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**1st September 2021 - Global blood bottle shortage**

 Online booking service for blood tests to be paused because of global blood bottle shortage

 Patients in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are being advised that the online booking service for blood tests is temporarily unavailable.

 NHS England (NHSE) has requested all providers take action to reduce the use of blood bottles because of a global shortage.

 The online booking service is operated by The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH).

Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems will still get one, but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled. 

Any patients affected by the decision will be contacted and informed of the action required.

Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.

Further information will be posted on the Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), SaTH, and Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) websites as it becomes available.

 Claire Parker, Director of Partnerships at NHS Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCG, said: “We appreciate how frustrating this is for patients, but the global shortage of blood bottles has meant that there is no option but to preserve our supplies of the bottles for urgent and emergency care.

 “We thank you all in advance for your understanding during this unprecedented situation and we aim to keep patients updated on the situation.”

Opting out of sharing NHS data - updated 27th July 2021

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 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 01/09/2021 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.

How to opt out of sharing NHS data

If you wish to opt out of sharing NHS data, please be advised that following NHS Digital guidance we are only able to process Type 1 opt out requests.

Type 2 requests have to be actioned by NHS Digital.

If you wish to amend your opt out options, please refer to the following website or phone number: https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/manage-your-choice/

NHS Digital Contact Centre phone number: 0300 303 5678 – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays).

You can also refer to the 'Your Data Matters to the NHS' section of our website (please see link at the bottom of the page) where you will find a Type 1 Opt-out request form.

Thank you

Referral delays

Referrals continue to be made by GP's but please be aware that unless they are urgent there are long waiting times.  Referrals are being triaged and validated by the relevant specialty and as services are restored patients will be contacted with appointment dates (virtual or otherwise).  Only if your condition deteriorates or changes should you contact a GP.

Try the new NHS App

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 Patient Access you can continue to use it. You can use the NHS App as well.

For more information go to www.nhs.uk/nhsapp

COVID-19

For information on the outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus, including the current situation in the UK and information about the virus and its symptoms go to the Public Health England website

Do not come to the Medical Practice if you think you have COVID-19.  If you need advice go to 111 online.  If you think you have COVID-19 and need urgent medical attention ring 111 or in an emergency 999.

Arriva have a downloadable self-exemption card that can be used on their public transport. Please use this link for helpful information and guidance including how to print a self-exemption card: https://www.arrivabus.co.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-faqs/#socialdistancing

 

Important information about smear tests

We are pleased to announce that the labs are now taking cytology samples and therefore we can re-start smear tests.
If your smear test is due please ring the surgery to make an appointment on 01746 767121

Blood Tests

To book your blood test please book online at www.sath.nhs.uk/bloodtests   Urgent, fasting or telephone appointments can be made by phone on 01743 492510.  All patients MUST take their blood forms with them to their appointment.  Please do not go for your blood test unless you have made an appointment as you will be turned away.

Anthony Nolan Fundraiser

The staff at Bridgnorth Medical Practice have raised £590 in support of Anthony Nolan. This amount is enough to add 14 new potential donors to the stem cell register, which could give people with blood cancer their second chance of life.  Well done everyone!

Flu vaccination

Flu vaccinations for those aged 50-64 years old are now available to book via the NHS App and online services or by contacting the surgery.  

Flu vaccinations for the over 65s will be given with the COVID booster vaccine and should be available mid September, more information will follow as soon as it becomes available.

Macmillan: Living Well

The Macmillan Living with and Beyond Programme offers free Living Well Sessions at Home. These sessions provide information about common concerns; fatigue, emotional wellbeing, nutrition and physical activity.  Get the help and comfort you need from your own home. 

 

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