General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) – Important Information On Patient Data
On Thursday 2nd September 2021 the General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR), allowing patient data from GP records to be extracted and sent to NHS Digital for the purposes of planning and research, was put off again indefinitely. This is after more than one million people opted out of the NHS data-sharing in one month.
GP Practices in Tower Hamlets, have been at the forefront of this debate over the government plan to share medical records where we raised concerns about confidentiality. Refusal to hand over patient data until certain conditions were met was started via a letter by GPs in Tower Hamlets and then signed by a total of 113 GP Practices across the country.
This is great news however, there is still caution and we believe the government has yet to convince us that patient data will be safe.
Patients can still decide to formally opt-out by sending us a form, certifying their choice of NOT SHARING their GP patient data with NHS Digital for planning and research purposes. Follow this link to download the opt-out form: https://medconfidential.org/how-to-opt-out/.
If patients also want to stop their non-GP data, such as a hospital or clinic treatments, or any anonymised data previously extracted by NHS digital, being used for purposes other than their direct care (e.g. for research and planning), patients need to opt-out by filling in an online form to prevent this information being processed any further. This form can be completed directly on the NHS website: https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/manage-your-choice/.
AccuRx Patient Triage: New Online Consultation at Chrisp Street
We recently introduced a new online consultation platform from accuRx to make the online consulting experience smoother and simpler for our patients. We would be most grateful if our patients can help us and themselves by using accuRx patient triage. Our clinicians will reply to your online consultation by 5 working days.
For any urgent health enquiries, please call 111 or go online at https://111.nhs.uk/. If you have a medical emergency, please dial 999. Thank you for your support and understanding.
The NHS in London is very busy, but we’ll help you get urgent care when you need it.
Most consultations are over the phone and via video. This is for everyone’s safety. We will assess your situation and invite you into the practice if needed. We can arrange same-day appointments if you need urgent care but please don’t visit without an appointment. Appointments will be held in the best way to keep you safe from Covid.
You can also contact 111, day or night, for other urgent health advice – including if you have concerns about your Covid-19 symptoms.
Please remember that 999 and A&E are for emergencies.
Please help reduce infections, protect the NHS and keep each other safe by following the latest rules.
Please do not contact your GP for a COVID-19 vaccine. The NHS is prioritising vaccinating people who experts have agreed will benefit the most. We will let you know when it is your turn. Please see here for advice.
We urge everyone eligible who has not yet had their first vaccine to book on the national booking system or call 119.
If you have had your first vaccine, please make sure you have your second vaccine to ensure maximum protection.
If you have specific concerns about taking the vaccine and would like to talk to a health professional, please contact your GP.
There is comprehensive information, guidance, and answers to questions, including vaccination information for pregnant women, frontline health and social care staff and carers on the East London Health & Care Partnership website.
If you seek general information on coronavirus, please follow this link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
If you are concerned that you may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 119 online service has created coronavirus pages that tell patients what they should do based on their particular circumstances. These can be accessed at: https://111.nhs.uk/service/covid-19
We have changed our appointments system in response to coronavirus. Find out more here.
The practice is adopting guidance from the NHS and is continuously reviewing services.
If you have a cough or fever or develop these symptoms, please do not attend the practice for an appointment, or for any other matter such as the collection of prescriptions.
If you have symptoms of coronavirus you are advised to self-isolate, the following link explains this in more detail as well as what you should do if you are concerned about your symptoms: http://www.nhs.uk/coronavirus you may also find this BBC video useful https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/health-51934576/how-do-i-know-if-i-have-coronavirus
For the foreseeable future, we will not be booking travel vaccinations.
We are however still currently offering urgent blood tests, wound care dressings, cervical cytology, baby and antenatal clinics and childhood immunisations as normal. If you have a booked face to face appointment for any of the above but yourself or a member of your household becomes unwell please cancel the appointment and do not attend the surgery.
We are not issuing extra medication for patients, there is no concern about the supply of medication at present.
Please order your prescriptions using the normal methods
This guidance is liable to change.
About Chrisp Street Health Centre
Chrisp Street Health Centre is a large, friendly, modern GP practice in Poplar, Tower Hamlets. We serve the population living around Chrisp Street Market and look after just over 15,000 patients.
We have a large team of staff including Doctors, Practice Nurses, Assistant Practitioners, a Pharmacist and a Phlebotomist (blood taker).
We work closely with our colleagues in the community including midwives and health visitors. Our Practice offers many additional services including health advocates, social prescribers, stop smoking advisors, benefits advisors, specialist drug and alcohol workers and other specialist nurses. Please ask reception if you feel you need one of these services.
We are a training practice and usually host one or two GP trainees who are qualified doctors completing their training in General Practice. We train medical students from the Barts and the London Medical School and nursing students from City University.
We strive to offer personal, continuous care. All patients and their families are allocated their “Own Doctor” when they register. We encourage you to see your Own Doctor wherever possible. As well as offering appointments for you to see them face to face, we can make arrangements for you to speak to your GP by phone at a pre-booked time or electronically via an accuRx.
Visiting the Health Centre
Our Reception staff are here to help you obtain the very best possible service from the Health Centre. Please help them to help you by giving as much information as possible especially in an emergency. Rules of confidentiality apply to all of our Practice Staff.
Our reception desk and phone lines are open Monday to Friday 8:30am – 6:30pm.
Please note we are closed on Fridays 1pm – 2pm for staff training.
For more information please see Opening Times.
We are closed on the following public bank holidays for the rest of 2021:
- 27 December 21
- 28 December 21