Omicron COVID-19 Variant
We are continuing to offer face to face appointments at the practice but please help to protect everyone and opt for a telephone or video appointment where possible.
If you do need an appointment at the practice (eg for an examination which can’t be done by telephone or video, blood tests, smears etc) then please DO NOT come the the practice if you are:
-have symptoms of COVID (high temperature, new persistent cough, loss of or change in smell/taste)
-have been abroad within the last 10 days (speak to a doctor first)
If you have an appointment to come to the practice, you should receive a text message with COVID screening questions. Please answer this to ensure that the practice is a safe place for those who need to attend the practice in person.
Finally don’t forget to book your COVID vaccinations https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/
COVID VACCINE BOOSTERS
Please wait to receive an invite to book your vaccine via SMS. Once you are eligible this invite will come through if the mobile number we have on record is current. Alternatively you can access the National Booking System online or via 119 where you will be able to book once you are eligible. In the meantime all of our clinics in Westminster are available to walk-ins, however, please check your eligibility before attending or we will not be able to guarantee you will be vaccinated and we do recommend that you book where possible to ensure that your vaccine can go ahead.
Blood tests – routine blood tests postponed
A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.
Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems, will still get one but where your clinician feels that it is appropriate to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.
Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.
If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.
This is a link to the NHS England guidance:-
The COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in NW London
Cavendish Health Centre
We are now contacting patients in priority group 6 (clinical at risk groups). You will receive a text message with instructions on how to book your vaccine. Those in group 5 will be contacted to book on the national booking system for a vaccine in a large scale vaccination centre (eg ExCel Centre or Wembley) or at a pharmacy.
Please note that we are not allowed to book second doses until 12 weeks after the first one.
If you are aged over 70, you can now book your COVID-19 vaccination appointment without needing an invitation letter by visiting www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination, or by calling 119, free of charge.
If you are aged over 70, you no longer need a letter to book a vaccination appointment at your local vaccination centre or community pharmacy.
**UPDATE 08/02/2021** This week, we will also be calling patients in priority group 5 (65 years and over). The vaccine will still be available to those in priority groups 1, 2, 3 and 4 as well if anyone who hasn’t had their first dose yet changes their mind.
Cavendish Health Centre
The NHS is very busy responding to the coronavirus pandemic and, at certain times, your GP practice may need to prioritise patients with the most urgent health needs.
If you have a health issue that isn’t urgent, advice is available on the NHS website (www.nhs.uk) or NHS app or you can speak to your local pharmacist. You can also use send us a message via the online system. If you aren’t sure what to do, please contact the practice who can advise you on how to get the help you need.
Please continue to attend tests, vaccinations and screening when invited.
www.111.nhs.uk is also available 24/7 for urgent health advice or by calling 111, and 999 is for emergencies.
The COVID-19 Vaccination Programme in NW London
The NHS will contact you when we are able to offer you an appointment, this will either be a letter or phone call from your GP. If you miss the phone call please don’t worry, we will call again or send you a letter.
Please also be aware some people may receive more than one invite. If this happens, please pick the site you would prefer to go for your vaccination and follow the booking-in advice provided. You can ignore the other invites.
There is also a National Booking Service which you can access here. This is only for booking at the large vaccination sites (ExCel, Wembley) and pharmacies, not at the local sites including Lord’s and South Westminster Centre.
The government priority list (correct at the time of writing – 22/01/2021) is:-
1. Residents in a care home for older adults
Staff working in care homes for older adults
2. All those 80 years of age and over
Frontline Health and social care workers
3. All those 75 years of age and over
4. All those 70 years of age and over
Clinically extremely vulnerable ‘shielding’ individuals (not including pregnant women and those under 16 years of age)
5. All those 65 years of age and over
6. Adults aged 16 to 65 years in an at-risk group (these are patients who are on the list for an annual flu vaccine on the NHS)
7. All those 60 years of age and over
8. All those 55 years of age and over
9. All those 50 years of age and over
See this link on guidance for patients who meet the definition of patients on the clinically extremely vulnerable (shielding) list.
You can find more details here:
Are you worried that you or your child may have COVID-19?
If you are worried that you may have coronavirus, please check the 111 website and/or read this leaflet for further advice (including when to call 111 or attend A&E). Please make sure that you self-isolate in line with government guidelines and also arrange a test via the government website.
If you are worried that your child may have coronavirus, please have a look at this leaflet for more advice (including when to call 111 or attend A&E).
If your child under 5 is unwell, please have a look at this booklet which provides information about common ailments.
Here is a list of local emergency services for children available during coronavirus.
We are working with local practices to make the COVID vaccine available to our patients. This is likely to be given at two large sites in Westminster (not at Cavendish Health Centre for logistical reasons).
We will be following the government priority list. You will be contacted as soon as the vaccine becomes available to you.
Please don’t contact us – we will contact you!
Please visit the following for more information.
All those the slots 18th/19th December have been filled (we have prioritised the oldest patients and the highest risk patients first). The next delivery of vaccines for Westminster hasn’t been confirmed yet but it is likely to be in January.
Please don’t contact us – we will contact you!
Vaccine mobilisation has started in Westminster with the most clinically vulnerable groups as defined by the UK government being offered the vaccine first.
Please do not contact your practice for this – you will be contacted as vaccines are delivered.
Our initial wave begins December 18th/19th with a very small number of vaccines being delivered. Eligible patients will be contacted. Priority is for the oldest, most high risk patients first.
Thereafter we will begin at a larger scale in January. This will take place at Lord’s Cricket Ground and the South Westminster Centre.
Are you a COVID-19 Survivor?
Download this programme of free weekly webinars for managing Long Covid. These are running between 27th October to 22nd December. You need to download the booklet and click on the join button to start the relevant webinar.
Childhood Immunisations - Make sure your children are protected
Data Transparency Notice during COVID-19 Pandemic
General Practice Transparency Notice for GPES Data for Pandemic Planning and Research (COVID-19)
This practice is supporting vital coronavirus (COVID-19) planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital.
The health and social care system is facing significant pressures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Health and care information is essential to deliver care to individuals, to support health, social care and other public services and to protect public health. Information will also be vital in researching, monitoring, tracking and managing the coronavirus outbreak. In the current emergency it has become even more important to share health and care information across relevant organisations. This practice is supporting vital coronavirus planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital, the national safe haven for health and social care data in England.
Our legal basis for sharing data with NHS Digital
NHS Digital has been legally directed to collect and analyse patient data from all GP practices in England to support the coronavirus response for the duration of the outbreak. NHS Digital will become the controller under the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) of the personal data collected and analysed jointly with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who has directed NHS Digital to collect and analyse this data under the COVID-19 Public Health Directions 2020(COVID-19 Direction).
All GP practices in England are legally required to share data with NHS Digital for this purpose under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (2012 Act). More information about this requirement is contained in the data provision notice issued by NHS Digital to GP practices.
Under GDPR our legal basis for sharing this personal data with NHS Digital is Article 6(1)(c) – legal obligation. Our legal basis for sharing personal data relating to health, is Article 9(2)(g) – substantial public interest, for the purposes of NHS Digital exercising its statutory functions under the COVID-19 Direction.
The type of personal data we are sharing with NHS Digital
The data being shared with NHS Digital will include information about patients who are currently registered with a GP practice or who have a date of death on or after 1 November 2019 whose record contains coded information relevant to coronavirus planning and research. The data contains NHS Number, postcode, address, surname, forename, sex, ethnicity, date of birth and date of death for those patients. It will also include coded health data which is held in your GP record such as details of:
diagnoses and findings
medications and other prescribed items
investigations, tests and results
treatments and outcomes
vaccinations and immunisations
How NHS Digital will use and share your data
NHS Digital will analyse the data they collect and securely and lawfully share data with other appropriate organisations, including health and care organisations, bodies engaged in disease surveillance and research organisations for coronavirus response purposes only. These purposes include protecting public health, planning and providing health, social care and public services, identifying coronavirus trends and risks to public health, monitoring and managing the outbreak and carrying out of vital coronavirus research and clinical trials. The British Medical Association, the Royal College of General Practitioners and the National Data Guardian are all supportive of this initiative.
NHS Digital has various legal powers to share data for purposes relating to the coronavirus response. It is also required to share data in certain circumstances set out in the COVID-19 Direction and to share confidential patient information to support the response under a legal notice issued to it by the Secretary of State under the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 (COPI Regulations).
Legal notices under the COPI Regulations have also been issued to other health and social care organisations requiring those organisations to process and share confidential patient information to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Any information used or shared during the outbreak under these legal notices or the COPI Regulations will be limited to the period of the outbreak unless there is another legal basis for organisations to continue to use the information.
Data which is shared by NHS Digital will be subject to robust rules relating to privacy, security and confidentiality and only the minimum amount of data necessary to achieve the coronavirus purpose will be shared. Organisations using your data will also need to have a clear legal basis to do so and will enter into a data sharing agreement with NHS Digital. Information about the data that NHS Digital shares, including who with and for what purpose will be published in the NHS Digital data release register.
For more information about how NHS Digital will use your data please see the NHS Digital Transparency Notice for GP Data for Pandemic Planning and Research (COVID-19).
National Data Opt-Out
The application of the National Data Opt-Out to information shared by NHS Digital will be considered on a case by case basis and may or may not apply depending on the specific purposes for which the data is to be used. This is because during this period of emergency, the National Data Opt-Out will not generally apply where data is used to support the coronavirus outbreak, due to the public interest and legal requirements to share information.
Your rights over your personal data
To read more about the health and care information NHS Digital collects, its legal basis for collecting this information and what choices and rights you have in relation to the processing by NHS Digital of your personal data, see: