NHS Patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings from 19 July 2021

NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.

Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.

The NHS will continue to support staff in ensuring that the guidance is followed in all healthcare settings.

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COVID Vaccine Passport

You can get a digital version using the NHS App or NHS website. You will need to set up an NHS login to do this.  Digital versions can be downloaded as a pdf or sent to you in an email.

You can get a digital version by: downloading the NHS App – you must be registered with a GP surgery in England to use the app.

You can ask for a paper version of your COVID-19 vaccination status to be sent to you in the post. You should get this within 5 working days. You do not need to be registered with a GP surgery or have an NHS login for this. You can get a paper version by: requesting a letter online via the nhs.uk website or calling 119 – do not call 119 if you’re travelling in more than 4 weeks’ time

You can request a letter 5 days after having your 2nd dose of the vaccine.

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Weekly drop in clinics for COVID vaccination

It’s never been easier to get your Covid-19 vaccine

If you haven’t had your Covid-19 vaccine yet, it’s never been easier to get one. From Tuesday 29 June, South Tyneside residents over 18 can get the jab at three drop-in vaccine clinics – no booking, just walk in!

  • The Glen Primary Care Centre, Hebburn – Tuesdays 3-6pm
  • Cleadon Park Primary Care Centre, South Shields – Thursdays 3-6pm
  • Flagg Court Health Centre, South Shields – Saturdays 3-6pm

Other options

  • To book an appointment at a local vaccine centre (The Glen, Cleadon Park or Flagg Court), please call the South Tyneside Vaccination Contact Centre on 0191 283 1925 or speak with your GP practice.
  • To book an appointment at a large vaccine centre (such as the Nightingale Hospital or Centre for Life) or at selected local pharmacies, visit the NHS website or call 119 between 7am and 11pm.

Got questions about the vaccine?

If you have questions about the vaccine, please call the South Tyneside Vaccination Contact Centre on 0191 283 1925 or speak with your GP.

Further information, and answers to frequently asked questions about the vaccine, are available at www.southtynesideccg.nhs.uk.

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How data in your GP record is used and how you can control the use (opt-out)

As a practice, we fully respect your right as a patient to control your data. We outline our privacy policy in more detail on our website and explain how we share data with other providers, including the Great North Care Record and NHS Digital for secondary use.

You have the right to opt-out at any time from data being shared.

Your data is used in broadly two different ways:

  1. To provide you with care. This is called “Primary Use
  2. To allow for planning and research to be done. This is called “Secondary Use

Both uses will only be made where it is considered secure and appropriate to use patient data.

Opting-out of data sharing is an option for all patients, however it is not without potential downsides. For Primary Use data, if you opt-out and need care in a local hospital, for example, it may be much harder for the staff to access important medical information about you needed to provide safe and effective care. For Secondary Use, the downsides are more indirect. If everyone in the country were to opt-out, it would make it much harder to ensure funding is used in the NHS to develop services where they are needed. It would also be harder to develop new treatments.

It is possible to opt-out of specific parts of data sharing, while keeping some elements of data sharing in place. It is very common, for example, for people who have privacy concerns about Secondary Use, to be happy to continue sharing data for Primary Use/Direct Care.

The table and diagram below summarises what opt-outs are possible, and how to request them:

How data in your GP record is used, and how you can control the use

Primary Use – sharing your data for your direct care

Who it is shared with How it is used How to opt out
Summary Care Record These are used by NHS hospitals and other providers (e.g. midwives) to ensure they have the data needed to provide you with the right care. Opt out through your GP practice – contact reception to speak to a member of staff and we will be able to apply the opt-out
Great North Care Record

 

Secondary Use – Using your data to design health services and do health research

Who it is shared with How it is used How to opt out
Local NHS Organisations (such as Clinical Commissioning Groups) Using data to plan how to design local services around the needs of the population Use a ‘type-1 opt out’ – Please return this form to the practice.
NHS Digital Using data to plan and design national services around the needs of the population
External research organisations Using data for various research purposes Use the National Data Opt-out – Visit the NHS website, use the NHS App or call 0300 3035678

 

 

How to manage your sharing preferences using the NHS App

You can view or change your current preference at any time.

To view and change your preference in the NHS App:

  1. Go to Your health
  2. Select Choose if data from your health and care records is shared for planning and research.
  3. Select Make your choice.
  4. Review the information on the page, then select Start now.
  5. View your preference, then select Change if you want to change it.
  6. Update your choice, then select Submit.

You can also visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters.

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General Practice Data for Planning and Research

The way data is collected from GP systems is being replaced.

This collection is called GP Data for Planning and Research and its purpose is to support the data needs of the health and social care system including policy development, public health, planning and commissioning of services and research.  This new collection is designed to reduce the number of requests for access to data received by general practice.

Please watch this short video to find out more.

 

More detailed information can be found via NHS Digital, including the process of how you can opt out.

Data collection will start on 1 July 2021, if you do not want your data shared with NHS Digital, you need to register this by 23 June 2021.  Please complete this form and return to us.

Mythbusting social media posts about the national data opt out

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