Information for Patients
The Apples Medical Centre is now using accuRx
This is a free 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
To all our Patients
We are aware of the planned move to lifting the remaining Covid restrictions in England from the 19th of July.
Medical settings are a higher risk environment and will need to be subject to more control measures than other public facilities.
We are acting very cautiously and are maintaining:
PPE for healthcare staff
The delta variant is more transmissible and patients may come to the surgery when they are contagious.
It is our duty to do all we can to keep both our patients and our staff safe whilst we deliver our care.
The Apples Medical Centre
GP PATIENT SURVEY RESULTS 2021
Fast Track Referrals:
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 was 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)
General Practice Data for Planning and Research programme
On 8 June, a pause to the data collection was announced until 1 September 2021, to allow time for NHS Digital to speak with GPs, patients, health charities and others, and strengthen the plan. A letter from NHS Digital was sent to general practice on Tuesday this week, confirming that, while NHS Digital will continue to develop the infrastructure and engagement for the programme, they are not setting a specific start date for the collection of data. This means that the 1 September date no longer stands.
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
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