Flu Vaccinations 2020-21
Annual Flu Vaccine
If you are 80 and over, or fall into the under-65 clinically vulnerable category, you are now able to book your annual influenza immunisation. Please call 0333 370 4113 to book your appointment at Clair Hall.
All those aged 16 and over are now eligible for a COVID vaccination. If you would like to book your first or second* dose COVID vaccination, please call Clair Hall on 0333 370 4110, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
(*must be over 8 weeks since your first dose)
Walk-In dates are available here | Youth Clinic dates are available here
Please do not contact Ouse Valley to book your flu vaccination.
Update on global shortage of blood tests equipment – what it means for patients
A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.
Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.
Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.
If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT THE NHS EXPECTS EVERYONE ACCESSING OR VISITING THE SURGERY TO CONTINUE TO WEAR A FACE COVERING AND FOLLOW SOCIAL DISTANCING RULES.
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Opting out of NHS Digital collecting your data (Type 1 Opt-out)
Important Patient Information - action required by 23rd June 2021
This link from NHS Digital explains why data is shared, it contains their transparency & privacy notices for doing so and also points to links where patient can opt out if they want to: https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research/transparency-notice?fbclid=IwAR2h07o26rVYlJLrCCuoA65NSwYJhDVMzWyyLSa_nevV2VTdtzpSvCL6DmE#top
Data sharing with NHS Digital will start on 1 July 2021.
If you wish to register a Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice before data sharing starts with NHS Digital, this should be done by returning this form to your GP practice by 23 June 2021 to allow time for processing it. If you have previously registered a Type 1 Opt-out and you would like to withdraw this, you can also use the form to do this. You can send the form by post to Ouse Valley Practice, London Road, Handcross, RH17 6HB or by email to the practice email@example.com or call 0300 3035678 for a form to be sent out to you. Please DO NOT call the practice for a form.
Paper copies of this form will also be available in the waiting area. Once completed, please pass to the reception team.
COVID VACCINE INFORMATION
Warning over COVID vaccination scams
Be on your guard against fraudulent text and email messages as new scams are being sent to patients. People are receiving a text or email notification of their ‘vaccination appointment’ and are being asked to confirm it by clicking on a link. This looks very similar to the genuine texts being sent to patients to arrange their appointments at the GP led vaccination services.
Please follow the advice below.
· The COVID-19 vaccination is ONLY available from the NHS and it is FREE – you will never be asked to pay for it or give your bank details.
· If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up.
· If you receive a text or email that you believe to be fraudulent please delete it. Please be assured that if you don’t respond because you are worried and it is a genuine text or email, you will remain on the vaccination list and be contacted again
· If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, report it to Sussex Police online or by calling 101.
Guidance on official NHS texts.
· An official NHS text message from your GP practice or the organisation arranging the appointments for your GP practice such as the local GP Federation will include their details such as the name of the Practice, group of Practices or the name of the Federation working on their behalf. It may also include details of the vaccination centre. Scam text messages and emails usually don’t include his information
· An official NHS text message from the national booking system will be a reminder text so will include details of your booked appointment include date, time and location
If you have any further concerns about something you have received please contact the Sussex COVID-19 vaccination programme team on firstname.lastname@example.org
Video GP Service
See a GP by video with LIVI. Even at the weekend.
Patients of Ouse Valley Practice can now see an NHS GP by video using LIVI. Get medical advice, prescriptions and referrals on the same day – even at weekends. The service is provided free on the NHS.
For further information, click here.
Our team are here to treat acute problems as well as providing long-term management of chronic conditions. Clinics we provide cover a wide range of healthcare issues including child/travel/flu vaccinations, minor operations, antenatal care, diabetes, cervical screening and family planning.
Our Patient Participation Group (PPG) exists to make sure that the services we are offering continue to meet the needs of patients.
.Teaching and Training
Ouse Valley Practice is an accredited Training Practice and is part of the GP Vocational Training Scheme (VTS) for Mid-Sussex. This means that both the Trainer and the Practice are inspected and have to meet certain standards and undergo a re-accreditation process. You may be offered an appointment with a GP Registrar who is a fully qualified doctor completing their training to become a GP. On occasions, GP Registrars may be sitting in with another GP in the surgery. You can consent or decline to have them sitting in with you if you wish.
Dr Janet Hardingham and Dr Katie Briggs - GP Trainers
The Surgery is also affiliated to Brighton and Sussex Medical School. We will occasionally have medical students in the Practice. They are early in their training to become doctors so will be fully supervised by another doctor. They may be sitting in on consultations to observe; normally on a Thursday afternoon. You may be asked if you would mind being involved in their education by allowing them to ask you some questions or examine you under supervision. Patient involvement is greatly appreciated and helps medical students learn to become competent doctors. You should be informed that medical students will be in attendance when you book an appointment. If you would prefer them not to be present, please inform reception staff.
Dr Tiziana Camilleri - Medical Student Co-ordinator
Both surgeries have access for wheelchairs.
(Site updated 15/09/2021)