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8/6/21 - Do you want to opt out?

NHS Digital is replacing the General Practice Extraction Service (GPES) with the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection, GPDPR, and have consulted British Medical Association (BMA), Royal College of GPs (RCGP) and the National Data Guardian (NDG) to ensure safeguards are in place for patients and practices. Data will only be made available to organisations with a clear legal basis to do so for health and care purposes, and are approved following independent scrutiny by our Independent Group Advising on the Release of Data.

Patient data collected from general practice is already used to support research and analysis to help run and improve health and care services. In addition to replacing GPES, the General Practice Data for Planning and Research service (GPDPR) will help to support the planning and commissioning of services, the development of policy, public health monitoring and interventions (including coronavirus) and enable many different areas of research.

Data from the GP medical records will be shared from 1 July 2021. Data may be shared 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

Names and addresses are not collected. Any data that could directly identify patients (such as NHS Number, date of birth, full postcode) is replaced with unique codes produced by de-identification software before the data is shared, a process called pseudonymisation.

Structured and coded data from patient medical records including data on:

  • diagnoses, symptoms, observations, test results, medications, allergies, immunisations, referrals, recalls and appointments, including information about physical, mental and sexual health
  • sex, ethnicity and sexual orientation

If you wish to Opt-out, click here

8/6/21: NHS Digital has delayed the deadline till September 1st

30/7/21 - Message from on-call GP (today)

We have received many calls today where the person says they have done the Covid test, but on further questioning they have actually done the Lateral Flow Test, which is INCORRECT.

 
There is a lot of confusion, so I hope I can explain better:
 
- If you have a new cough, high temperature or change in taste or smell - the nasal test kit from the pharmacy is THE WRONG TEST. You need to book in for a PCR test via 111.nhs.uk
 
- If you are symptom-free and checking you are safe to go to work, school etc - the nasal kit from the pharmacy is CORRECT. This is called the Lateral Flow Test.
 
If you book in for a PCR, you'll be given walk in, drive in or home kit options. Results for the first two typically take 24 hours.
 
Thanks
Dr Avradeep Chakrabarti
On-call GP 

20/8/21 - Important changes to routine and non-urgent blood test appointments

All GP practices are affected by the current national shortage of blood tubes and are taking urgent steps alongside our hospitals to prioritise their use for people with the greatest clinical need. This includes testing for serious conditions such as cancer.  

 

We are following national guidance which has been issued in response to the shortage. As a result, we need to cancel and delay a number of patient appointments for blood tests deemed routine or non-urgent. If you have a routine blood test appointment the reception team at the surgery will be in touch directly if they need to cancel your appointment, this will be by phone or by text message.

 

Please be assured that appointments will be rescheduled once the situation has improved, and in line with national guidance. There are a few things you can do if you are affected by this change: 

  • Keep checking our website for regular updates – we will be sharing the latest patient information here as soon as we receive it. 
  • Check your phone for messages from us – we will also be using our patient text service to keep people informed. 
  • Please don’t call or contact us with questions about routine blood tests – we are experiencing exceptional levels of demand at the moment, and your cooperation will help us to reach those without smartphone or internet access with this critical information.  
  • Do get in touch online if your condition worsens or changes so that we can prioritise your blood test if necessary following clinical review

The changes are likely to be in place for at least four weeks. We will keep all our patients regularly updated as the national situation changes. We fully understand the frustration this is likely to cause, and apologise for the inconvenience.  

 

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind you of the wider resources available locally to support you, including the emotional support line for those experiencing anxiety or distress. You can find more here: https://bnssghealthiertogether.org.uk/localresources/

 

26/8/21 - Covid vaccinations for 16 and 17 year olds

16 and 17 year olds are eligible for the Covid vaccinations.

They can access the jab at any site in Bristol as shown via this link: Grab A Jab

 

23/9/21 - GPs in crisis

A disheartening video for us to watch, but hopefully will show that despite the negative stories in the news media, we are all trying the best we can

30/9/21 - Online Consulting access issues via mobile phone

There appears to be a problem accessing the online consulting portal via a mobile phone.
 
There is NO problem with desktop access.

We suspect it is a problem with the website server and are looking into it to get it rectified asap.

Please use a desktop computer or laptop to access online consulting portal via our website or telephone if you still have problems.

Sorry for the inconvenience.

12/10/21 - Game of Stones

The Game of Stones trial is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). It is being conducted in the wider Bristol area by a research team from University of Bristol, led by Katrina Turner, Professor of Primary Care Research.

The research study is testing a novel weight loss intervention for men who want to lose weight. The aim is to recruit 195 men from the wider Bristol area, via local community venues and GP practices.

  • Any man registered with a practice in the BNSSG CCG can apply to take part. Your practice does not need to be directly involved in the study. 

  • If your practice is located within BNSSG, please could you place the attached poster in your practice and, if appropriate, inform your colleagues of the study. The study team can supply hard copies of the poster, so please let them know if you want one. There are also flyers and information sheets available. The study team are particularly keen to recruit men from deprived areas.

  • The trial is built on a very successful feasibility study, but at the moment recruitment is slow.  The study team are aware that general practice is super busy but any help would be greatly appreciated.

For further information, contact:

gameofstones-study@bristol.ac.uk or Katrina.Turner@bristol.ac.uk

 

21/10/21 - Alert- Possible scam against elderly patients

We wish to make you aware of an apparent scam that may be occuring now in the vicinity.
 
Someone claiming to work on behalf of the surgery is ringing elderly patients, saying they are from NHS Initiative and saying they can get alarms for the wrists which can be pressed when you fall. [They are actually called pendant alarms].
 
The person in question gets name, date of birth, address details and then says there is no charge initially, but then subsequently requests direct debit details.
 
Pendant alarms via the NHS are free. We as a surgery would never asked for money and never ask for your bank/card details or any payment over the phone.
 
If you come across such a call, please ask them to call you from the Surgery telephone number and suggest you notify the Police via 101.

5/11/21 - Post Covid recovery advice

A repeat reminder of the NHS Post Covid recovery website with information of common symptoms and self managment options for those that were positive on their PCR and still feel affected self isolation period has ended.
 

26/11/21 - Phone service breakdown

We apologise, but unfortunately our telephone service has stopped working/ broken down.
 
The engineers from the telephone company are busy getting it fixed.
 
You will only be able to contact the surgery via the online consulting tool.
 
We hope the telephones return to normal ASAP.
 
Thanks
 
16.15- phone line fixed and working again