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Temporary Closure of New Patient Registration List

Due to the delay in moving to our new premises, the practice has applied and been granted permission to close our list to new patient registrations.  This is to ensure that we can deliver and maintain a safe level of service to those patients already registered with us.  The only exception to this is new babies born to patients already registered with us. We are unable to create a waiting list for reasons of patient safety.

Unfortunately therefore we will be unable to register new patients until at at least October 2022 and we are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause. Information about practices near your home address can be found at

https:www.nhs.uk/service-search/find-a-gp

Should you have any questions relating to this matter please contact our Operations Manager, Admin Manager or the Practice Manager.

Enhanced Access – Patient Feedback

Primary Care Networks have been commissioned to deliver an Enhanced Access provision in the form of GP services outside of the core opening hours i.e. Monday to Friday between 8am and 6.30pm.

 

From October 2022, the Rural Alliance Practices will be offering an extended access service to patients during the week from 6.30pm to 8pm Monday to Friday and on Saturdays 9am to 5pm.

 

As such patients are now invited to complete the Enhanced Access Patient Feedback Survey in order for us to understand your views and needs.

 

Please help us by completing the short survey below. Please note the information is being collated by Bunbury Medical Practice on behalf of the all six Practices in the Rural Alliance PCN.

 

Thank you for your help.

 

https://bunburymedicalcentre.gpsurgery.net/enhanced-access-patient-feedback/

 

Polite Request Regarding Prescription Collections

Due to staffing shortages within the practice, where possible, please collect your medication from the surgery after 12 noon until further notice.
This will greatly help to reduce pressure on staff.
Your cooperation is appreciated.

NHS Digital Proposals : GP Data for Planning and Research

The Government has recently enacted a law requiring GPs to send copies of their patient’s records to NHS Digital, where they may be used for research and planning. This will include records going back 10 years and virtually anything new we record about you into the future.

You may be aware through the media about this scheme. This has caused controversy, in particular with regards to the times scale to publicise this change and the lack of national information regarding this.

At a time when GP Practices are extremely busy (currently your practice continues to see about a third higher activity than pre pandemic) the lack of national information has led to a large number of people contacting the surgery in the last week understandably concerned.

As GPs we too have concerns around the implementation of the scheme and would share the points of view expressed in this letter jointly from the British Medical Association and Royal College of GPs to NHS Digital

https://www.rcgp.org.uk/-/media/Files/News/rcgp-bma-letter-gpdpr.ashx?la=en

This is a complex area and the web page below from NHS Digital does explain things quite well.

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research/transparency-notice#opting-out-of-nhs-digital-collecting-your-data-type-1-opt-out-

The original deadline regarding the need to fill in the attached form and return to us by the 23rd June may now be extended as the start date for these proposals has been moved back from 1 July to 1 September but you should consider your wishes as soon as possible.

Opt Out Form

We are well aware of the very tight timescales here but we would like to stress again that this is a decision made by NHS Digital and not by your practice. This issue is nothing to do with providing direct care when you need it.

If you do not want your data to be used in this way there are two ways to stop it happening.

Stop data leaving the practice, aka “Type 1 objection”.

To stop your GP records being sent from us to NHS Digital in the first place you can ask us to place a “type 1 objection” in your records. We will do this for you. Please let us know by phone, e-mail or letter. At the moment this must be done before the 23rd June (but see above extension). You can also use this form Opt Out FormHERE. We will of course always share any records necessary for your care, such as a referral to a local hospital.

Stop NHS Digital using your data for planning or research, the “NHS Data Opt Out”.

NHS Digital also collects by default data from other sources, hospitals or clinics etc. This data can be used for planning and research including commercial research outside the NHS. You can learn more about how NHS Digital uses your data here: General Practice Data for Planning and Research: GP Practice Privacy Notice – NHS Digital.
You have the choice to stop this happening if you wish but it has to be actioned directly with NHS Digital, we cannot do this for you. To stop data NHS Digital collects on you being used for anything other than direct care go to the NHS Digital web site and search for national opt out. Then scroll to the bottom of the page to read how to action.

Pharmacy First

Your local pharmacy is the place to go to get any prescription medicines and clinical advice for minor health concerns. But they do a lot more than that.

As well as helping with common illnesses – like sore throats, coughs, colds, tummy troubles and aches and pains – pharmacy teams can also help with stopping smoking, cutting down on alcohol, advice on safe sex and emergency contraception.

Many pharmacies are open until late and at weekends. You don’t need an appointment – you can just walk in. Find your nearest Pharmacy here. 

Visit https://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Pharmacy/Pages/Yourpharmacy.aspx for more details.

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Rural Living Project – Strength and Balance Exercise & Falls Prevention Classes

Rural Living Project – Strength and Balance Exercise & Falls Prevention Classes

Falls can cause injury in older people, but can also have a hugely negative impact on confidence and independence, increasing isolation and can impact on both physical and mental health. Statistics suggest that about 1 in 10 people who fall become afraid to leave their homes (2010). This Rural Living programme aims to improve tge strength and balance of those who need it, reducing the risk of falling.

See the recent poster for details falls-prevention-all

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Alternatively, please visit www.healthboxcic.com or call 0151 355 0205 for more information.