Despite several legal changes in the COVID pandemic regulations this week, face coverings and face masks will continue to be required in health and care settings to comply with infection prevention and control (IPC) and adult social care guidance. This includes hospitals and primary or community care settings, such as GP surgeries. Ellison View Surgery ask that all please follow this advice when visiting the practice.
You are required to wear a face covering on entering these healthcare settings and must keep it on until you leave unless you are exempt or have a reasonable excuse for removing it.
Ellison View Surgey is an accredited Veteran Friendly GP Practice.
On Remembrance Day, we remember and honour those who have served. We are proud to be a Veteran Friendly GP practice as part of our commitment to supporting our veteran patients. Our team is trained to understand veterans’ health needs and to provide access to specialist services.
As a Veteran Friendly GP Practice we:
- Have a clinical lead for veteran health
- Support veteran patients to access dedicated health services
- If you are a veteran patient, please let us know that you have served so that we can make sure that we understand your health needs
Nearly 1,100 practices are now Veteran Friendly accredited.
Due to clinical staff shortages our online eConsultation service will be unavailable for the next 4 consecutive weekends which will commence from 5:30pm on Friday 12th November.
The online eConsultation service will still be available from 08:00am, Monday to Friday, 5:30pm.
Ellison View Summary Report
The Partners at Ellison View Surgery have noted the comments/concerns of our patients regarding the proposed relocation of the surgery. Please see attached document.
Should you have any further questions, please contact the practice manager.
COVID-19 Third Dose Vaccine – Eligibility for, and timing, of, a third primary dose vaccination as part of a primary course are based on an individual with severe immunosuppression’s clinical needs, informed by the timing of their specific theraputic interventions and personal care plan. If you fit this criteria, you will be contacted by your consultant, who will provide you with the appropriate documentation or if you have been identified by the GP practice, we will complete a PSD form.
COVID-19 Booster Vaccine – The following people should be offered a booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in the same order as the first part of the vaccination programme.
- Those living in residential care homes for older adults.
- All adults aged 50 years or over.
- Frontline health and social care workers.
- All those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the green book), and adult carers.
- Adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals.
The JCVI advises that the booster vaccine dose should be offered no earlier than six months (180 days) after completion of the first course of vaccination.
To book an appointment please call the South Tyneside Vaccination Contact Centre on 0191 283 1925.
We are now in receipt of our seasonal influenza vaccination delivery.
Those eligible for the NHS influenza vaccination in 2021 to 2022 are:
- Those aged 50 years and over (including those who’ll be 50 by 31 March 2022).
- Those with certain long-term health conditions.
- Pregnant women.
To book an appointment, please call the practice on 0191 2831610.
As you know, many of the remaining COVID-19 restrictions in England are due to be lifted from Monday 19th July. However, we want to explain to you why we will continue to ask you to wear a face covering and help us maintain social distancing in practice.
Our priority is keeping you safe
Our number one priority is the safety of our patients and staff. Throughout the pandemic we have followed the governments COVID-19 safety rules for general practice, and these will NOT change on Monday 19th July.
We will therefore still ask you to:
- Wear a face covering in our practice
- Attend alone where possible
- Use our hand sanitiser when you arrive
- Confirm that you don’t have any symptoms of COVID-19
We will be maintaining social distancing throughout our practice too, so please continue to follow any directions you receive from our team.
GP Data for Planning and Research
NHS Digital has been collecting data from GPs through its trusted General Practice Extraction Service. This system is now being replaced with their new General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) service, a broader general-purpose collection which will enable faster access to pseudonymised patient data for planners and researchers.
More detailed information can be found via NHS Digital,(please click on the link) including the process of how you can opt out.
Data collection will start on 1st September 2021, if you do not want your data shared with NHS Digital this should be done by returning this form (please click on the link) to your GP practice by 1st September 2021 to allow time for processing it. 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.
Instruction is also attached to inform patients how they can Opt Out, via the NHS App.
If you have the NHS App you are able to view and change your preference in the NHS App:
- Go to Your health
- Select Choose if data from your health and care records is shared for planning and research.
- Select Make your choice.
- Review the information on the page, then select Start now.
- View your preference, then select Change if you want to change it.
- Update your choice, then select Submit.
You can also visit www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters.