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Out of Hours
On weekdays between the hours of 6.30pm and 8.00am, and all day and night at the weekends and on bank holidays, access to Out of Hours services is now via NHS111 - please dial 111. After assessment of your symptoms you may be invited to attend the Out of Hours Centre which is at The Great Western Hospital site and is operated by SEQOL. 

Home Visits
If possible please try to telephone reception before 10am if you require a home visit. A doctor or nurse may phone you back as it may be that your problem can be dealt with by telephone advice, or that it would be more appropriate to send a nurse, or indeed arrange a hospital attendance.

Cancelling Appointments
If you are unable to attend an appointment with one of the doctors or nurses, please telephone as soon as possible.

NHS Summary Care Record

PRACTICE POLICY & INFORMATION REGARDING THE NHS DATABASE

  A new central NHS computer system is being gradually introduced across England called the Summary Care Record which is meant to help emergency doctors and nurses obtain clinical information about you when you contact or see them when the surgery is closed. Initially, it will contain just your medications and allergies but later on, as the Summary Care Record develops, many other staff who work in the NHS (and quite possibly non-NHS workers) will be able to access your data and the record will be expanded (or “enriched”) to include information from hospital clinics, out of hours services, specialists letters etc. as well as more detailed diagnoses from your GP records. This data would be uploaded from our practice computer system and then be accessible nationwide but this practice would cease to control the data and would not be able to keep track of who has accessed your information and their reason for doing so.

 

IMPORTANT

The Department of Health believes that everyone should be assumed to be happy to have their medical data uploaded to this database and be required to formally object (“opt out”) if not. However, The British Medical Association, as well as very many GPs (including the partners at this practice), DO NOT support this “presumed” consent but strongly believe that patients should be asked to give explicit consent - that is, “opt in” - before any of their GP health records are placed on the national database.

 

Although there is currently no information as to when data from this area will be uploaded, it is our understanding that, once uploaded, it is very difficult to have your data deleted. For these reasons the practice has displayed notices in the surgery and on its website since mid-August advising patients that, from the end of September, we would be applying a code to all patient records (except those specifically asking to opt-in) which will prevent their data being uploaded when the time comes.

 

We are pleased to advise that this process has now been completed and the 93C3 ‘blocking’ code has been added to the record of all currently registered patients except those who have specifically requested us not to.

 

Should any of our patients, having weighed up the potential benefits against the potential risks, wish to have their record uploaded to the Summary Care Record in the future we can remove this code at any time upon receipt of a completed consent form which is available from reception or from our website.

 

Drs Swinyard, Lehmkuhl and Bassanino – 22 October 2010

 

CLICK HERE to download a consent form allowing you to opt in to the Summary Care Record system.



 
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