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BOOST DAY is this Thursday 2nd December and is a day where you’ll see a mass media campaign takeover promoting the uptake of vaccines ahead of the festive season and there are a range of resources to support this on the Campaign Resource Centre (CRC). BOOST DAY will drive mass awareness and momentum around the importance of boosting your immunity this winter.

Messaging encourages those eligible to book their vaccines as soon as possible so we can all enjoy the festivities safely with our loved ones. This includes both flu and COVID-19 boosters, the evergreen offer for anyone still to get their 1st and 2nd doses of COVID-19 vaccine and second doses for 16-17-year olds. We welcome you all to get involved and use the BOOST DAY materials to make this day as big a success as possible.

BOOK YOUR FLU VACCINATION APPOINTMENT NOW

The GP’s at The Haven seek to encourage every eligible patient to have their free flu jab this year. Perhaps you are delaying booking an appointment until more is known about the Covid-19 booster programme, or you are hesitant because there were very few cases of flu last year and you feel fit and well at the moment? You may be waiting for more information from the government or from other reputable sources? In any case, our sincere advice to our patients ,is that you should pre-book your flu vaccination appointment as soon as possible.

Our receptionists are waiting to hear from you.

Data Sharing Opt-Out.  You can choose whether your confidential information is used for research and planning. Please refer to the Tab Data Opt-Opts to find out more about what types of opt-outs and visit: https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/ or click here to watch the video.

Important:  Data Extraction has been postponed by NHS Digital and we will post new date when information is known no current date is planned. 

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NHS App - if you are downloading the App and you need your Linkage Key you must be registered with Patient Access.  If you are it can be found under My Account>Account Settings>My Practice (bottom right on screen)

The NHS App and the NHS COVID-19 app are two different apps.

The NHS App lets you share your COVID-19 status, order repeat prescriptions and a range of NHS services.

The NHS COVID-19 app is a contact tracing app, which also lets you check in to places like bars and restaurants

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Any patients who are seen in the Practice now need to wear a face covering or mask if asked to attend an appointment. 

We are now offering  Video Consultations as well as Telephone Consultations to our patients.  When your appointment is booked we will send simple instructions on how to use.  Please refer to our Online Services tab with step by step instructions.

The immediate delivery of emails gives it an advantage over other forms of communication. Emails has wide accessibility. There are a number of scenarios in which we may use an Email:

 Appointment reminders, changes or cancellations.

  • Flu or other Vaccination clinics for targeted eligible populations
  • Annual Review invitations
  • Cervical Screening
  • Child Immunisation reminders
  • Blood Pressure and Cholesterol monitoring
  • Smoking Status updates
  • Invitations for Patient educational sessions (e.g. diabetic self-help groups)
  • Requests to contact the Practice to arrange appointments
  • Blood Test and Injection due
  • Messages from the GP
  • Updates on changes to the Practice such as clinics
  • Informing Patients of test results or other information relevant to their care (please see further information below Special category data)

The usefulness of emailing depends on having reliable data. We will check your email as often as we can but we ask that patients let the practice know as soon as this changes.

Email addresses can be updated by contacting the reception team via telephone or email.

Please inform us as soon as your contact information changes.

Patients are now able to communicate with the Practice via email; this service is intended for non-urgent matters only, you will be able to expect a reply within two working days. 

If you need medical advice and are abroad, we advise you to seek advice at your location.

 When you give the practice your email address we do not assume that you give consent. In our registration forms we ask for patients consent and also have consent forms, so that we can send information to you.  

Repeat Prescriptions 

Repeat prescription requests via email will be passed on to our reception team.  However, this should not be taken as confirmation that the prescription will be issued. 

The request must include your full name, date of birth and full details of the repeat items being requested. 

Once we have processed your request you will receive a generic email from us stating that your order will be issued and ready for collection up to 48 hours. 

If there is a problem with your prescription request, we will telephone or email you and your prescription will not be processed until we have contacted you.

 Pictures sent to the Practice for patient aged 16 and above.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic this has become a more used method of communicating with the clinicians.

Patients will be informed either via automatic email response, unless they have been advised by telephone:  Please be aware any digital image submitted as part of an online consultation, will be stored within your clinical notes

Medical Matters

If you give consent/ register your email address with us we will not use email to correspond with you regarding any clinical aspect of your healthcare.  This is because email is not a secure medium of communication.  If you require medical advice then please make an appointment with the Doctor or Nurse.

Special category data

Information such as test results (this includes any results, not just those relating to sexual health tests) or details of medication (ie. information which is specific, sensitive and individual to one person) will only be communicated via SMS messaging with additional consent provided by the patient on those occasions (for example, agreed between patient and GP when arranging a certain investigation during an appointment). This additional consent will be recorded in your medical records at that time.

If you make a request the Reception team for a copy of your results they will be asked to email the Practice written consent for this. The Doctor will need to give them permission for this to be actioned. Your written consent will be scanned onto your record.

Opting Out

We understand that some Patients will not want to receive SMS text messages from us. We ask that patients carefully consider the advantages of receiving these messages before choosing to opt-out. If you do choose to opt out please inform our Receptionists or the Clinician you are seeing.

Surveys and Information

We will sometimes use web based surveys to gather patient feedback.  We will use email to send you our quarterly Newsletters and inform you of any urgent information that we need to inform you about in line with any contingency plans for any urgent non-medical information that needs to be conveyed to our Patients.

 

 
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