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YOUR PATIENT DATA MATTERS TO US!!!

 

Following on from recent news and social media speculation about NHS Digital and data sharing as a number of posts are circulating on social media about the national data opt-out, containing incorrect information. We thought it may be helpful to provide some key information and links to help you with your decision making and if you might be now thinking of opting out of sharing any of your data as it’s your choice.

Understanding the national data opt-out - NHS Digital

Although, sometimes information about your health and care does helps the NHS to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments, you still have the option to decline sharing data that goes beyond the provision of your direct care.

 

 Have a look at our Privacy Notice which explains what we do with your data and who we share it with


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 There is also a great webpage from NHS Digital with FAQs and mythbusting.
https://digital.nhs.uk/…/nat…/mythbusting-social-media-posts

 

We do not

  • We do not sell health and care data
  • We do not share data with marketing and insurance companies

Please see the ICO webpage for more information about your rights Your data matters | ICO

 

If you require any further information then please do not hesitate to contact our Data Protection Officer Kelly@almc.co.uk

 

PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT us about COVID-19 vaccination passports. Please click the link below for information of how to get one.

COVID-19 Passport

Important information

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

 Priory Surgery has taken the difficult decision to triage by telephone all routine appointments to see a nurse or doctor, to decide the most appropriate course of action.

Safety of our patients and staff is of paramount importance.

 

 Where possible please telephone the surgery for routine/on-going problems between the hours of

8.00am - 12.00pm

 In the event of a medically urgent problem between the hours of 8.00am and 6.30pm, please call the surgery to be booked into an urgent telephone slot

 

 IF YOU DEVELOP SYMPTOMS, SUCH AS NEW CONTINUOUS COUGH, FEVER OR LOSS OF SMELL OR TASTE, YOU MUST SELF-ISOLATE FOR AT LEAST 10 DAYS.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND THE SURGERY.

IF YOUR SYMPTOMS WORSEN, PLEASE CALL 111 FOR FURTHER ADVICE.

Thank you for your co-operation

Latest Information - click below to read our bulletin:

Referrals During the Covid-19 Pandemic

There have been reports in the media stating that NHS routine referrals are back up and running.

At a local level, these are being restarted at different times and it is still the case that some routine referral pathways remain closed.

We are monitoring the situation regularly. If a GP provides you with a routine NHS referral, our referrals team will only send this when it is possible and will contact you once this has been processed – this may be via text message.

May we therefore politely ask that you do not call the surgery to chase your referral. The situation is changing on an almost daily basis so please continue to bear with us through all this.

The above does not apply to suspected cancer or urgent referrals.

Understanding What’s Going On at Priory Surgery during the Covid-19 Pandemic

For further information please see our latest news pages.

Key Information – COVID 19 and Domestic Abuse

The household isolation instruction as a result of coronavirus does not apply if you need to leave your home to escape domestic abuse. Even during lockdown, if you are in danger in your home, please leave and seek help. Call 999 in an emergency.

There is now a freephone, 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline number

 – 0808 2000 247 – run by @RefugeCharity. You can access further support and  information at: https://www.bava.org.uk/key-information-covid-19-and-domestic-abuse/  or via the charity Nextlink at: https://nextlinkhousing.co.uk/

 

Sickness Certificates

You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.

Evidence that you are sick

Sickness CertificatesIf you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).

It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.

Please note that we require 48hrs notice to deal with any request for a medical certificate.

You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.

Statement of Fitness for Work - ’Fit Note'

The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.

For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)



 
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