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General Practice Data for Planning and Research – please click here for more information and how to opt out if you wish to do so

General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR)

The data held in the GP medical records of patients is used every day to support health and care planning and research in England, helping to find better treatments and improve patient outcomes for everyone. NHS Digital and the Government have developed a new way to collect this data, called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection.

NHS Digital has engaged with the British Medical Association (BMA), Royal College of GPs (RCGP) and the National Data Guardian (NDG) to ensure relevant safeguards are in place for patients and GP practices.

Type 1 Opt Out: GP to NHS Digital

This collection will start on 1st September 2021. If you do not want your identifiable patient data from the GP practice to be shared with NHS Digital for purposes other than for your own care, please complete and return to your GP Practice a Type 1 Opt-out form no later than 25th August 2021. If you return your form after this date, data sharing will stop from the date of registration.

To submit a Type 1 Opt-Out form ONLY please print and complete the form and bring to reception.

Dissent from secondary use of patient identifiable data

National Data Opt-Out (Type 2): NHS Digital to Third Parties

Complete the National Data Opt-Out form ONLY. This will stop information from your medical records being shared with third parties. You can do this online or via the NHS App. The GP Practice does not have any control over this and cannot process this for you.

To submit your National Data Opt-Out form, you can complete the form on the NHS Digital website: https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/manage-your-choice/

For further information please go to NHS Digital: https://digital.nhs.uk/services/national-data-opt-out

Covid Vaccine Pass – click here for more information

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccine, or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine. Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from:

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores
  • the NHS website
  • 119 – by requesting a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose (or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine) more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

When you’re planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.

COVID-19 Vaccine

COVID-19 Vaccine: The NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated – please do not contact the Surgery before then.

The first phase of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has begun. However, initially the vaccination will be prioritised for those aged 80 and over, care home workers and residents, and frontline health and care staff. These vaccinations will be delivered through a limited number of Hospital and GP Hubs. See this leaflet explaining who was chosen for the first group and why.

If you are in a priority group, when it is the right time, you will receive an invitation to come forward for your vaccination. For most people this will be a letter, (some might receive a text from their GP practice), the practice or the national NHS. This letter will include all the information you will need to book appointments, including your NHS number.

This is going to be a long-term programme and it will likely take until at least Spring before all high-risk groups have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine.

Please help us and do not contact the practice or other NHS services to get an appointment for a COVID vaccination until you get this letter. Please also continue to follow the national guidance to control the virus and save lives.

Information on the vaccine is available on www.selondonccg.nhs.uk/what-we-do/covid-19/.

COVID-19 Vaccine: The NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated – please do not contact the Surgery before then

The first phase of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has begun. However, initially the vaccination will be prioritised for those aged 80 and over, care home workers and residents, and frontline health and care staff. These vaccinations will be delivered through a limited number of Hospital and GP Hubs. See this leaflet explaining who was chosen for the first group and why.

 

If you are in a priority group, when it is the right time, you will receive an invitation to come forward for your vaccination.  For most people this will be a letter, (some might receive a text from their GP practice), the practice or the national NHS.  This letter will include all the information you will need to book appointments, including your NHS number.

 

This is going to be a long-term programme and it will likely take until at least Spring before all high-risk groups have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine.

 

Please help us and do not contact the practice or other NHS services to get an appointment for a COVID vaccination until you get this letter.   Please also continue to follow the national guidance to control the virus and save lives.

 

Information on the vaccine is available on www.selondonccg.nhs.uk/what-we-do/covid-19/

General practices are open but working differently – click here for more information

General practices are open but working differently

 

Over recent months since the lifting of the national lockdown and reduction in Coronavirus cases, Bromley general practices and the CCG have received numerous enquiries and some complaints from our patients that their registered GP practice is ‘not open’, ‘not offering doctor appointments’ or ‘not seeing patients face to face’.

 

Please note that all 43 GP practices in Bromley are open, and have remained open throughout the pandemic. Practices are open from 8am until 6.30pm Monday to Friday as a minimum

 

All practices are offering face to face appointments to patients that have been assessed by a doctor or nurse (or other clinically trained person within the practice) and have been deemed to require physical examination. This assessment is sometimes called ‘triage’. For many patients, assessment has found that they can be treated through a telephone, email or video consultation without the need to travel into the surgery.  Many patients have reported being satisfied with this approach because they do not need to balance work, childcare or other commitments with travelling and have found completing  the online consulting forms (available through GP practice websites as e-consult) to be an easier way to get help in their own time.

 

Doctors and other clinicians are able to give advice, issue prescriptions or make onward referrals for tests or specialist appointments without physically examining patients, based on patient symptoms and history. Where it would not be safe or in the patients best interests to do this, a face to face appointment will be booked. This is usually at the GP practice itself, but may be at a nearby clinic or other health centre. For patients that do not have computer or internet access, telephone appointments or face to face appointments are available. Face coverings are mandatory for attending GP practices, unless exemptions apply. See: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own

 

We are asking our patients to bear with us and our GP practices at this challenging time. Practices have had to make significant changes over a very short period of time to change how they use technology, how they use their surgery premises and who and how staff are working within the practice. For many GP practices, there have been staff taken sick or shielding which has caused pressure. It is likely that triaging patients for physical examination first and electronic consulting will remain in place for some time. Also, different staffing beyond just doctors and nurses are working in practices now, including pharmacists, paramedics, and people who can help you with social and non-medical wellbeing (called social prescribers). These may be more appropriate to help to meet your needs more quickly and effectively.

 

If you do have a medical problem, either physical health or mental health, please do not hesitate to contact your GP practice. We are here to support you. Do not put off asking for help.

 

We would also encourage all patients to continue to attend for their normal screening tests, such as smear tests – our team have been offering these for some time now and it is important for your health that these tests continue to be carried out.