Mask Exemptions for Airline Passengers in Relation to COVID-19

We are aware that some airlines are asking for medical evidence to support mask exemptions for passengers.

Government guidance clearly states that there is no requirement to have written evidence for an exemption for face covering rules and that people do not need to ask for proof from a doctor.

Armed Forces veteran friendly accredited GP practice

Appletree Medical Practice is now an accredited Armed Forces veteran friendly practice. If you are ex-forces please let us know so that we can ensure you are getting the best possible care.

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NHS Digital – update

The data held in the GP medical records of patients is used every day to support health and care planning and research in England, helping to find better treatments and improve patient outcomes for everyone. 

For more information about how data is used, and how to opt out if you choose to, please see our page General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR).

Vaccine Passport

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: 

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores 
  • the NHS website (from 17 May 2021)

It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use these services.

If you cannot access these online services, and you have had two vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you had your second dose more than five working days ago. It may take seven 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.

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Self Check In

We are pleased that our self check in machine is now back in use for all appointments. Please ensure to use hand sanitiser before and after use and allow enough time to check in for your appointment.

Guide to sending in photos

If you are requested to send in a photograph, please use this guide to help.

Our research showed that 90% of patients who sent in photos were treated successfully without needing a face-to-face appointment

PLEASE NOTE – if you are not comfortable sending in a photograph, please do not be afraid to say no, the clinician will completely understand. if you do decide to proceed, your photograph may be stored onto your medical record permanently and may be viewed by other clinicians.

Our thanks to Consultant Connect for their helpful guide, which can be seen in full here

PPG Meeting – Cancelled

We are particularly fortunate to have a very active Patient Participation Group (PPG) at Appletree. It is becoming increasingly important that the patients’ collective voice is heard when it comes to the design and delivery of healthcare.
The PPG:

  • Works with the Practice to offer the patient perspective on the services it provides.
  • Helps to improve communication between the Practice and the patient population.
  • Encourages patients to take more responsibility for their health.
  • Provides practical support for others in the community.

A PPG is NOT the Practice’s complaint system (there is a robust complaints procedure in place); nor is it a forum to air personal issues. But neither is it a Doctors fan club. To be valuable the PPG must have the confidence to challenge the Practice in line with any issue brought forward. It should be self organising and patient led.

The benefits of an effective PPG are felt by the patients, the Practice and the wider community in which it operates.

If you are interested in learning more about the PPG please ask for a leaflet at reception. Alternatively you are very welcome to attend a meeting. The Group meets bi-monthly and the dates are published on the Practice web site.

Next Meeting:  Cancelled until further notice