06.10.2021 - Changes to our Appointment System - from 11th October 2021
Please see attached letter from our Partners regarding changes to our appointment system from 11th October 2021 Letter to RMP Patients regarding improvements
04.10.2021 - Flu & COVID vaccination Update.
We are now inviting patients over 50 and in the at risk groups for a combined flu and covid booster appointment – this is in line with recommendations for patients to have the two vaccines together where possible. Patients will be invited to these clinics 180 days after their second dose, and in order of priority according to the JCVI cohorts as with the initial doses. Due to the volume of patients we are vaccinating these clinics will be running right through to December.
If you are due your booster you may also receive a text from the National Booking Service which will invite you to book via 119 and will offer appointments in Telford, Market Drayton and Woodside. You can choose to book one of these appointments, or wait for us to contact you for a local appointment at Severnfields vaccination centre.
Flu invites for all 2 & 3-year-olds are being sent out currently and these vaccines will be delivered in-house.
Please do not contact your Medical Practice as you will be contacted directly as soon as further updates are available.
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:
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.