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.


Summary Care Record

Your Summary Care Record - Statement of Intent

It is important that your medical record is available when and where you need it.

You may feel, especially if you have an extensive medical history, that it is very important for some of your medical information to be available to those who are treating you when you are away from the practice area and have been taken ill requiring emergency or hospital treatment.  They would be able to access information about the medication you are taking and any drugs you have a recorded allergy or sensitivity to.

If you would like to share your Summary Care Record please complete the following form and return it to the surgery.

SCR Consent Form

Please see below more detailed information about the sharing methods.

Summary Care Record

Approximately 98% of patients in England have a Summary Care Record already.  The basic record is a list of what medication you are on and what you are allergic to.  This is held centrally by the NHS and can only be accessed by authorised healthcare staff.  All access to this is recorded in a log that cannot be altered.

An option you now have is to add 'Additional Information' to your SCR.  this makes the SCR a much more useful source of information for departments like Accident & Emergency or the Ambulance service if they need to treat you in an emergency.

The information that will be included if you choose to add this is:

  • Significant medical history (past and present)
  • Reasons for medication
  • Anticipatory care information (such as information about the management of long term conditions)
  • Communication preferences
  • End of life care information
  • Immunisations

If there are any particular items that you would like to be either included or excluded the surgery can mark these items for you in your health record.

Full Health Record Sharing

Another option you have for sharing your health record is 'Full Health Record Sharing'.  If you ask the surgery to enable this we will make your full health record available to other providers who are caring for you, if their computer systems support this.  It is important to note that this is not something people can just look at, they need to be actively caring for you and have your permission to view the record.  The only exception to the 'permission to view' is if you are unable to give consent for some reason, such as being unconscious, and a member of staff deems it medically necessary to access your record.  In this case, they can perform an override to access your notes, but they must state the reason why they are doing so.  When this happens an alert is also generated for the appropriate information controller (Caldicott Guardian) to check that the access was appropriate.

Agreeing to this will also allow your GP to view notes that are recorded about you when you are seen elsewhere.  This will only happen if the other service you see also uses a compatible computer system.

If you would like to share either some or your full health record please do complete and sign the SCR consent form and provide to the surgery.

SCR Consent Form

Of course if you do not want your medical records to be available in this way then you will need to let us know so that we can update your record.

If you wish to opt out of the Summary Care Record please complete the form below and return it to the surgery.

Summary Care Opt Out Form

 Your medical records when leaving the practice.

It is very important that you are registered with a doctor near to where you live. We encourage patients to do this as soon as possible if they move out of the practice area.  Once you have re registered with a new GP, your medical records will be forwarded on to them via NHS England.


Your Data Matters to the NHS

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

In May 2018 the strict rules about how this data can and cannot be used were strengthened.  The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used.

You can choose whether your confidential patient information is used for research and planning.

To find out more visit: 

or click here

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