Monthly Archives: July 2021

Postponement of NHS Digital – Data Sharing and Opting Out

The current NHS Digital (NHSD) extract of GP data for Research purposes (known as the GPDPR) has been delayed due to NHSD wishing to review the way in which this data will be collected, to conduct more public involvement and information about the plans and change the way in which patients can opt out of the extract of their GP data.

Currently the only way to opt out is to complete a Type 1 opt out form and return this to the practice by the 1st September.  However, this extract will not be taken until the NHSD have changed the way it will take the data and respect the patient’s choice for using their data.  NHSD are introducing the following changes to the opt out process which will mean that patients will be able to change their opt-out status at any time::-

  • Patients do not need to register a Type 1 opt-out by 1st September to ensure their GP data will not be uploaded.
  • NHS Digital will create the technical means to allow GP data that has previously been uploaded to the system via the GPDPR collection to be deleted when someone registers a Type 1 opt-out.
  • The plan to retire Type 1 opt-outs will be deferred for at least 12 months while we get the new arrangements up and running and will not be implemented without consultation with the RCGP, the BMA and the National Data Guardian.

This means that you can opt out at any time in the future and NHSD will delete data that they already have taken for research purposes, the deadline of the 01/09/2020 has been delayed until a new system of opt out is developed.  Hopefully, this will be a simple centralised approach via the NHS app or NHS website to avoid paper form and administration work for your GP.

We will update you when we know more about the NHSD plans to change how you can control who has access to your data.

Covid Infection Control At DHC From 19/07/2021

You will be aware that some Covid restrictions are ending next week in England. This does NOT apply to healthcare settings so the following will still be in place at Deddington Health Centre:

  • Masks will need to be worn at all times whilst on the premises
  • Do not attend the surgery if you have Covid symptoms
  • We will continue with our “Telephone First” model of consulting, converting to a face to face appointment if we feel it’s necessary having spoken to you. This is to enable us to maintain 2 metre physical distancing in the building.
  • Clinical staff will continue to wear Personal Protective Equipment when they see you and this will include a mask, apron and gloves.

Thank you for your continued support. With case numbers continuing to rise it is important to do everything we can to protect our vulnerable patients and staff.

COVID Vaccination Information: July 2021

You need to book your COVID vaccination via the National Booking System by going to: www.nhs.uk/book-coronavirus-vaccination

The COVID-19 vaccination programme is open to anyone aged 18 and over.

There are currently two vaccines being used locally in Oxfordshire:

  • Pfizer/BioNTech
  • Oxford/AstraZeneca

Vaccines are allocated nationally and local centres do not have any influence over which they receive. You cannot choose which vaccine you have. When you book via the National Booking System you’ll only be offered appointments for vaccines that are suitable for you.

Most people can have any of the COVID-19 vaccines, but some people are only offered certain vaccines. For example, if you’re pregnant or under 40 you’ll usually only be offered appointments for the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccines.

You should have the same vaccine for both doses, unless you had serious side effects (such as a serious allergic reaction) after your first dose. These are very rare reactions and if affected, you will be informed by your GP or hospital clinician, that a different vaccine is necessary for your second dose.

Minor side effects after having any of the vaccinations are common and not a cause for concern. These are usually mild and should not last longer than a week, such as: • a sore arm from the injection

  • feeling tired
  • a headache
  • feeling achy
  • feeling or being sick

Video: When is the best time to be Covid vaccinated during pregnancy?

Please see the YouTube link which shows an NHS film of an OUH consultant obstetrician providing advice on the best time for expectant mothers to have the Covid-19 vaccine during pregnancy, if they want one.