FLU Season is upon us once more, if you are aged 65 or over or in an “At risk group” please contact the surgery to arrange your flu jab.
YOUR NHS DATA MATTERS
As a practice, we fully respect your right as a patient to control your data. The links explain how we share data with other providers, including the Great North Care Record and NHS Digital for secondary use.
You have the right to opt-out at any time from data being shared.
Your data is used in broadly two different ways:
- To provide you with care. This is called “Primary Use“
- To allow for planning and research to be done. This is called “Secondary Use“
Both uses will only be made where it is considered secure and appropriate to use patient data.
Opting-out of data sharing is an option for all patients, however it is not without potential downsides. For Primary Use data, if you opt-out and need care in a local hospital, for example, it may be much harder for the staff to access important medical information about you needed to provide safe and effective care. For Secondary Use, the downsides are more indirect. If everyone in the country were to opt-out, it would make it much harder to ensure funding is used in the NHS to develop services where they are needed. It would also be harder to develop new treatments.
Any choice you make will not impact your individual care. Please click on the link to find out more and opt out if you wish to do so or you can call 0300 3035678.
The NHS Digital Privacy Notice on the GPDPR is available here https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research/gp-privacy-notice
How to manage your sharing preferences using the NHS App
You can view or change your current preference at any time.
To view and change your preference in the NHS App:
- Go to Your health
- Select Choose if data from your health and care records is shared for planning and research.
- Select Make your choice.
- Review the information on the page, then select Start now.
- View your preference, then select Change if you want to change it.
- Update your choice, then select Submit.
You can also visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters.
Get medical help
111 online can tell you:
- where to get help for your symptoms, if you’re not sure what to do
- how to find general health information and advice
- where to get an emergency supply of your prescribed medicine
- how to get a repeat prescription
We offer online consultations via E-Consult which you can access via the banner on our home page.
Please do not use this online form for urgent or emergency requests. The submitted forms will only be read during office hours. The forms will not be read on the weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) or on bank holidays. They will not be read Monday-Friday between the hours of 1800 – 0900. Please contact 111 during out of hours or 999 if this is an emergency.
Our Practice is highly patient focused and we have a multidisciplinary approach to patients’ health care. We aim to deliver the best for our patients by combining the skills of the practice team with other health and social care workers in the community.
We provide modern health care facilities and focus on continually improving the health of our patients and residents of the community.
This website is aimed at providing you with the important information about our practice, our services and our staff in addition to some other useful information and tools available for you to use. Please have a look around and send us any comments or suggestions if you like. We can use your comments and ideas to improve our online services and develop the content of this site accordingly.
A ‘healthy lifestyle’ is what we recommend:
- Stop smoking
- Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruit and veg
- Exercise regularly
- Keep alcohol intake within recommended limits
Online Services (Patient Access)
We now offer online booking appointments, ordering of repeat prescriptions and online access to summary information within patient records, i.e allergies and adverse reactions. Please see reception staff to access this service.
Home Visiting Guidelines
Most patients who need to consult a GP will be seen at the surgery but we continue to make a limited number of home visits when this is appropriate.
Our guidelines are in accordance with the National and local recommendations and are produced below.
GP Visit Recommended
GP home visiting can make good sense and is the best way of giving a medical opinion in cases involving:
- The terminally ill
- The truly bed-bound patient, for whom travel to premises by car would cause a deterioration in their medical condition
GP Visit is Not Usual
In most of these cases, to visit would not be appropriate:
- Common symptoms of childhood illnesses: fevers, cold, cough, earache, headache, diarrhoea/vomiting, and most cases of abdominal pain. These patients are usually well enough to travel by car. It is not harmful to take a child with a fever outside. These children may not be fit to travel by bus or to walk, bur car transport is available from friends, relatives or taxi firms. It is not a doctor’s responsibility to arrange such transport.
- Adults with common problems: such as cough, sore throat, influenza, back pain and abdominal pain, are also readily transportable by car to a doctor’s premises.
- Common problems in the elderly: such as poor mobility, joint pain and general malaise, would also be treated by consultation at the doctor’s premises. The exception to this would be the truly bed-bound patient.
To request a home visit please contact the surgery on 01914990966/01914133459 ideally before 11 am.
We are currently live with Electronic Prescription Service. EPS enables prescribers to send prescriptions electronically to a dispenser (such as a pharmacy) of the patient’s choice. Please let reception staff know your nominated pharmacy.