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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


For the month of December 2021 a total of 62 patients failed to attend their appointments:

Doctors : 15

Nurses/clinical Pharmacists/Physiotherapist: 47

This is equivalent to over 8.5 hours’ worth of appointments which could have been offered to other patients.



Due to an increase in the number of wasted appointments through patient’s failing to attend without informing the surgery it has become necessary to implement the following policy: 

If you repeatedly fail to attend appointments you may be removed from this practice list and may be required to find an alternative doctor. 

If you cannot attend your appointments for any reason please let us know as soon as possible, giving at least 24 hours’ notice. We can then offer the appointment to someone else.

                                                                Thank you for your co-operation

                       DID NOT ATTEND POLICY Did not attend policy


boy_lifting_shirtAn appointment system is in operation for routine appointments, Please note: each appointment slot is adequate time to deal with one problem only. In order to prevent the Clinicians from running late, should you wish to discuss more than one issue, please inform the receptionist at the time of booking your appointment.


Appointments may be booked after 11:00am up to six weeks in advance. Please arrive promptly or cancel your appointment if you cannot keep it. Please remember one appointment is for one person only.  Sometimes there may be pressure on appointments and we would therefore ask our patients to bear that in mind. Where physically possible we would request all patients take care and responsibility for their health.


Time is set aside throughout the day with both GPs and our nurse Prescriber to cover urgent appointments. 

If you feel your condition is an emergency, and cannot wait for a routine appointment, contact the surgery and our Senior practice nurse Sarah Townsley with talk to you over the phone to triage your medical condition. Sarah will take a history of the medical complaint and book an appointment with the most appropriate clinician. 

Extended Hours

The surgery opens one morning a week from 7am and one Saturday per month for routine appointments.  During this time we have appointments available with both a doctor and a nurse.

(AAA) Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Screening

A simple scan can tell you if you have an abdominal aortic aneurysm.  This is an enlargement of the main blood vessel in the abdomen and if left untreated can be very serious. Eligible patients will be invited directly by the screening team.


NHS screening invitations are currently being sent to men ages 65.  Any male over the age of 65 can request a scan by calling AAA Screening Office on 0115 924 9924.


Further Information



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