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General practice transparency notice for GPES data for pandemic planning and research (COVID-19)

This practice is supporting vital coronavirus (COVID-19) planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital. For more information about this see:

https://digital.nhs.uk/coronavirus/gpes-data-for-pandemic-planning-and-research/general-practice-transparency-notice

More information will be updated on our Privacy Policy to reflect these national changes over the next few days.

Organ Donation Law in England has now changed

On the 20th May 2020 the Organ Donation Law was changed meaning that England have now moved to an “opt out” system.

This means that all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups.

https://www.organdonation.nhs.uk/uk-laws/organ-donation-law-in-england/?fbclid=IwAR21QQju984UeuuOo7T9OKHFJC-zBaxiGXpsrrt_RcxHFMPGB9EqIfmiKGg

FAILED TO ATTEND APPOINTMENTS.

In April 2020, 21 appointments were wasted by patients failing to attend.

If you cannot attend for an appointment, please ring and cancel it in good time so that it can be used for someone else. 

Please also be aware missing your telephone consultation is the same as missing your face to face appointment.

If you receive a text message reminder for your appointment you can always cancel it simply by replying CANCEL to the message...….

ONLINE CONSULTATIONS VIA WEBISTE

https://www.online-consult.co.uk/org/st-marys-medical-centre

ONLINE ACCESS

ONLINE CONSULTATIONS VIA PATIENT ACCESS

If you require any further information regarding access to online consultations please go to:

https://www.patientaccess.com/

COVID19 – High Risk Patient UPDATE

As you can image our reception is very busy at the moment due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation. We would appreciate it if you only contact the surgery if you feel it is totally necessary regarding a medical condition to help keep the phone lines available as much as possible to enable us to call patients that require medical advice.

If you enquiry is regarding the recent letters sent to our Patients at High Risk of Covid19, please note that this has been sent directly from GOV.UK. THIS IS NOT UNDER OUR PRACTICE CONTROL.

If you feel that you should be receiving one of these letters or feel that you a High Risk patient or experiencing any symptoms or feel that you may have the condition, guidance says you should self-isolate but if you are unsure we would refer you to visit:

GOV.UK https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19/guidance-on-shielding-and-protecting-extremely-vulnerable-persons-from-covid-19

or

NHS England https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/advice-for-people-at-high-risk/

You can find all the information that you may want to know on these website.

Thank You and Stay Safe

ASTHMA - RESCUE PACKS

If you have any queries regarding the Coronavirus and your asthma please use this useful link from Asthma UK for all up to date guidelines and advice.

https://www.asthma.org.uk/advice/triggers/coronavirus-covid-19/#.XnjX6HhS0mE.link

CORONA VIRUS UPDATE- APPOINTMENT CANCELLATIONS/CHANGES

Due to the increasing Coronavirus situation we have had to cancel all pre-booked appointments at the surgery so your appointment will have automatically been cancelled.

We are encouraging patients NOT TO COME TO THE SURGERY and to stay away from the surgery but if you feel that you need to see a Doctor or Nurse please phone the surgery on 0161 620 6667 and you may be offered a telephone triage appointment.

If you would like more information on updates or symptoms and advice on Coronavirus then please visit the NHS website - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
 

Please bear with us and thank you for understanding during these extremely difficult times.

CORONA VIRUS UPDATE - APPOINTMENT SYSTEM CHANGES

Following on from recent government advice, and the worsening situation regarding Coronavirus the surgery will be introducing a new appointments system which will involve your call being triaged by a GP or Nurse. This will come into effect from Monday 16th March 2020. 

These new arrangements are for the wellbeing of our patients and staff so please bear with us during this difficult period and only call the surgery if absolutely necessary.

Thank you for your understanding and we will aim to keep you updated as much as we can.

Corona virus Information - Online appointment bookings

Whilst the general risk to the public remains low, we would ask that if you are concerned that you may have or been in contact with someone who has coronavirus that you please DO NOT attend the surgery, our Receptionists will be asking some standard questions before being able to book an appointment and also in order for St Marys Medical Centre to minimise risk to yourselves, our patients and us we have had to disable all online bookings via Patient Access until further notice.

Paper prescription forms are changing

Exemption boxes on the back of prescriptions are being made easier for eligible patients to correctly claim free NHS-prescriptions and avoid penalty charges. For more information visit - www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/prescription-forms

Coronavirus Information 

Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new respiratory illness that has not previously been seen in humans. If you have been to Wuhan, China in the last 14 days please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/wuhan-novel-coronavirus/ 

For more information or you can also visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_8nLwP235wIVR7TtCh3cQgJPEAAYASAAEgK7nfD_BwE for updates and advice.  

ShareforYou 

From 17th February 2020, your medical record will be able to be viewed by other health and social care professionals directly involved in your care via a ShareforYou record.

 

Please visit www.pennineshareforyou.nhs.uk/ for more information.

If you would prefer that we didn’t share your record then you can opt out at any time. Please speak to your GP or a member of the reception team.

 

For more information please watch this sort video about ShareforYou:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mv8eGfsvzZw

Latest National GP survey results (Sept 2019) are now available - see results on this link https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/gp-surgery-patient-experience-rankings-16853473  A big thank you to all our patients who take part in these surveys - any and all information is useful to us.

 

Online services available – find out how to register

We now have a Facebook page - why not visit and click and like the page for updates regarding the surgery and wider NHS news?

https://www.facebook.com/stmarysmedicalcentreoldham/

Note that this Facebook page is NOT for booking appointments, ordering prescriptions etc.

Screening

Cervical Screening (Smear) Tests are carried out by our Practice Nurses here at the surgery.  Women will be sent an invitation letter when their screening is due.  It is a simple test which really does save lives and we would strongly encourage you to make an appointment to attend when you receive your invitation.

Breast Screening (mammogram) invitations are sent out by NHS England to all women aged 50-70 years every three years.  These are carried out by trained specialist nurses at local clinics.  You will be sent your results directly from the service.  This screening is important and really does save lives and we would strongly encourage you to attend when you receive an appointment. 

Bowel Cancer Screening - self testing kits are sent out by NHS England to all men and women aged 60-74 years every two years.  This screening can save lives and we would strongly encourage you to complete the home test and send it off as directed in your information pack.  If you have any questions about this, or if you require a replacement kit for any reason, you can ring the service on 0800 707 6060.

Shingles

If you are aged 70 - 79 you may now be eligible to receive a shingles vaccination - NHS England is releasing these vaccines in stages.  information-for-people-in-england

Vaccination is currently being offered to those who are aged 70, 78 and 79, and to anyone in their seventies who was born after 1st September 1942. People who are in their seventies but are not yet eligible for vaccination, will be offered vaccination in future years under the national programme.

For more information, and to find out if you are currently eligible please visit www.shinglesaware.co.uk   If you are eligible and would like to receive the vaccine, please contact the surgery and book an appointment with the Practice Nurse.

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