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URGENT NOTICE - 



As a practice we are aware of the communication from NHSE and media this morning regarding the opening up of GP receptions and appointments as of Monday 17th May. As a practice we are reviewing how we can maximise patient access, whilst maintaining safety for patients and staff safely as guidance changes.


 


At Riverside Medical Practice we have continued to work and support patients throughout the whole of the pandemic and have responded to more calls from patients throughout the whole of the pandemic and responding to unprecedented levels of demand. In the period March and April 2021 alone we have dealt with more calls than in any other period on record, and as a practice will continue to meet the needs of our patients as best we can, whilst continuing to support the COVID Vaccination program.


 


In the short term we will continue to limit access to the premises, and offer a triage first service in order to ensure patients are treated in the most appropriate way and will continue to offer remote consultations and appropriate face to face appointments until a safety review is completed.


We can confirm that face to face appointments HAVE continued throughout the whole of the pandemic, however we reinforce that this is following a triage first service in order to maintain the best interests of both patients and staff.



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National data opt-out - What you need to know

What is the national data use opt out?

NHS Digital have rolled out a national data opt-out that allows patients to choose how their confidential patient information can be used. This is due to plans to use patient data for purposes beyond their individual care and treatment – specifically for research and planning across the NHS.

If patients do not want their data to be used in this way, they can opt out.

National data opt-outs can be set by patients themselves. There is no need to contact a GP practice. The easiest way is to download the NHS app and do it through that, but all of the ways that a patient can opt-out are outlined on the below link:

https://digital.nhs.uk/services/national-data-opt-out/understanding-the-national-data-opt-out/setting-or-changing-a-national-data-opt-out-choice

NHS Digital recently confirmed that the deadline to opt out has been extended to 30 September 2021.

Is this national opt-out linked to One Health and Care - Integrated Care record?

The national data opt-out is not linked to the Integrated Care Record.

The Integrated Care Record is a system that allows clinicians to share patient records, linking a patients treatment records across health and social care organisations and improving the care that they can deliver.

Patient records in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin will soon be available electronically for health and social care practitioners to view. These records will be ready to go live later this summer.

This means a doctor in a hospital, or a paramedic who attends a 999 call will be able to access the same crucial information as a GP when they need it. In some situations, knowing details of any allergies, medications or long-term conditions could potentially save lives.

Raising an objection

It’s important to understand that these are two different things.

The Integrated Care Record will only use patient data to improve the care provided to patients and the public.

If you do not want to your data to be viewed in the Integrated Care Record then you can raise an objection. 

Patients can set their own opt-out choice by

1) visiting www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters using any internet enabled device. So that the service can confirm their identity, they will need to provide:

  • their NHS number, or their postcode (as registered with their GP practice)
  • their mobile phone number or email address provided previously at a GP practice or other NHS service

The online service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

2) Using the NHS App - Patients who have registered for the NHS App using NHS login can set a national data opt-out using the app.

3) Using the telephone service:- 

Patients can set their own opt-out choice by calling 0300 303 5678.

Calling this number should cost no more than calls to a normal landline number.

The telephone service is available 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, apart from on English bank or public holidays.

4) Using 'print-and-post' - If a patient is unable to use the online or telephone service, or would prefer not to, they can compete a paper form and post it.

The form can be downloaded from www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters or requested by calling the telephone service on 0300 303 5678.  


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