Your Data – Important Information
General Practice Data for Planning and Research - Important Information
Patient data from GP medical records kept by GP practices in England is used every day to improve health, care and services through planning and research, helping to find better treatments and improve patient care. The NHS is introducing an improved way to share this information - called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection. NHS Digital has been directed by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care to collect and analyse data from GP practices for health and social care purposes including policy, planning, commissioning, public health and research purposes.
If you DO NOT want your identifiable patient data (which will be pseudonymised) to be shared for purposes except for your own care, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out (https://digital.nhs.uk/about-nhs-digital/our-work/keeping-patient-data-safe/how-we-look-after-your-health-and-care-information/your-information-choices/opting-out-of-sharing-your-confidential-patient-information) or a National Data Opt-Out, (https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/manage-your-choice/) or both. These opt-outs are different and they are explained in more detail on the link below.
Type 1 Opt Out:
The collection of data will start on 1st July, 2021 so if you DO NOT want your data to be shared with NHS Digital please complete the Type 1 Opt Out Form and forward it to the Practice by 1st September, 2021.
Paper forms are available at the surgery if you do not have access to a computer to process your request on-line.
How to access your COVID-19 vaccination status - Information Update from the UK Government
Through the free NHS App from 17 May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or by tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. It is recommended that you register with the app before booking international travel.
If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you.
This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 5 days to reach you.
Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
Further information can be found https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad.
Covid Vaccinations Guide
The British Society for Immunology has produced a guide on vaccinations for Covid-19 which explains how vaccines work and answers common questions as well as providing up-to-date information on the current approved Covid-19 vaccination in the UK. The guide can be accessed by going to guide to vaccinations for COVID-19.
NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Programme
The NHS Covid-19 vaccination programme is now underway in the UK. All of our eligible patients will receive an invitation to be vaccinated. Please do not call the Practice to make an appointment as we cannot make Covid vaccination bookings. Further information about the vaccine and the priority patient groups is available through the following link https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/