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Surgery update regarding the identification of high-risk patients. 31.03.20

 

We very much appreciate the importance of the shielding letters discussed by the Government and we are expecting updated guidance for general practice in the next 5-7 days. 

 

Although the gov.uk site and TV/media are directing patients to their GP, as it stands today we are not able to add patients to the shielded list.  All patients included in the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) defined cohort that could be identified through centrally available data are now flagged on GP systems and have received a letter; however centrally available data was limited and NHS Digital are now updating the original cohort to identify additional patients based on GP extracted data.

 

Whilst there may still be other patients, that GPs consider to be in the highest risk category and who should be advised to shield, they have asked that we do not run searches to identify these cohorts at this stage.  We are advised that NHS Digital will be in touch this week to confirm how this process can be streamlined for GPs and we stand by to action as swiftly as we can.

 

Thank you for your patience.

 

Melanie Gearing

Practice Manager


ALBRAM Drivers 24.03.20

Please note that our ALBRAM drivers are unable to provide transport to patients at present.

Alconbury Dispensary Update 24.03.20

From Wednesday 25th March our Dispensary will be offering a reduced collections service to minimise patient contact. Medication collection will be available from 10am-12noon each day and from 3pm until we close each afternoon we open. Prescription requests can be dropped off as usual but our team will not be available in person. Thank you for your understanding.

Alconbury & Brampton Surgeries update 23.03.20

For patients needing to self isolate and self certify, this is the link for a sick note via 111

 

https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/

Alconbury & Brampton Surgeries update. 20.03.20

During the last week the Practice has had to implement changes to many of our established working Practices in order to continue to meet the needs of our patients whilst also ensuring the heath and wellbeing of our team. Please be patient with our staff as new processes are rolled out and help us to ensure that we can help you when you most need us.
 
Appointments:
Doctors: Patients are only able to book telephone appointments with a GP.
The GP will assess whether a face to face appointment is necessary and make arrangements to see you if appropriate. We will not invite you to the GP Surgery if you have Coronavirus Symptoms.
Many medication reviews and routine follow ups can be conducted over the phone.
Nurses Our Nursing team are able to provide some routine review services to patients over the phone. This includes Pill Checks, Diabetic, COPD and Asthma Checks. Where a face to face element of the check is required this can be delayed until your next follow-up appointment.
We are continuing with face to face appointments for patients who have been screened as clear of coronavirus symptoms: Smears, Baby Immunisations, Travel Immunisations, B12 and Depo injections. Ear syringing will be assessed on a case by case basis. Cryotherapy services have been suspended as this is a non-essential service and treatment can be sourced over the counter from your local Pharmacist.
Healthcare Assistants: Our HCAs will continue with DMARDS/High risk drug monitoring and any bloods designated as necessary by GP. Any patient attending for bloods must be screened for symptoms.
 
Prescribing: We would like to encourage patients to register for online access to request your repeat medication electronically. We are also able to transfer your prescriptions electronically to your nominated Pharmacy via eps which will save you a return visit to the Surgery.
Online services ae available via the NHS App
 
Our Dispensary team are extremely busy at present so please allow 4 working days for us to process your repeat prescription requests.
 
Covid-19 FITNotes/Med3
Employees are able to self -certify for 7 days and for longer periods of isolation required the Government has asked employers to accept ‘Digital isolation Notes’ which will provide reassurance to those self-isolating and their employers while also reducing the pressure on our NHS, so they can continue doing all they can to protect the people of this country and save lives.
The isolation note service can be accessed via the 111 online coronavirus service or NHS.UK/coronavirus as well as via the NHS App.
 
Non-Covid-19 FITNotes/Med3
These can be generated electronically and sent to the patient by email. Please discuss with reception to ascertain whether a GP appointment is needed to issue this for you.
 
Thank you
Melanie Gearing
Practice Manager

Alconbury & Brampton Surgeries Update. 18.03.20 (See Latest News page)

Please do not enter either Surgery unless authorised to do so.  Patients will not be given appointments unless they have telephoned to be assessed.  Please be patients when trying to get through on the telephone.

Appointments

Following the updated Government Coronavirus guidance all GP appointments at the Practice have been scheduled as a telephone call rather than face to face. If you feel you need to see a GP in person then please book a telephone appointment in the first instance and the GP will advise whether you need to be seen at the Surgery. Necessary Nurse & HCA appointments will continue for patients without symptoms, please prepare to answer our receptionists questions.

 

Medication

We would like to encourage patients to sign up for online access to enable you to request your repeat medications electronically. We are also able to transfer your prescriptions electronically to your nominated Pharmacy via eps which will save you a return visit to the Surgery.

If you HAVE already registered for online access via Patient Access, please use the link here https://app.patientaccess.com/login (Do not register for this as a new user) 

 

If you HAVE NOT previously registered for online access, please register to the use the NHS App at https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/the-nhs-app/ 

Our team are extremely busy at present so please allow 3-4 working days for us to process your repeat prescription requests.

 

Information

For regular updates from the Practice please sign up for our virtual patient group here: https://www.mysurgerywebsite.co.uk/secure/survey_signup.aspx?p=D81004

 

For the most recent advice regarding Coronavirus please see https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19

PRESS RELEASE - Cambridgeshire General Practice response to COVID-19 pandemic 13.03.20

Please see press release HERE from Cambridgeshire LMC

CORONAVIRUS - INFORMATION FOR OUR PATIENTS 13.03.20

The UK has moved from the containment phase to the delay phase of managing the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

If you have either a high temperature over 37.8 OR a new persistent cough then please stay at home and self isolate for 7 days.

 

If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home or your condition gets worse or after 7 days your symptoms do not get better PLEASE USE THE NHS 111 ONLINE CORONAVIRUS SERVICE .

 

Please only call 111 if you cannot get help online. Any appropriate support will be provided by the 111 service and we will not be able to see you at the Surgery or provide advice over the phone.

 

Our Receptionists will be asking all patients questions regarding symptoms prior to booking any appointments.

 

Please bear with us as we are extremely busy at this time and calls may take longer than usual.

Coronavirus - Information for our patients 04.03.20

 

Coronavirus - Information for our patients 28.02.20

  • If you have been in contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus, or have returned from Northern Italy (above and not including Pisa, Florence & Rimini), Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, China (incl. Hong-Kong), Japan, Malaysia, Rep Korea, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand, in the last 14 days and feel unwell, please call NHS111 for advice.

    If you have returned from Wuhan, the Hubei Province in China or the specified areas of Northern Italy or South Korea in the last 14 days, stay indoors and contact NHS111 even if you do not have symptoms. Do NOT attend or call the surgery, as we are unable to give advice or arrange necessary tests. Thank you

  • Lunchtime Closures

    The surgeries will be closed between 12.30 - 3pm for staff training on the following dates:

    Thursday 12th March 2020

    Wednesday 8th April 2020

    Wednesday 13th May 2020

    Wednesday 10th June 2020

    Wednesday 15th July 2020

    Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Coronavirus Information for our Patients.

  • If you have been in contact with a confirmed case of Coronavirus, or have returned from China (incl. Hong-Kong), Japan, Malaysia, Rep Korea, Singapore, Taiwan or Thailand, in the last 14 days and feel unwell, please call NHS111 for advice. If you have returned from Wuhan or the Hubei Province in China in the last 14 days, stay indoors and contact NHS111 even if you do not have symptoms. Do NOT attend or call the surgery, as we are unable to give advice or arrange necessary tests. Thank you.

  • Wuhan novel coronavirus

    Public Health England have issued the following poster regarding the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus Please click here

 

 

Data Sharing

Privacy Notice

The Practice Privacy Notice can be found below

Practice Privacy Notice 05.18

National Data Opt Out

Patients can choose to opt out of their data being used for research and planning purposes.  For more information visit: https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/

Summary Care Record

summary care recordThere is a new Central NHS Computer System called the Summary Care Record (SCR). The Summary Care Record is meant to help emergency doctors and nurses help you when you contact them when the surgery is closed. Initially, it will contain just your medications and allergies.

Later on as the central NHS computer system develops, (known as the ‘Summary Care Record’ – SCR), other staff who work in the NHS will be able to access it along with information from hospitals, out of hours services, and specialists letters that may be added as well.

Your information will be extracted from practices such as ours and held on central NHS databases.   

As with all new systems there are pros and cons to think about. When you speak to an emergency doctor you might overlook something that is important and if they have access to your medical record it might avoid mistakes or problems, although even then, you should be asked to give your consent each time a member of NHS Staff wishes to access your record, unless you are medically unable to do so.

On the other hand, you may have strong views about sharing your personal information and wish to keep your information at the level of this practice. Connecting for Health (CfH), the government agency responsible for the Summary Care Record have agreed with doctors’ leaders that new patients registering with this practice should be able to decide whether or not their information is uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System.

For existing patients it is different in that it is assumed that you want your record uploaded to the Central NHS Computer System unless you actively opt out.

For further information visit the Connecting for Health Website

If you choose to opt out of the scheme, then you will need to complete a form and bring it along to the surgery.

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Communication from the Health and Social Care Information Centre about opt-outs and your care information choices.

This information below can also be found at http://www.nhs.uk/NHSEngland/thenhs/records/healthrecords/Pages/overview.aspx

Sharing your records: your personal information

Information about you is used in a number of ways by the NHS and social care services to support your personal care and to improve health and social care services for everyone.

The Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) is the national NHS organisation with a legal responsibility to collect data as people make use of NHS and social care services. The data is used both at a local level and nationally to help with planning, managing your care, supporting research into new treatments, identifying trends and issues and so forth, and is used to try to make services better for all.

You can, however, choose not to have information about you shared or used for any purpose beyond providing your own treatment or care.

Your right to opt out

You can choose not to have anything that could identify you shared beyond your GP practice. You can also choose for the HSCIC not to share information it collects from all health providers any further.

If you have previously told your GP practice that you don't want the HSCIC to share your personal confidential information for purposes other than your own care and treatment, your opt-out will have been implemented by the HSCIC from April 29 2016. It will remain in place unless you change it.

Simply contact your GP either to register an opt-out or end an opt-out you have already registered and they will update your medical record. Your GP practice will also be able to confirm whether or not you have registered an opt-out in the past.

You can find more information about how the HSCIC handles your information and choices and how it manages your opt-out on the HSCIC websitewww.hscic.gov.uk/yourinfo

Information Sharing

The HSCIC has a statutory role to collect and process health and social care information which is set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

The HSCIC's fair processing materials, available at http://www.hscic.gov.uk/patientconf, explain and provide further information on:
• what HSCIC collects - the types of information the HSCIC collects and what it's used for
• personal information choices - people's rights regarding care information
• information requests from organisations - how organisations can ask HSCIC to collect or provide access to care information
• assurance bodies and processes - how the information requests HSCIC receive are carefully looked at
• examples of benefits that have been realised through the provision of such information including case studies involving breast cancer and diabetes that are available at: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/benefitscasestudies/extracts
The HSCIC is absolutely committed to keeping all of the data it handles safe and secure and applies the same principle to any data that is released outside of the organisation.

Information is only ever shared with organisations that have gone through a strict application process, who can demonstrate they have a legitimate reason to access the data to use it for the benefit of health and care purposes, as per the new protections introduced as part of the Care Act 2014, and who have signed a legally binding agreement. So for example commercial companies cannot receive information for insurance or marketing purposes.

As part of the application process the Data Access Advisory Group, an independent group, hosted by the HSCIC, considers all applications for data that are identifiable or de-identified for limited access.

The HSCIC also regularly publishes a register of data releases at: http://www.hscic.gov.uk/dataregister, showing where data has been released, to which organisation and for which purposes.

If you require any further information the HSCIC can be contacted by email at enquiries@hscic.gov.uk or by phone on 0300 303 5678.



 
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