WELCOME TO CEDARS MEDICAL GROUP
FLU JABS - 2021
We are expecting to start flu jabs week commencing 4th October. We cannot book presently until we receive notification as to whether covid vaccination boosters will be given at the same time; if so then we plan to give both at Cedars Medical Group. We will contact patients as soon as a decision has been made.
NEW GP DATA EXTRACTION FOR RESEARCH
NHS Digital has been collecting data from GPs through its trusted General Practice Extraction Service. This system is now being replaced with their new General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) service, a broader general-purpose collection which will enable faster access to pseudonymised patient data for planners and researchers.
The data collection will begin on 1st September.
More information about the service can be found on NHS Digital's website.
We now include this additional privacy notice, alongside our main privacy notice, that explains what data is used and why.
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 on the NHS digital website. Your individual care will not be affected if you opt-out using either option.
The type 1 opt-out form can be downloaded here: Opt Out Form
COVID VACCINATION STATUS
From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from:
It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use this service.
If you cannot access the online services, and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel abroad in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take 7 working days for the letter to arrive.
This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.
When you're planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get proof of your vaccination status before you leave.
Response to COVID-19 Vaccine Oxford-AstraZeneca media reports
The UK Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency, which is responsible for ensuring that medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe, have said that evidence DOES NOT suggest that the Oxford-AstraZeneca jab is linked to blood clots.
People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.
Please read more here: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/mhra-response-to-irish-authorities-action-to-temporarily-suspend-the-astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine
COVID VACCINATION PROGRAMME
Please wait to be contacted about your Covid-19 vaccination as we are being inundated with calls. All those who are eligible will be contacted by a telephone call to arrange an appointment as soon as the vaccine supply allows.
Currently if you are:
- aged 18 and over
- You will turn 18 before 1st July 2021
- you have previously received a letter saying you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- you are a frontline health or social care worker
- You have a learning disability
- You receive carer's allowance
you can book your appointment at a mass vaccination centre online at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
INFORMATION FOR ALL WOMEN OF CHILDBEARING AGE, CURRENTLY PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING
Guidance for pregnant women
Due to the present Coronavirus situation, the practice will be implementing temporary changes to our appointment system. ALL requests for appointments will be placed as a telephone triage call with a clinician, this is to prevent patients who may have contracted/been exposed/have symptoms of Coronavirus from attending the practice, and to prevent our more vulnerable patients with underlying health problems from being put at unnecessary risk.
ALL existing appointments will be contacted by the practice, and will be asked to verify the reason for the appointment, and asked the Coronavirus screening questions and where possible face-to-face appointments will be changed to telephone consultations.
The practice would like to thank you for your understanding that these measures are being introduced with the best interest of our patients and staff in mind.
NEED TO SEE A GP ON AN EVENING OR WEEKEND?
GPs in Derwentside are working together to offer extra GP appointments from 18:00 on weekday evenings as well as Saturday and Sunday mornings. To book an 'Extended hours' appointment please contact the surgery Monday-Friday 08:30-18:00. When our surgery is closed, please call 111 to access these clinics, which are held at Tanfield View Surgery, Stanley and Queens Road Surgery, Consett.
Cedars Medical Group is a training and teaching practice which allows us to have GP Registrars who are qualified doctors wishing to train as GPs. They work closely with the partners in all aspects of patient care.
We also have 5th Year Medical Students on a 3 week rotation and 3rd Year Medical Students weekly on Tuesdays & Wednesdays.
ONLINE REQUESTS FOR REPEAT PRESCRIPTIONS AND ROUTINE APPOINTMENTS
We are now able to register patients for both of the above online services, please speak to a member of the reception team for further details. Patients must request these services in person and provide proof of identification.
NAMED GP FOR ALL PATIENTS
From 1 April 2015 all patients at Cedars Medical Group, including children, will have a named GP who is responsible for their overall care at the practice. This does not, however, prevent you from seeing any GP in the practice as you currently do, and you are unlikely to see any notable change in the way care is delivered to you by our practice.
Please see our page for Young People aged 13-19, located under Further Information
(Site updated 24/08/2021)