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National Data Opt-out

A new national data opt-out model launched in May 2018 to provide an online facility of individuals to opt out from the use of their confidential data for purposes such as research and health service planning.

Patients can set their opt-out preferences at You will need your NHS number and a valid email address or telephone number.

Patients who are unable to use the online facility can use a phone helpline to manage their choice –0300 303 5678. A paper print-and-post form is also available at

A recent survey found that almost a third of GPs already employ a pharmacist in their practice and a further 16% are considering this move. 

The Village Practice is now part of the national NHS pilot to include a clinical pharmacist in our GP practice. The pharmacist will offer patient appointments for long-term conditions such as diabetes or asthma, medicines reviews and other medicines-related support, including discussing side effects. The pharmacist can also help patients with their medicines following a stay in hospital. Having a pharmacist working at our surgery will increase the available appointments, ease the workload of GPs and provide valuable medicines support”

02 May 2018

Dear Patients

Our Quick Access Clinic is one of the busiest clinics in the Practice and we are very proud to offer this exceptional access for our patients.

In recent months the clinic has been extremely busy and we have been forced to call Doctors in from their annual leave to try and help us manage the numbers of patients and we are pleased to say we have never turned a patient away. However this is not sustainable, and for the safety of patients and our staff we are implementing a policy to ‘cap’ the number of patients attending the clinic if numbers become unmanageable.

Please be aware we do not take this decision lightly and will only put these measures in place if completely necessary.

If this happens patients will be

  • Informed by Reception as soon as possible
  • Asked if your problem can wait till the next day, in which case they will be asked to come to next day Quick Access.
  • If not, then a message will be taken and this will be reviewed by a Doctor within 3 hours and triaged to be seen later that day.
  • If your problem is more urgent you may be asked to attend a clinic at another location.

We very much appreciate your support in this matter

Kind regards


Amanda Meehan

Practice Manager




Advance Directives (Living Wills)

Advance Directives (sometimes called Living Wills)


These are generally instructions provided by a patient relating to a condition which may arise in the future.


This Guide explains how the Practice deals with an Advance Directive and what the Patient responsibilities are.


It is not a legal guide, nor is the information provided necessarily complete or binding in all circumstances.


Practice Policy

      • The Practice abides by the British Medical Association (BMA) and other legal guidelines for advance directives.

      • Each request from a Patient will be considered by that patient’s own GP.

      • Appropriate advice will be offered relating to the consequences of the request.

      • The Practice generally supports the principle of patient choice in the provision of treatment and will take the Directive into account in its provision of treatment.


How to register an Advance Directive with the Practice

      • Bring the original document and identification containing a signature (e.g. Passport or Driving Licence).

      • Make an appointment at least 3 days in advance with your GP, advising the Receptionist that an Advance Directive is to be discussed.


What the Practice will do

    • Make copies of your documents and return the originals to you.

    • Your GP will study the content of your documents to prepare for the consultation.

    • At the consultation, your GP will discuss with you the clinical implications of your decision and take into account your health situation to ensure that you fully understand the nature of your request.

    • Your GP will confirm that you may be asked about your Advance Directive again in the future if you come for a consultation.Our medical records will be updated with an image of your documents and an alert placed on your record which will be seen each time your record is opened.We will provide details to other health professionals involved with your treatment as needed, e.g. where a hospital or other referral is necessary

Patient Responsibilities

        • Maintain and securely retain your original Advance Directive document

        • Regularly re-affirm in writing that the Advance Directive document is still valid – it is recommended that this is done every 12 months.

        • Ensure that your family and close friends are aware of your Advance Directive document and where it is kept.


What the Practice Will Not Do

      • Remind you to review or update your directive.

      • Monitor your treatment elsewhere (other than supply a copy of your directive)

      • Express views on the acceptability or legality of the directive in the wide variety of potential future clinical circumstances, or treatments which may be needed.

Be responsible for the provision of Advance Directive information to other health providers where the Practice has not been involved in the care process (e.g. private clinics

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