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Saturday Flu Clinics 2021

We have Saturday Flu Clinics arranged for the below dates in 2021 - 

  • Saturday 23rd October
  • Saturday 30th October
  • Saturday 20th November
  • Saturday 27th November

The flu vaccination is free on the NHS for anyone over the age of 50 or patients in an ‘at risk’ group - please contact reception AFTER 10.30am to check your eligibility and book an appointment. 


Using your Health Data for Planning and Research

Information about your health and care helps the NHS to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments.

It can also help research organisations to explore new treatments or make discoveries.

You can decide that you do not want your information to be used in this way.

There are two main options;

Option 1: Opting out of the GP Data for Planning and Research (GPDDR) Formally known as GPES.

This means you don't want your data to be extracted from your GP clinical system and used for Planning and Research Purposes. You can opt out at any time. Find out more.

Option 2: Opting out of NHS Digital using or sharing your health data (held by any provider, not just your GP), for Planning and Research purposes.

You can opt out at any time. Find out more.

Other materials and materials in other languages are available here

How do I Opt Out?

To opt out of your data leaving the GP Practice for Research and Planning (Type 1), just contact your GP practice by phone, email or post and let us know.

To opt out of your health data being used or shared by NHS Digital (Type 2), you can;

Call

The phone number is 0300 303 5678 – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays).

Write

National Data Opt Out
Contact Centre
NHS Digital
HM Government
7 and 8 Wellington Place
Leeds
LS1 4AP

Email

enquiries@nhsdigital.nhs.uk

Online

https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/manage-your-choice/


Oxford AstraZeneca Vaccine

New guidance has been issued for the use of the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

This follows further reviews by the independent regulator, the MHRA, and the Commission for Human Medicines, of a very small number of people in the UK who have developed a rare blood-clotting condition since having the Oxford AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine.

The MHRA and Joint Committee for Vaccinations and Immunisations have emphasised that the risk of this condition is extremely small and that the benefits of the vaccine outweigh the risks for the vast majority of people. They have recommended that:

  • Everyone who has had the AstraZeneca vaccine should still have a second dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine, irrespective of age, unless they have had a blood clot or have an existing risk of thrombosis (blood clotting)
  • People aged 40 and over or who have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease should still be offered the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. The benefits in protecting them against the serious consequences of COVID-19 outweigh any risk of this rare condition.
  • People aged 18-39 who do not have a health condition that puts them at higher risk of severe Covid-19 disease will be offered an alternative Covid-19 vaccine where available. (This has been recommended as a precaution as people under 40 are at less risk from Covid-19 and not because they are considered to be at particular risk of developing the rare blood clot.)
  • People under 40 can still choose to have the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine if this will mean they can be protected more quickly and they have been made aware of the guidance.

Please see the leaflet below that has been produced by Public Health England and the NHS to answer any questions you may have

Leaflet on COVID-19 vaccination and blood clotting


Covid-19 Vaccination Certification 

From 17th May 2021, patients in England who have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine can demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status for international travel and check their Covid-19 vaccination record within the NHS App

Please Click to Download NHS App

Alternatively, please click the below link to request a letter showing your COVID-19 vaccination status-

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/covid-pass/get-your-covid-pass-letter/

You can use this service if the following apply:

  • You have had 2 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine
  • You had your vaccination in England
  • You are aged 16 or over

You can use this service 2 weeks after you've had your 2nd dose.

A letter will be sent within 5 working days.


Increase in Prescription Charges

As of the 1st April 2021 prescription charges will be increasing as below - 

  • Single charge (per prescription item) £9.35
  • 3-month PPC £30.25
  • 12-month PPC £108.10

Covid Vaccination Advice

The Suffolk and North East Essex ICS has launched a brand-new website which aims to offer a single, comprehensive and accurate source of information about Covid-19 and vaccinations.

Visit the website here - www.sneevaccine.org.uk

The new website contains the very latest information on the ongoing vaccination programme in order to give people clarity on this major situation including:

  • Most up-to-date information on who is eligible to receive the vaccine
  • Latest details of locations of vaccination centres
  • Updates on progress of the local vaccination programme
  • Accurate information on efficacy and safety of the vaccines
  • A Q&A section covering the most commonly asked questions
  • Interviews with people who have received the vaccine and staff who are delivering the programme

The Covid Vaccination helpline is available for all patients who have a query regarding Covid Vaccinations - 0344 257 3961


Face Masks

On the 19th July 2021 restrictions will change, however, face coverings will still be required within a NHS setting. 

Please continue to wear a face covering whenever you visit the surgery.

Thank you.


Antibody Testing

Unfortunately our local laboratories are NOT currently set up to accommodate Covid-19 Antibody testing, and our Local CCG are actively looking for ways in which we can make this service available in our area. Therefore, we are NOT currently able to offer Covid-19 Antibody testing to our patients so please DO NOT contact the practice regarding this matter.


ATTENTION - THIS UPDATE INCLUDES IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) AND YOUR INFORMATION - PLEASE READ CAREFULLY

Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and your information

The ICO recognises the unprecedented challenges the NHS and other health professionals are facing during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The ICO also recognise that 'Public bodies may require additional collection and sharing of personal data to protect against serious threats to public health.'

The Government have also taken action in respect of this and on 20th March 2020 the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care issued a Notice under Regulation 3(4) of The Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 requiring organisations such as GP Practices to use your information to help GP Practices and other healthcare organisations to respond to and deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.

In order to look after your healthcare needs during this difficult time, we may urgently need to share your personal information, including medical records, with clinical and non-clinical staff who belong to organisations that are permitted to use your information and need to use it to help deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. This could (amongst other measures) consist of either treating you or a member of your family and enable us and other healthcare organisations to monitor the disease, assess risk and manage the spread of the disease.

Please be assured that we will only share information and health data that is necessary to meet yours and public healthcare needs.

The Secretary of State for Health and Social Care has also stated that these measures are temporary and will expire on 30th September 2020 unless a further extension is required. Any further extension will be communicated via an update to this Privacy Notice.

Please also note that the data protection and electronic communication laws do not stop us from sending public health messages to you, either by phone, text or email as these messages are not direct marketing.

It may also be necessary, where the latest technology allows us to do so, to use your information and health data to facilitate digital consultations and diagnoses and we will always do this with your security in mind.

If you are concerned about how your information is being used, please contact our DPO using the contact details provided in this Privacy Notice.


Book Your Shingles Vaccination Today!

Shingles Vaccinations are free for Patients aged 70, 71, 72, 73, 74, 78 or 79.

Contact our reception today on 01728 830526 to find our whether you are eligible and to book!


Join our Patient Participation Group 

Be the voice of the patients and join our Patient Participant Group. 

Call reception on 01728 830526 for more information.

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