For the latest advice and guidance on Coronavirus (COVID-19) please visit the official Goverment web-site at https://www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response
This practice is supporting vital coronavirus (COVID-19) planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital. This transparency notice supplements our main practice privacy notice.
The health and social care system is facing significant pressures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Health and care information is essential to deliver care to individuals, to support health, social care and other public services and to protect public health. Information will also be vital in researching, monitoring, tracking and managing the coronavirus outbreak. In the current emergency it has become even more important to share health and care information across relevant organisations. This practice is supporting vital coronavirus planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital, the national safe haven for health and social care data in England.
Our legal basis for sharing data with NHS Digital
NHS Digital has been legally directed to collect and analyse patient data from all GP practices in England to support the coronavirus response for the duration of the outbreak. NHS Digital will become the controller under the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) of the personal data collected and analysed jointly with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who has directed NHS Digital to collect and analyse this data under the COVID-19 Public Health Directions 2020 (COVID-19 Direction).
All GP practices in England are legally required to share data with NHS Digital for this purpose under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (2012 Act). More information about this requirement is contained in the data provision notice issued by NHS Digital to GP practices.
Under GDPR our legal basis for sharing this personal data with NHS Digital is Article 6(1)(c) - legal obligation. Our legal basis for sharing personal data relating to health, is Article 9(2)(g) – substantial public interest, for the purposes of NHS Digital exercising its statutory functions under the COVID-19 Direction.
The type of personal data we are sharing with NHS Digital
The data being shared with NHS Digital will include information about patients who are currently registered with a GP practice or who have a date of death on or after 1 November 2019 whose record contains coded information relevant to coronavirus planning and research. The data contains NHS Number, postcode, address, surname, forename, sex, ethnicity, date of birth and date of death for those patients. It will also include coded health data which is held in your GP record such as details of:
- diagnoses and findings
- medications and other prescribed items
- investigations, tests and results
- treatments and outcomes
- vaccinations and immunisations
We will not share details for any patient who has registered a Type 1 objection with the practice. Where a Type 1 objection has been registered, we will not share your personal identifiable confidential information outside of the GP practice, except when it is being used for the purposes of your care and treatment or where there is a legal requirement to do so. Although there is a legal requirement to do so here, NHS Digital has agreed with the National Data Guardian, the British Medical Association and the Royal College of General Practitioners to respect Type 1 objections.
National Data Opt-Out
The application of the National Data Opt-Out to information shared by NHS Digital will be considered on a case by case basis and may or may not apply depending on the specific purposes for which the data is to be used. This is because during this period of emergency, the National Data Opt-Out will not generally apply where data is used to support the coronavirus outbreak, due to the public interest and legal requirements to share information.
Your rights over your personal data
To read more about the health and care information NHS Digital collects, its legal basis for collecting this information and what choices and rights you have in relation to the processing by NHS Digital of your personal data, see:
LATE MAY BANK HOLIDAY OPENING - The surgery will be CLOSED on Monday 25th May, reopening at 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday 26th. Access will be maintained for patients having PRE-BOOKED face-to-face appointments in the Extended Hours Service.
EARLY MAY BANK HOLIDAY OPENING - The surgery will be open on FRIDAY 9th MAY between 8:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
EASTER OPENING: The surgery will be open between 08:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Good Fridy and Easter Monday.
All local pharmacies will be opening between the hours of 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. on both of these days.
APPOINTMENTS: our reception staff will be offering GP telephone appointments only - the GP will be able to book a face to face consultation if he considers it clinically appropriate if you need to be seen.
MEDICATION: Patients are advised to keep 7 days worth of medication at home and therefore you can order repeat meds. 10 days before you need them. No more than 28 days medication will be prescribed; if you are travelling on holiday in the UK then please let the POD or our reception staff know the details of a chemist you would like to collect your medication from and your prescription will be sent to them electronically.
NOTE: DUE TO ISSUES WITH TELEPHONE LINES IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO GET THROUGH TO THE PATIENT DIRECT ORDERING SERVICE (POD) PLEASE TEXT
"REPEAT CHANCERY" TO 07903-586972
A member of the POD staff will contact you on the mobile number the text has been sent from within 48 working hours.
The current Government Guidance for employers and businesses on coronavirus (COVID-19) states;
“By law, medical evidence is not required for the first 7 days of sickness. After 7 days, employers may use their discretion around the need for medical evidence if an employee is staying at home.
We strongly suggest that employers use their discretion around the need for medical evidence for a period of absence where an employee is advised to stay at home either as they are unwell themselves, or live with someone who is, in accordance with the public health advices issued by the government.”
COVID19 Fit note letter to employers.doc
LloydsPharmacy – temporary closures
Starting 20 March all LloydsPharmacy stores will operate behind closed doors for the first and last hour of trading to enable their teams to assemble and clinically check prescriptions. In addition all LloydsPharmacies will close between 1 and 2 pm. Posters will be displayed in store windows to communicate this information to the public.
Below are some useful links to sites for people with specific health conditions (please note that we have no control over these sites or the information published).
General NHS advice https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
General advise on childhood illness booklet www.whenshouldiworry.com/resources/When%20should%20I%20worry-Booklet_Wales-with%20NHS%20Direct_Oct2016.pdf
Pituitary/ adrenal insufficiency (including steroid sick day rules) https://www.endocrinology.org/news/item/14050/Coronavirus-advice-statement-for-patients-with-adrenal% 2fpituitary-insufficiency
Underlying lung disease (British Lung Foundation) https://www.blf.org.uk/support-for-you/coronavirus
People with Asthma https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19/
People with Diabetes
Children/young people T1 diabetes https://jdrf.org.uk/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-people-living-with-type-1-diabetes/
People affected by Stroke https://www.stroke.org.uk/news/coronavirus-information-people-affected-stroke
Pregnant women https://www.rcog.org.uk/en/guidelines-research-services/guidelines/coronavirus-pregnancy/covid-19-virusinfection-and-pregnancy/
People with Heart/circulatory disease https://www.bhf.org.uk/informationsupport/heart-matters-magazine/news/coronavirus-and-your-health
Older people https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/conditions-illnesses/coronavirus/#
Young people with anxiety https://youngminds.org.uk/blog/what-to-do-if-you-re-anxious-about-coronavirus/
Adults with anxiety https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus-and-your-wellbeing/
People with Rheumatoid Arthritis
People with cancer https://breastcancernow.org/about-us/media/statements/advice-coronavirus-people-cancer
People with inflammatory bowel disease https://www.crohnsandcolitis.org.uk/news/updated-wuhan-novel-coronavirus-advice