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.
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.
COVID-19 Vaccine: The NHS will get in touch when it’s your turn to be vaccinated – please do not contact the Surgery before then.
The first phase of the NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme has begun in Bromley! Initially the vaccination is being prioritised for those aged 80 years and over, care home workers and residents, and frontline health and care staff. See this leaflet explaining the reasons behind the priority groups.
Vaccinations will be delivered at a small number of hospital and GP sites. Practices in Bromley are working together to provide the vaccinations at the GP sites; no single practice is undertaking this by themselves. Logistically, it takes a long time to set up the clinics and vaccine deliveries are being coordinated nationally so we are asking our patients to be patient.
When you become eligible for vaccination, you will receive an invitation to come forward for your vaccination. For most people this will be a letter either from the GP practice or the national NHS. Some people might receive a text or phone call from the GP practice.
This is going to be a long-term programme and it will likely take until at least spring 2021 before all high-risk groups have been offered a COVID-19 vaccine.
Please help us and do not contact the practice or other NHS services to get an appointment for a COVID vaccination until you are contacted. Practice phone lines are very busy and your support is appreciated to keep phone lines open for people who need to make appointments for other health matters.
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: 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/
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