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Flu vaccines 2021

Flu Programme 2021

We are holding Flu Clinics for all 65 and overs on following days:

Tuesday 14th Sep 9:30 till 1pm

Wednesday 15th Sep 10:100 till 1:00pm

Thursday 16th Sep 4:00 till 6pm

Friday 17th September 10:00 am till 12pm

Flu vaccines are in stock for all age groups – please contact the surgery to book your appointment on 0208 997 4747.

Opting out of NHS Digital collecting your data (Type 1 Opt-out)

If you do not want your identifiable patient data (personally identifiable data in the diagram above) to be shared outside of your GP practice for purposes except for your own care, you can register an opt-out with your GP practice. This is known as a Type 1 Opt-out.

Type 1 Opt-outs were introduced in 2013 for data sharing from GP practices, but may be discontinued in the future as a new opt-out has since been introduced to cover the broader health and care system, called the National Data Opt-out. If this happens people who have registered a Type 1 Opt-out will be informed. More about National Data Opt-outs is in the section Who we share patient data with.

NHS Digital will not collect any patient data for patients who have already registered a Type 1 Opt-out in line with current policy. If this changes patients who have registered a Type 1 Opt-out will be informed.

If you do not want your patient data shared with NHS Digital, you can register a Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice. You can register a Type 1 Opt-out at any time. You can also change your mind at any time and withdraw a Type 1 Opt-out.

Data sharing with NHS Digital will start on 1 July 2021.

If you have already registered a Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice your data will not be shared with NHS Digital.

If you wish to register a Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice before data sharing starts with NHS Digital, this should be done by downloading a Type 1 Opt-out form and returning this to your GP practice by 23 June 2021 to allow time for processing it. If you have previously registered a Type 1 Opt-out and you would like to withdraw this, you can also use the form to do this. You can send the form by post or email to your GP practice or call 0300 3035678 for a form to be sent out to you.

If you register a Type 1 Opt-out after your patient data has already been shared with NHS Digital, no more of your data will be shared with NHS Digital. NHS Digital will however still hold the patient data which was shared with us before you registered the Type 1 Opt-out.

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. There is more about National Data Opt-outs and when they apply in the National Data Opt-out section below.

Resources for patients who are shielding from Covid 19

We have 2 Imperial Medical School students with us and they have focused their resources on contacting our patients who are shielding due to Covid 19. One of the themes coming out of their work has been the lack of knowledge of resources and organizations  available that our patients can reach out to.

They have produced a handout for the shielding patients that we wanted to share with all our patient population as these resources can be accessed by all.

 

Please click on the link below

 

covid poster Feb 2021

New Practice Manager and Assistant Practice Manager

 

Our Practice Manager of 12 years, Anne Cooper, is leaving on the 11th February 2021 to take up a new position in the NHS, we have recruited a new Practice Manager, Mina Shah, who started with us in January.

Carol Walters, who many of you will know as our current administrator and receptionist  is also stepping into the role of Assistant Practice Manager – she will still be on reception Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons.

They can both be contacted via admin.pitshanger@nhs.net

 

 

Covid-19 vaccination: revised guidance on timing of second dose

Re: Covid-19 vaccination: revised guidance on timing of second dose
Patients may have heard that there has been a change to national guidance on the timing of the second dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. I am writing to clarify the position that has been recommended nationally and agreed across the NHS in North West London.
As has been widely reported, there has been a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases over the last few months, with many more patients having to be treated in our hospitals. As the new variant of the virus appears even more contagious, we need to increase the speed at which patients and frontline health and care workers are vaccinated.
Updated guidance from the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization and the Chief Medical Officers sets out the need to increase the space between the first and second dose for both Oxford and Pfizer vaccines.
The first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is calculated as providing around 90% protection; the figure is around 70% for the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine, with high protection against severe disease. Given the high level of protection afforded by the first dose in both cases, the revised guidance is that vaccinating more people with a single dose will prevent more deaths and hospitalizations than vaccinating a smaller number of people with two doses. By prioritising first dose vaccinations, we can vaccinate twice as many people in the next two to three months.
Given the need to vaccinate as many people as possible, including all frontline health and care staff, appointments for the second dose of both vaccines are being rearranged to take place close to 12 weeks after the first dose. This will apply across all vaccination sites in North West London.
We are sorry for any confusion or disappointment caused by rescheduled appointments, but we believe that the new approach will save more lives and prevent more people ending up in hospital.
I hope that this is helpful in explaining the position

Weekend Access to GP’s during January 2021

During December, Covid infections have risen sharply in London and this has led to increased demand for hospital care.

  • Please be aware the 111 service is currently under extreme pressure in our area. GP surgeries are open from 08:00 to 18:30 (core hours), except on weekends and bank holidays.
  • If you need non-covid medical help during the weekend between 8am and 8pm, please call the extended hours GP service on 020 8280 2785. If you are calling outside these times, please visit www.111.nhs.uk or call 111.
  • If you have a medical emergency, please dial 999 as usual.

New Year 2021 bank holiday arrangements

Information regarding where to access medical help between the 1st January and the 3rd January 2021

  • During December, Covid infections have risen sharply in London and this has led to increased demand for hospital care.
  • Please be aware the 111 service is currently under extreme pressure in our area. GP surgeries are open, except on weekends and bank holidays.
  • If you need non-covid medical help this bank holiday weekend between 8am and 8pm, please call the extended hours GP service on 020 8280 2785. If you are calling outside these times, please go to 111.nhs.uk  or call 111.
  • If you have COVID symptoms, please go to 111.nhs.uk  or call 111. In a medical emergency, you should dial 999 as usual. Thank you for supporting the NHS
  • If you have a medical emergency please call 999 as usual