On Thursday 2nd September 2021 the General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR), allowing patient data from GP records to be extracted and sent to NHS Digital for the purposes of planning and research, was put off again indefinitely. This is after more than one million people opted out of the NHS data-sharing in one month.
GP Practices in Tower Hamlets, have been at the forefront of this debate over the government plan to share medical records where we raised concerns about confidentiality. Refusal to hand over patient data until certain conditions were met was started via a letter by GPs in Tower Hamlets and then signed by a total of 113 GP Practices across the country.
This is great news however, there is still caution and we believe the government has yet to convince us that patient data will be safe.
Patients can still decide to formally opt-out by sending us a form, certifying their choice of not sharing their GP patient data with NHS Digital for planning and research purposes. Follow this link to download the opt-out form: https://medconfidential.org/how-to-opt-out/.
If patients also want to stop their non-GP data, such as a hospital or clinic treatments, or any anonymised data previously extracted by NHS digital, being used for purposes other than their direct care (e.g. for research and planning), patients need to opt-out by filling in an online form to prevent this information being processed any further. This form can be completed directly on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/manage-your-choice/.
The NHS App provides a simple and secure way for patients to book GP appointments, order repeat prescriptions and access a range of other healthcare services.
Who is it suitable for?
The NHS App is for people aged 13 and over who are registered with a connected GP surgery. You can use some of the app’s features without your GP surgery being connected.
How does it work?
With the NHS App you can:
- check your symptoms – find reliable NHS information on hundreds of conditions and treatments, and get immediate advice
- book appointments – search for, book and cancel appointments at your GP surgery
- order repeat prescriptions – see your available medications and request a new repeat prescription
- view your medical record – get secure access to your GP medical record
- register to be an organ donor – easily manage your preferences on the NHS Organ Donor Register
- choose how the NHS uses your data – register your decision on whether it can be used for research and planning
Advice, tips and tools to help you make the best choices about your health and wellbeing.
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Did you know that 10 of the most minor ailments seen by GPs can also be treated by you at home?
By treating yourself at home you could save a trip to the surgery and free up time for the GPs to see patients with more serious health problems.
Read about some of the most effective home treatments on the NHS Choices website for:
- Back pain
- Heartburn and indigestion
- Nasal congestion (blocked nose)
- Sprains and strains
Visit the NHS website for more information
We are pleased to announce that our practice now offers the eConsult service to our patients! eConsult offers a whole range of information for common conditions, ailments and injuries; in addition to the facility to submit a consultation to a GP, or a query to the administration team.
Book GP and pharmacy appointments, order online prescriptions and view your medical record at your convenience. Patient Access, in partnership with NHS.
How do I set up a Patient Access account?
To get online access, you will need to contact us so that we can generate your PIN which you can then collect from our reception.
When you come to collect your PIN, we ask that you bring along some photo ID (a passport, photo driving licence etc). This is so that we can verify your identity and protect your confidentiality.
Once you have your PIN you can register with emis access straight away. If you have already registered for this service click any of the EMIS services we offer above.
Once you are logged in you will be taken to an external website called Patient access online where you will be required to register yourself. After registration is completed you will need to login with your user name and chosen password.
Give the surgery a call NOW and book an appointment.
Are you pregnant?
Are you 65 years or over?
Do you have diabetes?
Do you have COPD or asthma?
Do you have heart disease?
Do you have a weak immune system?
It is recommended that you have a flu jab if you are in any of the above groups. If you are not sure whether you need one give us a call anyway and we will advise you. If you are not eligible for the flu jab, we will not be able to vaccinate you but you can have it done privately at the pharmacy.