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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