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KEEPING YOU SAFE

To keep our patients safe and prevent our staff from catching COVID or having to self-isolate, we will continue to provide telephone or digital consultations first and then invite those patients that we need to see face to face into the surgery. In view of the extremely infection nature of this new strain we will be rigorously applying control of infection measures within the practice and ask patients to comply with these requirements. Face coverings must be worn on entry into the practice and we ask that patients use the hand sanitiser that is available throughout the main reception area on entry and exiting the building.

 

We will do our very best to meet our patients needs but there may be times in the extreme circumstances we now face that we have to prioritise those in greatest need. Many minor illnesses are self-limiting and do not need a clinical intervention. Patients can often seek help for such conditions from the local pharmacy. Routine care where a patient’s condition is stable may need to be delayed for a while.  

We will always do our best for our patients but ask for your understanding in these most challenging of circumstances.

COVID BOOSTERS

Every person aged 18 or over who are eligible to receive their booster vaccination can now book an appointment via 119 or online. If you had your second covid vaccination at least 3 months ago then book your appointment as soon as possible. 

Please do NOT contact the practice about Boosters.

A patient information leaflet for covid vaccination 'boosters' can be found here.

VISITING THE SURGERY AFTER 19th JULY

There will be no changes to the way the surgery operates from 19th July.  Whilst covid cases continue to rise we must continue to protect our vulnerable patients and staff so that we can continue to provide care during the pandemic.

Face coverings continue to be mandatory for anyone entering the building (face shields provided for anyone who is medically exempt).  Please continue to observe social distancing and use the hand sanitiser provided.

Please do not attend the surgery in person unless absolutely necessary or you are attending an appointment.

We would like to thank our patients for their continued understanding and compliance, it is much appreciated. 

VACCINATION 'PASSPORTS'

How to access your Covid-19 Vaccination Status:

You can access your vaccination status via the the free NHS App from 17th May.  You can access the app through mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets.  Proof of your Covid-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App.  We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.

If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 Vaccination Status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 from 17th May and ask for a letter to be posted to you OR you can request a letter via the NHS website here.  This must be at least 5 days after you have complete the course of the vaccination.  We expect the letter to take up to 5 days reach you.

DO NOT CONTACT YOUR GP SURGERY about your Covid-19 vaccination status.  GP's cannot provide letters showing your Covid-19 vaccination status.

GENERAL PRACTICE DATA FOR PLANNING AND RESEARCH DATA COLLECTION (GPDPR)

You can find out more information about how NHS Digital will use your personal information here

If you do not want your identifiable patient data to be shared outside of your GP practice for purposes except your own care, you can register an opt out with your GP practice (called a type 1 opt out).

If you wish to register a Type 1 opt-out with your practice before data sharing starts with NHS Digital, please complete and return THIS FORM by 1st Sept 2021.  Type 1 Opt-outs were introduced in 2013 for data sharing from GP practices, but may be discontinued in future and replaced with the National Data Opt-out.

If you don't want your confidential patient information to be shared by NHS Digital with other organisations for purposes except your own care - either GP data or any other data such as hospital data, you can register a National Data Opt-out.  The easiest way to do this is via the NHS App (Your Health Section > 'Choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning' section).  

You can find out more about and register a National Data Opt-out or change your choice on nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters or by calling 0300 3035678.  

Please see the practice privacy policy for more details.

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