About The Redcliffe Surgery
The Practice was established in the the early 1920s, with premises in Finborough Road and Redcliffe Gardens. Dr Suzanne Farrar joined the practice in 1992 and was shortly followed by Dr Fiona Butler in 1995 and Dr Tim Rees in 1997, who relocated with his patients from the nearby World’s End Health Centre.
In July 1997 the practice moved to our present site in Redcliffe Street, a newly converted five-storey house which had previously been used as a community child heath clinic since the 1930s. In 1998 the practice became an approved training practice providing quality primary care training to fully qualified doctors in their last year of training. Dr Rees is an approved GP trainer and is also a Programme Director for the Riverside GP Vocational Training Scheme, based at the nearby Chelsea & Westminster Hospital.
The Practice is also approved for the training of Foundation Year 2 doctors who qualified from Imperial Medical School. Drs Farrar and Butler are approved FY2 trainers. We are also approved for training medical students on attachment from either Imperial or King’s Medical Schools.
On April 10th 2012, the Practice merged with the nearby Courtfield Medical Practice. As of this date, all of the NHS patients previously cared for on the Courtfield Medical Centre site will be seen at The Redcliffe Surgery.
The combined practice serves a diverse population, which is concentrated in four Local Authority wards
- Earl’s Court
- South Stanley
Whilst Redcliffe and Courtfield wards are relatively affluent with a high proportion of young professionals, Earls Court and South Stanley both feature in the top seven most deprived wards in the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.
In addition the area has an above average proportion of patients with severe and enduring mental illness (SMI). Of the 28 practices served by the South Kensington & Chelsea Mental Health Unit, approximately 25% of the SMI caseload is registered with the Redcliffe Surgery. Within our practice, nearly a third of all patients with severe and enduring mental illness are managed entirely in primary care.
PMS (Personal Medical Services) Practice
In April 2003 we became a PMS Practice which gave us more opportunities to offer a high quality primary care service grounded in the best traditions of general practice. We encourage continuity of care wherever possible. We offer:
- services tailored to the needs of the individual
- health promotion initiatives
- chronic disease management
- effective evidence-based care
- advanced access regardless of socio-economic status
Under our PMS contract, we strive to provide a high level of medical service in a number of key areas including:
- Cardiovascular disease
- Transient Ischaemic Attacks (TIAs) and Strokes
- Mental health
- Cancer (Following Gold Service Framework pathways for terminal care patients)
- Sexual health (including chlamydia screening for young adults)
- Vulnerable elderly (with added support provided by our Navigator working with Age Concern)
- Carers (we are a Carers’ Hub)
- A scheme for the Homeless and refugees (with support from our Specialist Nurse Practitioner in this field)
- Alcohol and substance misuse (in-house counselling is available)
We also provide a number of Enhanced Services to improve standards of care to our patients. Currently we provide additional services and support in the following areas
- Minor surgery clinic
- Improved access offering extended hour surgeries in the evenings and on Saturday mornings
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Phlebotomy (Blood taking)
- INR (warfarin) monitoring
- Immunisations (including being a Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre)
- Learning disabilities
We are pleased also to be a member practice of the North West London Integrated Care Pilot which is a scheme to provide integrated care between GPs and other community health workers for diabetic patients, and/or patients over the age of 75. A leaflet about the scheme is here.
As a teaching practice, we strive to recruit and retain high quality clinical and administrative staff who help us deliver a high quality service to our patients.