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COVID-19 Vaccination: Impact on Services

As you know the NHS in Oxfordshire and across the country is working fast to roll out the expanded COVID-19 booster vaccination programme and increase vaccine appointments for patients.

From Wednesday 15 December, all adults aged 18+ can book their booster appointment. We will contact you as quickly as we can to book your vaccine at our local GP-led site, or you can go via the NHS National Booking System.

The need to make boosters available at speed will require a lot of our staff time and resources, so we need to clinically prioritise our ‘business as usual’ GP services to support the vaccination programme. This could lead to some routine appointments and services being postponed. We will update you if this is the case, or you could help us help you by postponing routine appointments yourself – but please let us know if you are not coming.

Please be assured that clinically urgent services are open and urgent appointments will go ahead as planned.

The aim of the NHS is to offer every adult the chance to book their booster jab by the end of the year to help protect against the Omicron variant. Vaccines continue to remain the best line of defence against the virus.

Thank you for your cooperation and continuing support during these very challenging times.

For more information please check here

Flu and COVID Vaccinations

More specific details will be published on the website.

Flu Vaccine

We are currently offering Flu Vaccinations to:

Anyone over 50 years of age

and

Under 50's with underlying health conditions

 

COVID Vaccine

All adults aged 18+ can book their booster appointment. We will contact you as quickly as we can to book your vaccine at our local GP-led site, or you can go via the NHS National Booking System.

 

General Practice Data for Planning and Research

This practice is supporting vital health and care planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital. For more information about this see the GP Practice Privacy Notice at:

NHS Digital's own website.

Note that consent to have your data shared in this way is atuomatic unless you opt out by 23 June 2021.

What Data is Shared

Data may be shared from the GP medical records about:

  •  any living patient registered at a GP practice in England when the collection started - this includes children and adults
  •  any patient who died after 1 July 2021, and was previously registered at a GP practice in England when the data collection start

NHS Digital will not collect patients’ names or addresses. Any other data that could directly identify patients (such as NHS Number, date of birth, full postcode) is replaced with unique codes which are produced by de-identification software before the data is shared with NHS Digital.

This process is called pseudonymisation and means that patients will not be identified directly in the data. NHS Digital will be able to use the software to convert the unique codes back to data that could directly identify patients in certain circumstances, and where there is a valid legal reason.

To Opt out Of Data Sharing

If you would prefer that your identifiable patient data is only shared for your own health care purposes, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out or a National Data Opt-out, or both.

These opt-outs are different and they are explained in more detail in below. Your individual care will not be affected if you opt-out using either option (or both).

A Type 1 opt out has to be registered by your Practice; please let us know if you want to register a type 1 opt out.

A National Opt out can be done without contacting your practice, at https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/

Type 1 Opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital collecting your data)

NHSD will not collect data from GP practices about patients who have registered a Type 1 Opt-out with their practice. More information about Type 1 Opt-outs is in the GP Data for Planning and Research Transparency Notice, including a form that you can complete and send to your GP practice.

This collection will start on 1 July 2021 so if you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital, please register your Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice by 23 June 2021.

If you register a Type 1 Opt-out after this collection has started, no more of your data will be shared with NHSD. They will however still hold the patient data which was shared before you registered the Type 1 Opt-out.
If you do not want NHS Digital to share your identifiable patient data with anyone else for purposes beyond your own care, then you can also register a National Data Opt-out.

 You can download a blank form here which you can then send to us by post or email.

National Data Opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital sharing your data with other organizations)

NHSD will collect data from GP medical records about patients who have registered a National Data Opt-out. The National Data Opt-out applies to identifiable patient data about your health, which is called confidential patient information.

NHS Digital won’t share any confidential patient information about you - this includes GP data, or other information, such as hospital data - with other organisations, unless there is an exemption to this.

To find out more information and how to register a National Data Opt-Out, please read NHSD GP Data for Planning and Research Transparency Notice.

 

Research

RCGP Research and Surveillance centre

The practice is working with the RCGP research and surveillance centre contributing pseudonymised data for national research and surveillance. These data enable continuous monitoring of infections and diseases in the community and is used in ethically approved research.

Domestic Abuse Information

Domestic abuse during Covid 19 Oxfordshire County Council

Thank you from the RCGP (Royal College of General Practitioners)

The RCGP wants to say thank you to you and your practice for teaching undergraduate medical students.

Click here to download the letter.

rcgp thank you letter

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Try the NHS App

Try the NHS App

If you’re a patient at our practice you can now use the new NHS App, a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.

You can use the NHS App to check your symptoms and get instant advice, book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical record and more.

You will also have evidence of your covid vaccinations on the App; useful for when you have to travel abroad.

If you already use any of the Patient Access providers, you can continue to use them. You can use the NHS App as well.

For more information go to www.nhs.uk/nhsapp

 

We are part of the safe places scheme.

We have been part of the scheme for 3 years.

A map showing premises signed up to the scheme throughout West Oxfordshire can be found on the  WODC website.

https://www.safeplaces.org.uk/search/?query=West%20Oxfordshire%20District%2C%20UK&exact

For more information on the scheme, please see:

https://www.westoxon.gov.uk/communities-and-leisure/community-safety/safe-places/
https://www.facebook.com/SafePlacesOxfordshire/?ref=hl

There is also an App which you can download here:

https://www.safeplaces.org.uk

Medicine that doesn't come in a tube or bottle!

Community Connect

Medicine that doesn't come in a tube or bottle!

Community Connect, a new Social Prescribing service which helps with people’s health and well-being, is now available at the Nuffield surgery. It links people with community activities to improve mental and physical wellbeing and reduce loneliness.

Social Prescribing is a way in which people living with long term conditions can get access to a variety of support services they need. Issues like help with getting a job, housing, debt management and social contact. Help with these things is often available through local authorities, charities and local community organisations.

Social Prescribing means that the individual can build their support links by working with a Community Navigator who does know, or who has expertise in finding out, what is available.  Following a referral from the GP, together with the Community Navigator, the individual can discuss their problems and identify the support that they need to manage their own health more effectively and meet their own personal goals.

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Find out more at: https://www.canosn.org.uk/Pages/Category/community-connect

 

We are now a parkrun practice!

For those of you who have not heard of parkrun, it is a 5km run that takes place in parks all over the country, every Saturday at 9am. www.parkrun.org.uk

parkrun UK has launched a new ‘parkrun practice’ initiative with the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP). Under this initiative, GP practices across the UK are encouraged to develop close links with their local parkrun and to prescribe participation.

Travel vaccinations

If you are planning to travel abroad, please complete and print the attached document and bring it with you when you come to your appointment with a Nurse.

Please be advised that there may be a charge for some travel vaccinations.  Please ask the nurse you see for more information about the particular vaccines you require.

For example - Hepatitis B is £40 per dose and usually a minimum of 3 doses is required. 

Please note that we are no longer able to provide Yellow Fever vaccinations. 

Risk assessment document

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Further information

Zero Tolerance Statement

Our staff come to work to care for others, and it is important for all members of the public and our staff to be treated with respect.
We aim to treat our patients courteously at all times and expect our patients to treat our staff in a similary way.

We take seriously any threatening, abusive or violent behaviour againist any of our staff or patients. if a patient is violent or abusive, they will be asked to stop. if they persist, we may exercise our rights to take action to have them removed, immediately if necessary from our pratice list.

The practice considers thratening behaviour to be:

Attempted or actual aggressive threatening physical actions made towards any member of staff.
The use of aggressive, threatening or abusive language, (including raising of the voice, swearing and cursing, shouting) which threatens or intimidates staff.
In line with the rest of the NHS, and to ensure this is fully observed we have a Zero Tolerance policy in place, whereby any aggressive or violent behaviour towards our staff will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

Anyone giving verbal abuse to members of the staff will be sent a letter from the Practice stating that this behaviour will not be tolerated and may result in the removal from the Practice patient list. There will be no appeal process.

We hope that you will understand and welcome this policy which is in place for the best interest of our hard working staff as well as our patients.

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