Practice News & Blogs
Delay to Start of Flu Vaccination Programme
We regret that we have been advised by our Flu vaccine supplier that delivery dates are delayed and they cannot yet confirm our revised delivery dates due to the transport/HGV driver difficulties. In view of this, NHS England has instructed us all general practices NOT to book Flu vaccine clinics at this stage.
We apologise to our patients for this situation, especially for those who have already booked flu vaccination appointments. Unfortunately, the delivery issues are completely outside of our control. We hope to be able to provide an update by the end of September and to schedule clinics rapidly from then.
Urgent news about Blood Tests - updated 2 Sept 2021
NHS England has identified that the shortage of vials used for blood tests will worsen over the next few weeks and will last until mid-September 2021.
It comes after Becton Dickinson, a company that makes vials for the health service, said it is experiencing serious supply chain issues.
We have been told by the NHS to postpone all non-urgent blood tests this includes, but is not limited to blood testing for fertility, pre-diabetes, allergies and certain blood disorders.
- Review all of the required blood tests to determine those that can safely be delayed
- Advise you if we feel that you urgently require having blood taken to assist your treatment
- Add your name to a waiting list to rearrange your blood test
- Advise you when the situation changes
We are extremely sorry for the inconvenience but this is something completely outside of our control.
Concerns over a new App which allows calls/video calls called “monkey”.
We have been advised of a new app called 'Monkey' which allows the user to make video calls to strangers. Once a conversation is finished, the user clicks next and it will then connect them to a different user which could be someone from anywhere in the world. The website states that users must be 18 plus but there is no age verification on either platform meaning anyone could download it. If users use the website from a desktop, they don't need an account to sign in and chat to people, but users of the app will.
The app is currently only available on android devices. Whilst testing the platform, reviewers found that every second or third video was of a overtly sexual nature and prompted attempts to interact. There are countless examples of adverts for sex, pornography and bestiality.
The unpredictability of the content is likely to increase the shock factor and harmful impact as users have no idea what will appear.
It is designed to attract children - Everything, from the name, to the graphics on the platform suggest this is created to attract children.
In Google Play Store, its description reads 'Make friends and chat to celebrities' and the app has copied TikTok's vertical style video feed. The location of each user is shared publicly (country and town/city) and there is no option to block this. You cannot use the app/website without having your camera on. There are screenshots of Monkey on Instagram as well as Monkey having their own TikTok account meaning young people may be driven to the site.
NHS Digital (NHSD) extract of GP data for Research purposes (known as the GPDPR)
UPDATED - 22 July 2021
The current NHS Digital (NHSD) extract of GP data for Research purposes (known as the GPDPR) has been delayed due to NHSD wishing to review the way in which this data will be collected, to conduct more public involvement and information about the plans and change the way in which patients can opt out of the extract of their GP data.
Currently the only way to opt out is to complete a Type 1 opt out form and return this to the practice by the 1st September. However, this extract will not be taken until the NHSD have changed the way it will take the data and respect the patient’s choice for using their data. NHSD are introducing the following changes to the opt out process which will mean that patients will be able to change their opt-out status at any time:
- Patients do not need to register a Type 1 opt-out by 1st September to ensure their GP data will not be uploaded.
- NHS Digital will create the technical means to allow GP data that has previously been uploaded to the system via the GPDPR collection to be deleted when someone registers a Type 1 opt-out.
- The plan to retire Type 1 opt-outs will be deferred for at least 12 months while we get the new arrangements up and running and will not be implemented without consultation with the RCGP, the BMA and the National Data Guardian.
This means that you can opt out at any time in the future and NHSD will delete data that they already have taken for research purposes, the deadline of the 01/09/2020 has been delayed until a new system of opt out is developed. Hopefully, this will be a simple centralised approach via the NHS app or NHS website to avoid paper form and administration work for your GP.
We will update you when we know more about the NHSD plans to change how you can control who has access to your data.
ORIGINAL POST - 22 July 2021
Your deadline to opt out moved from 23 June 2021 to 1 September 2021
Alternatively follow the link (right) to a section on our website entitled “National Opt Out & NHS Digital Data Collection from the Practice”.
COVID Restriction Update - 19 July changes
Throughout the pandemic we have strived to make Stony Medical Centre as safe as possible for all our patients and staff. We will continue to do so going forward.
As you know we have never stopped delivering care to our patients. Indeed we have consulted in higher numbers than we did pre-COVID (face to face, by telephone, by video consultation and via Kinik). And of course we have helped to vaccinate 86% of the adult population twice in the last 6 months
Stony Medical Centre has come so far in trying to minimise the impact of COVID and we are sure you understand that we need to keep the surgery as safe for ALL patients as we can.
Therefore from the 19th July nothing will change at the surgery - patients will still be asked to wear a mask, socially distance and use hand sanitiser in the surgery and staff will continue to wear PPE. We will continue to use remote consultation tools where appropriate while continuing to see patients face to face where it is of clinical benefit to the patient.
We do understand that restrictions can feel frustrating but we know that when people come to us they are sick and vulnerable (and some cannot receive the COVID vaccinations due to medical reasons) so we feel it would be wrong to not take these small precautions that can protect people.
Thank you for your support.
COVID Vax Update
To date, as part of the Watling Street Network PCN, the Stony Medical Centre team have given 23,400 COVID vaccines.
Every patient within the PCN’s catchment who lives in a care home has been vaccinated twice.
Every patient within the PCN’s catchment who is housebound will have been offered the opportunity to receive their COVID vaccination in their home.
Every patient aged 50 and over will have been offered the opportunity to receive their COVID vaccination.
Every person who falls outside the over 50 age group, but who falls within one of the government defined medically at risk groups will have been offered the opportunity to receive their COVID vaccination.
Every member of staff within Stony Medical Centre will have been offered the opportunity to receive their COVID vaccination, ensuring our staff can stay well, thereby ensuring we are able to continue to deliver our normal general practice services.
Your Stony team have collectively worked over 1,300 hours to deliver the COVID vaccination programme. This is on top of their usual work. Without them this vaccination programme would not have been possible. We thank you!
A similar number of hours will have been worked by the teams at Watling Vale, Hilltops and Whitehouse. We thank you!
We have been supported by some brilliant volunteers, without whom this vaccination programme would not have been possible. We thank you!
Now, we pass over the responsibility for vaccinating any remaining patients to the mass vaccination centres (MVC). The MVC’s will have ongoing availability for the weeks ahead, after all, that is their reason for being. We now return to focussing solely on our general practice caseload and ready ourselves for starting the flu vaccination programme from September.
Thank you team!
Watling Street Network PCN | Stony Medial Centre | Watling Vale Medical Centre | Hilltops Medical Centre | Whitehouse Surgery
Watling Street Network PCN PPG update May 2021
Please follow the link for information about how the Watling Street Network PCN has evolved and the role patients have had within its evolution.
How to use the NHS app as a Covid vaccine passport for travel
WHICH? guide to using your NHS app as a Covid vaccine passport for travel
Owned and run by the NHS, the NHS App is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.
The NHS App is available now on iOS and Android. To use it you must be aged 13 and over and registered with a GP surgery in England.
You can also access from your desktop or laptop computer.
#The Abuse Must Stop
This is a short video regarding the real difficulties general practice is facing.
The difficulties are a national issue and none of the surgeries within the Watling Street PCN have been immune to abuse from a small minority of patients.
The abuse has a massive impact on the well-being of our staff.
The newly formed Institute of General Practice Managers has launched a campaign with the tag #theabusemuststop. They have created a powerful video which we, at Stony Medical Centre, would urge you to watch.
The video provides a real taste of real life in General Practice.
Although none of the staff featured in the video work in Stony Medical Centre, they all work in General Practice and all of the scenarios they present (with the exception of tyre slashing) have been experienced by members of the Stony Medical Centre team.
Kindness costs nothing.
We appreciate that kindness is a two way street; you deserve kindness from us, as much as we deserve it from our patients but please be mindful that the team member you are speaking to may just have put the phone down to a patient who has abused them and finished the call with “it’s your fault if I die”.