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 No walk in notice

We have been asked to inform you that, contrary to what you might hear on the TV or radio, the Covid-19 vaccination centre at The Meres should only be used for booked appointments.  They are not able to accept walk-in patients due to the available resources they have for staffing.  It will cause unnecessary delays and queues if people just turn up without an appointment and creates issues for our volunteer taskforce.
 
Boosters are available 182 days after the date of the second vaccination, for patients over the age of 50 or those in at risk categories.  Please continue to book either via your GP surgery or by contacting 119.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

General Practice Data for Planning and Research: GP Practice Privacy Notice

Posted on June 8th, 2021

Under data protection law we must tell you about how we use your personal information. This includes the personal information that we share with other organisations and why we do so. Our main GP practice privacy notice is on our website. This additional privacy notice provides details about the personal information that we are sharing with NHS Digital for its General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection.

NHS Digital is part of the NHS. It collects, analyses, publishes and shares data to improve everyone’s health and care. Read more about NHS Digital.

We use the term patient data to refer to personal information in the rest of this notice.

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research/gp-privacy-notice

Opting out

If you don’t want your identifiable patient data (personally identifiable data in the diagram above) to be shared for purposes except for your own care, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out or a National Data Opt-out, or both. These opt-outs are different and they are explained in more detail in the above links. Your individual care will not be affected if you opt out using either option.

Opt out form (Link)

Electronic Prescriptions

We are upgrading to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) which will mean that almost all our prescriptions will be processed electronically from 6 March 2020.

Electronic prescriptions help save the NHS money.

You will receive your prescriptions in the same way as you do now.

Read more about EPS on the NHS website.

You said, so we did…….

We really value all our patients’ comments and suggestions. We read, listen, review and act wherever possible.
Recently…..
You said you were getting the engaged tone when contacting the surgery
  • So we increased our line capacity 
You said we would like to be able to cancel appointments when the surgery is closed.
  • So we now have a system where you can cancel your appointment via an answer phone on our phone system 24 hours a day.
You said you could hear conversations in the waiting room
  • So we now play music in the waiting area.
You said queues are long to check in when attending for appointments
  • So we installed a patient self check
Thank you for all your feedback.

Improving Communication


We want to improve the way we communicate with patients. Some of you are already receiving text message reminders for appointments. We want to widen the number of patients benefiting from this service and we want to use the service for more than just appointment reminders. For example, we might text you to let you know when a prescription is ready to collect or to ask you to come for your annual review.


From March, if we've got your mobile number, we'll include you in this service unless you've opted out. Please let us know if you wouldn't like to be part of this service and please make sure you inform us if your number changes.
Thank you
 

Friends and Family
 
Please complete the family and friends test from the link on the right.  It is only two questions
 

Patient Participation Group 

Our latest project is underway to set up our patient participation group. If you would like to know more please click on 'Patient Group' on the left hand side of this page on our website.

 

ON-LINE SERVICES

If you would like to order your repeat prescriptions or book, change or cancel your appointments or access your medical summary on line please bring in two forms of ID (one photo ID) and complete a form at reception with your email address and we will issue you with a security code to enable you to register for the service.

ELECTRONIC PRESCRIPTION SERVICE
 

If you would like your prescription to be sent directly to the Pharmacy of your choice please contact the Pharmacy and ask to complete their nomination form and we will electronically send your prescriptions.

Phase 4 information for GP practices - NHS Digital

We are upgrading to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) which will mean that almost all our prescriptions will be processed electronically from 6 March 2020.

Electronic prescriptions help save the NHS money.

You will receive your prescriptions in the same way as you do now.

Read more about EPS on the NHS website.

 

 

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