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The current NHS Digital (NHSD) extract of GP data for Research purposes (known as the GPDPR) has been delayed due to NHSD wishing to review the way in which this data will be collected, to conduct more public involvement and information about the plans and change the way in which patients can opt out of the extract of their GP data.

Currently the only way to opt out is to complete a Type 1 opt out form and return this to the practice by the 1st September.  However, this extract will not be taken until the NHSD have changed the way it will take the data and respect the patient’s choice for using their data.  NHSD are introducing the following changes to the opt out process which will mean that patients will be able to change their opt-out status at any time::-

  • Patients do not need to register a Type 1 opt-out by 1st September to ensure their GP data will not be uploaded.
  • NHS Digital will create the technical means to allow GP data that has previously been uploaded to the system via the GPDPR collection to be deleted when someone registers a Type 1 opt-out.

 The plan to retire Type 1 opt-outs will be deferred for at least 12 months while we get the new arrangements up and running and will not be implemented without consultation with the RCGP, the BMA and the National Data Guardian. 

This means that you can opt out at any time in the future and NHSD will delete data that they already have taken for research purposes, the deadline of the 01/09/2020 has been delayed until a new system of opt out is developed.  Hopefully, this will be a simple centralised approach via the NHS app or NHS website to avoid paper form and administration work for your GP.

We will update you when we know more about the NHSD plans to change how you can control who has access to your data.

Masks and social distancing rules will remain mandatory in all healthcare settings beyond 19 July, NHS England has confirmed.

Public Health England’s (PHE) infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for staff and visitors, even as restrictions are eased elsewhere. Please see link below.

Please note from the 1st June we no longer accept prescription requests over the phone, you can either post your request through the letter box outside the surgery or order online. If you do not have access to your online account please call reception and we will be more than happy to get this set up for you.


Major Oak Medical Practice

Right Care, Right Place, First Time

The practice is currently auditing our patients A&E attendance as many patients who attend A&E within opening hours for a Minor Injury could have been seen in surgery by one of the qualified nurses instead.  The guide below will help you in deciding where best to go for your treatment:

Step one

Can I deal with this myself?


A well stocked medicine cabinet will help treat many common illnesses. Colds, coughs, indigestion and many other minor complaints can all be treated with medicines available over the counter.  It is worthwhile having a small stock of

paracetamol and/or ibuprofen which can be used as pain killers as well as to control temperature.

Always follow the instructions on the medicine label and seek further advice if the illness continues or becomes more severe.


Your nearest pharmacy can give on-the-spot advice for minor ailments, sells remedies for a wide range of problems including stomach upsets, aches and pains, allergies, coughs and colds, and can advise on where best to get further help.

Selected pharmacies offer extra services through Pharmacy First schemes, or sell additional treatments such as the emergency contraception pill. Some pharmacies are now open until midnight, details are available from NHS Direct.

Opening hours and locations:

Opening hours (including evenings, weekends and bank holidays) and location of all health services in your area are available from NHS Direct on: 0845 46 47.

Online services:

You can find out about all national and local NHS services, opening times and locations, and access a range of self-help information at or .


Step two

Do I need more help, advice or treatment?

GP services:

You can call the GP surgery 24 hours a day. When the surgery is closed your call will be transferred directly to the GP out of hours service who will advise you or arrange for you to see a nurse or doctor if necessary.

Out of hours service:

The out of hours service is for urgent medical care and advice when your GP surgery is closed. ‘Urgent’ means that you cannot safely wait until your GP surgery is next open. The out of hours service operates in the evenings and at the weekends.

NHS Direct:

You can call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 or go online to for healthcare help and advice.


Registered patients should phone their own dental practice. If the surgery is

closed you will receive information or you can phone 0845 603 1407 to access the local out of hours dental assessment service. You can also phone NHS Direct at any time on 0845 46 47 for dental advice.

Walk-in Centres/Minor Injuries Unit/Urgent Care Centre:

You can see an experienced GP or nurse for the treatment of minor injuries and illnesses. The centres are open every day of the year, including weekend and bank holidays (see back page for locations and opening times). You do not need an appointment


Step three

Is it an emergency?

An emergency is a serious injury or life-threatening problem such as:

Loss of consciousness

Severe chest pain

Severe breathing difficulty

Heavy bleeding

Suspected broken bones

Deep wounds (e.g. stab wounds)

Swallowing something harmful or poisonous

In an emergency you can go to your nearest Emergency Department (A&E) or call 999 for an ambulance.

Remember that A&E and 999 should only be used in emergencies – using them for minor problems or because you have no transport puts other people’s lives at risk and wastes money that could be spent elsewhere to improve NHS services.

Phoning your GP practice, the out of hours service or NHS Direct for minor problems will usually result in faster and more appropriate advice and treatment.

Arriving at A&E by ambulance does not give you priority over other patients with similar problems who have come by car or public transport.

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