice Board, and we may be adding additional features in the near future.

We will be improving and increasing our range of Online Services that increase your options for accessibility to some of our services and improved interactions with the practice.

We will be posting regular news items to keep you up-to-date with surgery news and local health promotions or items of interest.  Please visit us regularly so that we can keep you informed.

If you have any comments about the new website, you can send them to us via our Patient Feedback form.