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About Dr Yusuf Patel, our Partner, Colleague, Friend

Doctor Yusuf Ismail Patel, was a larger than life character who worked tirelessly to serve his community. He passed away on Monday 20th April 2020, aged 61, after valiantly battling COVID- 19. This go fund me page has been created by his family to continue his legacy by honouring charitable causes dear to him.

The charities chosen by Dr Yusuf’s family are as follows:

Islamic Relief
Ummah Welfare Trust
Alzheimer's Society
Cancer Research UK
Versus Arthritis

* We are accepting charitable donations, sadaqah and lillah (Please DO NOT donate Zakaat) - please see link below.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) said:
“Charity does not in any way decrease the wealth; and the servant who forgives, Allah adds to his respect; and the one who shows humility, Allah elevates him in the estimation (of the people)”. [Sahih Muslim]

Message from the family:
"Our father was one of the most compassionate, loving and fun human beings you could ever know. He served his community as a GP for over 30 years, but he was so much more than that; the working day was forever for his patients, but the rest of the time was for everyone else.

To us, he was just ‘dad’, the best father we could have asked for. He enjoyed family holidays, passionately attended West Ham United matches with friends, was the life and soul of every celebration, but equally loved a good snooze and book! His smile was infectious, and we are very proud to be his children; we are who we are because of our incredible parents, and hope to honour him in every aspect of our lives in’sha’Allah. He was a beloved family man to all of his many relatives, a respected member of the community, a trustworthy friend, and a brilliant mentor to so many. We will miss him dearly; this is not just our loss, but one for every heart that he has touched." 
Nasima, Grandma, Rumaysa, Ahmed, Maariyah & Kinza (family cat)

Message from colleagues at Woodgrange Medical Practice:
"Yusuf was a great colleague, a committed leader and well respected in the wider community. He founded and ran a CQC outstanding GP practice in one of the most challenged and deprived boroughs. His last words to us were to carry on the fight against this illness together. We miss him and can’t describe our loss. We won’t let Yusuf down and will continue his legacy. We won’t give up - Yusuf wouldn’t have." 
Dr Parmar, Dr Naqvi & all at the practice

Donate to Dr Patel's Go Fund Me Page

Collecting GP Data for Covid-19 Planning and Research Purposes

We are collecting and centralising data from GP practices to share for planning and research into COVID-19, on the request of the British Medical Association (BMA) and the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). This reduces the burden on general practices during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Over 94% of practices have responded to the 
Data Provision Notice (DPN) to allow us to collect this data – thank you for your help. If your practice has not done so already, please register your participation on the Calculating Quality Reporting Service (CQRS).

You will need to update your transparency notice on your website to include details of this collection. We have produced a 
template general practice transparency notice which you can use to keep your patients informed of these changes.

Data will only be made available in response to appropriate requests from data applicants who need it for coronavirus purposes including improving care, disease monitoring, planning and research. More information on how to request this data can be found on the NHS Digital 
GPES data for pandemic planning and research webpage.

We will be moving over to a new Website!

Dear All, our website will be changing. In the coming weeks you will see our website moving onto a new platform.

The new website platform will allow patients to have easier access to online forms and information about the practice. this space! :)

Woodgrange Medical Practice and going GREEN!

Click on the following link for more information Green Impact


The PPG meeting scheduled for 19th March 2020 will unfortunately be cancelled due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation. 

The next date for the meeting will be advised. 

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.


This is to inform our patients that from week commencing 24th June 2019 our Saturday Clinics will NO longer be available until further notice. 

This is because the Government has withdrawn funding for this service. You can still however access GP services from 8am to 8pm at the local HUB centres.

You can contact local HUB centre's on 020 7540 9949

Also please note new working hours on Tuesday and Friday.


New vacancies available at WMP!

Click here to see whats available


Woodgrange Medical Practice is proud to announce that we won 3 awards at the Newham Primary Care Oscars.

The event was held on 7th September 2018 at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 

Woodgrange Medical Practice won awards in the following categories:

1.  Practice Delivering Excellent Quality of Service

2. Practice Responding to Service User Requests

3. Recognising Contribution of Service Users - won by our PPG Member Caroline Brown

It was a lovely evening and huge achievement for Woodgrange Medical Practice, its service users and our patient participation group.

oscars 1oscars 2

New Messaging System benefits GP Patients in Newham

People in Newham are to receive texts direct from their GP – giving them immediate access to vital health information – following the introduction of a new clinical messaging system at Woodgrange Medical Practice in Forest Gate.

AccuRx Chain SMS allows GPs to send text messages directly to patients, reducing the need for letters and phone calls and giving patients immediate access to information they need.

Dr Muhammed Naqvi, a GP at the practice and Chair of NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), said: “This is a really efficient way of communicating with our patients. I can directly message my patients, providing instant access to information to help them access screening, provide links to self–help portals that are relevant to their needs and empower them to take charge of their health.

“Not only does using AccuRx mean I can communicate directly with my patients, it is also helping the surgery to become more efficient and better meet the needs of our local population by reducing the need for clinical administrative support – freeing up staff so they can focus on longer more complex tasks.

“This means that rather than having to email practice staff to ask them to contact the patient on my behalf, I can directly contact my patients.

“The practice has already been rated as ‘outstanding’ by the CQC and we are really excited to be able to continue to develop and improve our services, to enhance the care we provide and the experience for our patients.”

Evaluation has shown significant benefits to using this new text messaging approach, with patients no longer having to call or go to the surgery to check if a prescription is ready as they can now be sent a text confirmation instead.

Patients are also sent appointment reminders by text. Over a three-month period, the Woodgrange team – GPs, nurses and admin staff – sent almost 5,000 SMS messages through AccuRx, saving an estimated two hours’ clinical and administrative time per day.

Chris Riley, IT Project Manager at Newham CCG, said: “We have been working with all our local GP practices to implement digital innovations, such as AccuRx, in order to deliver a modern GP service that is fit for the future.

“We believe that having surgeries such as Woodgrange championing the introduction of new software helps to maximise its use and fully demonstrate the benefits of a more efficient, technology-driven service. We are committed to continuing to work with local practices to introduce and implement high-quality services for local people.

“We congratulate all of the surgeries across Newham that have now adopted AccuRx as it has taken real commitment to integrate it into daily practice, but is now proving to have significant benefits.

“We will continue to work with and support our local practices to introduce and implement services that allow us to adapt to changing needs of the population we serve.”

Nadia Caceres, Health and Social Care Management Trainee at Newham CCG, who has been leading the evaluation on the benefits of AccuRx in primary care practice in Newham, said: “GPs and patients alike have reported the real, tangible difference using direct text messaging has made on a daily basis within general practice in the borough.

“AccuRx has provided a platform to meet the needs of the ever-growing demand for primary care in today’s fast-moving, busy world, where quick access to information is vital.”

Dr With patient

Notes to editors

  • Picture captions: Dr Muhammed Naqvi, a GP at Woodgrange Medical Practice and Chair of NHS Newham CCG, with patient Abdullah Tariq.
  • NHS Newham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) commissions most local health services, from cancer care to mental health, hospital operations to prescriptions.
  • All GP practices in the borough are part of the CCG. It has a board, which meets regularly, and is chaired by a local GP.
  • More information about NHS Newham CCG can be found here

For more information contact us on 020 3688 1216 or

Professor Steve Field head of CQC and Claire Cunden (CQC inspector) visited the Practice on the morning of Tuesday 15th May 2018.

This was not an inspection but a follow up visit on an outstanding rated practice and to see what we have been up to since our inspection in 2016. Many changes have occurred since the inspection and were keen to talk about our recent developments to the Practice and the challenges we face in Newham.‎

One of our (Patient Participation Group) PPG member also joined the team at Woodgrange to talk about the PPG and the contribution it makes to the Practice.

231 appointments, 5 days worth of consultations wasted! - Costing the practice over £3465 last month!

December 2019

231 appointments were missed last December! That’s nearly 39 hours of wasted appointment time. Equivalent to nearly 5 days’ worth of appointments!

These appointments could have provided emergency consultations with a Doctor/Nurse for vulnerable and frail patients.

Not only was this a huge loss of consultation time, it is also an expensive waste; costing the Practice £3465 for December 2019

If you cannot attend an appointment PLEASE  cancel it

Have your say - join our Patient Participation Group  

To formerly join our PPG team please sign up by completing the PPG sign-up form

NEXT PPG MEETING   - TBA due to Coronavirus

We are a registered Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre

Please inquire at reception for booking information and fees regarding Yellow Fever.


The State of the Medical Practice in the UK 2018

General Practice is under unprecedented pressure due to falling GP numbers, increasingly complex illness, work being transferred from hospitals and young doctors leaving the NHS. 

The GMC recently reported on the pressures on Doctor's. Below is an extract from this report:

- A report by the GMC

The professionalism, commitment, and determination of doctors practicing in the UK is second to none. We are delivering good, and often superb, levels of care to our patients, despite the daily pressures we're facing. But findings from this report show the effect that under-resourced systems are having on many of us working on the frontline. It's clear that for some, the costs to well-being and work-life balance are significant, and can't be maintained.

70 years on from the founding of the NHS, we have reached a critical juncture. Long-term and joined up planning is needed to make sure our health services have a workforce with the right skills, in the right places. 

This year's report explores the key issues, and examines the strategies that many doctors are employing to cope with the challenges of modern practice.

Extract from the GMC 'State of the Medical Practice in the UK 2018'

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