Giffard Drive Surgery: 01252 541282

***COVID Booster Scam – Please be aware***

️We have been alerted to a scam regarding the COVID booster vaccinations.

Patients are being sent text messages with the NHS logo on saying that they must register for a booster vaccination and this is available at the low cost of just £4.99. It then asks for a reply message with bank details and date of birth which, once sent, will enable fraudsters to potentially wipe out bank accounts.

Please remember that the vaccines are free to everyone and the NHS will never ask you for payment for them. Please contact Crimestoppers online or by phone using the details below to anonymously report anything you receive

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Staff News!

Giffard Drive Surgery wants to extend a warm welcome to the following new members of staff who have joined the surgery over the last couple of months – David Hitchman (new Practice Manager), Alice Copeland (Advanced Nurse Practitioner), Ming (Receptionist),  Wahib Saeed (Pharmacist), Sarah Price (Paramedic Practitioner) and Hannah Ridler (Administration).  Welcome to the GDS family!

 

We also want to give huge congratulations to Dr Catherine Wilson who recently got married.  The photos showed it was a wonderful day and we hope that married life brings you everything you both wish for!

Blood Test Shortage

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 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.

**IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING COVID 19**

From 19 July 2021 please continue wearing a face mask and distance from others when coming to the surgery. The pandemic continues.

We have vulnerable patients with health issues, sick patients, and those undergoing treatment, attending the surgery.

Should you decide not to wear a mask, you will asked to wait outside of the surgery building (whatever the weather!) until such time as a clinician is available to assess your needs and determine the course of action required.

Please continue to protect the NHS, yourself and others.

Thank you for your understanding.

A message to our patients

The Partners and staff at Giffard Drive Surgery aim to provide the best primary care to our patients.

Since the start of the pandemic, we have increased the number of GPs and other clinicians working with us to expand what we can offer our patients and to meet the increasing demand for our services.

In the last year, we have employed 3 new GPs, a Paramedic Practitioner, a Clinical Pharmacist, a Pharmacy Technician and Musculoskeletal Practitioners all offering clinical care to our patients, and we are all working at full capacity.  This increase has delivered 29 additional clinical sessions per week compared to before the pandemic.  Some of our sessions are carried out remotely by clinicians in order for us to provide more sessions due to lack of space within the building or health reasons.

We have invested in a more modern telephone system to allow additional lines in and out of the Practice to accommodate the 300+ calls we receive on a daily basis, which our Reception and Administration Team adhere to answer as quickly and efficiently as possible.

In addition to this, alongside our neighbouring practices, our clinical and administrative staff have spent many hours planning and staffing the Southwood Covid Vaccination Centre to deliver the 1000s of vaccines to the patients of Farnborough.

We have never closed or stopped seeing patients during the pandemic.  We have and will continue to see our patients face to face where there is a clinical need, and this will be assessed by a clinician following a telephone conversation or by evaluating an e-consult/email.

Our aim is to continue to deliver safe and effective care to our 9000+ patients.

GP Partners

Dr A Thomas

Dr A Teo

Dr K Redman

Dr R Swart

May 2021

IMPORTANT INFORMATION – How we use your data

There have been recent articles in the press and online about the NHS sharing your data and having the option to opt-out of this.

We have debated whether or not to publicise this as there is no requirement for us to do so but we also strongly believe in giving our patients a choice so please read the following information to help you make your decision.

The data held in the GP medical records of patients is used every day to support health and care planning, and research in England to help find better treatments and improve patient outcomes for everyone.

NHS Digital has developed a new way to collect this data, called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research data collection (GPDPR).

There are two types of opting out to consider –

Type 1 stops any data going from the practise to NHS Digital.  If you do not want your patient data to be shared outside of your GP practice for purposes except your own care, you can register to opt-out with us by completing this form and either email it to the surgery at NEHFCCG.Giffarddrivesurgery-main@nhs.net or pop it in the post to us.

National Data Opt Out (Type 2) allows data to go to NHS Digital and for further information on how they will use this data and to opt out, go to https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/

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