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Festive Opening Times

Over the Christmas and New Year period we will be closed from 18:30 on Friday 24th until 08:00 on Wednesday 29th December

We will be closed again from 18:30 Friday 31st December until 08:00 Tuesday 2nd January 2022

If you need medical help or assistance during this time please call NHS111

If you have a life threatening emergency please dial 999

CLOSED FOR STAFF TRAINING

The Surgery and Dispensary will be closing at 1pm on Thursday 24th February 2022 and re-opening at 8am on Friday 25th February 2022.  If you need medical assistance during this time please contact NHS111 or if you have a life threatening emergency please dial 999.

We are sorry but we will be unable to assist with any medical or prescription query on this afternoon.  

Thank you for your ongoing support. 

Please be advised the next scheduled shutdowns are as follows:

Wednesday 30th March 2022

Secondary use of GP Data Opt Out

If you wish to opt-out of any potential secondary use of your GP data please download and complete the form we have here Type 1 Opt Out letter

Please note that this is for medical data which may be shared with third parties. Your Summary Care Record will not be affected by this and will still be shared with hospitals and other NHS care providers only, unless you want to opt out from that too. Download that here Summary Care Record Opt In/Opt out

Please send these forms to the surgery by post or by hand or email to freshwell.administration@nhs.net

Collection of GP Data NHS Digital released a statement last month regarding the launch of the new system they will be using to collect GP data, called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) service. The statement highlights that NHS Digital will only share data with organisations who have a legal basis and meet strict criteria to use it for local, regional and national planning, policy development, commissioning, public health and research purposes. They have also developed a public advice webpage to explain how and why the data is being used.

Over The Counter Medicines

Non-prescribing of OTC (Over The Counter Medicines)

NHS England have advised the Mid Essex Clinical Commissioning Group that they must encourage all member practices to reduce the money spent on prescribing OTC (Over The Counter) Medicines.

Many OTC medicines are surprisingly cheap – for example a month of loratadine (hay fever tablets) can cost as little as £1.99. We feel that it is right to support this cost saving initiative in order that money saved can be used to fund more vital patient care.

In the first instance, we will no longer be prescribing the following medicines to patients aged 18 years and over:  cetirizine & loratadine tablets,  sodium cromoglicate eye drops, beclometasone  (beconase) or fluticasone (flixonase) nasal sprays. You will need to buy these from a community chemist / pharmacy or use a reputable on-line pharmacy in future.

Part of this initiative is cost saving and part of it is about empowering patients to manage their own self-limiting conditions / minor ailments, with the help of a community pharmacist if required. This can also help free up valuable GP appointments at the surgery.

The following document is a list of a number of self-limiting conditions / minor ailments which can be treated with OTC medicines:

OTC Conditions

 

Mid Essex CCG have published a list of Frequently Asked Questions about this policy, see below:

 OTC Patient Frequently Asked Questions

If you have any concerns or queries about this policy, please contact the CCG PALS (Patient and Liaison Service). Their contact details can be found in the above document.

 



 
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