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Data collection for planning and research - NHS Digital's planned replacement of existing data sharing activities (starts 1/9/2021)

The NHS needs data about the patients it treats in order to plan and deliver its services and to ensure that care and treatment provided is safe and effective. GP practices already share patient data for these purposes (GP Extraction Service), but the new method of data collection  (The General Practice Data for Planning and Research ) is intended to be more efficient and effective.  

More detail about the changes can be found here:

https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YLi9gh7RyLA

If you decide you do not want your data shared with NHS Digital, you can complete a Type 1 opt out.  Please complete the Type 1 opt out on this form Type 1 Opt out form 2021 by 23/6/21 and return to the surgery in time to register your Opt out. 

Please note this Type 1 opt out is different to the National Data Opt out that the NHS app is linked to.  For further details about your opt out options please see https://www.thevillagesurgeries.co.uk/info.aspx?p=9

New mental wellbeing service - please help us to design a new local service

The Village surgery and other Harpenden practices (Harpenden Health PCN) are working with The Harpenden Trust and MIND to develop a  mental wellbeing service for local residents. Please help us to understand the sort of service you feel there is need for, by completing this confidential survey:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1w2KnMmxZvfut0Dauw7HsIRX3sROWzOWqDhxsVUtn938/viewform?edit_requested=true

Covid vaccinations at Harpenden Public Halls, Harpenden, AL5 1TE. 

Please find local Covid-19 vaccination centre newsletters here - they will answer Frequently asked questions and include information about vaccinations for different groups of patients.

COVID VACCINATION NEWSLETTER 1 (8.1.2021)

COVID VACCINATION NEWSLETTER 2  (18.1.2021)

COVID VACCINATION NEWSLETTER 3  (27.1.21)

COVID VACCINATION NEWSLETTER 4  (17.2.21)

COVID VACCINATION NEWSLETTER 5 (1.3.21)

We are working with other Harpenden GP Surgeries which form the Harpenden Health PCN to  deliver Covid vaccination.   We are vaccinating patients in the order outlined by government guidance. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SURGERY - YOU WILL BE CONTACTED  WHEN THE VACCINE IS AVAILABLE FOR YOU LOCALLY.

If you or someone you care for is eligible for a vaccination and is very concerned about waiting to be vaccinated, you can try to book online at  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

 or dial 119 to see if an alternative nearby vaccination centre has any appointments.

 

Please find relevant information leaflet about the vaccine, which is important to read prior to vaccination here:  Covid Vaccine information leaflet

Find out more about the local vaccination programme:  https://www.stahfed.co.uk/covid-vaccination-patient-info

Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (HVCCG) have produced this informative FAQ, please click on the link below:  https://hertsvalleysccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-what-you-need-know/coronavirus-QandA

Covid-19 vaccination programme update - 4 March 2021

 

We are delighted to have been able to deliver the first dose of the covid-19  vaccine to so many of our patients in recent weeks. The vaccination centre at Harpenden Halls has worked really well and we are continuing to bring patients in for their vaccine – particularly focussing on those who are clinically at risk, and also our unpaid carers. We have also started to invite our more elderly patients in for their second dose.

 

There are some weeks when we are not receiving as much supply of the vaccine as we would like, and we know this has led to some frustration and concern. We do liaise with our colleagues in the NHS locally to try to  get more vaccine stock into our centre, but the supplies are controlled nationally and this means we can’t always offer as many vaccine appointments as we want to.  If you or someone you care for is eligible for a vaccination and is very concerned about waiting to be vaccinated, you can alternatively try to book online at  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

 or dial 119 to see if an alternative nearby vaccination centre has any appointments.

 

We are expecting the supply to increase considerably from the middle of March so we hope to be able to call in many more people after that – for their first and their second doses, and in line with national guidance about priority groups. Please be assured that nobody who is due a second dose will have to wait longer than 12 weeks for it.

 

For more information on the vaccine programme in this area, you can use this link https://www.healthierfuture.org.uk/covid

 

Thank you for your understanding.

QCOVID - FAQ as to why you have received a letter to shield: QCOVID FAQ]

Oximetry information and diary   - Please view this if you have Covid (or Covid symptoms) and have been given a pulse oximeter machine for monitoring by your GP


Accessing appointments at The Village Surgery

For any URGENT issues  that needs addressing on the same day, or if you are unable to use the online tool, please telephone as before (01582 712021/ 01582 833446), or visit the surgery.

For any NON-URGENT issues, please click on the online-consult link below and complete a form. Please telephone or visit the surgery if you are unable to complete an online form.

https://www.online-consult.co.uk/org/the-village-surgery-3

Your online form will be triaged by one of our doctors, and we aim to respond to you in 2 working days. (If you haven't heard anything from the surgery after 2 working days, please call us).

Please complete the form in the patient's name if you are completing it on behalf of somebody else.

If you cannot find the appropriate link please use the "General health query" link.

Throughout the pandemic our clinicians have seen patients face to face where there has been the clinical need. 

 

 

 GDPR - updated privacy notices

We have updated our Supplementary privacy notice - in relation to handling your data during the Covid 19 pandemic. Please see "GDPR, your medical records, data sharing schemes" tab below ( or https://www.thevillagesurgeries.co.uk/info_form.aspx?p=9)

                                                    

Staff updates

We are very pleased to have welcomed Shani Gubbay and Jessica Worringham, as practice nurses, to the team.

We have also recently welcomed two physiotherapists (Lisa Simmonds and Miranda Lyell) to the team - they are working with us and the other Harpenden GP surgeries, seeing patients with muscolo-skeletal problems.  

Zoe Tanter, a Physician associate, has also recently joined us and the other Harpenden GP surgeries.  She is working alongside our urgent care practitioner and regular GPs.



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