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For the latest advice and information about coronavirus, please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

PLEASE SEE OUR CORONAVIRUS TAB AT THE RIGHT HAND SIDE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO HELP OUR PATIENTS

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and / or a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 7 days.
Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.
If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.
But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.
Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.
During this time if you have any other medical needs please contact the surgery by telephone and your health needs will be assessed – this may lead to a face to face consultation if needed.

GP ONLINE CONSULTATIONS

We have a new system that allows patients to consult with the surgery online - this can be for an admin query such as a sick note or a clinical query.  Once you have logged the details of your request, a member of the surgery will contact you with a response.  PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS SYSTEM IS NOT TO BE USED FOR URGENT MEDICAL ISSUES.  To use the new system, please click on the blue box on the home page.  If you require any help using the new system, please contact a member of our administration team.  Using this system is particularly useful during the current coronavirus outbreak - it avoids you having to visit the surgery which protects you and our staff

we are upgrading to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) which will mean that almost all our prescriptions will be processed electronically from 4 March 2020

Electronic prescriptions help save the NHS money.

You will receive your prescriptions in the same way as you do now.

Read more about EPS on the NHS Digital website.

https://digital.nhs.uk/services/electronic-prescription-service

PAPER PRESCRIPTION FORMS ARE CHANGING

Paper prescription forms are changing from the end of January 2020. Exemption boxes on the back of prescription forms are being updated to make it easier for eligible patients to correctly claim free NHS prescriptions and avoid penalty charges. For more information, visit:

www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/prescription-forms

The updated FP10 forms include a new exemption box U for patients who are in receipt of Universal Credit and meet the criteria for free help with health costs.  New prescription forms include an exemption box for patients in receipt of Universal Credit who meet the criteria for free help with health costs. Not all benefits entitle people to free prescriptions. Find out if you are eligible using the online checker: www.nhs.uk/checkbeforeyoutick

Exemption box G ‘has a War Pension exemption certificate’ has been re-worded to better represent the exemption certificates by Veterans UK and the Armed Forces Compensation Scheme.  Age exemption boxes A (“is under 16 years of age”) and C (“is 60 years of age or over”) have been combined into one single exemption category, A “is 60 years of age or over or is under 16 years of age”

RESULTS OF 2019 PATIENT SURVEY

The national patient survey results are out and we are pleased to announce the we have scored really highly in all areas and have improved on the previous year.  Our results are higher than the national and CCG averages in nearly all areas. The survey found that:-

95% of patients find the reception team helpful
97% of patients said the professional they saw was good at listening
97% said they had trust in the professional they saw
99%  said their needs were met during their last appointment

If you want to view the full report, go to www.gp-patient.co.uk

It is a very pleasing result and demonstrates the commitment of all the staff at Northgate.

What is bowel cancer screening?

Bowel cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK and most people diagnosed are over 60 years old. Screening aims to find bowel cancer at an early stage, before you notice any symptoms. Finding cancer early makes it easier to treat and can help save lives.

 

The bowel cancer screening kit is a simple free test you can do at home. You will need to collect small samples of poo and then return the kit for testing. The test looks for tiny amounts of blood in poo, which can be a sign of cancer.

 

What to do next

  • Contact the NHS Bowel Cancer Screening Freephone Helpline on 0800 707 60 60 if:

    • You want to know more about bowel screening or have any questions or concerns about using the kit.

    • You did not receive your bowel cancer screening kit or you no longer have it and would like to ask for another free kit.

  • You can also visit www.nhs.uk/conditions/bowel-cancer-screening/fob-test/ for more information.

  • If you would prefer to speak to someone at the practice please feel free to contact us.

Why not try to quit smoking in 2020! If you are a smoker with a long term condition it is really important you think about stopping. Not only can the symptoms of your long term condition decrease but your medication can also work more effectively. Yorkshire Smokefree Wakefield are a friendly service who have specialist advisors to help the people of the Wakefield district to stop smoking. The service is offering appointments at Pontefract Health Centre on a Thursday from 10am to 3pm to help you kick the habit and become smokefree. They can offer one to one appointments and specialist advice on the best product to help you quit, alongside support which will result in you being four times more likely to be successful rather than going it alone. Why not join the 82% of Wakefield residents and become smokefree!!! For more information log onto Yorkshire Smokefree Wakefield https://wakefield.yorkshiresmokefree.nhs.uk/ , phone the service on 01924 252174 to ask for an appointment or pick up a leaflet in reception.

GET YOURSELF ONLINE AND BEAT THE QUEUES!  If you need helping logging in with your password, please contact reception who will be able to help.

The law on how we process your personal data has changed.  There are new regulations called the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).  Please see our fair processing notice for adults and children under the Practice Policies tab on the right hand side.

Carers Packs.  We have put them together for Carers and the Elderly which contains a wealth of information on the services available to you.  To obtain a free copy of Northgate's carers pack enquire at Reception.

PLEASE SEE BOTTOM OF PAGE FOR ONLINE SERVICES.

Young Person's Telephone Advice Clinic - On Wednesdays between 12.00 noon and 12.30pm we run a young person's (13-19 year old) telephone advice line for dedicated advice on any matter that you would like to discuss with someone clinical on a totally confidential basis.  Please feel free to contact reception during these times and someone will help you.

National Data Opt out

The national data opt-out is a new service that allows people to opt out of their confidential patient information being used for research and planning. The NHS wants to make sure you and your family have the best care now and in the future. Your health and adult social care information supports your individual care. It also helps us to research, plan and improve health and care services in England.

There are very strict rules on how this data can and cannot be used, and you have clear data rights. We are committed to keeping patient information safe and will always be clear on how it is used.

You can choose whether or not your confidential patient information is used for research and planning.

your care data

You have a choice.

If you don't want your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you can opt out of this. If you do opt out, there are some specific situations where your data may still be used. Data that does not identify you may still also be used.

Your confidential patient information will still be used to support your individual care. Any preference you set using this service will not change this.

If you opt out, your decision will only apply within the health and care system in England. Your opt-out will not apply to your health data where you have accessed health or care services outside of England, such as in Scotland and Wales.

You can find out more on the NHS England  https://digital.nhs.uk/national-data-opt-out

Key information summary

Important things to remember are:

  • your data can be used to help research and planning
  • you don't have to do anything if you are happy for this to continue
  • your decision will not affect your own individual care in any way
  • you can change your mind any time in the future

Opt Out Online

You must have an email address or phone number registered with an NHS service to continue online. Ask your GP Practice for help if you need to confirm your contact information is up to date.

To continue you will need:

Opt Out by Phone

Contact the NHS Digital Contact Centre to verify your identity and discuss your data sharing choices. We may be able to guide you through the service or set a choice on your behalf.

Call: 0300 303 5678

Open: 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (excluding bank holidays)

Opt Out by Post

https://assets.nhs.uk/prod/documents/Non-Digital_Opt-Out_Form_V14.pdf

Opt Out for Someone Else

You can also set a choice on behalf of another individual by proxy. For example, a parent may want to set a choice on behalf of their child.

https://assets.nhs.uk/prod/documents/Non-Digital_Proxy_Opt-Out_Form_V16.pdf

Accessible resources

Watch a British Sign Language video of the Your Data Matters to the NHS patient handout.

Listen to an audio version of the Your Data Matters to the NHS patient handout.

Order a braille version of the Your Data Matters to the NHS patient handout.



 
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