The surgery was purpose built in 1987. We are a PMS practice, with four GP partners and four salaried GPs. As a training practice, we also have GP registrars. The practice is urban, looking after the south eastern part of Thatcham. Our population of approximately 10,500 is relatively young, but there will be abundant opportunity to experience care of the elderly and as our population expands, it’s becoming more diverse.
We have a practice manager and a full complement of staff including 8 permanent GPs, locums, GP registrars, 2 practice nurses, 2 healthcare assistants, receptionists, secretaries and administrative staff. We have visiting midwives from both the Royal Berkshire Hospital and the Basingstoke North Hampshire Hospital who run clinics here once a week. Occasionally we have a midwifery student attached.
Health Visitors continue to monitor children under school age but no longer run clinics from our premises; instead their clinics are now drop-in sessions, held at North Thatcham Children’s Centre.
We have monthly primary health care team meetings and monthly clinical meetings with our practice nurses. Our registrars are encouraged to attend all our meetings and participate.
We are fully computerised using the EMIS system. We are a paper-light practice and have regular computer training to be at the forefront of IT in primary care. We have desktop access to the NHS net throughout the building.
The practice provides care for a girls public school, Downe House. Apart from the interest in school medicine, one of our partners has an interest in sports medicine and another is the prescribing lead for the Berkshire West Clinical Commissioning Group.
We are equidistant from Oxford, Reading and Basingstoke Hospitals.
Out of hours care is provided through NHS 111.
Registrars are members of the vocational training scheme at Reading. They attend a full day release at the post graduate centre at the Royal Berks Hospital in Reading.
Registrars have a half day protected tutorial each week, following a learner centred curriculum, aiming to provide a foundation for independent practice in the future.