The surgery will close at 6:30 pm on Thursday 24th of December and re-open on Tuesday 29th of December at 8:00 am. If you require any urgent medical assistance between these hours please call 111.
Lancashire and South Cumbria has been chosen by NHS England to be a national pilot for the digitisation of Medical Records. Scanning these paper based records and making them digital will enable better utilisation of space, creating more clinical space, staff areas, multi team space and video hubs, removing the need for some practices to build extensions. In addition it will also make your record more easily and speedily accessible to clinical staff within your practice.
Your complete GP medical record will be digital and stored in a secure cloud based clinical system (only accessible by your GP practice) with the paper based records being securely destroyed following BS EN 15713:2009 Secure destruction of confidential material. Your GP will still be able to access your records easily within this system. The scanning and destruction of the paper records will follow strict data protection guidelines adhered to by the NHS. As with paper based records, digital records are stored for the durations specified in the Records Management Codes of Practice for Health and Social Care. For GP patient records, this states that they may be destroyed 10 years after the patient’s death if they are no longer needed.
If you wish to discuss the scheme, please inform the Practice direct either by letter or via e-mail [email protected]
Please see the above link to the Gov.uk website with the latest advice regarding the virus, there is information about if you are symptomatic, work and sick pay, child care, travel and keeping safe.
We would like to encourage as many of our patients to use MyGP to order their prescription, this will reduce pressure on the phone lines making it easier for patients to contact the surgery. If you do not currently have your online information please email the surgery on [email protected] and confirm your personal details and a member of staff will email back within 48 hours with the information. If you could also let us know which chemist to electronically send your prescription to that would be helpful.
From 20th May you will automatically opted on to the Organ Donor Register. Please follow the link below for more information or if you wish to withdraw.
As of 1st April the surgery will no longer be able to send or receive faxes. Please contact the surgery via telephone or email.
Email: [email protected]
As the government prepares to leave the European Union (EU Exit) on 31 October, all information for patients from the CCG will be published and updated as and when the situation may change. Medicines, medical devices and clinical consumables and workforce Please continue to order your repeat medicines and medical devices and take your medicines as normal. It is important you don’t order more medicines than normal. If you do, it may mean that other people won’t be able to get their medicines. National measures are in place to ensure that clinical and non-clinical goods and services that the NHS needs to function to continue to be available and that the NHS is able to maintain its staffing levels following EU Exit. Under UK legislation, qualifications of EU staff will continue to be recognised in the UK. The government and Public Health England are also working together to ensure that vaccines will continue to be available as needed after the UK leaves the European Union Reciprocal care Following EU Exit, if you are travelling to the EEA (European Economic Area) or Switzerland on or after 31 October, please ensure you take out comprehensive travel insurance. As the situation with the using the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) to receive reciprocal medical care in the EEA and Switzerland may change depending if we leave the EU with or without a deal. Visit https://www.ehic.co.uk/ for the latest information. EU nationals living in the UK will still be able to access NHS care after the 31 October but EU visitors will be charged for accessing NHS care when new charging regulations come into force on 31 October. If you are concerned or have any questions, please speak to your GP or Pharmacist or you can email us at [email protected] Any information published by NHS England and NHS Improvement is available on the NHS England web pages. Patient facing messages will continue to be published on the nhs.uk website under the appropriate section.
As we enter exam season we have had reports of students/pupils requesting a letter for university/college/school for missed exams, time off due to sickness, dissertation postponement etc. etc.
Our LPC have published as guidance on the issue, which makes reference to schoolchildren, rather than university students, but the same principles should apply.
Examinations and sickness certificates
It should be noted that GPs do not provide sick notes for schoolchildren. When children are absent from school owing to illness, schools may request a letter from a parent or guardian, and this is no different during an exam period. However, children who have missed exams due to illness are frequently told by schools that a note from a doctor is required; but this cannot be provided by a GP. Aside from the fact that parents/guardians are responsible for excusing their children from school, GPs cannot provide retrospective sickness certification. When a child suffers from a long-term condition, any certification will be provided by the responsible specialist.
GPC has sought and received confirmation from the Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator that Awarding Organisations make no requirement for pupils to obtain a medical certificate in support of their application for special consideration. Students are asked for information in support of their application, but this may take the form of a statement by the school. The Joint Council for Qualifications has confirmed that as far as they are concerned, if a student was absent from an examination as a result of illness and has the support of the school or centre to be absent, special consideration will be granted on that basis. Awarding organisations do not insist that medical proof is provided.
GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATIONS (GDPR 2018)
Limefield Surgery has a legal duty to explain how we use any personal information we collect about you, as a registered patient at the practice. Staff at this practice maintain records about your health and the treatment you receive in electronic and paper format.
What information do we collect about you?
We will collect information such as personal details, including name, address, next of kin, records of appointments, visits, telephone calls, your health records, treatment and medications, test results, X-rays, etc. and any other relevant information to enable us to deliver effective medical care.
How we will use your information
Your data is collected for the purpose of providing direct patient care; however, we can disclose this information if it is required by law, if you give consent or if it is justified in the public interest. The practice may be requested to support research; however, we will always gain your consent before sharing your information with medical research databases or others when the law allows.
In order to comply with its legal obligations, this practice may send data to NHS Digital when directed by the Secretary of State for Health under the Health and Social Care Act 2012. Additionally, this practice contributes to national clinical audits and will send the data that is required by NHS Digital when the law allows. This may include demographic data, such as date of birth, and information about your health which is recorded in coded form; for example, the clinical code for diabetes or high blood pressure.
Processing your information in this way and obtaining your consent ensures that we comply with Articles 6(1)(c), 6(1)(e) and 9(2)(h) of the GDPR.
Maintaining confidentiality and accessing your records
We are committed to maintaining confidentiality and protecting the information we hold about you. We adhere to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the NHS Codes of Confidentiality and Security, as well as guidance issued by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). You have a right to access the information we hold about you, and if you would like to access this information, you will need to complete a Subject Access Request (SAR). Please ask at reception for a SAR form and you will be given further information. Furthermore, should you identify any inaccuracies; you have a right to have the inaccurate data corrected.
Risk stratification is a mechanism used to identify and subsequently manage those patients deemed as being at high risk of requiring urgent or emergency care. Usually this includes patients with long-term conditions, e.g. cancer. Your information is collected by a number of sources, including Limefield Surgery; this information is processed electronically and given a risk score which is relayed to your GP who can then decide on any necessary actions to ensure that you receive the most appropriate care.
Your information may be shared if you have received treatment to determine which Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is responsible for paying for your treatment. This information may include your name, address and treatment date. All of this information is held securely and confidentially; it will not be used for any other purpose or shared with any third parties.
You have a right to object to your information being shared. Should you wish to opt out of data collection, please contact a member of staff who will be able to explain how you can opt out and prevent the sharing of your information; this is done by registering a Type 1 opt-out, preventing your information from being shared outside this practice.
In accordance with the NHS Codes of Practice for Records Management, your healthcare records will be retained for 10 years after death, or if a patient emigrates, for 10 years after the date of emigration. (These records are returned to Primary Care Support England at time of death/emigration).
Dr H Brown
POR (Cherry Tree Surgery) was closed Thursday 29th March 2018 – All services are now provided from Limefield (PNR) Surgery.
We are sorry to inform you of the closure of Cherry Tree Branch Surgery
Cherry Tree Branch Surgery closed permanently after afternoon surgery on Thursday 29th March 2018. All practice services are now provided from the Limefield Surgery. We are working closely with local General Practitioners at Witton, Redlam Surgeries, the CCG and NHS England to progress a purpose built property at Griffin Lodge.
We are also working closely with Blackburn with Darwen CCG and the LPC to provide ‘Spoke Sessions’ to our patients.
– all appointment bookings are centralised from Limefield Surgery
An email and letter – Closure of Cherry Tree Surgery 2018 was sent to households having attended Cherry Tree Surgery in the previous year.