Proposed computer system merger of Balmoral Red suite with Churchill Clinic
Balmoral Red Suite Practice is looking to combine the computer system with Churchill Clinic on Monday 24th April 2023.
Both practices are run by Dr Hannah Newens and her team, and all come under the umbrella of the Churchill Medical Group.
The main reason for the merger is purely from an administrative point of view. Currently receptionists have to run multiple computer systems alongside each other, which is proving more and more difficult. Having one system will enable the practices to run far more efficiently and to communicate with clinicians across both sites easily. Patients will be able to access services at both sites. All patients will have the ability to see the same clinicians and have access to the extended teams available to us.
Patients will see no change to the service, other than being able to deal with your queries quicker. As part of this, Balmoral Red Suite will become a branch surgery and Churchill Clinic will be the main practice. As there are multiple sites in the Healthy Living Centre Balmoral Red Suite will now be known as Churchill Medical Group (CMG) Red Suite.
We are committed to ensuring that continuity of care is retained for patients with on-going health care issues as we know that this is important to you, and good for patient care.
As a practice, we have a commitment to ensure we meet the needs of the local community and listen to the views of our patients.
This change will result in a small amount of disruption where the Balmoral Red Suite Practice system will be offline from Friday 21st April. The change is scheduled to be completed by Monday 24th April.
Every effort is being made to keep disruption to a minimum. The practice would kindly request that non-urgent queries are not directed to the practice during this time. The practice will be open as usual but will not be able to manage all usual services with no access to computer systems.
Online Service User Access: Balmoral Apps will be switched off from 12th April 2023. Online services at Balmoral Red Suite will be switched off ahead of the merger of IT systems. If you try to use your normal Apps i.e. NHS Apps, MY GP etc during this time, they will not work and will give an error code that starts 3c. Please do not contact your practice about this error, as the patient transfer will be in progress.
After the merge on the 24th April 2023 online service access for transferred patients will not be immediately available and may take until the end of the month to set up. Your practice will test you when the apps are ready to be reused. Please give the practice until mid-June 2023 to instruct you on how to access your app.
Dr Hannah Newens
Yes – you will also be able to book at the either site if you want to.
The number of appointments will not reduce after the merger.
Staff will only have to use one system to access patient records for both sites.
Staff will be able to communicate to clinicians and the wider team quickly and efficiently.
Patients will have access to the same services and staff at both sites.
Patients can be seen at either site if they want to.
There will be no changes to our home visiting policy.
Balmoral Red Suite – Balmoral Healthy Living Centre, Gillingham ME7 4PN – 01634 334937
Churchill Clinic - 94 Churchill Avenue, Chatham, ME5 0DL -01634 842397
Distance between the two practices is 3 miles which is 10 minutes in a car.
We have no immediate plans to change the telephone numbers, you will continue to use the current telephone numbers to contact the practices. If at a later time we look to bring our telephony systems together we will communicate with you before making any changes.
There will be no change to the users of Churchill Clinic. The online and app services will be switched off on the 12th April 2023 for Balmoral Red Suite patients. During this transition period we will ensure you receive your medication. The patients impacted will be given a link to create a new log on. Patients will be contacted by the practice so you do not need to do anything until you receive the link.
There will be no change to the users of Churchill Clinic. Balmoral Red Suite patients will be given a link to create a new log on. Patients will be contacted by the practice so you do not need to do anything until you receive the link.