Covid Restrictions – 19th July 2021

Throughout the pandemic we have strived to make the surgery as safe as possible for all our patients and staff. We will continue to do so going forward.

From the 19th July nothing will change at the surgery - patients will need to still wear a mask, socially distance and use hand sanitiser in the surgery, and staff will continue to wear PPE. We do understand that it can be frustrating but we know that when people come to us they are sick and vulnerable (and some cannot receive the Covid vaccinations due to medical reasons) so we feel it would be wrong to not take these small precautions that can protect people.

In terms of opening up, as many of you know, we have never been shut and in fact have consulted with much higher numbers of patients than we did pre-Covid (face to face, by phone, and by video), not counting vaccinating our adult population twice in the last 6 months.

We have come so far in trying to minimise the impact of Covid and we are sure you understand that we need to keep the surgery as safe for ALL patients and staff as we can.

Thank you for your understanding.

Emails to the practice – 16/06/2021

It is important that to care for your needs we only accept communication from our patients via the correct communication channels

It has come to our attention that patients are emailing for health care. Unfortunately this is not one of the communication options available, unless you need to cancel an appointment.

If you are a Swallownest patient emailing with regards to any medical advice, please note that this mailboxes are not monitored for use in this way. It is important for your health needs that you contact us by telephone 0114 4333888 or by booking an appropriate appointment online.

To cancel an appointment, please email [email protected]

General Practice Data for Planning and Research Data Collection (GPDfPR)

We are making patients aware of the planned data extraction taking place in the coming weeks from GP systems across England.
Please note the practice has been legally required by the Secretary of State to allow the extraction by NHS Digital and the data is extracted centrally by NHS Digital.

As well as using your information to support the delivery of care to you, your data may be used by NHS Digital to help improve the way health and social care is delivered to patients and service users throughout England. From the 1st July 2021, NHS Digital will securely extract your information to provide access to patient data to the NHS and other organisations who need to use it, to improve health and social care for everyone.

NHS Digital will primarily use your information in a way that does not identify you (your information will be pseudonymised). However, they will be able to use their software to identify you in certain circumstances, and where there is a valid legal reason to do so. NHS Digital may also share your information with third parties such as Local Authorities, primary care networks (PCNs), clinical commissioning groups (CCGs), research organisations, including universities, and pharmaceutical companies.

At the time of publication (June 2nd 2021), patients who have a “type 1” opt- out, recorded before 23rd June 2021 will be excluded from this programme and will not have their data extracted.

If an opt-out is registered after the 1st July 2021, data extracted previously will be held and processed by NHS Digital; however no future extraction shall take place.

We will rely on Legal Obligation (Article (6)(1)(c)), Health and Social Care (Article 9(2)(h)) and Public Health (Article (9)(2)(i)) as the legal basis for processing your data for this purpose.

How to opt-out:-

💻 Visit
📱 You can also opt-out simply by using the NHS App
☎️ Phone 0300 303 5678 Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Further information about GPDfPR can be found here:

How to access your COVID-19 vaccination status

You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from 17 May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or by tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.

If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 5 days to reach you.

🛑Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.🛑

!!Important announcement!!

Please be advised that anyone who has already received their first Covid vaccination in December at Anston and is booked in to have their second vaccination either this week or next week; these are still going ahead, therefore it is important that you attend your appointment so that vaccines aren’t wasted.

Important Covid 19 Vaccination Update

We are very pleased to inform you that Patients in the Rother Valley South Area (which includes Swallownest patients) will be amongst the first to receive the new Coronavirus Vaccine .

Vaccine supplies are strictly limited and are allocated to ensure that our oldest and most vulnerable patients are vaccinated first .

Patients will be contacted in the coming weeks and months and offered an appointment in our Hub at Anston Surgery. Due to the logistics, we are unable to offer the vaccination at Swallownest.

The first allocation of vaccines arrive next week (14th December) and are subject to extremely strict controls for storage and distribution.

Patients will be contacted in order of the criteria set centrally by the Government, there will be no exceptions to this.


Further information will be available on our website shortly but please refer to the Gov.UK website for further information.

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