NHS Digital Opt Out Forms
NHS Digital ‘Opt Out’ Forms
There has been some information in the media recently about data sharing in the NHS. If you would like to opt out of your data being shared for research and planning purposes, please click on the link below for the opt out form and return to the Practice.
Alternatively, you can do this on the NHS App. NHS App -> ‘your health’ tab at the bottom -> ‘choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning’.
Covid Vaccination Passport - How to access your COVID-19 vaccination status.
1st February 2022
You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App, or the Patient Access App. You can access these apps through mobile devices such as a smartphone or tablet.
One You Lincolnshire, Ready For a New You?
4th February 2022
Want support to Eat Well, Drink Less, Move More and Stop Smoking? You can now request a Health Coach appointment in our surgery. Every Friday, One You Lincolnshire Health Coach, Nicola, will be at the surgery to offer you extra support. You can request an appointment by speaking to The Glebe Practice reception team on 01522 305298.
Further information can be found at https://www.oneyoulincolnshire.org.uk/
Glebe Practice announcement - Hospital waiting times.
10th February 2022
GP surgeries across Lincolnshire are receiving requests from many of their patients asking if their doctor can write to try to speed up the waiting time of their hospital appointment - this form of medical correspondence is known as an expedite letter. We understand many of our patients are anxious about the length of time that they are having to wait for their inpatient or outpatient hospital appointment.
Currently, over 6 million people are waiting for NHS hospital treatment . As a result, hospitals have become inundated with GP requests for appointments to be speeded up, and overall, significant backlogs created by the demands of delivering hospital treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic means there is no capacity for hospitals to speed up routine waiting times.
Due to the backlog of hospital appointments GP expedite letters no longer influence hospital waiting times. Therefore, with immediate effect Lincolnshire GP surgeries will no longer provide expedite letters on behalf of their patients. The only exception, is in rare situations, where the GP decides to reclassify their patient as an urgent referral.
If you have been referred to hospital and are waiting to be seen as an outpatient, or inpatient, and your symptoms deteriorate you need to contact the hospital you have been referred to for a specialist to review your referral letter and changing symptoms. The contact details for your outpatient department (for first appointments) or your consultant’s secretarial team (for follow-up care) can be found on your hospital letter.
We are sincerely sorry about the length of time our patients are having to wait for secondary care (hospital) appointments, and we understand the frustration our patients are experiencing. Unfortunately primary care (GPs) have no control on how hospitals manage or allocate appointments.
If you have concerns that your symptoms have changed in the interim, it is important that you speak to a GP.
Thank you for your understanding, for further information please see https://lincolnshireccg.nhs.uk/your-health-and-services/waiting-well-for-your-outpatient-appointment/
NHS sexual assault referral centres (SARCs)
12th February 2022
This month the NHS has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of sexual assault referral centres (SARCs) - specialist NHS services that offer specialist practical, medical and emotional support 24/7 to anyone who has been raped, sexually assaulted or abused. The campaign aims to highlight these vital NHS support services, as new data published today from an England-wide survey reveals that over half of respondents (56%) who have been sexually assaulted or abused did not seek help from any organisation or service after the incident.
Nearly half (44%) of people also say they don’t know or aren’t sure where to get help if they had been sexually assaulted, and 72% of respondents are currently unaware of the support available via the NHS. If you have been raped, sexually assaulted or abused and don't know where to turn, search ‘sexual assault referral centres’ to find out more or head to www.nhs.uk/SARCs to find your nearest service.
If you live in the Lincoln area, your local sexual assault referral centre is https://www.lpft.nhs.uk/spring-lodge/home
The Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS)
Face masks 2022
Patients, staff and visitors MUST continue to wear face coverings in all NHS healthcare settings.
The government has announced COVID restrictions in England will end from Thursday 27 January 2022. However, national Infection Prevention Control Guidelines and healthcare visiting guidance will remain in place for ALL staff and visitors.
This means that everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings MUST continue to wear a face covering, unless exempt, and continue to follow social distancing rules.
This guidance is applicable in hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies.