Coronavirus Booster update:
You will be invited for your Covid Booster vaccination when it is due. Please do not contact your GP Practice as they are unable to book the booster until your invite letter which will detail 'How to Book' . For further information regarding local drop in sessions please go to https://www.northamptonshire.gov.uk/coronavirus-updates/Pages/coronavirus-vaccination-in-northamptonshire.aspx
Information about you and the care you receive is shared, in a secure system, by healthcare staff to support your treatment and care.
The national data opt-out was introduced on 25 May 2018, enabling patients to opt out from the use of their data for research or planning purposes, in line with the recommendations of the National Data Guardian.
If you do not want your identifiable patient data to be shared for purposes except for your own care, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 opt-out form or a National Data Opt-out, or both. These opt-outs are different and they are explained in more detail below. Your individual care will not be affected if you opt-out using either option.
Type 1 Opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital collecting your data)
Services will not collect data from GP practices about patients who have registered a Type 1 Opt-out with their practice. More information about Type 1 Opt-outs is in our GP Data for Planning and Research Transparency Notice, including a form that you can complete and send to your GP practice.
This collection will start on 1 July 2021 so if you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital please register your Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice by 23 June 2021.
If you register a Type 1 Opt-out after this collection has started, no more of your data will be shared. Patient data which was shared before you registered the Type 1
Opt-out will be held by NHS Digital.
If you do not want NHS Digital to share your identifiable patient data with anyone else for purposes beyond your own care, then you can also register a National Data Opt-out.
National Data Opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital sharing your data)
NHS Digital will collect data from GP medical records about patients who have registered a National Data Opt-out. The National Data Opt-out applies to identifiable patient data about your health, which is called confidential patient information.
NHS Digital will not share any confidential patient information about you - this includes GP data, or other data held, such as hospital data - with other organisations, unless there is an exemption to this.
Welcome to The Studfall Partnership
NHS Digital has issued a Data Provision Notice for Planning and Research. This means we are required to share your information with them unless you tell us not to.
Closure of Prescription Ordering by Telephone as of 1st July 2021
After many years of accepting repeat prescription requests over the telephone, we have taken the decision to stop taking prescription requests over the telephone from 1st July 2021.
The first and most important reason is safety. We are getting increasing numbers of discrepancies between what the patient says they have ordered and what has been requested by the medical receptionist. Mistakes are likely due to confusion with drug name pronunciation and it is shown that 4 out of every 100 telephone calls contain an error in the information received during a telephone request.
The Practice is getting busier and busier with more people on repeat medication for ever increasing complex conditions. The decision was made to stop the taking of prescriptions over the telephone so as to minimize the risk of a potential error causing a significant event.
We hope in making this change it will free up our phone lines for patients contacting us for other queries and also allow our medical receptionists to process repeat prescription requests without disturbance.
So as from 1st July 2021, the practice will not be taking prescription requests over the telephone – you can request your repeat medication by the following methods:
- Using your repeat slip (right hand side of green prescription) – ticking the items you need to order and handing this slip into the practice or posting it to the practice
- Sign up to a repeat ordering service with your local pharmacy/chemist if you are over 70 or housebound.
- Order online – to set up an online account, please bring a form of photo ID to the reception desk (this is for patients aged 16 years and older)
- If you are over the age of 75 or housebound your chemist can order your prescription on your behalf.
We understand that this might not be popular with some patients but we hope that you will understand that safety is of paramount importance.
Please note that this will not alter the time it takes to process a repeat prescription which is 2 working days.
'Contact us online'
If you are a patient at the practice You can contact us about a medical, administrative or prescription issue by clicking the link below.
DOCTORS WILL BE OFFERING TELEPHONE CONSULTATIONS OR A FACE TO FACE APPOINTMENT IF THEY FEEL THERE IS A NEED. IF YOU ARE ASKED TO COME TO THE SURGERY PLEASE REMEMBER TO WEAR A FACE COVERING. MEASURES ARE IN PLACE TO KEEP YOU SAFE FROM INFECTION DURING YOUR VISIT TO THE SURGERY.
YOU CAN ALSO CALL NHS111
PLEASE DO NOT COME INTO THE SURGERY UNLESS YOU HAVE AN APPOINTMENT
ALL PRESCRIPTIONS WILL BE GOING TO A NOMINATED CHEMIST. IF YOU DON'T ALREADY HAVE A CHEMIST NOMINATED THE STAFF WILL BE ASKING YOU TO NOMINATE ONE.
PATHOLOGY FORMS NO LONGER NEED TO BE COLLECTED UNLESS THEY ARE STOOL OR URINE, AFTER CONSULTATION WITH A GP YOU CAN GO DIRECT TO CDC FOR YOUR BLOOD TEST.
AFTER A CONSULTATION WITH YOUR GP ANY SICK LINES WILL BE SENT TO YOU VIA SMS VIA ACCURX.
From 1 December 2019 EMAS will be providing non-emergency patient transport service to residents in Northamptonshire who need help getting to and from hospital.
Patient transport services are for individuals who have a medical condition that prevents them from getting to their appointment. EMAS determine eligibility for access to this service via a standardised approach during the booking process.
Non-emergency patient transport is for patients who:
- Require assistance from skilled ambulance staff e.g. require access to oxygen whilst travelling
- Have a medical condition that would prevent them from travelling to hospital by any other means
- Have a medical condition that might put them at risk from harm if they were to travel independently
- Have treatment with side effects that require support from skilled ambulance staff
- For patients who are registered with a Northamptonshire GP
What is changing?
Your transport provider to and from healthcare appointments will change from TASL to EMAS on 1 December 2019.
What do you have to do?
You can book transport up to 24 hours in advance of your appointment date by calling our booking line on 0300 300 3434. The EMAS booking line is open between 8am and 8pm, seven days a week. If you are hard of hearing, deaf or speech impaired, you can contact the service by dialling 18001, followed by the full phone number. Users must have access to the Next Generation Text Service.
Help EMAS to help you
- Cancel transport if no longer required by calling 0300 300 3434
- Advise the booking team of any special requirements
- Be ready to leave when the transport team arrives
- Have your medication and documentation with you
- Take your keys and some money
- Expect to share transport with others
- Respect the no-smoking policy in all vehicles
- Respect EMAS’ drivers – there is a zero-tolerance policy towards abuse
- Follow the Patient Transport Charter
EXTENDED ACCESS HUB FOR CORBY
From 1 April 2019 patients registered with GP surgeries in Corby will have access to up to 150 more appointments per week as NHS Corby CCG introduces a new Extended Access Hub. The additional appointments will mean patients can access General Practice services between 6.30pm and 8pm on weekdays and slots will be available at weekends, Bank Holidays and over Christmas and Easter at Woodsend Medical Centre.
Corby’s new Extended Access Hub will allow patients to book routine appointments with a GP or other healthcare professional, including GPs, nurses, physiotherapists and health care assistants, seven days a week. The service will be tailored to meet the needs of the Corby population.
To access this service, call your own GP practice where receptionists will be able to access and book evening, weekend and Bank Holiday appointments where appropriate.
Patients needing healthcare when their practice is closed should continue to call NHS 111.
PATIENT PARTICIPATION GROUP
WE NEED YOU.........
We would like to recruit members to our Patient Participation Group. We meet every 2 months on a Tuesday to discuss practice issues. If you are interested in becoming a member please ring 01536 401372 and ask for Mrs LINDA WICKHAM
PRESCRIBING OF MEDICINES TO TREAT MINOR ILLNESSES IS CHANGING
NHS England has recommended that medicines for minor ailments such as colds, hay fever and mild dry skin should no longer be routinely prescribed. Please purchase these in future, with advice from a pharmacy if needed. More info is available at www.nhs.uk/OTCmedicines
ALLOCATED NAMED ACCOUNTABLE GP
Your allocated named accountable GP at The Studfall Partnership is Dr S Kumar who is responsible for your care. However you can see any GP you wish to at the practice.
FRIENDS AND FAMILY TEST
The Friends and Family Test (FFT) for patients is a single question survey which asks patients whether they would recommend the NHS service they have received to friends and family who need similar treatment or care.
Please take a few minutes to fill out our Friends and Family survey on the right hand side of the home screen.
Out of Hours
When the practice is closed please telephone 111 to be put through to the 111 service who will assist you. The Out of Hours 111 urgent care service is available for patients who are concerned about their health and feel they need to see a doctor when their surgery is closed. It is available Mondays to Fridays throughout the night between 6:30 pm and 8:00 am, and 24 hours a day on weekends and bank holidays.
Alternatively Corby Urgent Care Centre is open from 8am until 8pm, 7 days a week for any urgent medical needs or injuries. Their contact number is:
01536 202 121
See the Latest News for information about our Patient Participation Group meetings.
The information on this website is intended solely for patients of the practice and is not a substitute for personal advice from a GP.
You can find out information about medical conditions and diseases through our patient information leaflets.
Booking and cancelling appointments and viewing your Summary Care record
You can now book and cancel appointments, request medication, update your contact details and medical records and view your coded medical records online using the icons below.
You would need to register for this service though. Please bring some photo ID to The Studfall Partnership where one of the reception staff can register you. You will be given a user name and password which you will need every time you log on.
(Site updated 23/11/2021)