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IMPORTANT NOTICE TO ALL OUR PATIENTS

 We are currently installing a new electronic patient computer system called SystmOne which will go live on January 12th 2022

From the 20th December 2021 we have moved all our GP Appointments to book on the day only until January 20th 2022

We are only allowing you to book nurse appointments up until the 14th January 2022.

We appreciate your cooperation and patience during this time.

 


DECEMBER 2021 UPDATES

Crohn’s and colitis (1st to 7th December)

If you suffer from Crohn’s or colitis, could you share your story to help raise awareness? https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/get-involved/awareness-week-2021

Crohn’s and colitis can cause embarrassment for sufferers. Symptoms can be as diverse as diarrhoea, cramping, tiredness and mouth ulcers. If you have digestive symptoms you’re concerned about, please make an appointment with us. There are a number of causes of abnormal digestive symptoms, so it’s a good idea to have them checked. https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/about-crohns-and-colitis/what-are-the-symptoms

World AIDS Day (1st Dec)

World AIDS Day falls each year on 1st December. You can join events near you to raise awareness for this incredibly important cause. https://www.worldaidsday.org

We’re all now familiar with the term “pandemic”. HIV and AIDS have resulted in the deaths of over 35 million people since the first cases were discovered. https://www.worldaidsday.org/about/

You can order HIV self-tests if you’re concerned you may be at risk of HIV, and in some areas, you can obtain a test free of charge. https://www.worldaidsday.org/about/


Grief awareness week (2nd – 8th December)

As a practice, we’d like to support you if you’re recently bereaved. Losing someone you care about can be very difficult, and we understand how overwhelming the feelings of grief can be. If we can be of help to you during this time, please let us know how we can support you.

The Good Grief Trust is run by the bereaved for the bereaved and offers support and a listening ear. With an extensive list of other sources of support for your individual circumstances, the Good Grief Trust can help you through some of the complex emotions associated with loss. https://www.thegoodgrieftrust.org


Seasonal closures

Over some of the festive season, the practice may be operating reduced hours, and on some days may be closed entirely. If you need help while the practice is closed, you can call 111. https://111.nhs.uk

If you need to access Out Of Hours services while the practice is closed and you have difficulty communicating or hearing, you can use the Relay UK app to access help. Call 18001 111 using your smartphone, tablet or computer, or via a traditional textphone. https://www.relayuk.bt.com/relay-uk-services/relay-uk-app.html

If you need access to medical services during practice closures and you use British Sign Language for communication, you can use the Sign Video app to access NHS111. https://signvideo.co.uk/nhs111/

NHS111 for Out Of Hours and alternatives

Over the festive season, you may find that access to GP, dental and other healthcare services is affected. You can find out where to access services by using the NHS111 information page for help and advice. https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/urgent-and-emergency-care-services/nhs-out-of-hours-services/


Met Office cold weather warnings

From 1st November to 31st March each year, the Met Office runs a system for cold weather alerts to ensure that people are advised in advance if the weather is likely to be adverse. If you’d like to find out more, or wish to sign up for the alerts, you can do so here: https://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/cold-weather-alert/?tab=coldWeatherAlert&season=normal

Staying warm advice

Given the current cost of heating and electricity, you might be worried about staying warm over the winter. Here are 30 frugal ways to stay warm: https://housewifehowtos.com/save-money/30-frugal-ways-to-stay-warm-in-winter/

People born before 26th September 1955 can get between £100 and £300 to help with the cost of heating their home over the winter. You should receive this by 14th January 2022. You don’t need to claim it if you’ve had it before, but if you’ve deferred your State Pension, or in some other circumstances, you may need to confirm you’re eligible. https://www.gov.uk/winter-fuel-payment

If you’re in receipt of certain benefits or receive support for mortgage interest, you should be eligible for Cold Weather Payments to help with your heating bills if the weather is forecast or recorded to be below zero degrees in your area for seven consecutive days. https://www.gov.uk/cold-weather-payment

Caring for elderly relatives

If you’re a carer, we know you’ll have at least one person who relies on you being fit and well. As a practice, we offer support to carers and the people they care for. If you’re a carer, or you have a carer, we’d like to know so that we can give you the best possible support.

If you’re a carer, you may find the responsibility challenging. As a carer, you can request a Carer’s Assessment to ensure that the right support is available to you when you need it. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/socia...rt-and-benefits-for-carers/carer-assessments/

Maintaining healthy eating – Elderly

As we get older, our nutritional needs change, as does our appetite. It can be difficult to ensure you’re meeting your nutritional needs, particularly if cooking seems like a challenge. Age UK has information to help you maintain your healthy eating habits. https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/healthy-eating/

Neighbourliness

If you have elderly or vulnerable neighbours, why not keep an eye out to make sure they’re OK. If you notice that curtains are closed during the daytime, or milk bottles are left out, why not knock on the door and check your neighbours are alright. If the weather is very cold, icy or slippery, why not check to see if your neighbours need anything before you pop to the shops. Most of all, if neighbours are elderly or housebound, they may not get a chance to talk to others very often, so a chat and a cuppa might be just what’s needed. https://www.thenationalcareline.org/SafetyAtHome/CheckOnYourNeighbour

Money worries

If you’re worried about money, have you checked that you’ve claimed everything you’re entitled to? https://www.gov.uk/benefits-calculators

If your personal circumstances are challenging, you can find help from the Citizens Advice Bureau: https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk

Many people cite financial worries as a cause of worsening mental health. If you’re struggling to cope with your financial worries, the NHS has a page dedicated to means of finding support: https://www.nhs.uk/mental-health/ad...nd-events/how-to-cope-with-financial-worries/

Food banks

Sadly, all too many people are finding it difficult to feed themselves and their families. The Trussell Trust can help you to find a food bank near you. The website gives details of the food banks nearest to you and tells you how to access their support. https://www.trusselltrust.org/get-help/find-a-foodbank/


COVID-19 - Updated December 2021

The festive season was less than jolly last year. With Christmas cancelled for many, the impact was felt by families across the nation. What have we learned that could help stop the same thing happening again? https://theconversation.com/four-ways-to-stop-covid-ruining-christmas-again-in-2021-172200

Is it Covid?

Whether you’ve been vaccinated or not, there are some signs and symptoms of Covid that you should look out for, and not all appear on the official list. The ZOE Covid Study has been looking at data from thousands of people. https://covid.joinzoe.com/post/do-i-have-covid-or-a-cold-how-to-tell-the-difference

Norovirus

Norovirus is a very unpleasant vomiting bug, often prevalent in winter. If you’re suffering from vomiting or diarrhoea, it’s possible that norovirus is the cause. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/norovirus/

Hand hygiene

At the height of the pandemic, the message was clear that we needed to ensure we washed our hands. It’s a simple hygiene message that’s all too often forgotten. It’s not just prevention against Covid, but also a whole host of other bugs and germs. https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/

COVID-19 local statistics (as at 8am  22/11/21) The number of hospital beds occupied by confirmed COVID-19 cases (as at 8am 22/11/21) reported to NHS England is at 8o across the system – a reduction of 6 from last week's system level figure and with less patients in critical care. There are 29 cases at Chesterfield Royal Hospital (CRH) with two in an Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 47 at University Hospitals of Derby and Burton (UHDB) with five in ICU and four in a facility operated by Derbyshire Community Health Services. Sadly there have been three COVID-19 deaths at Chesterfield Royal Hospital and six COVID-19 deaths at UHDB over the last week

 

COVID VACCINATION BOOSTERS (3rd Doses - Updated November 2021

Whilst we are providing Covid Boosters from Ripley, we have much less capacity than we did earlier in the year. When you become eligible (6 months after your second dose), please have the booster as soon as you can and do not wait for an appointment with us. You can book online or by calling 119; sites include some local pharmacies. We will continue to offer as many appointments as we can.

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

Covid Passport

An NHS COVID Pass shows your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination details or test results. This is your COVID-19 status.

You may be asked to show your pass to travel abroad, or at events and venues in England asking for proof of your COVID-19 status.

Click on the link for more info - NHS COVID Pass - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.

When you're planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get  proof of your vaccination status before you leave.

Post COVID Recovery

Recovery from COVID-19 will take time. The length of time needed will vary from person to person and it is important not to compare yourself to others. 

Post-COVID-19 effects could include:

  • Muscle weakness and joint stiffness

  • Extreme tiredness (fatigue) and a lack of energy 

  • Loss of appetite and weight loss 

  • Sleep problems

  • Problems with mental abilities – for example, not being able to remember some events, think clearly and being forgetful

  • Changes in your mood, or anxiety or depression

  • Nightmares or flashbacks 

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) 

    A support hub has been set up by Asthma UK and the British Lung Foundation to provide information and dedicated support for people who have been diagnosed with Covid-19 and their family members.

    This can be accessed at:

    https://www.post-covid.org.uk/ 


Self -Care Winter 2021

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The aim of self-care is to empower us as individuals to take responsibility of our own health. By encouraging self-care, we inspire healthy behaviours, prevent ill-health, help the NHS save money and free up resources on other areas of the NHS.

Visiting your local pharmacist is a great way to practice self-care. Pharmacists are trained professionals who handle medications on a daily basis. They are a great resource to use; they provide quick and easy advice on how to manage minor illnesses like aches/pains, coughs, cold, and many other conditions. They can help you choose the right over-the-counter medication that best suits you, saving you a visit to your general practice.

It is important to remember that antibiotics will not help treat a cold or flu. By using antibiotics you may be reducing their effectiveness in the future. Cold and flu symptoms should subside within a few days following plenty of rest, keeping well hydrated and taking over the counter medications as needed.

Be prepared this winter by making sure your medicine cabinet is well stocked. There is a variety of items we can have at home to treat minor illnesses such as pain relief medications, lozenges, cold and cough syrups, antihistamines, and much more. Speak to your local pharmacist for more information.

Examples pf medicine cabinet items:

Pain relief medications: Paracetamol, Ibuprofen or aspirin are all effective in treating minor ailments such as: headaches, minor aches/pains, period pains, Inflammation from arthritis or sprains, the common cold, reducing your temperature.  

Lozenges, antiseptic sprays/mouthwash, and paracetamol: theseare great for treating symptoms of a fever, cough or sore throat.

Antihistamines:these can be in the formof tablets, creams, nasal sprays and eye drops and are great for treating insect bites, allergic reaction, itchy rashes, itchy eyes and hay-fever (note: some antihistamines can cause drowsiness. Please check with your local pharmacist for further information).

Anti-diarrhoea, constipation and indigestion remedies: There are a variety of products you could buy over the counter to help relieve your symptoms. Speak to your pharmacist for more information.

Note: please read and follow the patient information leaflet available with each over the counter medication or speak to your pharmacist for more information.

NOTE: for immediate life threatening emergencies call 999.

For less urgent health needs and advice, please contact your local pharmacy or GP practice.

Remember

The NHS is here for you and so if you are concerned about a new lump or mole or have any other health issues then please get in touch with your GP.

If it is not an emergency you can use a range of service, such as:

Pharmacy

Pharmacies can offer over the counter advice and treat common illnesses such as colds, sore throats, stings and allergies.
 

Call 111 First

Once a patients calls 111 or visits 111 online they will be navigated to the most appropriate service, first time by a trained operator. The operator will even be able to book appointments and timeslots at the most appropriate health service for your needs.

Pharmacy

Pharmacies can offer over the counter advice and treat common illnesses such as colds, sore throats, stings and allergies.

Visit the NHS Urgent Care Centre

Urgent Treatment Centre

 

Whitworth Hospital

8am-8pm, every day

Buxton Hospital

8am-8pm, every day

Ripley Hospital

8am-8pm, every day

Ilkeston Hospital

8am-8pm, every day

Derby Urgent Treatment Centre

8am-8pm, every day

 For more information please visit the link below:

Self-care (derbyandderbyshireccg.nhs.uk)

How to stay well in winter - NHS (www.nhs.uk)


Stay Well This Winter Carousel

Cold weather can be seriously bad for your health. That's why it's important to look after yourself, especially during the winter. If you start to feel unwell, even if it's a cough or a cold, don't wait until it gets more serious. Seek advice from your pharmacist.

Flu is very infectious and spread by germs from coughs and sneezes, which can live on hands and surfaces for 24 hours.

To reduce the risk of spreading flu, use tissues to trap germs when you cough or sneeze, wash your hands often with warm water and soap, and bin used tissues as quickly as possible. Catch it. Bin it. Kill it.

You are eligible for the free flu vaccine if you are pregnant, are aged 65 years or over, have a long-term health condition (check which conditions are eligible), or are a carer. Children aged 2 or 3 years are also eligible.

Ask your GP, pharmacist or midwife about the free flu vaccine.

10 Winter Illnesses

  1. Cold
  2. Sore Throat
  3. Asthma
  4. Norovirus
  5. Painful Joints
  6. Cold Sores
  7. Heart Attacks
  8. Cold Hands & Feet
  9. Dry Skin
  10. Flu

Please click on the link below for top tips on dealing with the above and more:

Stay Well This Winter (derbyandderbyshireccg.nhs.uk)

How to stay well in winter - NHS (www.nhs.uk)


FLU CLINICS 2021

WE ARE NOW BOOKING APPOINTMENTS FOR FLU VACCINATIONS 2021

Flu

PLEASE RING RECEPTION ON 01773 602141 TO CHECK YOU ELIGIBILITY AND BOOK YOUR APPOINTMENT


Child flu vaccinations

Flu symptoms come on rapidly and can include a high temperature, feeling exhausted, an aching body, and cold-like symptoms along with sickness or diarrhoea. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/

While flu is generally a mild illness, children can become unwell and need further treatment if their symptoms don’t settle. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/flu/

The flu vaccine for children is safe and effective. Children can catch and spread flu easily, so vaccinating them helps to protect them and others. If your child is aged 2-3, or is aged 6 months to 17 years of age and at increased risk from flu, your GP surgery can book an appointment for your child’s vaccination now. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/child-flu-vaccine/


Pneumo

If you’re over 65 or suffer from certain health conditions, you will be offered a pneumococcal vaccination. Pneumococcal vaccinations help to prevent serious and potentially fatal effects of pneumococcal infections known as pneumonia. Some people may be offered vaccination at five-year intervals depending on their health needs. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pneumococcal-vaccination/


Mental Health Support in Derbyshire

 Derbyshire 24hr Mental Health Support Line – 0800 028 0077

Derbyshire's helpline and support service available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for young people and adults who are experiencing distress, anxiety or feeling they can't cope.

https://www.derbyshirehealthcareft.nhs.uk/services/helpline-and-support-service

NHS Derby and Derbyshire Emotional Health and Wellbeing Toolkit

Website containing local and national links and resources.

Derby & Derbyshire - Emotional Health & Wellbeing (derbyandderbyshireemotionalhealthandwellbeing.uk)

Support for Anxiety and Depression across Derbyshire

Improved Access to Talking Therapies (IAPT)

All 4 organisations offer the same free support, for anxiety and depression, for adults in Derbyshire and you can self-refer online by visiting their websites.

Vita Minds  www.vitahealthgroup.co.uk/nhs-services/nhs-mental-health/derby-and-derbyshire

Tel: 0333 0153 496 or email: enquiries@vhg.co.uk

Trent PTS https://www.trentpts.co.uk

Tel: 01332 265 659 or email: enquiries@trentpts.co.uk

Talking Mental Health Derbyshire https://www.derbyshirehealthcareft.nhs.uk/services/talking-mental-health-derbyshire Tel: 0300 123 0542

Insight IAPT https://www.insightiapt.org/

Tel: 0300 555 5582 or email:  east.midlands@insighthealthcare.org

Other Support

Mentell provides circles for men aged 18+ to talk in a safe and confidential space, free from advice and judgement.

https://www.mentell.org.uk/

Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service is a partnership between Rethink Mental Illness, P3 and The Derbsyhire Federation for MentaL Health offering targeted goal-focused support for people experiencing difficulties with their mental health in Derbyshire

Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service (rethink.org)

Derbyshire Recovery and Peer Support Service - P3 (p3charity.org)

Derby City Life Links provides a wellness and mental health recovery service that can be tailored to individual needs.

Derby City Life Links Supporting Mental Health in Derby City

Your wellbeing during the pandemic

Joined Up Care Derbyshire https://joinedupcarederbyshire.co.uk/public-info-covid-19/your-wellbeing-during-pandemic

Helps when:

  • I’d like tips for looking after my emotional wellbeing
  • I’d like self-help advice for looking after my mental health
  • I’d like to speak with someone about how I am feeling
  • I need urgent mental health support

Domestic violence

The symptoms of domestic abuse include: physical abuse, coercive control, verbal abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse, emotional or psychological abuse. If you recognise that you are a perpetrator of abuse, you may find help here: https://www.menshealthforum.org.uk/domestic-violence-you-dishing-it-out

If you’re part of the LGBTQ+ community, you can find help and resources from Stonewall if you’re suffering from domestic abuse. https://www.stonewall.org.uk/domestic-violence-and-abuse-resources-lgbt-people

Men can suffer from domestic abuse too. If you’re in an abusive relationship, ManKind have some advice and a helpline for support: https://www.mankind.org.uk/help-for-victims/types-of-domestic-abuse/

Refuge have a domestic abuse helpline, including a British Sign Language service for those who are suffering from domestic abuse. https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

With people spending more time together than normal, and with unusual circumstances prevailing, more incidents of domestic violence have been reported. If you have been affected by this, you will find help and resources here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-56491643

If you’re suffering from abuse from a partner, the Government has information about how to seek help. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/domestic-abuse-how-to-get-help

You can find information in a variety of languages about seeking help if you’re suffering domestic abuse. https://www.gov.uk/government/publi...he-coronavirus-covid-19-outbreak-translations

If you’re suffering from physical abuse, coercive control, verbal abuse, financial or sexual abuse, emotional or psychological abuse, the National Domestic Abuse Helpline can offer you support. They have a quick exit button, but consider using an incognito or private browser window if you’re concerned your abuser may find out. https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

Women in abusive relationships don’t always leave, even after they have told someone about the abuse. It’s important to understand the reasons why. https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/what-is-domestic-abuse/women-leave/

Domestic abuse (Christmas incidents)

Refuge has a National Domestic Abuse Helpline. They offer help, support and guidance for women and children suffering from domestic abuse. Abuse doesn’t have to be physical. https://www.refuge.org.uk/get-help-now/

Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline (0808 2000 247) is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for free, confidential specialist support. Or visit www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk to fill in a webform and request a safe time to be contacted or to access live chat (live chat is available 3pm-10pm, Monday to Friday). Refuge’s website has a quick exit button, or you can try using a private or incognito browser window if you’re worried your abuser may find out. https://www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk

As technology advances, abusers are finding more sophisticated ways to keep their victims monitored. For real-time automated guidance on how to secure your personal devices, Refuge also has a Tech Safety Tool: https://refugetechsafety.org

Coercive control

You might have heard of the term ‘coercive control’. It’s where one party in a relationship uses more subtle techniques to gain control. It’s now formally recognised as a form of domestic abuse. https://www.womensaid.org.uk/information-support/what-is-domestic-abuse/coercive-control/


Blood Tests in Community Clinics

Community clinics play a vital role in carrying out blood tests, which can help to monitor your health or diagnose illnesses and infections. They are an essential part of our NHS. 

You can help them to work smoothly by supporting our NHS staff, using the guidance below. Please help us to help you. 

Blood Forms
Please bring your printed blood request form in paper format. Your test cannot be performed without it, so you will be turned away. Blood clinics are unable to accept details on mobile phones and patient letters.

Walk-in appointments
These appointments are for urgent blood requests only, which means they are needed within 48 hours.

They are also available for people who are unable to book via Swiftqueue. 

Pre-bookable appointments
Where possible, all appointments should be made via Swiftqueue

The link is: https://www.swiftqueue.co.uk/uhdb.php 

Blood Tests required for future appointment
If you need your blood test results for a medical review/appointment, please plan ahead and book your blood test at least 48 hours before your appointment. It can take up to 48 hours for your blood tests to become available for clinical review.

Social distancing & Face Coverings
NHS Patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings. Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance remain in place for all staff and visitors. Please help us to protect our staff and patients, particularly those who may be more vulnerable to infections. 

We wish to keep one another as safe and well. 


NHS Carers 

Carers Update

Derbyshire Carers are still holding events for Carers , for a full list of activities go to their website https://www.derbyshirecarers.co.uk/carers-training-breaks-and-events. There is also alot of useful information embedded in their website.

NHS Carers

App of the month

My House of Memories is an app designed for and with those living with dementia and their carers. It has links to pictures and sounds to evoke memories and prompt discussion. https://www.nhs.uk/apps-library/my-house-memories/

Extra Support for vulnerable people leaving hospital

Derbyshire Home from Hospital Service provides practical support for vulnerable people leaving hospital, or those living at home but at risk of being admitted. The service is provided by a combination of staff and volunteers and is free of charge.

 The service is for anyone who lives in Derbyshire (except the city) or is registered with a GP in Derbyshire and has limited support from family or friends.

The service offers things like: 

  • doing basic shopping
  • making sure the home is warm and comfortable
  • arranging key safes, community alarms or telecare
  • collecting prescriptions
  • signposting to other statutory, voluntary sector and community organisations. 

Anyone can make a referral, including the patient themselves. Please call 01283 817417 Monday to Friday, 8.30am - 4.30pm (an answerphone is available outside these hours) or email home@dhfh.org.uk 

For more information on the above please click on the link below:

Leaving hospital - Derbyshire County Council


A Healthier YOU - Updated November 2021

Below we have put together some information/links for our patients that you may find useful:

Healthier You 586 x 278

If you have pre-diabetes, the Healthier You: Derby & Derbyshire Diabetes Prevention Programme can help you to make changes to YOUR lifestyle.

Healthier You is aimed at people aged 18 and over who have been identified as being at higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes.

The nine month programme, delivered by ICS Healthcare, covers topics such as healthy diets, appropriate exercise and weight management all of which have been proven to reduce the risk of developing the disease.

You can find out more about the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme (opens in a new window)

Become part of the programme 

There are a number of ways that you can become part of the Healthier You programme.

GP or nurse referral 

Your GP or nurse may have told you that you are at a high risk of developing Type 2 diabetes following a blood test. You may receive a letter inviting you onto the scheme. If not ask them to refer you onto the Healthier You programme.

Self-referral 

If you are concerned that you are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes then you can ask your GP to carry out a blood test. If the results confirm that you are at high risk then you should be invited to take part in the Healthier You programme.

For questions and self referral contact ICS Healthcare 0333 577 3010 (8am-6pm Monday – Thursday and 8am-5pm Friday).

NHS Health Check 

The NHS Health Check is your chance to get your free midlife MOT. It’s aimed at adults in England aged 40 to 74 without a pre-existing medical condition. Find out more about the NHS Health Check (opens in a new window).

Blood pressure checks

We regularly check blood pressure for our patients including those who have long-term conditions. In particular, having high blood pressure can put you at risk of other conditions such as heart attacks and strokes. If we invite you to have a blood pressure check, please do come along for your appointment. https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/blood-pressure-test/

Annual health checks for people with learning disabilities

The NHS in Derbyshire has produced a video highlighting the importance of annual health checks for people with a learning disability


Veteran Accredited 

Vetran Accredited

Our dedicated clinician for the above is Dr Alexandra Smith.

NHS health care for the Armed Forces community

Accreditation certificate

Veteran Update - November 2021

  1. GP Tips for Veterans
  2. Veteran Patient Charter

Opt-out of NHS Digital collecting your data - updated 2/8/21

The current NHS Digital (NHSD) extract of GP data for Research purposes (known as the GPDPR) has been delayed due to NHSD wishing to review the way in which this data will be collected, to conduct more public involvement and information about the plans and change the way in which patients can opt out of the extract of their GP data.

 Currently the only way to opt out is to complete a Type 1 opt out form and return this to the practice by the 1st September.  However, this extract will not be taken until the NHSD have changed the way it will take the data and respect the patient’s choice for using their data.  NHSD are introducing the following changes to the opt out process which will mean that patients will be able to change their opt-out status at any time::-

  • Patients do not need to register a Type 1 opt-out by 1st September to ensure their GP data will not be uploaded.
  • NHS Digital will create the technical means to allow GP data that has previously been uploaded to the system via the GPDPR collection to be deleted when someone registers a Type 1 opt-out.
  • The plan to retire Type 1 opt-outs will be deferred for at least 12 months while we get the new arrangements up and running and will not be implemented without consultation with the RCGP, the BMA and the National Data Guardian. 


This means that you can opt out at any time in the future and NHSD will delete data that they already have taken for research purposes, the deadline of the 01/09/2020 has been delayed until a new system of opt out is developed.  Hopefully, this will be a simple centralised approach via the NHS app or NHS website to avoid paper form and administration work for your GP.

 We will update you when we know more about the NHSD plans to change how you can control who has access to your data.

 https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research#opting-out

GP Survey Results

GP Patients surveys have been carried out annually by MORI on behalf of the NHS since 2007 with the 2021 results being published on 7 July. The survey asks about patients’ local GP services experience of making an appointment, the quality of care at their last appointment, overall experience of their GP practice, experience when their GP practice is closed as well as current health circumstances.

The National survey results are available at:

https://www.ipsos.com/ipsos-mori/en-uk/2021-gp-patient-survey-results-released

Somercotes Medical Centre survey results and details are available at:

Patient Experience (gp-patient.co.uk

Health News from the BBC and the NHS

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