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Lambton Road Medical Practice - PPG

Lambton Road Medical Practice - Patient Participation Group 

Did You Know that Medical records are being consolidated?

If you have recently received a prescription you may have noticed a message about the Government’s intention to extract information from individuals’ medical records. 

NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) are rolling out a new IT system to provide joined-up information about the care received from different parts of the NHS including hospitals and GP Practices. Your date of birth, postcode, NHS Number and gender rather than your name will be used to link your records in a secure system, managed by the HSCIC.  

If you are happy for your information to be used then you do not need to do anything. If you do not want information that identifies you from being shared outside the Practice, please tell Reception. 

Find out more at:www.nhs.uk/caredata

Please remember to update Reception with your contact details if you have moved. 

Have you had your jab?

Flu jabs

Flu jabs can be a lifesaver for patients identified as falling into the risk categories of over 65, 2-3 years old, pregnant, or underlying health conditions or weakened immune systems.

Be prepared… get your jab now… it’s free for those in the at risk groups!

Shingles jabs

New this year is a shingles vaccine. It is ONLY available for people who on 1st September 2013 were either 70 OR (as part of a catch-up programme) 79. Unlike the flu jab you only need to have the vaccination once. Anyone aged 71 to 78 will have to wait until they reach the age of 79. NHS says the shingles vaccination programme is being staggered in this way because it would be impractical to vaccinate everyone in their 70s in a single year. Anyone aged 80 and over won’t be offered the jab because it seems to be less effective on the over-80s.

On its way… Patient Survey

The PPG has worked with the Practice to produce a survey to gather your feedback about the Practice’s performance. The Practice is very conscious of the teething problems caused by all the changes which took place at the time of the merger of Durham Road and Pepys Road practices and the move into the new Health Centre. Now, 6 months on, it is keen to find out what patients think of the new service and also seek ideas about ways it can perform even better. Watch out for the survey in December. 

Goodbye to Linda

After 22 years of service, Linda Bradley, Practice Manager is retiring. After successfully steering the stressful move of two GP Practices in different premises into a brand new Health Centre, she is taking a well-earned rest. We wish you well Linda! 

Want to know more about the PPG?


The PPG page on the Practice website is now up and running. Find out more about us and what we do. Our Constitution, newsletters and minutes are available online. Reference copies of the minutes are also available in hard copy from Reception – please ask to look at the PPG minutes folder

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