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NHS Digital are launching a new way of collecting data from GP practices in order to support the planning of NHS services and for research purposes.

Patient data collected from general practice is needed to support a wide variety of research and analysis to help run and improve health and care services. Whilst the data collected in other care settings such as hospitals is valuable in understanding and improving specific services, it is the patient data in general practice that helps us to understand whether the health and care system as a whole is working for patients.
As a practice we are legally required to participate in the sharing of this data. We must also be clear and transparent with our patients about how their data is handled and shared. There is growing concern that the general public remain largely unaware of this significant change, which is due to come into effect on 1st July 2021. We want to alert you to this change to allow you to think about your options and consider whether you wish to opt out of this data sharing.

More information about this requirement is contained in the data provision notice issued by NHS Digital to GP practices.

You have the choice to opt out.  Please use the following link for all information with regards to Opting Out of data sharing and how to opt out.

Type 1 - National Data Opt-Out - form to be given to Surgery;

https://nhs-prod.global.ssl.fastly.net/binaries/content/assets/website-assets/data-and-information/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research/type-1-opt-out-form.docx

AND the National Data Opt-Out - online form;

https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/manage-your-choice/

 

COVID Vaccination Status

Please click on the below link which details how you can view your COVID vaccination status;

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad

You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from 17 May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or by tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App.

Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.


PLEASE NOTE THAT PATIENT ACCESS ONLINE APPOINTMENT BOOKING IS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED

For patient and staff safety we have made the decision to prevent patients from booking appointments on-line. This is because we need to triage all appointments for any risks associated with infection.

To book appointments please telephone the surgery.

 

Coronavirus

The symptoms of coronavirus are:

  • a cough
  • a high temperature
  • shortness of breath

The symptoms are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as cold and flu and it does not necessarily mean you have the illness.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can be accessed at: https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19 

Use this service if:

  • you think you might have coronavirus
  • you've recently been to a country or area with a high risk of coronavirus – For the list of countries please click here
  • you've been in close contact with someone with coronavirus

Information for the public is available at gov.uk/coronavirus and https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19

Updated: 04.03.2020


FOR PARENTS/CARERS;

 

If your child is unwell and you need advice from the practice then please contact us as you usually would.  Please do not delay contacting your practice and seeking advice if you and your child need it. During the COVID19 pandemic, don’t come to the practice – contact us first.

 

 https://www.rcpch.ac.uk/sites/default/files/2020-04/covid19_advice_for_parents_when_child_unwell_or_injured_poster.pdf


Prescribing of over the counter medicines are changing 

please click here to view the patient information leaflet

Changes to the Over the Counter Medicine

From March 2018 the practice has been advised we can no longer prescribe those medicines that are available to purchase from pharmacies and supermarkets.

Mild to Moderate Hay Fever is one of the conditions listed by NHS England for which over the counter items should not be routinely prescribed in General Practice.


Pregabalin and Gabapentin

From the 1st April 2019 Pregabalin and Gabapentin will be reclassified as controlled drug schedule 3 under the Misuse of Drugs regulations 2001, the home office has announced.

 


GP Appointments after 6.30pm and Saturdays Also Nurse Appointments on Saturdays

The surgery is participating in a scheme located at Parkway Medical Centre New Addington. We are able to book patients into appointments from 18:30-20:00 Monday-Friday and Saturdays 08:00-14:00

Nurses appointments are available on a saturday from 08:00-16:00.

We are only allocated a set amount of these appointments and there is a criteria which we are required to follow before booking these appointments.


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