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Evening and weekend appointments now available.

Patients can now see a local GP, Physio and Phlebotomist (blood taker) for routine appointments on weekday evenings and weekends at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

Click on Opening Times for more information.

http://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ExtendedGPAccessKirklees

Please do not come to the surgery if:

You have a current fever, new continuous cough or loss of smell or taste

If you or anybody you live with tested positive for Covid in the last 14 days

FACE MASKS must be worn before entering the surgery.  Patients must use their own face masks as, due to limited supplies, the surgery is unable to provide them

Electronic prescriptions

Most prescriptions are now signed, sent and processed electronically.

You have 2 choices for how this works.

  • You can choose a pharmacy or dispenser to dispense all your prescriptions. When you get a prescription, it will be sent electronically to the dispenser you have chosen. You can collect your medicines or appliances without having to hand in a paper prescription.
  • You can decide each time you are issued a prescription where you would like it to be dispensed. When you are issued a prescription, you will be given a paper copy that you can take to any pharmacy or other dispenser in England. The paper copy will contain a unique barcode that will be scanned to download your prescription from the secure NHS database.

Paper prescriptions will continue to be available in special circumstances, but almost all prescriptions will be processed electronically.

SAFEGUARDING LINKS CHILDREN AND ADULTS

https://www.kirkleessafeguardingchildren.co.uk/

https://www.kirklees.gov.uk/beta/adult-social-care-providers/kirklees-safeguarding-adults-board.aspx

PRINCIPLE TRIAL

Oaklands Health Centre is a Research Ready Practice. We are currently working with the University of Oxford identify treatments that help to reduce the progression of Covid-19. The risk of complications from COVID-19 is generally greater in people aged 50 years and older with underlying health conditions and in those aged 65 years and older. If you are interested in helping with this research, you fall into the above criteria and you have symptoms of a new/worsening cough and high temperature please contact the practice. Further details can be found at ww.principletrial.org

 

Holme Valley South COVID - 19

Emergency Hardship Fund

Cllr Paul Davies, in collaboration with Longley Farm and Holmfirth Tech, has set up an emergency hardship fund to support Holme Valley South residents in immediate financial need. The one off payment will help go towards basic necessities and give you immediate support while you sort out your entitlement to benefits, or the Government’s Covid 19 response payments or access to other forms of help.The fund is not designed to be a long term solution to financial hardship, however we will also seek to signpost you towards further support where appropriate.The fund is administered by Holmfirth Tech and an independent panel will decide whether to make a grant, normally within three working days of receiving your application. There is also an option for residents to make a donation to the fund if they wish to.

 

Applications and donations

to the fund can be made via

the link below:

https://holmfirthtech.wildapricot.org

For help or a query call:

01484686305, or email:

hvhardship.fund@holmfirthtech.co.uk

GENERAL PRACTICE TRANSPARENCY NOTICE FOR GPES DATA FOR PANDEMIC PLANNING AND RESEARCH (COVID-19)

This practice is supporting vital coronavirus (COVID-19) planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital.

The health and social care system is facing significant pressures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Health and care information is essential to deliver care to individuals, to support health, social care and other public services and to protect public health. Information will also be vital in researching, monitoring, tracking and managing the coronavirus outbreak. In the current emergency it has become even more important to share health and care information across relevant organisations. This practice is supporting vital coronavirus planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital, the national safe haven for health and social care data in England.

OUR LEGAL BASIS FOR SHARING DATA WITH NHS DIGITAL

NHS Digital has been legally directed to collect and analyse patient data from all GP practices in England to support the coronavirus response for the duration of the outbreak. NHS Digital will become the controller under the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) of the personal data collected and analysed jointly with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who has directed NHS Digital to collect and analyse this data under the COVID-19 Public Health Directions 2020(COVID-19 Direction).

All GP practices in England are legally required to share data with NHS Digital for this purpose under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (2012 Act). More information about this requirement is contained in the data provision notice issued by NHS Digital to GP practices.

Under GDPR our legal basis for sharing this personal data with NHS Digital is Article 6(1)(c) - legal obligation. Our legal basis for sharing personal data relating to health, is Article 9(2)(g) – substantial public interest, for the purposes of NHS Digital exercising its statutory functions under the COVID-19 Direction.

THE TYPE OF PERSONAL DATA WE ARE SHARING WITH NHS DIGITAL

The data being shared with NHS Digital will include information about patients who are currently registered with a GP practice or who have a date of death on or after 1 November 2019 whose record contains coded information relevant to coronavirus planning and research. The data contains NHS Number, postcode, address, surname, forename, sex, ethnicity, date of birth and date of death for those patients. It will also include coded health data which is held in your GP record such as details of:

•       diagnoses and findings

•       medications and other prescribed items

•       investigations, tests and results

•       treatments and outcomes

•       vaccinations and immunisations

HOW NHS DIGITAL WILL USE AND SHARE YOUR DATA

NHS Digital will analyse the data they collect and securely and lawfully share data with other appropriate organisations, including health and care organisations, bodies engaged in disease surveillance and research organisations for coronavirus response purposes only. These purposes include protecting public health, planning and providing health, social care and public services, identifying coronavirus trends and risks to public health, monitoring and managing the outbreak and carrying out of vital coronavirus research and clinical trials. The British Medical Association, the Royal College of General Practitioners and the National Data Guardian are all supportive of this initiative.

NHS Digital has various legal powers to share data for purposes relating to the coronavirus response. It is also required to share data in certain circumstances set out in the COVID-19 Direction and to share confidential patient information to support the response under a legal notice issued to it by the Secretary of State under the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 (COPI Regulations).

Legal notices under the COPI Regulations have also been issued to other health and social care organisations requiring those organisations to process and share confidential patient information to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Any information used or shared during the outbreak under these legal notices or the COPI Regulations will be limited to the period of the outbreak unless there is another legal basis for organisations to continue to use the information.

Data which is shared by NHS Digital will be subject to robust rules relating to privacy, security and confidentiality and only the minimum amount of data necessary to achieve the coronavirus purpose will be shared. Organisations using your data will also need to have a clear legal basis to do so and will enter into a data sharing agreement with NHS Digital. Information about the data that NHS Digital shares, including who with and for what purpose will be published in the NHS Digital data release register.

For more information about how NHS Digital will use your data please see the NHS Digital Transparency Notice for GP Data for Pandemic Planning and Research (COVID-19).

NATIONAL DATA OPT-OUT

The application of the National Data Opt-Out to information shared by NHS Digital will be considered on a case by case basis and may or may not apply depending on the specific purposes for which the data is to be used. This is because during this period of emergency, the National Data Opt-Out will not generally apply where data is used to support the coronavirus outbreak, due to the public interest and legal requirements to share information.

YOUR RIGHTS OVER YOUR PERSONAL DATA

To read more about the health and care information NHS Digital collects, its legal basis for collecting this information and what choices and rights you have in relation to the processing by NHS Digital of your personal data, see:

•       the NHS Digital GPES Data for Pandemic Planning and Research (COVID-19) Transparency Notice

•       the NHS Digital Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Transparency Notice

•       the NHS Digital General Transparency Notice

•       how NHS Digital looks after your health and care information

Coronavirus:

  • if you live alone and you have symptoms of coronavirus illness (COVID-19), however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started. (See ending isolation section below for more information)
  • if you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill
  • it is likely that people living within a household will infect each other or be infected already. Staying at home for 14 days will greatly reduce the overall amount of infection the household could pass on to others in the community
  • for anyone in the household who starts displaying symptoms, they need to stay at home for 7 days from when the symptoms appeared, regardless of what day they are on in the original 14 day isolation period. (See ending isolation section below for more information
  • if you can, move any vulnerable individuals (such as the elderly and those with underlying health conditions) out of your home, to stay with friends or family for the duration of the home isolation period
  • if you cannot move vulnerable people out of your home, stay away from them as much as possible
  • if you have coronavirus symptoms:
    • do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital
    • you do not need to contact 111 to tell them you’re staying at home
    • testing for coronavirus is not needed if you’re staying at home
  • plan ahead and ask others for help to ensure that you can successfully stay at home and consider what can be done for vulnerable people in the household
  • ask your employer, friends and family to help you to get the things you need to stay at home
  • wash your hands regularly for 20 seconds, each time using soap and water, or use hand sanitiser
  • if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home, or your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after 7 days, then use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999

Prescriptions - we are having a larger than normal request for medication.  Therefore we are asking you to give us longer to process these for you.  Please let the dispensing staff know if you are running low or have run out so this can be processed quicker

CoronaVirus and Medical Conditions / Vulnerable Adults

We are receiving high volumes of calls and queries wanting guidance on vulnerable adults, including guidance on medical conditions and coronavirus. As this is a rapidly evolving situation, we advise anyone with such queries to follow the link below to the official government guidance. . 

Link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-on-social-distancing-and-for-vulnerable-people/guidance-on-social-distancing-for-everyone-in-the-uk-and-protecting-older-people-and-vulnerable-adults

Worried about financial difficulties during Covid 19.  Talk to your bank/building society or other providers.  Citizens Advice is a free service who can also advise on financial difficulties

https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/contact-us/contact-us/search-for-your-local-citizens-advice/local-citizens-advice-details/

COMPLAINTS

As you are all aware the current COVID-19 poses one of the greatest challenges that society has faced in recent times, and we have all had to make changes to our daily lives to ensure that we work together to protect the most vulnerable members of society. At the Practice we have had to make a number of responsive changes following recent developments to ensure the maximum safety of our patients, and to protect our staff as much as possible to ensure that the NHS can keep working in an effective manner and can continue to provide the best level of care possible.

As such, during the current period of emergency measures many routine services will be subject to short notice change and many administrative tasks will be streamlined to ensure that we focus more of our time and resources on the delivery of care to those that need it the most.

As part of this streamlining of administration tasks, the Practice will be changing its complaints procedures, during this period of crisis. As of the above date, we will now be reviewing complaints on a weekly basis at our Practice Clinical Meeting, to ensure that any high priority complaints that fall within the following categories can be swiftly discussed and any resulting changes to our Practice can be immediately implemented:

  • Immediate risks to patients or staff
  • Actual harm to patient or “near miss” incident of high severity.
  • Urgent safeguarding concerns
  • Criminal actions

Should your complaint not fall into these categories, then it will be dealt with when we have capacity to do so, and unfortunately at this time, the timeframe for this is uncertain. We appreciate your understanding whilst our Practice is dealing with unprecedented demand.

 

 

Welcome to Oaklands Health Centre 

E-Consult

Engage Consult is our new online consultation (e-consultation) system at Oaklands Health Centre which allows patients to send details about non-urgent medical conditions or admin requests to their GP using a powerful online medical history-taking tool, please click on the link below to register and follow the on screen instructions.

E-Consult

Patient Online Access

You can now book appointments online and order repeat prescriptions.

If you would like to sign up, please click on the link below to register

Register Online

General Data Protection Regulations 2018

To view our Privacy Notices please click on the links below.

Patient Privacy Notice

Young Patient Privacy Notice

As from the 25th May 2018 under the new General Data Protection Regulation 2018, we will no longer be able to accept medication requests, appoint request/cancellations or collection of prescriptions on behalf of the patient without the patient's written consent.

Please click on the link below for a copy of Patient Consent Form.

Patient Consent Form

Oaklands Health Centre opened in 2005 and offers a comprehensive range of health care services to local residents.

Our premises have suitable access for disabled persons and ample parking is available in the main car park.

We are confident that our website will provide clear and concise help and give our patients the information they require in an easy and convenient format. It has been designed with the patient’s needs at the forefront of everything, from checking surgery times to letting us know what you think of us.

Serving You

Our dedicated team are here to treat those minor ailments that occur as well as providing specialist management of long-term conditions and clinics covering a wide range of healthcare issues. The technology also means you can now do a lot of things from the comfort of your home such as order a repeat prescription or cancel an appointment.

Partners in Care

Once registered, patients and healthcare professionals work together to ensure the most appropriate care is provided. This partnership philosophy extends even further and our active patient group exists to make sure that patient needs and the practice offering are always heading in the same direction.

 

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