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General Practice Data for Research and Planning (GPDPR)

Dear Globe Town Patients

You may (or may not) be aware that the current data extraction that takes place from our GP system is going to be replaced with a new system called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) under legal legislation (General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) – NHS Digital). 

The BMA has today called for the Government to delay the first collection by NHS Digital’s new patient data extraction system, to allow practices and patients to gain a better understanding of what the programme entails, and give those patients who wish to opt-out the time to do so.

More details on how patients can opt-out are here.

The full BMA press statement is here.

At Globe Town Surgery we feel that as a practice we have not adequately informed our patients due to not being fully informed ourselves or supported in terms of what to expect and what and how we need to inform our patient of how such changes may affect them. 

Therefore Globe Town Surgery would like to reassure our patients that we take your privacy and confidentiality very seriously and inform you that we will not be switching this on until we have given you enough time to consider the changes and opt out if you decide to do so.


Covid-19 vaccines 

We urge everyone aged 40 and above who has not yet had their first vaccine to book on the national booking system or wait to get a text or letter to book at alternative sites. Anyone over 60 or who is clinical vulnerable (moderate risk) can book on the national site or call their GP. 

If you have had your first vaccine, please make sure you have the second vaccine to ensure maximum protection. If you don’t hear about your second vaccination and it is more than 77 days since your first vaccine, there’s information on how to get your second dose. 

There is comprehensive information, guidance, and answers to questions, including vaccination information for frontline health and social care staff and carers at COVID-19 Vaccination programme | East London Health & Care Partnership (eastlondonhcp.nhs.uk) 

Getting the help you need 

Most consultations are over the phone and via video. This is for everyone's safety. We will assess your situation and invite you into the practice if needed. 

We can arrange same-day appointments if you need urgent care but please don't visit without an appointment. Appointments will be held in the best way to keep you safe from Covid.   

You can also contact 111, day or night, for other urgent health advice - including if you have concerns about your Covid-19 symptoms. 

Please remember that 999 and A&E are for emergencies.  

Please help reduce infections, protect the NHS and keep each other safe by following the latest rules  

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Please follow the government guidelines and do not come into the surgery, and make use of our online services or contact us by telephone.

If you are asked to come in, or have no access to any of the above means of contact then to help protect our patients and our staff we are asking that you attend alone or with no more than one other person to help you. On arrival you will be asked to speak to a member of staff through an internal window so that we can direct you most appropriately.

HOW TO OBTAIN YOUR RESULTS AT GLOBE TOWN SURGERY

Your blood test results should be received by your GP within 10-14 days.

If you have been advised the tests are part of your annual long-term chronic health condition review, please arrange your face to face long-term condition review with reception for between 7-14 days after this blood test. Your results will be discussed with you at this important annual health check and medication review.

If any of your results are ‘abnormal’ a further action needs to be taken, your GP will contact you by letter to your home address. Sometimes your GP may need to contact you urgently and this would be by phone call. Please ensure we have your up to date contact details – please discuss with reception.

Results are now also available to access yourself online. You can register with reception to obtain online access to your medical records. Results will be filed in your records usually within 14 days. The GP will write a note/action with the result e.g. – normal – no action required, abnormal – contact patient. If any concerns on this contact reception directly and they will be able to advise you.

You can access advice on your individual tests using labtestsonline.org.uk

If you are unable to access your results online or you find you’re unsure regarding the next step, you can contact reception after 11am, Monday – Friday for advice. They can arrange telephone consultation with your GP if necessary to discuss results.

On occasions your GP may have requested they wish to see you following your tests to discuss and plan future care or investigations, if this is the case please arrange a routine follow up appointment 14 days after your tests.

 
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