The current NHS Digital (NHSD) extract of GP data for Research purposes (known as the GPDPR) has been delayed due to NHSD wishing to review the way in which this data will be collected, to conduct more public involvement and information about the plans and change the way in which patients can opt out of the extract of their GP data.
Currently the only way to opt out is to complete a Type 1 opt out form and return this to the practice by the 1st September. However, this extract will not be taken until the NHSD have changed the way it will take the data and respect the patient’s choice for using their data. NHSD are introducing the following changes to the opt out process which will mean that patients will be able to change their opt-out status at any time::-
This means that you can opt out at any time in the future and NHSD will delete data that they already have taken for research purposes, the deadline of the 01/09/2020 has been delayed until a new system of opt out is developed. Hopefully, this will be a simple centralised approach via the NHS app or NHS website to avoid paper form and administration work for your GP.
Covid is changing – we often hear about the variants but we need to remember that the clinical presentation is also changing, Click on attached poster for more info : COVID_A5_Wider_Symptoms_Flyer_June_21_v1_WEB
Throughout the pandemic we have strived to make the surgery as safe as possible for all our patients and staff. We will continue to do so going forward.
From the 19th July nothing will change at the surgery – patients will need to still wear a mask, socially distance and use hand sanitiser in the surgery and staff will continue to wear PPE. We do understand that it can be frustrating but we know that when people come to us they are sick and vulnerable (and some cannot receive the covid vaccinations due to medical reasons) so we feel it would be wrong to not take these small precautions that can protect people. See the BMA poster: JULY 2021 – 20210263 visiting your GP poster_3
In terms of opening up, as many of you know, we have never been shut and in fact have consulted with much higher numbers of patients than we did pre-covid (face to face, by phone, by e- consult and by video), not discounting vaccinating 92% of the over 50’s population in 6 months. 💉
Boundary house has come so far in trying to minimise the impact of Covid and we are sure you understand that we need to keep the surgery as safe for ALL patients and staff as we can.
If the patient wants to Opt out locally (Type 1 opt out) and National (National opt out ) again both explained in the privacy notice need to complete the form and return to the GP to complete the Type 1 opt out and contact the national opt out team as below:-
National Opt-Out Facility
You can choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and planning.
You can change your choice at any time. To find out more or to make your choice visit https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/manage-your-choice/ or call 0300 303 5678
Please see the link on our website page( scroll down towards the bottom) for more information: https://www.boundarysurgery.co.uk/patient-info/patient-confidentiality/
We remain open as usual for pre-booked appointments and are continuing to provide services as we have been doing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We are prioritising delivering of care and services based on clinical need. Face-to-face appointments are available to all patients where there is a clinical need.
We have a one way flow through the building to reduce the patient contact with others.
The Practice is responsible for providing you with high quality medical care within the surgery, at home if appropriate, or by referral to hospital or community services.
In line with modern practice, we place an emphasis on preventative medicine, high quality management of long term conditions, good access, encouragement of self care and on delivering a service sensitive to your personal choices whenever possible.
Based at Firsway Health Centre, appointments available Monday to Friday evenings and Weekends.
Firsway Health Centre
Tel: 0161 905 0310
For advice and urgent medical attention outside our normal surgery hours, please call 111
Our phone lines are open from 8am – 6:30pm Daily (excluding weekends, Bank Holidays & Training Closures), outside of these hours a recorded message includes the number for our Out Of Hours provider.