Flu Clinic Cancellation
Domestic Abuse Helpline
People wanting to report domestic abuse will now be able to access a new out of hours number.
Wiltshire Council will be operating a dedicated line from 5pm weekdays and at weekends for people who want to report concerns or seek help.The new dedicated out of hours line is 01225 712880.
During the week Splitz provides a support service on behalf of Wiltshire Council. The charity supports victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence as well as children and young people impacted by domestic abuse. It carries out interventions to support perpetrators and provide safe accommodation for victims and their children.
For help Monday to Friday between 9am and 5 pm please call 01225 775276.
In an emergency call 999.
Support for New Carers
National Data and Opting Out
National Data and Opting Out
NHS Digital is changing how they collect patient data
The data held in the GP medical records of patients is used every day to support health and care planning and research in England, helping to find better treatments and improve patient outcomes for everyone.
Patient data collected from general practice is needed to support a wide variety of research and analysis to help run and improve health and care services. Whilst the data collected in other care settings such as hospitals is valuable in understanding and improving specific services, it is the patient data in general practice that helps us to understand whether the health and care system as a whole is working for patients.
This data will be shared from 1 September 2021.
Data may be shared from the GP medical records about:
- any living patient registered at a GP practice in England when the collection started - this includes children and adults
- any patient who died after 1 September 2021, and was previously registered at a GP practice in England when the data collection started
NHS Digital will not collect patients’ names or addresses. Any other data that could directly identify patients (such as NHS Number, date of birth, full postcode) is replaced with unique codes which are produced by de-identification software before the data is shared with NHS Digital.
More information is available on the NHS Digital Website: General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) - NHS Digital
If you don’t want your identifiable patient data to be shared for purposes except for your own care, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out or a National Data Opt-out, or both. These opt-outs are different and they are explained in more detail via the links. Your individual care will not be affected if you opt-out using either option. You can also send an email into email@example.com with details of name, nhs number, address and context. A separate Opt-out must be completed per patient.
This collection will start on 1 September 2021 so if you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital please register your Type 1 Opt-out by 23 June 2021.
Covid-19 Vaccination Proof
The NHS app has been improved to allow patients to use it as proof of their Covid-19 vaccination status if required. Vaccination status is now available to view in the app. NHS England recommend downloading the free app and registering before booking international travel.
For patients who do not use a smartphone or tablet please call the NHS Helpline on 119 and request a paper vaccination statement (at least 5 days after receiving the second dose). Letters should be received within 5 working days.
Please do not request a paper statement from the surgery as we are unable to provide them.
For technical support with the NHS app please visit: Technical issues with the NHS App - NHS App help and support - NHS (www.nhs.uk)
Sadly we are aware of several COVID-19 related scams.
Be wary of people offering or selling the following:
- Virus testing kits – these are offered by the NHS free of charge
- Products that claim to protect you from vaccine side effects - use your usual pain relief, if needed
- Shopping services that take your money upfront – while there are groups of volunteers who are offering to do shopping for those who are self-isolating, they are a small number of people who may collect this money and not return
- Home cleaning services – the council do not need to enter your house to deep clean the property
Be wary of emails, texts, telephone calls and messages via social media that offer refunds on taxes or bills and ask for your bank details. Remember that your bank will never ask for your bank details over the phone or over email.
There have also been recent reports of mobile phone apps which claim to provide updates on the virus but can instead lock your device and demand a ransom for access. Stick to trusted sources such as Gov.uk and NHS.uk, as well as trusted news websites, for updates.
Top tips to avoid becoming the victim of a scam:
- Be sceptical – don’t be afraid to hang up or shut the door if something doesn’t feel right
- Take your time – don’t feel rushed or pressurised into making a decision
- Check with your family or friends if you’re unsure whether something is genuine
- Only make purchases from trusted retailers
- Protect your financial information – don’t give your bank card or PIN number to a stranger and remember that the police will never ask for your bank details over the phone
You can report a scam at www.actionfraud.police.uk
Organ Donor Register Changes
Organ donation law in England has changed. For information, facts about common misconceptions around organ donation and funeral arrangements, faith and beliefs, visit Home - NHS Organ Donation.
You can also learn more about the different types of donation, find information and support to help you decide whether you wish to donate and register your decision.
From whipping up tasty meals to finding easy ways to exercise and quit smoking, the NHS has apps and tools to help you take control of your health. Plus, find the free apps recommended to help you stress less, handle anxiety and lift your mood.
Visit Apps | One You (www.nhs.uk) for information about the apps and for online quizzes, tests and tools.