Latest News & Covid-19 vaccination updates
Covid 19 Booster Programme
Patients will have heard in the news that there is a Covid-19 Booster programme in place.
Please see this link for further information and guidance on eligibility and how to arrange your vaccination booster.
Please note that these vaccinations cannot be provided by the Surgery as the local Clinical Commissioning Group has arranged for these to be delivered by a third party provider.
Mask Wearing at Spa Surgery
Throughout the pandemic we have strived to make the surgery as safe as possible for our patients, staff and visitors. We have remained open throughout and will continue to do so.
However from January 2022 we need your help to continue to do so.
Nothing is going to change here at Spa. Please still wear your mask when visiting the surgery and inside the building.
Please use the hand sanitisers available and keep your distance from others. Our staff will continue to clean rooms in between patients and will continue to wear PPE.
We appreciate this is frustrating but we know that when sick and vulnerable patients come to see us (remember some of these cannot have the vaccines) they need to be protected, so it would be wrong of us to remove the precautions we have in place.
The pandemic is not over and COVID 19 has not gone. Please help us to continue to keep you all safe.
Thank you for your support
We continue to work differently during this time, but the surgery and other NHS services remain open. We continue to offer:
If you have access to the internet, this is by far the easiest way to submit your health queries to us and for a clinician to review your needs. Whether it’s an ailment or an admin query, it can be dealt with online. You can also submit photos. Using the e-consult system for non-urgent matters saves you waiting on the phone and reduces wait times for our urgent calls.
To keep our patients and staff safe, your first contact with a clinician will be on the phone. This allows clinicians to ensure that only patients that really need examining come into the surgery.
If you have a smart phone, we can send you a link before your appointment, meaning you will see your GP whilst you are speaking to them.
Face to face consultations
If in your first contact with a clinician, they feel it’s necessary for you to attend the surgery, you will be invited to do so. Fewer face to face attendances ensures our environment remains clean and safe.
NHS Digital Data Collection
You may have seen or heard in the media about the plans to share your medical data with NHS Digital referred to as ''General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDfPR)”.
What is GPDfPR?
-Following endorsement by the British Medical Association (BMA), Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and National Data Guardian, NHS Digital is collecting and disseminating GP data for planning and research.
-This is intended to replace many of the previous ad -hoc data extractions and sharing agreements that have occurred.
Do we have to share our patient’s data?
Yes. GPDfPR it is a legal requirement for practices.
For more information about this see the GP Practice PrivacyNotice under the heading 'NHS Digital Data Collection from the Practice' on our website
If you wish to opt-out please complete the attached form and return it to the practice via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or post.
For further information please see NHS Digital..