Information for Patients
The Apples Medical Centre is now using accuRx
This is afree software for GP practices in the UK, allowing anyone in the practice to text a patient about anything they need.
The GPs would like to inform you that they are hoping to do video
consultations when appropriate. The following link gives you more details:https://support.accurx.com/en/articles/3790662-my-gp-has-sent-me-a-video-link
Dr Greg Miles; Dr Rob Lewis; Dr Chris Minton; Dr Angela Tweedie and Dr Dom Parsons
Reception hours; 8.00am to 6.30pm
Surgery hours; 8.30am to 6.00pm
Carers Week 7-13 June 2021
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don't think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support.
This year we are coming together to Make Caring Visible and Valued.
The campaign is brought to life by thousands of individuals and organisations who come together to provide support for carers, run activities, highlight the vital role carers play in our communities and draw attention to just how important caring is.
New NHS Digital Data Collection
On the 12th May 2021, NHS Digital issued a Data Provision Notice to all GP Practices to notify them of a new data collection process that is due to begin on the 1st September 2021. The new data collection is known as the General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDfPR) will replace GPES (a current extraction), and will be a daily extraction used to support health and care planning in England, looking at the following:
- research of the long-term impact of coronavirus on the population;
- analysis of health inequalities;
- research and development of cures for serious illnesses.
Further information regarding the new data collection can be found here. GP Practices are legally required under Sections 259(1)(a) and 259(5) of the Health and Social Care Act 2012 to release this information to NHS Digital, who have been directed by the Secretary of State under the General Practice Data for Planning and Research Directions 2021 to establish and operate a system for the collection and analysis of the information specified within the Directions.
- If a patient does not want their identifiable data to be shared outside of the GP Practice, except for their own direct care, a patient is currently able to opt-out. To do this, they need to register a Type 1 opt-out with the Practice, which means that their data will not be extracted. Type 1 opt-out forms can be downloaded from NHS Digital here. Patients don’t have to use this form, you can just ask at the Practice.
- If a patient registers an opt-out with the National Data Opt-Out, their data will be extracted from the Practice. However, the National Data Opt-Out will be applied on access or dissemination of the data. In this instance, this would mean that the information is shared with NHS Digital, but that they will not share it with third parties such as universities and charities. To register an opt-out with the National Data Opt-Out, patients need to go to www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters.
Privacy Notice June 3rd 2021 (.rtf)
Type 1 Opt out form (.docx)
Steps 4 Mums Post Natal Depression Webinar
The next course starts on the 15th July and there are still plenty of spaces. The course runs on Thursday mornings - 10.30am-11.30am.
Steps to Wellbeing can accept referrals from Health Visitors/School Nurses, as well as clients being able to self-refer via the website or by telephone.
Steps 2 Wellbeing -
This webinar targets those parents with mild to moderate post-natal depression. If clients are more suitable for a CBT online group, then please consider the Mums Matter group instead, as Mums Matter offer longer sessions, more of them and they are run as an online group, rather than a webinar.
Who is the Webinar for:
- Parents with a baby aged 2 years or under – dads can attend, however they may now be more suited to the ParentTalk group for Dad’s.
- Experiencing postnatal depression, with or without a prenatal history of depression
- Primary diagnosis of depression rather than an anxiety disorder. Although some anxiety may be co-morbid, please ensure this is not the main problem
- Low risk, able to keep themselves safe during the webinar course and able to ask for help if mood deteriorates
- Has not been identified as having PTSD after a traumatic birth
- No significant substance misuse, history of head injury, cognitive impairment or psychosis
- Access to the internet and able to attend the webinar session weekly
- The Webinar is currently being run as a step 2 approach
Steps 4 Mums poster (.pdf)
Mums Matter 2021 Poster (.pdf)
Dr Greg Miles raised £5050.00
for Target Ovarian Cancer
2020 GP Patient Survey
The survey is sent out to more than two million people, aged 16 and over, every year who are registered with GP practices across England. As in previous years, the results will cover broad information about experiences of primary care –and monitors a wide range of experiences including ease of making appointments, waiting times, opening hours, treatment and care planning by healthcare professionals.
We are working to improve access to appointments for our patients, in particular at evenings and weekends. If you would like to be offered one of these appointments, which may be at a different site, please ask your surgery