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Anonymised Data Sharing from GP Records to NHS Digital begins on 1 September 2021


How sharing patient data with NHS Digital helps the NHS and you

The NHS needs data about the patients it treats in order to plan and deliver its services and to ensure that care and treatment provided is safe and effective. The General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection will help the NHS to improve health and care services for everyone by collecting patient data that can be used to do this. For example patient data can help the NHS to:

•    monitor the long-term safety and effectiveness of care
•    plan how to deliver better health and care services
•    prevent the spread of infectious diseases
•    identify new treatments and medicines through health research

GP practices already share patient data for these purposes, but this new data collection will be more efficient and effective.

This means that GPs can get on with looking after their patients, and NHS Digital can provide controlled access to patient data to the NHS and other organisations who need to use it, to improve health and care for everyone.

Contributing to research projects will benefit us all as better and safer treatments are introduced more quickly and effectively without compromising your privacy and confidentiality.

What patient data we collect

This collection will start from 1 September 2021. Patient data will be collected from GP medical records about:

•    any living patient registered at a GP practice in England when the collection started - this includes children and adults
•    any patient who died after the data collection started, and was previously registered at a GP practice in England when the data collection started

We will not collect your name or where you live. Any other data that could directly identify you, for example NHS number, General Practice Local Patient Number, full postcode and date of birth, is replaced with unique codes which are produced by de-identification software before the data is shared with NHS Digital.

For further information please click here.

If you wish to opt out of this data collection please complete this form.

Please note that this is different from sharing information with the Summary Care Record which means that healthcare professionals providing care to you have access to your medical conditions and current medication.  Please see information here if you want to know more.

Accessing the right care – June 2021

NHS England has updated their guidance for GP surgeries given the changes in the COVID pandemic. We have reviewed this carefully alongside consideration of the increasingly high demand for appointments. This information is to help both our staff and patients to access the right care.

• Right service for your needs

It is not always necessary for patients to speak to or see a GP. Other services are available.

How do I know what’s appropriate?

Usetherightservice.com provides a helpful overview of the different types of services and when to use them from self-care to calling an ambulance.

If you are worried about your health you can contact 111 either by telephone or online at 111.nhs.uk 24 hours a day, every day of the year. They are able to assess you and ensure you get the right care for your needs. 111 are able to book you in to receive a call back from the GP surgery if necessary.

The NHS App also has a symptom checker.

Who else can provide care?

Pharmacist A local pharmacist can advise on self-care and provide many medications over the counter.

Minor Eye Conditions Service You can contact 0300 303 4922 to gain advise on eye conditions. They are able to arrange an appointment for you within 48 hours if appropriate.

Physiotherapists If you are experiencing joint pain then we have physiotherapists working at the surgery on Tuesdays and Fridays. You can receive a call back, and very soon they will be able to offer face to face appointments again.

Advanced Nurse Practitioner Within the surgery we have a Nurse Practitioner who works closely with our GPs providing advice and care to patients with urgent needs.

The surgery is the busiest it has ever been, busier than before the pandemic started. If your condition is not urgent please consider seeking advice and treatment from a pharmacy or 111 before ringing the GP surgery.

• Offering different ways of accessing care

Patients are able to contact the surgery by eConsult (Monday-Friday) and by telephone. eConsult is available via the NHS App and on our website; stockbridgesurgery.co.uk. If you do not have access to a telephone or the internet you can attend reception to access advice and care.

Throughout the pandemic, the surgery has continued to offer face to face appointments to patients who require examination. We also offer video consultations. The guidance still advises that we continue to remotely triage patients – this means that face to face appointments with a GP can only be booked after speaking with a clinical member of the team. Reception staff cannot book patients a face to face appointment because they cannot determine if it is clinically appropriate. The updated guidance asks GP surgeries to prioritise care based on patient need and this is not possible unless needs are assessed by clinical members of our team.

If you, or your family member, has specific needs – for example dementia, learning disability or communication needs such as being deaf please discuss this with the GP so that you can agree the most appropriate way for care to be provided. If care is not currently required but you are concerned about future access to care please contact Ann Spooner, Practice Manager to make us aware.

Our Practice Nurses, Phlebotomist and Healthcare Assistant continue to see patients for immunisations, smear tests, blood tests, long-term condition reviews and much more.

• Practices must follow Infection Prevention and Social Distancing Guidance

In order to protect our patients and staff we cannot open up our waiting rooms as they were before as we would not be able to social distance patients. For your own safety, as well as ours, please contact us by telephone or using eConsult if you are able to do so.

Both of our receptions have remained open during this pandemic and will continue to do so in order that patients can collect medication and book in for their face to face appointments.

Masks must be worn by patients attending the surgery.

• Routine appointments

During the pandemic our focus was on ensuring that all urgent needs were met as efficiently and quickly as possible, particularly any identification of COVID infection.

As our staff and an increasing number of patients have been vaccinated we are able to move to slowly increasing our number of routine appointments. It is important to acknowledge that because demand is so high the wait time for a routine appointment will be around 4 weeks and you will have to call back if there are no appointments available.

All routine appointments will be a telephone call unless a clinical member of our team has asked for a face to face appointment to be booked. As explained above, this is because we are still being asked to remotely triage patients. Wherever possible, we will try to book patients with a GP who has recently been involved with their care to ensure good continuity.

Our appointment system will be undergoing a change in the middle of June and this will mean reduced numbers of urgent appointments (in order to release additional routine appointments). It is very important that these are kept for genuinely urgent patients and so all patients who are able to are asked to use 111, eConsult or their local pharmacy for advice and treatment of more minor conditions.

Astra-Zeneca (AZ) Vaccine and risk of blood clot

The latest information from the MHRA (Medicines Health Regulatory Authority) and JCVI (Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisations) advises patients under the age of 30 to have an alternative vaccine to the AZ vaccine. For patients older than 30 the advice is that the benefit of the vaccine out-weighs the potential risk of the vaccine. Anybody who has already had their 1st dose of the AZ vaccine  and did not suffer a blood clot should have their second dose when invited. Currently patients who have had a 1st dose of the AZ vaccine cannot request an alternative vaccine for their 2nd dose.

Please click this link for more information regarding risk vs benefits of the COVID vaccine

There is increasing evidence there may be a link between the AZ vaccine and a very rare but serious side effect of blood clots.

The risk of developing a blood clot from the AZ vaccine is currently estimated to be: 0.0004% (4 in 1 million)

This new information may cause concern for those expecting to get the AZ vaccine.

However to put this in context the risk of developing a blood clot if you are hospitalised with active COVID infection is estimated to be 14%.

If you are 4 or more days after your AZ vaccine and you develop chest pains, shortness of breath, unilateral leg swelling or redness, severe headache, blurred vision or new bruising over your skin please contact the surgery.

 

Aged over 21 and not yet received your 1st dose of the COVID vaccine?

Please could anyone who is 21 years old or above who has not yet been invited for their 1st dose of the COVID vaccine contact us by calling reception and we can arrange a vaccine appointment for you.

Please can anyone who has received a text invitation from us but has booked at a different vaccination centre let us know by following the online link in the text.

COVID Vaccine

You will be contacted by the practice when you are eligible for the COVID vaccine. As this is such a rapidly changing situation you may only get 24 hours notice and no longer than 10 days.

Click Here for more information about the COVID Vaccine

Click Here on Why Do I have to wait for my COVID Vaccine?

The current government plan is for the COVID vaccinations to be delivered at scale at central sites. We have been ordered by NHSE to deliver the vaccine in a group of 6 GP Practices that make up Winchester Rural North and East Primary Care Network. Therefore the COVID vaccine will be delivered from the Holiday Inn, Winchester, SO21 1HZ.

Click on this link to see the priority groups. 

We are now inviting patients who are aged 21 and over for their COVID vaccinations. If you have a mobile number you will receive an invitation to book online. If you have already booked at another centre please decline the invitation sent by the surgery – this helps to keep our records up to date and stops us sending you reminders.

If you do not have a mobile telephone number you can call us to book but please call at one of our quieter times – Tuesday-Thursday between 10.30am-12.45pm or after 2pm.

With both vaccines - you will need 2 doses of the vaccine for the best immunity - however national guidance has increased the interval between the two doses. This will likely be 8 to 12 weeks.

We will update you as soon as we know more.

Second COVID vaccinations

Please do not call about your second vaccination until 11 weeks after your first vaccination. We are inviting patients and you will hear from us.

Number of Stockbridge Patients to have received a COVID Vaccine

As of 30th April 2021: 5,088 patients have received the 1st dose of the COVID Vaccine and 1,934 patients have received their 2nd dose (Pfizer or Astra-Zeneca).

This equates to 90% of our Group 1 to Group 9 patients which includes our patients over 50 years old, all our Nursing Home patients and Nursing Home staff, Frontline health and social workers and patients on the clinically extremely vulnerable list.

 

Newsletter - June 2021

Please click here to download a PDF of our current newsletter.

Breast cancer screening/awareness

Please click here to download a PDF about what happens at a breast clinic.

Education Events for patients with Diabetes

Please click on the below link for a range of online diabetes education sessions for patients in our area:

www.diabetes.org.uk/in_your_area/south_east/virtual-events-2021

COVID-19 family well-being pack

Please click here to download the Southern Health COVID-19 family well-being pack.

School Age Immunisation Teams are still vaccinating!

Information on a PDF here.

Staff vacancies

Please click here to see our current vacancies.