Local people urged to follow ‘hands, face, space’ in GP practices to keep patients and staff safe

Patients and visitors to GP practices across Suffolk and north east Essex are being reminded they must continue to wear face coverings and observe social distancing rules from 19 July when lockdown rules ease.

Health and care leaders say while restrictions are being eased in some public places, strict infection control measures need to be followed in healthcare settings.  This will reduce the risk of vulnerable people from becoming infected and help prevent Covid outbreaks that could result in the temporary closure of a surgery.

Using your Health Data for Planning and Research

Information about your health and care helps the NHS to improve your individual care, speed up diagnosis, plan your local services and research new treatments.

It can also help research organisations to explore new treatments or make discoveries.

You can decide that you do not want your information to be used in this way.

There are two main options;

Option 1: Opting out of the GP Data for Planning and Research (GPDDR) Formally known as GPES.

This means you don't want your data to be extracted from your GP clinical system and used for Planning and Research Purposes. You can opt out at any time but opting out before the end of June 2021 will mean your data is not extracted by the new process. Opting out after that date will mean that no further extractions will occur. Find out more.

Option 2: Opting out of NHS Digital using or sharing your health data (held by any provider, not just your GP), for Planning and Research purposes.

You can opt out at any time.  Find out more. 

Other materials and materials in other languages are available here

How do I Opt Out?

To opt out of your data leaving the GP Practice for Research and Planning (Type 1), just contact your GP practice by phone, email or post and let us know.

To opt out of your health data being used or shared by NHS Digital (Type 2), you can;


The phone number is 0300 303 5678 – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays).


National Data Opt Out
Contact Centre
NHS Digital
HM Government
7 and 8 Wellington Place



Are you curious or concerned about yours or a loved ones memory?

The practice has a Sue Ryder Community Navigator who visits every Friday morning to offer practical information and support for patients or their carers.

If you would like to see the Navigator or would like more information please ask at reception.

Prescription Delivery Service

We offer a prescription delivery service from the Stanton surgery for all registered patients. We are able to deliver to collection points at the post office in Hopton, Barningham and Garboldisham, or to your home. If you would like more information regarding this service our Dispensary staff will be able to advise you - 01359 253701

Improvements to our online access facility

Check out the Online Services section for details!


Vacancies at the practice can be found HERE


Our Practice is committed to develop the delivery of better care to our patients utilising the Information Technology developed through and under the direction of NHS England. We currently use Summary Care Record, GP2GP Transfer and Patient Access Online for appointments, repeat medication requests and viewable summary care record. The Practice is committed to include detailed coded information as part of the Patient Access Online facility by 31st March 2016.


We offer the following clinics and services:

Special Medical Examinations

Contact 01359 253700 and ask for an appointment for the examination. Each doctor has set appointment times for such examinations as they require more time than can be allocated during a routine surgery. There is always a charge for such examinations and you will be advised prior to the examination of the charge.


The Practice Nurse & Healthcare Assistant

bp_checkAppointments can be made with the team for:

  • Blood Tests
  • COPD Monitoring
  • Blood Pressure Checks
  • Diet Advice
  • Dressings
  • Ear Syringing
  • Contraceptive Advice
  • Weight Checks
  • Cervical Smear Tests
  • Minor Injuries
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Asthma Monitoring
  • Diabetic Monitoring
  • Coronary Heart Disease Monitoring
  • Routine Immunisations
  • Travel immunisations - only those which are available under the NHS
  • General advice and counselling on any health related matter You do not need to see a doctor first.

If you are asked to bring in a specimen for analysis, please label the container clearly with your name and date of birth. These need to be brought to the surgery prior to 1.30pm.


Cervical Smears

These are performed by the practice nurses and sometimes by the doctors and may be booked in to a routine surgery. Please tell the receptionist that you would like a smear test when you book your appointment as it is important to do the test at the correct time and a slightly longer appointment is necessary.

Family Planning

Dr Raton-Lunn (DFSRH) offers coil and implant fitting. Please book an appointment with her to discuss if you are considering this method of family planning.



All doctors offer full maternity medical services. Home deliveries are supported for appropriately chosen and counselled mothers in co-operation with the Midwifery team.



pregnant1.jpgThe midwife is responsible for providing midwifery care to a mother and baby before, during and after birth.

Please ask your midwife for a leaflet detailing the clinic times.

To contact the midwife:
Telephone: 01284 713908


Health Visitor

Health Visitors are registered nurses with extended training in family relationships and child development. Their aim is to promote good health and prevent ill health.

Telephone: 01359 253915


Child Health Clinic

doctor_checking_babyEvery Tuesday at Bluebells Children's Centre 2.00pm—3.30pm.

The health visitor also attends Early Birds at Hopton on the fourth Thursday of the month.

Early Birds is a mother, baby and toddler group and is held at the Hopton High Street Chapel every Thursday 9.30am—11.30am during term time.


District Nurses

District nurses provide skilled nursing care and support for sick and disabled people and their carers in their own homes. They are responsible for assessing, planning and evaluating the needs of patients and their families and for monitoring the quality of care given. These services are available daily and the team can be contacted on 01379 898853. If they are not available to speak to a message can be left on their answerphone.


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