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DVLA Requests from GP's

Section 88 of the Road Traffic Act 1988

During COVID many drivers licences have expired and the DVLA gave extensions so that they could continue to drive and work. For many drivers though this extension is coming to an end. Drivers are now being told by DVLA to ask their GP if they are "fit to drive" so that they can continue to drive under Section 88 of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (RTA 1988). 

As most GPs are not confident to advise patients whether or not they are fit to drive, our Practice Policy is to only provide factual information for the DVLA, about a patients health so that the DVLA expert medical advisers can decide upon fitness and suitability for renewal of licences.  We will not offer an opinion as to whether a patient is fit to drive or not, and hope that you can understand and accept our position on this subject.

General Practice Date for Planning and Research: GP Practice Privacy Notice

Under data protection law we must tell you about how we use your personal information. This includes the personal information that we share with other organisations and why we do so. Our main GP practice privacy notice is on our website. This additional privacy notice provides details about the personal information that we are sharing with NHS Digital for its General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection.

NHS Digital is part of the NHS. It collects, analyses, publishes and shares data to improve everyone’s health and care. Read more about NHS Digital.

We use the term patient data to refer to personal information in the rest of this notice.

Opting out

If you don’t want your identifiable patient data (personally identifiable data in the diagram above) to be shared for purposes except for your own care, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out or a National Data Opt-out, or both. These opt-outs are different and they are explained in more detail in the above links. Your individual care will not be affected if you opt out using either option.

Opt Out Form:  Type 1 Opt Out

Important info re Face Coverings

From 19th July 2021, we will continue to ask you to wear a face covering when you come into the practice, and to follow the social distancing and hand sanitising measures that have been in place throughout the pandemic.

We have vulnerable patients and we have to ensure that we continue to protect people as best as we can.
Thank you for your continued understanding and support.

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Rescue Medications during the Pandemic

We have been made aware of a post being circulated on Facebook that states GP’s will prescribe rescue medications for ALL patients with Asthma & COPD. Unfortunately this is not the case!

Rescue medications are only suitable for a limited number of patients based on clinical indication.  If someone's asthma is bad enough to consider steroids it is essential they are assessed by a healthcare professional.

If we were to issue these medications to patients who do not need them it would cause mass shortages for those that do need them.

Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

How to get a sick note during the pandemic

If you are having to stay at home for 7/14 days due to Coronavirus, because either you or someone you live with has the symptoms detailed on the NHS 111 website, and you need a note for your employer, please go to the following link:

Please do not ask your GP surgery for a sick note for self-isolation.  Thank you for your continued help and support.

Struggling to get an appointment?

If you read the Grantham Journal that you may well have seen the well-documented article recently on how GP surgeries are finding it increasingly difficult to recruit doctors and the problems this is causing for patients. We are no exception. 2 GP's have left us over the past 2 years through retirement and relocation, and despite our best efforts and extensive advertising, we have been unable to find suitable replacements. This will mean that you are likely to have to wait longer than you would like to see a doctor for a routine appointment. You may have to wait 2-3 weeks, perhaps longer if you choose to see a specific GP. We will continue to have an emergency doctor available on a daily basis. 

We have invested heavily in training for our nursing department and now have a team of specially trained Minor Ailment/Illness Nurses, who are able to see, treat and prescribe medication for a variety of infections and other minor conditions.

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