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The Hawthorn Drive Surgery is fully computerised using SystmOne. We run a very paper light system with all clinical encounters, laboratory results and correspondence being recorded electronically.

Important aspects of clinical data entry are agreed by all the clinicians as a team, and templates have been developed to aid consistent data entry.

Computerised audits are frequently used as a tool to help improve practice, in response to new developments (e.g. the market withdrawal of a medication) and for administrative purposes.

GP Training Practice

Hawthorn Drive Surgery is a training practice.  You therefore may be offered an appointment with a qualified doctor gaining experience in general practice or be asked if one may be present whilst you consult your own doctor.  If you prefer to see your doctor in private, please let us know.

Registrars are fully qualified doctors who have decided they would like to become GPs.  They will undertake a minimum of six months of "on-the-job" training with us here at Hawthorn Drive Surgery and are supervised by the Partners.

Our practice is a community teaching practice for the University of East Anglia.  With the supervision of a doctor or nurse, medical students may, with your consent in advance, join your consultation.  Volunteer patients, willing to allow students to interview would be greatly appreciated to assist with their learning experience. This way medical students learn to become good doctors and understand patient views about their care.  We appreciate your help with their learning.  Please let the Practice Manager know if you have any questions about our community medical teaching.

GP Research

Hawthorn Drive Surgery participates in research activities with the National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network.  The CRN primary care speciality works in collaboration with researchers and primary care practitioners to promote the sucessful delivery of research studies in the NHS.  A wide range of studies are supported which look at 

  • Promoting a healthier lifestyle
  • Disease diagnosis and prevention
  • Management of long term illness
  • Treating common conditions such as tonsillitis or influenza

The benefits of GP Practices taking part in research is that it offers patients access to new treatments and brings added skills to those involved.

How can you help and take part?

  • A doctor or nurse may talk to you about a particular study and ask whether you would be interested in participating
  • You may read information about a current study in the waiting room or on the surgery website and wish to take part
  • You may be sent information through the post if we feel you may be a suitable participant

All clinical research carried out at our surgery is throughly checked and approved by ethical committees, ensuring it is appropriate and safe to perform.  Your participation is entirely voluntary and can be withdrawn by yourself at any time without any explanation required.

You are under no obligation to participate in any research project.  Your care and your relationship with your doctor will not be affected in any way if you decide not to participate.  You will always receive clear information about what you are taking part in.

Practice Area

The practice catchment area covers IP2 and IP8 postal addresses. These addresses are on: Chantry Estate, Stoke Park, Belstead, Pinewood, Copdock, Washbrook and Sproughton.

ICB and Primary Care

Suffolk and North East Essex Integrated Care Board, is based at;

Aspen House
Stephenson Road
Severalls Business Park
Colchester, C04 9QR

Tel: 01473 770000.