Blood specimen collection - supply disruption
A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.
Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems will still get one, but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.
Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.
If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.
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NHS Digital are pausing the GPDPR extract
The current NHS Digital (NHSD) extract of GP data for Research purposes (known as the GPDPR) has been delayed due to NHSD wishing to review the way in which this data will be collected, to conduct more public involvement and information about the plans and change the way in which patients can opt out of the extract of their GP data.
Currently the only way to opt out is to complete a Type 1 opt out form and return this to the practice by the 1st September. However, this extract will not be taken until the NHSD have changed the way it will take the data and respect the patient’s choice for using their data. NHSD are introducing the following changes to the opt out process which will mean that patients will be able to change their opt-out status at any time::-
- Patients do not need to register a Type 1 opt-out by 1st September to ensure their GP data will not be uploaded.
- NHS Digital will create the technical means to allow GP data that has previously been uploaded to the system via the GPDPR collection to be deleted when someone registers a Type 1 opt-out.
- The plan to retire Type 1 opt-outs will be deferred for at least 12 months while we get the new arrangements up and running and will not be implemented without consultation with the RCGP, the BMA and the National Data Guardian.
This means that you can opt out at any time in the future and NHSD will delete data that they already have taken for research purposes, the deadline of the 01/09/2020 has been delayed until a new system of opt out is developed. Hopefully, this will be a simple centralised approach via the NHS app or NHS website to avoid paper form and administration work for your GP.
We will update you when we know more about the NHSD plans to change how you can control who has access to your data.
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About Nottingham & Nottinghamshire CCG and ICS
NHS Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) was formed on 1 April 2020.
Our role involves deciding what services are needed for our diverse local populations, ensuring that they are provided and checking that they are delivering what’s needed.
We are responsible for the healthcare of a population of just over one million people - whether it is visiting your GP, seeing the nurse, picking up a prescription, or having treatment in hospital. The area covered by our new CCG includes all of Nottingham city and Nottinghamshire county except Bassetlaw.
CCGs are NHS organisations set up by the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to organise the delivery of NHS services in England.
Coronavirus / COVID 19 - Please DO NOT attend the surgery unless you have an appointment. For the protection of staff and patients, please wear a face covering when attending the surgery. Thank you.
The situation is changing rapidly and the surgery needs to make changes to the way it works to accommodate this:
- In line with local and national guidance, we will be taking no more pre-booked appointments - all online booking has been suspended. This is so that we can manage workflow when we know which clinicians are well and able to work each day.
- We are moving to a telephone triage only service within the next week or so, so that when you ring, you will be called back by a doctor or nurse and hopefully managed over the telephone where possible. We are trying to keep the building as empty as we can for the protection of patients and staff.
- This means that if you have a health concern you will need to ring the surgery on the day that you want to be called back on or seen (if necessary). Ensure you give your telephone number.
- If the clinician feels that you need to be seen then they will organise an appointment for you ON THAT DAY.
- We are asking patients not to arrive early for their appointment so that we minimise time spent in the waiting room. Please wait outside the surgery or in your car if you are early.
- We are asking you to stick to the one problem/one appointment rule so that appointments do not overrun.
- Routine reviews are likely to be delayed or done via telephone if necessary.
Our priority is the wellbeing and safety of all our patients and staff and we thank you for your patience and understanding at this very difficult time.
Check online at gov.uk and at nhs.uk for advice and the latest COVID-19 information before attending the practice.
If you are concerned that you may have Coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 111 online service has created Coronavirus pages that advise what you should do based on your particular circumstances. This can be accessed by clicking on this link: NHS 111 online service Please do not come to surgery in person.
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