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Look out for older people and others who may find it more difficult to stay cool and hydrated in hot weather.

It is important to check that older friends, family and neighbours are coping during the hot weather. Keep in touch over the phone and follow the guidance on how to safely care for others

Drink plenty of fluids and avoid excess alcohol during the hot weather.  

A cool living space is especially important for infants, older people or those with long-term health conditions  

Avoid extreme physical exertion during the hot weather. If you can’t avoid strenuous outdoor activity, keep it for cooler parts of the day e.g., early morning or evening.

The best thing to do in the hot weather is stay out of the direct sun, especially between 11am and 3pm as UV rays are strongest during these hours.  

Don’t leave babies, children, older people or vulnerable people or pets alone in stationary cars in hot weather

If going out in the hot weather, walk in the shade, apply sunscreen, wear a hat and light, loose cotton clothes  

If you or others feel unwell, get dizzy, feel weak, anxious or have

Intense thirst, move to a cool place, rehydrate and cool your body down

Rest immediately in a cool place if you have painful muscular spasms and drink plenty of cool drinks. Seek medical attention if you feel unusual symptoms or if symptoms persist.  


Enhanced Access Appointments in Leek & Biddulph

Your local practices (Leek & Biddulph Primary Care Network) are asking patients views on what potential extra appointments you might find useful and when.  Please click on the link below to access the questionnaire form that you can complete and submit:

https://forms.gle/LTLEu7ue5Mynb9J89


Spring Booster Covid Vaccination Campaign

This week marks the start of the Spring Booster Covid Vaccination Campaign nationally (essentially phase 4). This will be targeting the over 75 years and over and those aged

12 years and over who are clinically extremely vulnerable. LVS (Local Vaccination Service / GP run Vaccination Centres) have predominantly been asked to stand down from this phase of vaccine delivery, so that we can focus on providing core General Practice services. Leek and Biddulph PCN have decided to adhere to this guidance. We have not taken this decision lightly as we have prided ourselves on being able to deliver phase 1,2, and 3 to our patients in their locality. However, running the vaccine clinics, as well as simultaneously performing all the routine everyday core work has taken a huge toll on General Practice staff, thus to provide a sustainable service going forward we have stepped down from spring boosters.

 

As of April, we are officially putting our two vaccination centres in Leek and Biddulph into ‘hibernation’ and currently fully intend to reopen them if an Autumn/Winter 2022 booster campaign is needed. We appreciate this will potentially inconvenience some of our patients but there are now a number of excellent local vaccine clinics that can be found on the NBS (National Booking Service)

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

 

Please be reassured that our patients residing in a care home, or who are registered as housebound, will still be catered for with a visiting service who can administer the vaccine in patient’s homes. We are working closely with MPFT (Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust) who will be providing this service, we will advise those patients affected on the specifics of this process in due course.

 

With over 50,000 vaccines now delivered by the PCN since we started in January 2021, I would like to again take this opportunity to thank all staff in the PCN, and all volunteers that have helped at both sites. Without your hard work and dedication, the success achieved in the vaccination campaigns in Leek and Biddulph would not have been possible.

 

Many Thanks

Dr Neil Briscoe 

Wearing a face covering in GP Practices

Face coverings are no longer mandatory in a number of settings from 26 January 2022.

However, we are still asking that you wear a face covering in our practice to help keep yourselves, other patients, and staff safe.

When visiting our practice, you will still be required to wear a face covering.  This will keep everyone safe from COVID-19.

You could have COVID-19 and not even know about it. That’s why anyone entering this practice must continue to wear a face covering after 26 January 2022.

If you are visiting the practice, you will still be asked to wear a face covering after 26 January 2022. If you don’t have one, please ask a member of staff and they will help you.

Thank you to everyone who continues to wear a face covering when visiting our

practice – you are helping to keep yourselves, our patients and our staff safe from

COVID-19.

If you’re coming into the practice, you will still be required to wear a face covering.

Help to keep everyone safe at your local practice.

All Staff at Moorland Medical Centre work hard to provide an excellent service to our patients

 

We are not here to suffer physical, or verbal abuse from patients, their relatives or members of the Public.

 

This practice operates a zero-tolerance policy with regards to violence or abuse. ANY patient or their relative who use threatening or offensive behaviour, either verbal or physical, in person or via the telephone or social media could be removed from the practice in order to protect our staff and other patients.

Data Choices

Opting out of sharing your confidential patient information

If you do not want your patient data shared with NHS Digital, you can register a Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice. You can register a Type 1 Opt-out at any time. You can also change your mind at any time and withdraw a Type 1 Opt-out.

 

Data sharing with NHS Digital will start on 1 July 2021.

 

If you have already registered a Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice your data will not be shared with NHS Digital.

 

If you wish to register a Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice before data sharing starts with NHS Digital, this should be done by returning this form to your GP practice by 23 June 2021 to allow time for processing it. If you have previously registered a Type 1 Opt-out and you would like to withdraw this, you can also use the form to do this. You can send the form by post or email to your GP practice or call 0300 3035678 for a form to be sent out to you.

Data Opt out form

 

If you register a Type 1 Opt-out after your patient data has already been shared with NHS Digital, no more of your data will be shared with NHS Digital. NHS Digital will however still hold the patient data which was shared with us before you registered the Type 1 Opt-out.

 

If you do not want NHS Digital to share your identifiable patient data (personally identifiable data in the diagram above) with anyone else for purposes beyond your own care, then you can also register a National Data Opt-out. There is more about National Data Opt-outs and when they apply in the National Data Opt-out section below.

https://digital.nhs.uk/about-nhs-digital/our-work/keeping-patient-data-safe/how-we-look-after-your-health-and-care-information/your-information-choices/opting-out-of-sharing-your-confidential-patient-information

One Health and Care – One record for better health and care. Integrated Health and Care Record for Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

What is One Health and Care?

One Health and Care is a confidential digital shared care record for people living in Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent. One Health and Care brings data together from the different organisations involved in health and social care. It allows doctors, nurses and other registered health and social care professionals directly involved in patient/client care to view relevant information in order to provide better and safer care. The One Health and Care system go live begins in January 2020. 
When a patient/client visits any of the organisations listed below, or use services provided by them, staff directly involved in their care will have access to the important information from health and social care records.

• Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent GP practices 
• University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust 
• University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust 
• Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust 
• North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust 
• Staffordshire County Council (Social Care) 
• Stoke-on-Trent City Council (Social Care) 
• Continuing Healthcare services 
• West Midlands Ambulance Service

The diagram below illustrates all parties involved and how data will flow from local systems to One Health and Care (CareCentric).

Opt Out Form
one care

Your Data Matters to the NHS

Information about your health and care helps us to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments. The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used.

How your data is used

Information about your individual care such as treatment and diagnoses is collected about you whenever you use health and care services. It is also used to help us and other organisations for research and planning such as research into new treatments, deciding where to put GP clinics and planning for the number of doctors and nurses in your local hospital.  It is only used in this way when there is a clear legal basis to use the information to help improve health and care for you, your family and future generations.

Wherever possible we try to use data that does not identify you, but sometimes it is necessary to use your confidential patient information.

You have a choice

You do not need to do anything if you are happy about how your information is used. If you do not want your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you can choose to opt out securely online or through a telephone service. You can change your mind about your choice at any time.

Will choosing this opt-out affect your care and treatment?

No, choosing to opt out will not affect how information is used to support your care and treatment. You will still be invited for screening services, such as screenings for bowel cancer.

What do you need to do?

If you are happy for your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you do not need to do anything.

To find out more about the benefits of data sharing, how data is protected, or to make/change your opt-out choice visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters

Download a copy of the patient leaflet

Data Sharing Opt-Out

 

Overview:

As a patient, you can choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning purposes.

Your health records contain confidential patient information, which can be used to help with research and planning. If you would like this data sharing to stop, you can opt out of this yourself or on behalf of someone else (for example, if you are a parent or guardian of a child under the age of 13).

Note: Your choice will only apply to the health and care system in England. This does not apply to health or care services accessed in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

 

What confidential patient information is:

Two types of information join together to become confidential patient information. This is information that:

  • can identify you
  • says something about your health care or treatment

One example can include your name and address (identifies you) along with what medicine you take (health care or treatment). Identifiable information on its own is used by health and care services to contact patients and this is not confidential patient information.

 

How we use your confidential patient information:

Your individual care

Health and care staff may use your confidential patient information to help with your treatment and care. For example, when you visit your GP, they may look at your records for important information about your health.

Research and planning

Confidential patient information is also used to:

  • plan and improve health and care services
  • research and develop cures for serious illnesses

Where you have a choice:

You can stop your confidential patient information being used for research and planning. Your confidential patient information will still be used for your individual care- any choice you make will not change this.If you decide to Opt-Out:

If you would prefer that your information is NOT shared for research and planning purposes you can Opt-Out in one of three ways:

Online  at:  www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters 

By Telephone: 0300 3035678 

By Post: Please visit the Practice and we will be happy to provide you with the relevant forms 

The Practice cannot ‘Opt-Out’ on a patients behalf. 

All of the information outlined in this letter has been obtained via the www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters website- if you require this information in any other languages or formats, please visit:

www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/manage-your-choice/different-languages-and-formats/

If you require any further information on the matters outlined in this letter, please contact the Practice to discuss on 01538 399008.



 
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