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WALK-IN AND BOOKABLE VACCINATION CLINICS

Grab a Jab.

Click here to find where you can grab your jab. 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/find-a-walk-in-coronavirus-covid-19-vaccination-site/

NATIONAL DATA OPT OUT

For more information regarding the use and/or sharing of confidential information for planning and research purposes, and to record a Type 2 Opt Out if this is your wish, please visit

https://digital.nhs.uk/about-nhs-digital/our-work/keeping-patient-data-safe/how-we-look-after-your-health-and-care-information/your-information-choices/opting-out-of-sharing-your-confidential-patient-information

Type 1 opt outs should be sent to the practice in hard copy and we will record them in line with your wishes.

COVID VACCINATION CERTIFICATION

We are unable to issue vaccination certificates at the practice. 

Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad  for further information. 

Proof of your vaccination status is available on the NHSapp, The NHSapp can be downloaded from https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-app/id1388411277 for iPhone

or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhs.online.nhsonline for android. 

Alternatively you can call the NHS helpline on 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.

Covid Vaccination Programme

Please see Clinics and Services tab - Covid Vaccination Programme for more information. This page is updated on a regular basis and contains all the information you should need regarding the vaccination programme.

The NHS APP

It’s a quick, easy and secure way to access a range of NHS services on the go! 

How do I get the NHS App? It’s available on iOS and Android in the App stores, and from the browser on your computer.

What can you use the NHS App for? 

· view your medical records - securely access your GP medical record, to see information including your COVID-19 test results and vaccinations, your current and past medicines and your allergies

· order repeat prescriptions - see your available medicines, request a new repeat prescription and choose a pharmacy for your prescriptions to be sent to

· book appointments – you can see details of your upcoming and past appointments and, in non-COVID times, will be able to search for, book and cancel appointments with your GP. You can also manage your referrals to hospital specialists after seeing your GP

· get health advice - search trusted NHS information and advice on hundreds of conditions and treatments, and get instant advice or medical help near you. You can also view useful links your doctor or health professional has shared with you

· get advice about coronavirus – get information about coronavirus and find out what to do if you think you have it

· register your organ donation decision - choose to donate some or all of your organs and check your registered decision

Keeping your data secure. After you download the app, all you need to do is set up an NHS login and prove who you are. The app then securely connects to information from your GP surgery. You can even use fingerprint detection or facial recognition to log in if your device does that.

National Patient Survey 2021

Many thanks to all our patients who completed the national Patient Survey in 2021. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. The results of the survey can be found by clicking the link below.

https://gp-patient.co.uk/PatientExperiences?practicecode=B84007

Your Data Matters to the NHS

Information about your health and care helps the NHS to improve local care, plan local services and research new treatments. In line with GPDR 2018 the strict rules about how this data can be used were strengthened. Patients can choose whether confidential patient information is used for research and planning. To find out more click the document below and visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters.

Your data matters to the NHS

Ear Care

We are unable to offer an ear irrigation (syringing) service due to breakdown and loss of equipment. Please follow the link below for advice and self care guidance. (This will take you to the Clinics and Services pages, click on Patient Information Leaflets and scroll down to the foot of the page.

Ear Care information

Prescribing of "over the counter medicines" is changing

NHS England have issued guidance to prescribers  entitled ‘Prescribing of Over the Counter Medications is changing’. This guidance is a drive to curb GP and pharmacy NHS prescriptions  for OTC products  for various mild conditions eg. dry skin, nappy rash, colic, mild acne, mild cystitis. However, prescriptions may still be issued if there is an established medical diagnosis eg eczema.

Please follow the link for full details: https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/prescribing-of-over-the-counter-medicines-is-changing/

We have also added this link to the Patient Information Section of our website ( see home page to find this).    

NHS Calderdale CCG spends more than a £1m each year on medicines which are readily available over-the-counter, a cost which is equivalent to 1,109 cataract operations, 74 Breast Cancer treatments or 35 Community nurses.

In line with national NHS guidance Calderdale CCG has agreed to change its approach to make the best possible use of resources. See Calderdale CCG website for further information https://www.calderdaleccg.nhs.uk/prescribing/

As a result, GPs and nurses in Calderdale practices will no longer issue prescriptions for a number of minor, short term conditions. Patients and the public will be asked to buy these medicines themselves from a pharmacy, supermarket or local shop. Patients with long term conditions requiring a regular supply of these medicines from their GP will continue to receive them on prescription. A patient information leaflet is available here https://www.england.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/1a-over-the-counter-leaflet-v1.pdf

Don’t forget, you can speak to your pharmacist for advice on treating minor ailments and for general health advice.

By visiting your pharmacy you will help to free up valuable GP and nurse time, which can be used to deal with more complex or serious health needs affecting you, your family and the people of Calderdale. A pharmacist will always advise you if they think you need to see a doctor or if an over the counter medicine is not suitable for you.

Health advice and information about your nearest pharmacy and opening times is on the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk . Self-care advice is available from http://www.selfcareforum.org/resources/patient-portal/

Dressings for Patients 

The NHS does not fund GPs to supply dressings which are used for patients when they attend the surgery. Until recently we have supplied some dressings out of our own funds. However, this is no longer sustainable and with immediate effect we are issuing prescriptions for dressings used in the practice.

Most patients will not notice any change as we can process the prescriptions on behalf of the patient and obtain dressings from a pharmacy. Patients who normally pay for prescriptions will, however, be asked to take a prescription to a pharmacy to obtain dressings to being to their appointment with the practice nurse. We will try to prescribe appropriate amounts so that this does not become too much of a problem for the patient.

Please ask a member of the nursing team, a GP or Sue, our Practice Manager, if you have any questions about this.

Bowel Cancer Screening

Click here for link to nhs website about bowel cancer screening. Only two thirds of those invited participate.  The practice encourages patients to participate in this programme. If you are invited, please take part and reduce your risk of dying from this treatable disease.

Out of Hours and Urgent Care procedures 

During GP hours (8.00am to 6.30pm) we remain available for all patients - please contact the surgery on 01422 822209.

During "out of hours" ie from 6.30pm to 8.00am Monday to Friday and at weekends and Bank Holidays, for non-emergency situations please dial 111. 

Calls to NHS 111 are handled by fully trained call advisers, who are supported by experienced nurses. They will assess your symptoms over the phone and give the healthcare advice you need or direct you to the correct local service. If they think you need an ambulance one will be sent just as quickly as if you had dialed 999.

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