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Two-week wait referrals

Two-week wait referrals An urgent two-week referral usually means that you will be offered an appointment with a hospital specialist within 2 weeks of your General Practitioner (GP), General Dental Practitioner (GDP) or Optometrist making the referral. Why am I being urgently referred? Your GP/GDP/Optometrist feels that you have symptoms that require investigation by a … Continued

Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions

Prescriptions Charges and Exemptions Extensive exemption and remission arrangements protect those likely to have difficulty in paying charges (NHS prescription and dental charges, optical and hospital travel costs). The NHS prescription charge is a flat-rate amount which successive Governments have thought it reasonable to charge for those who can afford to pay for their medicines. … Continued

Free Weight Management Help

A free, personalised 12-week programme to help manage your weight and feel healthier   Oviva Tier 2 Weight Management is a free service to help people in Newcastle lose weight and build healthy habits through specialist support over 12 weeks. Now it is even easier to start making a change. Anyone aged 18 or over … Continued

Data Sharing in the NHS

Data Sharing in the NHS   Patient data in the NHS is only ever shared for two reasons: to provide patients with the best possible care, and the planning and research needed to design health care services that suit patients.   Patient data is only ever shared within the NHS or with legitimate third parties who … Continued

Vaccinations, Immunisations and Inoculations

Vaccinations, Immunisations and Inoculations Vaccines are the most effective way to prevent infectious diseases. They work by training your immune system to develop antibodies that protect you from disease. All vaccines are extensively researched and tested before they are approved for use. Their effectiveness and side effects are also regularly monitored. Existing vaccines are also … Continued

Translators and Interpreters

Translators and Interpreters The NHS is obliged to make all possible efforts to communicate effectively with patients. This requirement includes meeting patients needs in a language other than English. Reducing communication barriers leads to better and safer diagnoses, prescriptions and combats health inequalities. All NHS services providers – whether it is us in the practice, … Continued

Getting your NHS data with a Subject Access Request

Getting your NHS data with a Subject Access Request You have a right to see your complete medical records and how the NHS has shared your information. There are different ways to do this.   Your Medical Records Your complete medical records, including copies of letters sent to and from us, scans, x-rays and notes, … Continued