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National Data Opt Out Information - extended deadline 1st September 2021

As a practice, we fully respect your right as a patient to control your data. We outline our privacy policy Privacy Notice in more detail and explain how we share data with other providers, including the Great North Care Record and NHS Digital for secondary use.

You have the right to opt-out at any time from data being shared.

Your data is used in broadly two different ways:

  1.  provide you with care. This is called “Primary Use
  2.  allow for planning and research to be done. This is called “Secondary Use

Both uses will only be made where it is considered secure and appropriate to use patient data.

Opting-out of data sharing is an option for all patients, however it is not without potential downsides. For Primary Use data, if you opt-out and need care in a local hospital, for example, it may be much harder for the staff to access important medical information about you needed to provide safe and effective care. For Secondary Use, the downsides are more indirect. If everyone in the country were to opt-out, it would make it much harder to ensure funding is used in the NHS to develop services where they are needed. It would also be harder to develop new treatments.

It is possible to opt-out of specific parts of data sharing, while keeping some elements of data sharing in place. It is very common, for example, for people who have privacy concerns about Secondary Use, to be happy to continue sharing data for Primary Use/Direct Care.

The below table summarises what opt-outs are possible, and how to request them:

How data in your GP record is used, and how you can control the use

Primary Use - sharing your data for your direct care

Who it is shared with

How it is used

How to opt out

Summary Care Record

These are used by NHS hospitals and other providers (e.g. midwives) to ensure they have the data needed to provide you with the right care.

Opt out through your GP practice - contact the surgery reception to speak to the practice manager/deputy practice manager to discuss this and we will be able to apply the opt-out

Great North Care Record


Secondary Use - Using your data to design health services and do health research

Who it is shared with

How it is used

How to opt out

Local NHS Organisations (such as Clinical Commissioning Groups)

Using data to plan how to design local services around the needs of the population

Use a 'type-1 opt out' - Please send this form to the practice by emailing to

NHS Digital

Using data to plan and design national services around the needs of the population

External research organisations

Using data for various research purposes

Use the National Data Opt-out – Visit the NHS website, use the NHS App or call 0300 3035678



How to manage your sharing preferences using the NHS App

You can view or change your current preference at any time.

To view and change your preference in the NHS App:

  1. Go to Your health
  2. Select Choose if data from your health and care records is shared for planning and research.
  3. Select Make your choice.
  4. Review the information on the page, then select Start now.
  5. View your preference, then select Change if you want to change it.
  6. Update your choice, then select Submit.

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Covid Vaccination update 10th June 2021

The Auction Mart site is up and running for those eligible to attend for a vaccination.  Please contact 119 to book an appointment.  An alternative is the Northumberland roving unit which will be operating from the (new) fire station behind the hospital from time to time in June.  If you are 25 years old and over and have not already had a vaccination, you may be contacted by the roving service to book an appointment with them.

We are coming to the end of our vaccination programme at the Primary Care Centre.  If we contact you to make an appointment with us, please try to attend as the opportunities to do so are now limited.

Practice Nurse Vacancy

Please scroll down on our home page for details.  The vacancy is also advertised on the nhs jobs website.

Cervical Screening Awareness week - 15-21 June

We know it is daunting to attend for cervical screening (a smear test) but it is really important to have regular checks and make an appointment when you are invited to do so.  The government has produced some information which may help.

Cervical screening information

Attending the surgery for a face to face appointment

For routine appointments GP’s will normally hold a telephone consultation first and arrange a face to face appointment with you if needed.  Our Practice Nurses are holding face to face appointments for blood tests and management of patients with a chronic illness.  If you receive a recall from us it is because you are due to see a Nurse and would encourage you to attend if you can.  If you do not wish to come in that is your choice but if at any time you have any concerns regarding your health you can arrange to speak to a Nurse or GP on the telephone or use the eConsult service by selecting the button on the home page. Please do not ignore any changes in your symptoms or new problems just because you do not want to attend the surgery.  It is very important that we do not ignore other health issues during this time because much of the attention is focused on Covid.

We are taking all the precautions we can to keep you safe when you come in to see us. Please can you observe the following, to protect us all:

  • Do not come to the surgery if you are ill, have any of the symptoms of Covid or had a Covid positive test result
  • Arrive only a few minutes before your appointment time
  • Please do not bring children with you if at all possible, unless the appointment is for them
  • On entering the building please wear a mask or face covering if you can and wash your hands or use the hand sanitiser provided
  • Tell the receptionist at the entrance that you have arrived
  • Please observe social distancing rules keeping 2 metres apart at all times
  • Leave as quickly as you can after you have been seen

The Germ Defence website gives scientifically proven practical advice on how your patients can reduce the spread of coronavirus in the home. Please take a look.


Guidance note for patients requesting exemption letters for face coverings

We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s announcements around the use of face coverings in various public settings. Wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England will also become mandatory from 24 July.

GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face covering.

The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption; therefore, it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this.

The responsibility for issuing exemptions for those travelling on public transport lies with the transport provider not your GP. Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but considers themselves to have another reason to be exempted.

Government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here:

Some people don’t have to wear a face covering including for health, age or equality reasons. Some transport staff may not wear a face covering if it is not required for their job. This would be assessed by the employer not the GP.

If you would like to print out your own exemption card, please click on the link below:

Changes to our telephone line times

With effect from Monday 26 October 2020, our telephone lines will be available between 08.00 and 18.00.  The practice will remain open until 18.30, Monday to Friday.


Please do not e-mail us directly with private or confidential medical information.  This is not a secure channel.  Please contact us via the e-Consult service instead. 

This is available via the online form found half way down the home page. Just click on the blue e-Consult box and follow the instructions.  This is a secure way of contacting us and the system will direct you appropriately.  If you need GP advice, you will receive a response the following working day and they will arrange any follow up or consultation that may be required.

Mobile telephone numbers

Please make sure we have your up to date contact details.  We use mobile phone numbers to send appointment reminders and other appropriate messages.  If you provide us with a mobile telephone number we will assume you are happy to use this to contact you unless you tell us otherwise.

Online Booking and Medication Requests

To book appointments and order repeat medication 24 hours a day 7 days a week download an application form or please speak to one of our reception team.  for full details regarding security and consent please select item 4 in further information on the right of our home page

Application form for online access

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