Updated 6 March 2019
Albion House Surgery is a long-established practice and is the main practice for AW surgeries, registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as a partnership provider and located in the Brierley Hill area of Dudley. There are two surgery locations that form the practice; these consist of the main practice at Albion House Surgery and a branch practice at Withymoor Surgery. There are approximately 17,500 patients of various ages registered and cared for across the practice and patients can be seen by staff at both practice sites. The practice holds a General Medical Services (GMS) contract. A GMS contract is a contract between NHS England and general practice for delivering general medical services and is the commonest form of GP contract. The practice has expanded its contractual obligations to provide enhanced services to patients. An enhanced service is above the contractual requirement of the practice and is commissioned to improve the range of services available to patients. The practice area is one of high deprivation when compared with the national average. Demographically the practice has a patient age distribution comparable with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and national averages.
The clinical staffing comprises of:
- Seven GP partners four female, three male (6.25 whole time equivalent) (WTE).
- Two salaried GPs (1 WTE).
- A nurse practitioner and five practice nurses (3 WTE).
- Four health care assistants (3 WTE).
The non-clinical staffing comprises of:
- A practice manager.
- Three team leaders (covering administration and data) and an appointments co-ordinator.
- Twenty reception and administrative staff working a range of hours.
- A team of five cleaners who are supervised by a cleaning supervisor.
The GP partners and the practice manager form the practice management. The practice is an accredited postgraduate GP training centre and provides training for four GP Registrars. All staff members work across both practice surgeries.
The practice is open for appointments between 8am and 6:30pm during week days; the practice is open later on Tuesdays and Wednesdays when extended hours are offered between 6:30pm and 8pm. The practice is open between 9am and midday on Saturdays. There are also arrangements to ensure patients receive urgent medical assistance when the practice is closed during the out-of-hours period.
The practice offers a range of services for example, management of long-term conditions such as diabetes, contraceptive advice, immunisations for children, travel vaccinations, minor operations and NHS health checks. Further details can be found by accessing the practice website at www.awsurgeries.co.uk