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FLU Vaccinations

You are entitled to a free Flu Vaccination if you are:

  • 65 and over
  • Have a heart problem
  • Have a chest complaint - breathing difficulties, including bronchitis, emphysema or severe asthma
  • Kidney disease
  • Lower immunity due to disease or treatment (such as steroid medication or cancer treatment)
  • Liver disease
  • Have had a Stroke or TIA
  • diabetes
  • Have a neurological condition e.g multiple sclerosis (MS), cerebral palsy or learning disability
  • Have a problem with your spleen, e.g.sickle cell disease, or you have had your spleen removed
  • Living in a residential or nursing home
  • You are a main carer for an older or disabled person
  • Pregnant


Please provide us with an up-to date Email address to gain access to this service. You will be able to view your repeat prescriptions and allergies, order repeats and book pre-bookable appointments.



Shingles vaccinations are still ongoing with the eligibility this year of those aged 70,78 and 79. Letters will be sent out with the flu letters for those aged 70, 78, 79 on 1st September 2014,



ACTIVE PLUS -Veterans Inspiring People

If you are over 50 years of age and looking to gain new skills, meet new people and have some fun, then come along. . For more information please contact 01326 567174 OR


Whooping Cough in pregnancy

There has recently been a rapid rise in whooping cough, with a big increase in young babies. Due to this information it is important that we protect those young babies who may suffer. The babies that suffer are usually too young to have their first vaccinations, therefore the only way pregnant ladies can protect their baby is to have the vaccination themselves while they are pregnant. The best time to get the vaccination is between 28 and 32 weeks. Please contact the surgery for more information.



Anyone aged 65 and over is entitled to Pneumonia vaccinations from the NHS. If you fall into this age catagory and have not previously had this vaccination please contact the surgery, for an appointment.




We have a service for a text message reminder for pre-booked appointments. We need to collect up-to-date mobile contact numbers for this!! Please contact us, or fill in the " your contact details" form from the link on our home page



Change for life 9 out of 10 kids are set to grow up with dangerous levels of fat in their bodies. This can cause life-threatening Diseases. Collect a leaflet from the surgery or go visit

Minor Illness Clinics
We have an on-the-Day minor illness clinic on a Mon, Tues & Wed see Practice Information link

HPV Vaccinations
Has you daughter been invited, Girls aged from 12-18 are being called in batches, when letter is received please phone the surgery for an appointment.


Data Protection




Please read this leaflet.  It is rather long, but contains important information.

Your personal information in someone else’s hands

Are you aware that your personal medical information that you share with your GP or other healthcare

professional may be extracted and stored on a computer outside of this practice where the practice will

have no say on who has access to that information?

Purpose of this leaflet:

There are changes occurring in how we protect the confidential and personal information that we record in

your medical records. The changes make it a legal obligation for us to share your information (see below).

We feel it is vital that you as our patient are made aware of these changes.

The majority of patients come to their GP Practice when they have something wrong with them. Problems

discussed are usually of a personal nature and patients expect that the information they are sharing will

remain confidential. This confidentiality is central to the trust between healthcare professionals and you as

our patient. Without confidentiality, you may be reluctant to disclose information of a personal nature that we

may need to help provide you with the best possible healthcare.

What we record at Our Practice

Healthcare professionals in our practice record information about the care we provide.

The type of information that is recorded includes the following;

§  Demographics, e.g. address, telephone number, e-mail, date of birth, gender, etc.

§  What you tell us when you see us in consultations e.g. about your physical and psychological health and

social circumstances

§  Diagnoses, investigations, treatments, referrals, family background

§  Social information e.g. housing status, alcohol, smoking data

§  Third party sources e.g. hospital letters, A&E attendances, relatives, carers, insurance companies, solicitors.

What we already share about you:

We share different types of information about our patients. These include;

§  Personal information about you and your illness, e.g. referral to hospital consultants, district nurses, health

visitors, midwives, counsellors.

§  With explicit consent personal information to other third parties’ e.g. insurance companies, benefits agencies.

§  Social information about you if relevant, e.g. to social services, to insurance companies.

§  Patient identifiable information to public health (childhood immunisations, communicable diseases, cervical

smears and retinal screening) and under certain acts of parliament to protect you and others e.g. court order.

§  Summary information which is anonymised (can not identify you) e.g. quality and outcome frameworks (QoF),

medical research and clinical audit.

How we protect your personal information:

Currently, your GP is responsible for protecting your information and to do this they comply with the Data Protection

Act 1998 (DPA). As part of the DPA all healthcare professionals have an obligation to only share information on

a need to know basis. For further information on the DPA please follow this link; (

The physical storage of information is on secure servers which are protected by firewalls. Access to the information

is by strong authenticated password. The number of people who have access to your information is limited to members

of the practice team and in a few instances some pre agreed data is shared with other health care professional

e.g. District Nurses but on a need to know basis.

So what is changing?

Under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 the Health & Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) on behalf of NHS

England (the body responsible for commissioning primary care health services across England) will be able to

extract personal and identifiable information about all patients in England. The extraction process will be carried

out by a private, third party organisation. This information will be stored on national secure servers and will be

managed by NHS England. NHS England will decide what information they will share and who they then share

this information with.

Your GP will not be able to object to this information being released to HSCIC and will no longer be able to protect

your information under the DPA as stated above. Effectively, where the HSCIC is concerned this Act trumps the DPA.


What you need to do:

§  If you are happy for NHS England to extract, store and manage/use your personal information

then you need do nothing as the information will be automatically taken from your GP’s computer


§  If you don’t wish your information to be extracted then you MUST inform your GP practice who will

then block the uploading of your identifiable and personal information to the HSCIC.

§  It should be emphasised that your access to health care and the care that you receive will not be

affected by either decision.


If you do not wish for your data to be extracted please complete the form below and return to the surgery

Care.Data Opt out form



Further information:

If you have any questions or concerns regarding what you read in this leaflet, please contact reception at the surgery.

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