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Stay well this winter with the help of a new NHS website

www.nhsstaywell.org

  • Winter is traditionally a very busy time for GPs and hospitals. It brings with it illnesses and ailments such as flu, coughs and colds and Norovirus (the winter vomiting bug.)
  • That’s why it pays to be prepared so that you can stay well during this period. And a new campaign, launched by doctors in Bradford and Airedale, will help you do exactly that.
  • Listen out for adverts which will be aired on local radio stations and take a look at the new site online, www.nhsstaywell.org
  • Here you’ll find great health advice which will enable you to enjoy a happy and healthy winter, Christmas and New Year. And if you are unfortunate enough to become ill, there is a wealth of information which will help you make the right choices.

Is your medicine cabinet stocked up?

If the contents of your medicine cabinet or first-aid kit amount to nothing more than a tube of out-of-date insect repellent, then it’s time to stock up! Did you realise that many illnesses such as coughs and colds cannot be treated with antibiotics? There’s no need to bother your GP. Instead you can treat yourself successfully and safely at home with self care.

You never know when you might fall ill, so it’s always best to keep a range of everyday medicines at home just in case. Make sure you have remedies for colds and sniffles, such as painkillers like paracetamol and ibuprofen, as well as cough linctus and lozenges and sprays for sore throats. Your local pharmacist will be able to advise you on the best remedies. You can read all about treating winter colds on the new website.

Use your pharmacist

Don’t forget: Your pharmacist is a great source of advice and help when you are feeling unwell – and you don’t even have to make an appointment. Find out when your local pharmacy is open and keep a note of the times. Check out the website www.nhsstaywell.org to see the services your pharmacist offers.

Plan ahead with prescriptions

Do you take pills or medication regularly? If so, make sure you are well stocked up over the winter period, particularly if the weather is bad and you cannot get out. Plan ahead with prescriptions. Don’t leave things until the last minute and risk the danger of running out of your medicines.

Check your symptoms

The new website will also help you check your symptoms if you do begin to feel unwell. The NHS Symptoms Checker is simple and quick to use and will enable you to diagnose and recognise your problem. You can also use it for a family member or friend, and it will tell you what kind of treatment you may need.

Slips and trips

Winter is the time of year when many of us fall victim to slips and trips because of the icy weather and the slippery conditions under foot. Use your head when it comes to your feet! Invest in sensible footwear with good grips. But if you do take a tumble, many aches and sprains can be treated with self-care at home without an unnecessary trip to A&E. Read all about PRICE – Protection, Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation – on the new website and how to avoid HARM – Heat, Alcohol, Running, Massage.

Beat those winter aches and pains

Winter can bring on aches and pain or even make your arthritis seem worse. The colder weather can also mean cold hands and feet due to a common condition called Raynaud’s syndrome. The new website has advice on how to treat these conditions. It also has great tips about staying active – exercise is not just for the summer! And you can also read about the best foods to beat the winter blues and avoid winter weight gain.

Where and when to get help

Self-care is the perfect solution for many minor ailments but if you need medical help fast, there are lots of solutions. You can call your GP surgery. Outside of normal surgery hours you’ll be directed to the out-of-hours service. You can also call NHS 111, available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, and for minor injuries there are MIUs (Minor Injuries Units) or Walk-In centres. The new site also has advice about dental emergencies.

A&E is for real emergencies

Did you know every year millions of people go to A&E when they don’t need to? Make sure your visit is really necessary or you could either face a lengthy wait or stop someone who really needs the service from being seen. Head to the website www.nhsstaywell.org  for help and advice about what to do when feeling unwell or in an emergency.

There’s no need to worry about the winter months if you wrap up warm and are prepared. And the www.nhsstaywell.org campaign will help you enjoy them. Keep dropping by to see new information and advice being added and updated. Make sure this website is your new winter friend!

IN SUMMARY…

You can enjoy great health this winter with advice and information all in one handy place – the new www.nhsstaywell.org website. Head there now to read about:

  • Preventing and treating coughs, colds and flu
  • Stocking up your medicine chest
  • Getting the best from your pharmacist
  • Planning ahead with prescriptions
  • Using the quick and simple symptom checker
  • Avoiding slips and trips
  • Beating the winter blues, aches and pains
  • Where to get help out of hours
  • Emergency dental treatment
  • When to use A&E

www.nhsstaywell.org

HAVE YOU HAD YOUR FLU JAB? THIS WINTER PROTECT YOURSELF FROM FLU:

You qualify for an NHS flu jab if you are 65 or over, or if you have any of the following problems:

  • Heart disease
  • Asthma (on inhaled steroids)
  • Kidney failure
  • Any condition requiring steroids or cancer treatment
  • You are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person
  • Chronic bronchitis
  • Diabetes
  • Respiratory disease making you short of breath
  • Multiple sclerosis or hereditary and degenerative diseases of the Central Nervous System
  • Suffered a stroke

Anti-pneumonia jab – In addition, if you are aged 65 or over or are in one of the ‘at risk’ groups outlined above you should have an anti-pneumonia jab. If you have not had an anti-pneumonia vaccination please ask the nurse about this.

Shingles Vaccination: Please click on the attached link for further information:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/shingles-vaccination/?tabname=all-about-vaccinations#who-can-have-the-shingles-vaccination

Shingles calculator:  Using the link below: Type your date of birth in box provided to find out if you are eligible to a Shingles Vaccination.

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/645301/Shingles_interactive_2017to18.pdf

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Text Messaging Service:  The surgery now has a text messaging service to remind patients that they have an appointment booked at our surgery.  Patients that have provided us with mobile numbers will now receive a text message reminder from the surgery 24hrs prior to their appointment date.   Can we emphasise that  IT IS IMPORTANT YOU KEEP THE PRACTICE INFORMED OF ANY CHANGES TO YOUR CONTACT DETAILS TO ENABLE US TO CONTACT YOU.  Patients that would like to receive appointment reminders by text that have not provided us with their mobile numbers are urged to do so at their earliest convenience.

For information about health conditions and support and to find pharmacies and opening hours close to you please visit the NHS website:  (www.nhs.uk)

PTI

Once a month all of our doctors attend a Protected Training Initiative where they have access to a range of training events. On these days we offer no afternoon surgery and also our telephone lines go to our out of hours service from 1pm.

Patient Reference Group

We are particularly looking for patients, who are interested to join our Patient Reference Group. If you wish to participate please complete the online enrolment form by clicking the link below:- 

http://www.thegreenwoodpractice.co.uk/ppg_form.aspx

No Appointments? See a GP out of hours at one of the Hub sites (listed below):- Book an appointment directly - tel 020-3770 1888 or Call 111 for non-emergency medical advice.

North Street Medical Care. 274 North Street, Romford. RM1 4QJ

Rosewood Medical Practice. 30 Astra Close, Hornchurch.  RM12 5NJ

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12.00pm-6.00pm Saturday and Sunday 

2.00pm-9.00pm Monday to Friday,  9.00am-5.00pm Saturday and Sunday. 

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GDPR

Privacy Notice Information

Covid 19 Privacy Notice

GDPR Privacy Notice

GDPR Info Leaflet

What is GDPR?  GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulations and is a new piece of legislation that will supersede the Data Protection Act. It will not only apply to the UK and EU; it covers anywhere in the world in which data about EU citizens is processed. (Implementation Date:  25th May 2018) - For more information click on the above link.

General Practice Transparency Notice for GPES Data for Pandemic Planning and Research (COVID-19)

This practice is supporting vital coronavirus (COVID-19) planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital.

The health and social care system is facing significant pressures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Health and care information is essential to deliver care to individuals, to support health, social care and other public services and to protect public health. Information will also be vital in researching, monitoring, tracking and managing the coronavirus outbreak. In the current emergency it has become even more important to share health and care information across relevant organisations. This practice is supporting vital coronavirus planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital, the national safe haven for health and social care data in England. 

Our legal basis for sharing data with NHS Digital

NHS Digital has been legally directed to collect and analyse patient data from all GP practices in England to support the coronavirus response for the duration of the outbreak. NHS Digital will become the controller under the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) of the personal data collected and analysed jointly with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who has directed NHS Digital to collect and analyse this data under the COVID-19 Public Health Directions 2020 (COVID-19 Direction).

All GP practices in England are legally required to share data with NHS Digital for this purpose under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (2012 Act). More information about this requirement is contained in the data provision notice issued by NHS Digital to GP practices.

Under GDPR our legal basis for sharing this personal data with NHS Digital is Article 6(1)(c) - legal obligation. Our legal basis for sharing personal data relating to health, is Article 9(2)(g) – substantial public interest, for the purposes of NHS Digital exercising its statutory functions under the COVID-19 Direction.

The type of personal data we are sharing with NHS Digital

The data being shared with NHS Digital will include information about patients who are currently registered with a GP practice or who have a date of death on or after 1 November 2019 whose record contains coded information relevant to coronavirus planning and research. The data contains NHS Number, postcode, address, surname, forename, sex, ethnicity, date of birth and date of death for those patients. It will also include coded health data which is held in your GP record such as details of:

  • diagnoses and findings
  • medications and other prescribed items
  • investigations, tests and results
  • treatments and outcomes
  • vaccinations and immunisations

How NHS Digital will use and share your data

NHS Digital will analyse the data they collect and securely and lawfully share data with other appropriate organisations, including health and care organisations, bodies engaged in disease surveillance and research organisations for coronavirus response purposes only. These purposes include protecting public health, planning and providing health, social care and public services, identifying coronavirus trends and risks to public health, monitoring and managing the outbreak and carrying out of vital coronavirus research and clinical trials. The British Medical Association, the Royal College of General Practitioners and the National Data Guardian are all supportive of this initiative.

NHS Digital has various legal powers to share data for purposes relating to the coronavirus response. It is also required to share data in certain circumstances set out in the COVID-19 Direction and to share confidential patient information to support the response under a legal notice issued to it by the Secretary of State under the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 (COPI Regulations).

Legal notices under the COPI Regulations have also been issued to other health and social care organisations requiring those organisations to process and share confidential patient information to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Any information used or shared during the outbreak under these legal notices or the COPI Regulations will be limited to the period of the outbreak unless there is another legal basis for organisations to continue to use the information. 

Data which is shared by NHS Digital will be subject to robust rules relating to privacy, security and confidentiality and only the minimum amount of data necessary to achieve the coronavirus purpose will be shared. Organisations using your data will also need to have a clear legal basis to do so and will enter into a data sharing agreement with NHS Digital. Information about the data that NHS Digital shares, including who with and for what purpose will be published in the NHS Digital data release register.

For more information about how NHS Digital will use your data please see the NHS Digital Transparency Notice for GP Data for Pandemic Planning and Research (COVID-19).

National Data Opt-Out

The application of the National Data Opt-Out to information shared by NHS Digital will be considered on a case by case basis and may or may not apply depending on the specific purposes for which the data is to be used. This is because during this period of emergency, the National Data Opt-Out will not generally apply where data is used to support the coronavirus outbreak, due to the public interest and legal requirements to share information.

Your rights over your personal data

To read more about the health and care information NHS Digital collects, its legal basis for collecting this information and what choices and rights you have in relation to the processing by NHS Digital of your personal data, see:



 
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