We have just been informed by our vaccine supplier that, due to unforeseen road freight challenges, there will be a delay in our scheduled delivery of this years Over 65’s flu vaccines. If you have an appointment booked for the clinic on 25th September this is now cancelled. At the current time we are still expecting our delivery of flu vaccines for the Under 65 age group, so clinics for this cohort are still going ahead. We apologise but this is completely out of our control. As soon as we have more information we will update our patients.
You will be aware that COVID restrictions are coming to an end on the 19th July. However, in line with NHS England guidance, we will still require our patients to wear face coverings (unless you are exempt) and we will still be following strict social distancing guidelines. We need to protect vulnerable patients visiting the Surgery, and our team, to ensure we can continue to provide a safe service to all our patients. We hope patients feel they can support this decision whilst Covid cases are still rising in the area. https://www.england.nhs.uk/2021/07/nhs-patients-staff-and-visitors-must-continue-to-wear-face-coverings-in-healthcare-settings/
General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR)
Patients personal confidential data will be extracted and shared with NHS Digital in order to support vital health and care planning and research. Further information can be found here
Patients may opt out of having their information shared for Planning or Research by applying a National Data Opt Out or a Type 1 Opt Out. Details of how to Opt Out can be found on our Privacy Notice. For the National Data Opt Out patients are required to register their preference https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/
For Type 1 Opt Out you can also complete the form and return it to the surgery for action. https://nhs-prod.global.ssl.fastly.net/binaries/content/assets/website-assets/data-and-information/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research/type-1-opt-out-form.docx
We are aware that some patients are receiving fraudulent calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination, including asking for payment for the vaccination. Sussex Health Care Partnership have published information on this. Please follow the link for details on how to deal with, and report, any calls you may receive.
With effect from Friday 24th July patients MUST wear a face mask or face covering when attending the surgery. This is to protect other patients and our staff, who will continue to wear PPE, including surgical masks, for all face to face appointments. Thank you for your continued co-operation and support.