As of April 2021 Highfield Surgery will no longer be administering first covid-19 vaccinations for patients, please do not contact the practice requesting your first vaccination as we will be unable to assist you. To book your first vaccination if you are eligible please call 119 or go online to: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/
We have been instructed by NHS England to cancel all NON URGENT blood tests until mid September. This is because of an acute, national shortage of the vials used for blood testing.
Our clinicians are currently going through the booked blood test appointments for the next three weeks to ascertain which of these may be postponed until later in September.
IF YOU HAVE A BLOOD TEST BOOKED BETWEEN NOW AND THE END OF SEPTEMBER, WE WILL BE IN TOUCH WITH YOU IF WE NEED TO CANCEL IT – IF YOU DO NOT HEAR FROM US PLEASE ATTEND YOUR APPOINTMENT AS NORMAL.
PLEASE DO NOT RING THE SURGERY TO ASK WHETHER YOUR APPOINTMENT WILL BE GOING AHEAD; WE WILL BE EXCEPTIONALLY BUSY AFTER THE BANK HOLIDAY WEEKEND AND WILL NEED THE LINES FREE TO CONTACT PATIENTS WHO ARE AFFECTED.
Thank you for your understanding in this matter. Please be assured that this is a NATIONAL instruction and all GP Practices in England are in the same situation
As of the 4th of May 2021 we will be looking to move towards instating some of our previous services for our patients (e.g. steroid injection appointments and coil clinics). The advice from NHSE is that consultations should however, remain for the moment remote, therefore we request that you call us first rather than visit the reception desk. Acute issues will be dealt with on the day and non-urgent will be dealt with when the next available routine appointment is free.
Depending on how the current situation goes over the next few weeks and months we hope to resume more of our pre covid-19 services as soon as we are able to safely do so.
For any first vaccinations please do not contact us and call 119 or click the link at the top of the page to book your covid-19 vaccine.
Dr Dan Bennett
If you do not want your GP to share your identifiable patient data for purposes except for your own care, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out. This prevents your data being shared with NHS Digital if you register your opt-out before 23 June 2021. You can still register your opt-out at any time after this date and it will prevent any more data being shared with NHS Digital.
You can also register a National Data Opt-out, which will prevent NHS Digital from sharing your identifiable patient data for planning and research purposes. Your individual care will not be affected if you opt-out using either option.
Opt-outs (either type) that have been registered in the past will all be fully respected.
We have designed the collection with many safeguards in place to protect the privacy of patients, including removing all personal information that would directly identify patients before data is shared with NHS Digital.
By putting in place strict governance processes about who can access data and for what reasons, and being transparent about what data is shared and why, the programme aims to make patient data available safely and securely.
Making data available for research will lead to better:
- NHS services for patients
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