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Health Minister delays GPDfPR implementation until September

The Government has today announced to Parliament that the start of GP Data for Research and Planning (GPDfPR) will be delayed until later this year.

The first collection by NHS Digital’s new patient data extraction system will be on 1 September.

Health Minister Jo Churchill MP said this would allow time for Government to talk to patients, doctors and stakeholders.

You can see the announcement, made as part of today’s Parliamentary Health Questions, here.

Data privacy campaigners, including some London GPs, have raised concerns over the fact the pseudonymised data will be made available to third parties by NHS Digital, including academics and commercial organisations. NHS Digital also holds the required information to de-anonymise the data, should it wish to do so.

More details on how patients can opt-out are here.

The full BMA press statement is here.

 

Advice on Covid Vaccine Passports

 

How to access your COVID-19 vaccination status

Through the NHS App

You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from 17 May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.

Demonstrating your COVID-19 vaccination status when travelling abroad – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

By calling 119

If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 working days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 7 working days to reach you.

The letter will be sent automatically to the address registered with your GP. The 119 call handler you speak to will not be able to see your address to check this with you. If you’ve recently moved house, make sure you’ve given your new address to your GP practice before calling 119.

Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.

London Immunisation Team – Flu Vaccination Programme 20-21

Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.  If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

 

Changes to online booking.

Changes to online booking: To mitigate any risk that potentially infected patients book appointments online and attend the practice when they should be receiving advice to self-isolate or go through testing, all practices are now being advised to change face-to-face appointments booked online to triage appointments via telephone or video. You can read more on our website: https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/primary-care/
Prescriptions:

Wuhan Coronavirus – what do you need to know

Following Public Health England guidelines we would like to issue the following advice to patients who have visited China in the last month.

If you are experiencing chest infection symptoms/ respiratory problems and have visited the HuBai province/ WuHan, China in the last month please DO NOT visit the surgery and contact us via telephone for advice.
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Wuhan Coronavirus – what you need to know

BROMLEY RAMBLERS: WALKING FOR HEALTH

Sundridge Monday 10am

Meet outside Prince Fredric Pub, 31 Nichol Lane, BR1 4DE

Parking in Minister Road or Nichol Lane (green Chain footpath connects them) or there is a car park behind the Pub.

Explore Sundridge Park area. 1 hour, 1 ½- 2 ½ miles (optional extra laps of park)

Gentle walk with only slight inclines and flight of 8 steps over a railway bridge. One lap of Kings Meadow park to start. The route then crosses a railway bridge following the Green Chain path, continuing post Sundridge Tennis Club into Garden Road. We then explore the very quiet residential roads along the golf course. Some paths and roads are unmade, or wear sensible footwear e.g. sturdy flat shoes/trainers.

The return route retraces past the Tennis Club but continues along the green chain path and through a small wood before coming into Milk Street, under the Railway Bridge and back into Kings Meadow. The woodland path can be wet and muddy. If it is considered too muddy, the walk will be varied to retrace the route over the footbridge. Depending on time and fitness level, walkers complete either one or two laps of the park before heading to the Prince Frederick for refreshment and a chat.

Pushchairs welcome but need to be carried over the footbridge.

For people who cannot manage either the footbridge or the full walk, we can work out other variations, keeping to the park, Milk Street and the woodland. Please inform the walk leader at the start if you have any concerns.

Sundridge 2 Monday 10.40am

Meet at Minster Road entrance to Kings Meadow Park

Park in Minster Road or Nichol Lane (Green Chain footpath connects them)

Approximately 20 minutes, ½ mile walk, followed by coffee and chat.

One very steady lap of the park. Level, tarmac path and plenty of benches. Suitable for those less steady on their feet, rehabilitation patient, pushchairs or wheelchairs.

Contact the walk leader in advance so we know you are coming. We will meet you as the rest of the group return from the long walk.

Volunteer Walk leaders: Barbara Tel: 07783036295, Christine and Tom

WE WALK EVERY MONDAY EXCEPT BANK HOLIDAYS