July 2021 Patient Newsletter

Face masks always required in the surgery

Let’s keep each other safe. Coronavirus is still with us. The NHS requires face masks or coverings to be worn when visiting our practices. If you don’t wear a mask, you may not be seen by the clinician.

NHS England confirmed on 15 July 2021 that Public Health England’s infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance still applies to patient-facing healthcare settings and masks should continue to be worn unless a valid exemption applies.

Need proof of COVID-19 vaccines?

If you’ve had both your first and second dose of your COVID-19 vaccines, you can get your digital COVID Pass by downloading the NHS App from the Google Play or Apple App Store here: downloading the NHS App

Or if you prefer to get a free letter in the post with your COVID pass, you can request one here: get your COVID pass letter. If you have any difficulties, call 119 for help.

Please note, the GP surgery cannot provide proof of COVID-19 vaccines, please call 119 for queries regarding this.

COVID-19 isolation note for workplaces

If you have been told to self-isolate and need a note for your workplace, please do not contact the GP surgery!

You can get an isolation note online from the NHS website here: COVID-19 isolation note

This service is only for people who: have symptoms of coronavirus, live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus, are in a support bubble with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus or have been told to self-isolate by a test and trace service.

Hot weather, heatwaves and sun advice

Over this summer period it is important to be aware of hot weather and heatwaves. Heat can sometimes be harmful to your health. Make sure you try to keep cool, drink plenty of fluids, avoid prolonged exposure to the sun and seek advice if you are unwell.

Read the NHS guide to managing hot weather here: NHS heatwave leaflet

General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR)

The data held in the GP medical records of patients is used every day to support health and care planning and research in England, helping to find better treatments and improve patient outcomes for everyone. NHS England has developed a new way to collect this data, called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection.

If you do not want NHS Digital to share your identifiable patient data (personally identifiable data in the diagram above) with anyone else for purposes beyond your own care, then you can also register a National Data Opt-out. This link also has more information about what the National Data Opt-out is.

NHS 73rd Birthday

Earlier this month, the NHS celebrated its 93rd anniversary. We’re proud to be part of the amazing operation that is the NHS. Watch a video thanking general practice here: NHS 73rd Birthday video