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Threeways Surgery  15.07.2021 

We would like to reassure all our patients that General Practice is open and here for all who need to use our services. 

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, our practice has remained open and here for you.  

We have simply been doing things differently, with greater emphasis on remote assessments and inviting patients for face-to-face appointments only when necessary. But we have never closed our doors as a service; we have simply been operating in a COVID-safe way.  

Although lockdown restrictions are easing it is still important for the safety of patients and staff that we continue to maintain a COVID- secure environment. It is hugely encouraging that the vaccination rollout has been so successful, but infection rates are still concerning and the emergence of new COVID variants poses a risk we cannot ignore. For this reason, we will continue to ask visitors to our practice to please wear face masks when they enter the building and to socially distance for the time being. By taking these simple precautions we can work together to prevent infections among both patients and staff. This also helps us avoid having staff members isolate, which in turn will help us keep your GP services running smoothly. 

We will also continue to assess patients remotely first and will offer face-to-face appointments to those who need them. This will include people with existing medical conditions who need greater support (for example, people with learning difficulties or who may be living with hearing loss), and those who we assess to have a particular need that requires a face-to-face appointment.  

As we are sure you appreciate, it is really important for us to focus on patients who need us the most and who may have an urgent or long-term health need that requires attention. It is also the case that administrative work has increased considerably for GPs and staff as a result of the pandemic. Using telephone assessment methods means we can make sure our time is used to help each patient in the best way for their particular health concern. We would like to reassure you that we will always be working hard to put your needs, as patients, first. 

 

Routine screenings, health checks and immunisations all continue to be available at your GP practice. 

We are very aware how difficult the pandemic has been for many patients. We also understand that some may be frustrated at having to wait a little longer than usual for certain treatments. Similarly, our telephone lines have been far busier than usual for this time of year, and patients may find themselves on hold for slightly longer while we deal with calls.  

 

We would ask, however, that all patients please treat our staff with kindness and respect. 

 

General Practice has been working extremely hard, and very long hours, throughout the pandemic and the recent vaccination rollout. This has been a difficult and exhausting time for many of our staff, who continue to work diligently to support all our patients. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding in this and would like to thank our patients for their support. 

 

Using NHS services 

If you have any concerning or suspicious symptoms, we will ask that you please do not hesitate to contact us. We understand that some of you may have put off contacting your GP because of the COVID situation, for various reasons. But if you have a genuine concern, please get in touch as soon as possible. We want to help you. 

 

However, we would still ask that you consider how urgent your request is before you contact us.

Often with mild complaints your pharmacy, the NHS111 telephone service or www.111.nhs.uk will be able to give you the help you need quickly and easily.   

 

If you need urgent care we would again urge you to call 111 or go to www.111.nhs.uk first. These can then direct you to the most appropriate local service (for instance, the Urgent Treatment Centre or A&E).  

And please always call 999 for a life-threatening illness or injury. 

 

COVID-19 

If you have COVID symptoms – a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – please make sure you get tested and continue to follow the guidance by self-isolating to help protect those you may come into contact with.  

SHARING OF INFORMATION - 09.06.2021 

Dear Patient,

 

We have been asked to share the following important information with you.

 

This practice is supporting vital health and care planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital. For more information about this see the GP Practice Privacy Notice for General Practice Data for Planning and Research." 

 

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research.

 

If you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital please register your Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice 

 

What data is shared:

 

Data may be shared from the 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 1 July 2021, and was previously registered at a GP practice in England when the data collection started

 

NHS Digital will not collect patients’ names or addresses. Any other data that could directly identify patients (such as NHS Number, date of birth, full postcode) is replaced with unique codes which are produced by de-identification software before the data is shared with NHS Digital.

 

This process is called pseudonymisation and means that patients will not be identified directly in the data. NHS Digital will be able to use the software to convert the unique codes back to data that could directly identify patients in certain circumstances, and where there is a valid legal reason.

 

If you would prefer that your identifiable patient data is only shared for your own health care purposes, you can opt-out by registering aType 1 Opt-out or a National Data Opt-out, or both.

 

These opt-outs are different and they are explained in more detail below. Your individual care will not be affected if you opt-out using either option (or both, because data about your health held by other healthcare providers, such as hospitals, may also be shared with NHSD by them).

A Type 1 opt out has to be registered by your Practice; please let us know if you want to register a type 1 opt out.

 

A National Opt out can be done without contacting your practice, at https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/or via the NHS Digital Contact Centre: 0300 303 5678 –Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays).

 

Type 1 Opt-out(opting out of NHS Digital collecting your data)

NHSD will not collect data from GP practices about patients who have registered a Type 1 Opt-out with their practice. More information about Type 1 Opt-outs is in the GP Data for Planning and Research Transparency Notice, including a form that you can complete and send to your GP practice. This collection will start on 1July 2021 so if you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital, please register your Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice by23 June 2021. If you register a Type 1 Opt out after this collection has started, no more of your data will be shared with NHSD. They will however still hold the patient data which was shared before you registered the Type 1 Opt-out.

 

If you don’t mind the NHS making use of your data for planning and research, but object to sharing of it with other organisations, then you only need the 2nd type of opt out:

 

National Data Opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital sharing your datawith other organizations)

 

NHSD will still collect data from GP medical records about patients who have registered a National Data Opt-out. The National Data Opt-out applies to identifiable patient data about your health, which is called confidential patient information.

 

This opt out means NHS Digital won’t share any confidential patient information about you -this includes GP data, or other info, such as hospital data -with other organisations, unless there is an exemption.

 

To find out more information or register your National Opt-out, follow the link below or call the NHS Digital Contact Centre: 0300 303 5678 –Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays).


Update 23.06.2021 

Collection of GP Data for Planning and research

The collection of GP Data for Planning and Research will now take place from 1 September 2021, rather than 1 July.

We all know data saves lives and there is no clearer demonstration of this than our response to the pandemic. The use of data allowed us to bring down the hospitalisations from COVID-19 by creating a Shielded Patients' List, for example.

We now have a further two months to first take your feedback and then to communicate more widely with your patients in a public conversation.  

The current system for collecting patient data is over 10 years-old and needs to be replaced. It’s clear that making better use of data benefits us all in so many ways from the COVID-19 vaccine rollout to helping find treatments for serious conditions such as coronavirus, cancer and heart disease.

The current system for collecting patient data is over 10 years-old and needs to be replaced. It’s clear that making better use of data benefits us all in so many ways from the COVID-19 vaccine rollout to helping find treatments for serious conditions such as coronavirus, cancer and heart disease.

https://digital.nhs.uk/news-and-events/latest-news/collection-of-gp-data-for-planning-and-research-to-go-ahead-on-1-september-2021

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