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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





pill_bottlePlease note, this service is only for medications that your Doctor has agreed to prescribe on repeat. We aim to get these repeat prescriptions ready for collection within 48 hours of you requesting them. New medications and past medications may need more scrutiny and may take longer to issue. We would like our script service to be as efficient as possible and serve you, the patient as best we can.

Delays in issuing medication can arise when medications change or we need to review your script. All medications have the potential to harm and we work hard to ensure that safety is paramount when we are issuing your medication so sometimes, further checks are needed.

Outlined below are some of the ways that you can make the service work well for you and help us complete essential checks.

How can a repeat script be requested ?

  • By handing in the right side of the script (this is the side which is torn off and returned to the patient after the pharmacist has taken the green side) with clear ticks indicating which drugs are required or posting it to us. If you do not have the right side, reception can print this off for you but please try and retain it to save time for yourself.
  • By asking your regular pharmacist to order your repeat medication.
  • Order online via the link at the top of this page. Please click the link below to register!


If there is change to your repeat medication in terms of dose/ new meds, please indicate exactly what is required in legible hand writing and try to leave it for the attention of your usual doctor. This may take longer to process

What we may not accept or may take longer to process

  • Handwritten requests - the reason for this is that drugs are often spelt wrongly, doses are incorrect and confusion can arise.
  • Telephone requests to reception will not be accepted unless you are housebound, elderly and mobility issues make it difficult for you to come to the surgery. You may need a telephone appointment with a doctor if you cannot get the right side of the script to us.

If you are housebound/elderly, please discuss with us and we will set up a system that is manageable for you.

How can you help us?

  • By coming in for regular medication reviews when required.
  • By responding to any requests that we put on your script: for example blood tests/ BP measurement etc.
  • By attaching copies of blood tests required before a script can be issued ( for example INR with warfarin). Please ask a member of the reception team if any queries about this.
  • By telling us about changes in medication from other sources, for example consultants. Usually we get correspondence about this but sometimes there can be a time delay between your attendance at clinic and us getting information. If you have written confirmation about changes, please do not hesitate to let us know.
  • By telling us when you do not wish to take a medication/ side effects are intolerable. We are happy to discuss this and would like to make decisions about medications jointly with you.
  • Ordering your medication on time. If it is very early (more than 2 weeks before due) or late, we may need to discuss this with you.

What we could do better?

  • Try to ensure your medications are synchronised so you are not having to order different medications at different times. Please ask reception for a form to help set this up and attach it to your next script request. Alternatively, you can book an appointment to sort this out but you will need to bring all your medications with you.
  • If you are stable on your medications we could set up prescriptions that last 3 months but please note this is not possible for all medications.
  • Listen to your needs- please put written comments in our ideas welcome box.
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