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The Shielding group are the people who are thought to be extremely vulnerable to complication from COVID 19 infection, and who should do absolutely everything they can to avoid getting it. Please see the letter shown below.

Update on Letters for the 'Shielding' Group

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Summary Care Records (SCR) is a short summary of your GP medical records. It tells other health and care staff who care for you about the medicines you take and your allergies. To Help the NHS to respond to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, additional information will be included in Summary Care Records for patients by default, unless you have previously told the NHS that you did not want this information to be shared. Additional information includes: significant medical history (past and present), reason for medication, anticipatory care information (such as information about the management of long term conditions), end of life care information and immunisations. Further information can be found on the NHS Digital website . If you wish to OPT out please complete the Summary Care Consent Form and post/email to the practice.

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In line with well-established plans, every hospital in England has now been asked to suspend all non-urgent elective operations and outpatient appointments, with some other procedures likely to be rescheduled to reduce spread and maximise the NHS’s ability to manage the pandemic and meet the government’s movement restrictions. People who are affected will be contacted by the relevant department as soon as possible. Emergency cases and cancer treatments will be carrying on as normal, but we know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried. If you have been referred urgently to secondary care, including for suspected cancer, it is very important that you still attend these appointments. However, if you have symptoms of coronavirus or are self-isolating, please contact the relevant hospital department in advance via the telephone number on your appointment letter for their advice. We are all facing an unprecedented and challenging time and this may make us feel anxious, fearful and helpless. This is completely understandable. You may be worried about how COVID-19 will impact on your wellbeing and that of your family and friends. The NHS Every Mind Matters campaign has expert advice and top tips on how to look after your mental wellbeing during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. It also includes guidance if you’re feeling worried or anxious about the outbreak. Please visit: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/.

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RESCUE PACKS FOR COPD AND ASTHMA. We have been made aware of posts circulating on social media telling people they can get a "Rescue Pack" containing a short supply of steroids and antibiotics if they suffer from Asthma or COPD. Whilst some patients have been issued with these where the clinician determines them to be high risk they are not advised for all patients diagnosed with Asthma and COPD. We have been overwhelmed with patients contacting the surgery to request these during what is already a very busy time which is impacting our ability to manage unwell patients. High risk patients will be identified and contacted - therefore please do not contact the surgery in relation to this matter unless you feel unwell.

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Does the practice have your consent to allow us to contact you by SMS message? To continue to receive text message reminders please ensure that we have received your consent by speaking to a member of the Practice team.

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How you order a repeat prescription is changing. From the 1 September 2019 you will need to order your repeat prescription directly from the surgery. You can do this in the following ways: Order online via your GP surgery website, download the NHS App on your mobile phone or tablet device, tick the items you need on the white, tear-off section of your prescription and give to your surgery or post the repeat prescription to your GP practice. For further information please talk to surgery staff or your local pharmacy. Alternatively go to www.valeofyorkccg.nhs.uk

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If you're a patient at our practice you can now use the new NHS App, a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet. You can use the NHS App to check your symptoms and get instant advice, book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical record and more. If you already use SystmOnline you can continue to use it. You can use the NHS App as well. For more information go to www.nhs.uk/nhsapp .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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