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NHS Patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings
England’s Chief Nurse has today reminded the public that everyone accessing or visiting healthcare settings must continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing rules.
Covid restrictions will end in many settings in England from Monday.
However, Public Health England’s infection prevention control guidelines and hospital visiting guidance are set to remain in place for all staff and visitors.
That means NHS visitor guidance will stay in place across all health services including hospitals, GP practices, dental practices, optometrists and pharmacies to ensure patients and staff are protected.
Staff, patients and visitors will also be expected to continue to follow social distancing rules when visiting any care setting as well as using face coverings, mask and other personal protection equipment.
The NHS will continue to support staff in ensuring that the guidance is followed in all healthcare settings.
Chief Nursing Officer for England, Ruth May said: “Face coverings and social distancing measures will remain in place across healthcare settings so that the most vulnerable people can continue to safely attend hospital, their GP surgery, pharmacy or any other healthcare settings for advice, care and treatment.
“And it is important for the public to continue to play their part when visiting NHS and care settings to help protect our staff and patients, particularly those who may be more vulnerable to infections.
“As restrictions are lifted in many places on Monday everyone has a part to play in helping to control Covid by getting vaccinated and acting responsibly.
“It is vital that in healthcare settings, we do all we can to reduce the risk of infection for those working in our services and those who need our care.”
Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care Record
What is the national data use opt out?
NHS Digital have rolled out a national data opt-out that allows patients to choose how their confidential patient information can be used. This is due to plans to use patient data for purposes beyond their individual care and treatment – specifically for research and planning across the NHS.
If patients do not want their data to be used in this way, they can opt out.
National data opt-outs can be set by patients themselves. There is no need to contact a GP practice. The easiest way is to download the NHS app and do it through that, but all of the ways that a patient can opt-out are outlined on the below link:
NHS Digital recently confirmed that the deadline to opt out has been extended to 30 September 2021.
Is this national opt-out linked to One Health and Care - Integrated Care record?
The national data opt-out is not linked to the Integrated Care Record.
The Integrated Care Record is a system that allows clinicians to share patient records, linking a patients treatment records across health and social care organisations and improving the care that they can deliver.
Patient records in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin will soon be available electronically for health and social care practitioners to view. These records will be ready to go live later this summer.
This means a doctor in a hospital, or a paramedic who attends a 999 call will be able to access the same crucial information as a GP when they need it. In some situations, knowing details of any allergies, medications or long-term conditions could potentially save lives.
Raising an objection
It’s important to understand that these are two different things.
The Integrated Care Record will only use patient data to improve the care provided to patients and the public.
If you do not want to your data to be viewed in the Integrated Care Record then you can raise an objection. To do this, you can contact your GP practice and they can record your objection for you.
WANTING TO TRY SOMETHING NEW?
Are you looking for a fun way to stay fit and active, spend time outdoors and meet new people while you’re at it? Then golf could be just the ticket - and Ludlow Golf Club Ladies section would love to welcome you for some fun and fizz on our fabulous fairways.
We’re delighted to be opening our doors to Women who are interested in giving the game a go, in a relaxed, friendly and welcoming environment - with free taster sessions in July & August.
Don’t worry if you’ve not even so much as looked at a set of golf clubs before! All you need is a pair of trainers and we’ll provide the rest.
Not only is golf great for your mental and physical health, but it offers the chance to learn new skills, and best of all, make friends with likeminded people and have fun!
Our free Fun, Fizz & Fairways taster sessions will run on Saturday 3 July, 1100-1300 and Monday 2 August, 1830-2000. Spaces are limited and expected to fill up fast, so we encourage you to book now to avoid disappointment.
So, what are you waiting for - get in touch!
Advice for parents
Our GP's will be unable to provide letters for patients that feel they are exempt from wearing a face covering. The following websites do have downloadable exemption certificates