Data Sharing in the NHS Patient data in the NHS is only ever shared for two reasons: to provide patients with the best possible care, and the planning and research needed to design health care services that suit patients. Patient data is only ever shared within the NHS or with legitimate third parties who … Continued
Think Pharmacy First Your local community Pharmacist offers far more services than just medication collection. They can offer advice and treatment for a range of conditions and minor illnesses. You don’t need an appointment. You can just turn up. Many pharmacies are open in the evenings and weekends, too, giving you quicker, more flexible … Continued
Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs). The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. … Continued
Two-week wait referrals An urgent two-week referral usually means that you will be offered an appointment with a hospital specialist within 2 weeks of your General Practitioner (GP), General Dental Practitioner (GDP) or Optometrist making the referral. Why am I being urgently referred? Your GP/GDP/Optometrist feels that you have symptoms that require investigation by a … Continued
Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) The Community Pharmacist Consultation Service (CPCS) integrates Community Pharmacists into primary care. This means for patients that same-day appointments with Community Pharmacists are available for a range of minor ailments or urgent supplies of regular medication. The service gives patients quicker access to Pharmacists and their expert knowledge and alleviates … Continued
Vaccinations, Immunisations and Inoculations Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. They work by training your immune system to develop antibodies that protect you from disease. All vaccines are extensively researched and tested before they are approved for use. Their effectiveness and side effects are also regularly monitored. Existing vaccines are also … Continued
NHS app is a smartphone application available for both iPhones and Androids phones.
It’s owned and run by the NHS and free to download and use.
Translators and Interpreters The NHS is obliged to make all possible efforts to communicate effectively with patients. This requirement includes meeting patients needs in a language other than English. Reducing communication barriers leads to better and safer diagnoses, prescriptions and combats health inequalities. All NHS services providers – whether it is us in the practice, … Continued