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FLU VACCINATIONS: DON'T MISS YOUR FLU VACCINATION! Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it’s sometimes called seasonal flu. It’s a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. Colds are much less serious and usually start gradually with a stuffy or runny nose and a sore throat. A bad bout of flu can be much worse than a heavy cold. The most common symptoms of flu are fever, chills, headache, aches and pains in the joints and muscles, and extreme tiredness. Healthy individuals usually recover within two to seven days, but for some the disease can lead to hospitalisation, permanent disability or even death.  Appointments for flu vaccinations for eligible patients (over 65s and those under 65 in relevant at risk groups) are now available to book at Topcliffe Surgery in November. We are also offering Pneumococcal and shingles vaccinations for eligible patients.  Please speak to a member of the reception team or see 'Latest News' for more information.

Confidentiality and Data Protection



We respect your right to privacy and keep all your health information confidential and secure.  It is important that the NHS keeps accurate and up-to-date records about your health and treatment so that those dealing with you can give you the best possible advice and care.  If you are aware of any errors of fact that have appeared in your record please ask us to amend or correct your record.  The information is only available to those involved in your care and you should never be asked for personal medical information by anyone not involved in your care.  You have a right to know what information we hold about you.  If you would like to see your record please contact our Practice Manager or ask for our leaflet “Access to Health Records”.

Data Protection

We need to hold personal information on our computer system and in paper records.  Please help us to keep your records up-to-date by notifying us of any changes in your circumstances. Doctors and staff have access to your medical records to enable them to provide the best possible care.  From time to time information may be shared with other health professionals involved in your care, for example, when a referral is made.  Anyone who receives information from us has the same legal duty of confidentiality as we do. 

In some circumstances we may be required by law to release your details to statutory or other official bodies, for example, if a court order is presented, or in the case of public health issues.  In other circumstances you may be required to give written consent before information is released such as for medical reports or copy medical records requested by insurers or solicitors.  Please note: information relating to your medical records and test results etc are confidential to you and will not be given to anyone else without your express permission.  Information will not be disclosed to family, friends, spouses or partners unless we have your prior consent.

Our Information Governance Lead and Caldicott Guardian is Dr Charles Parker, GP Partner.



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