Book your Flu and Covid Vaccinations with your local GP Surgery
We know it's difficult to think about the coming winter when we have such beautiful weather at the moment but at the practice we are planning ahead! This winter we are hoping to administer Flu and Covid vaccines at the same appointment (depending on the availability of supplies) and are urging our patients to book now. By having your vaccinations at the surgery you are supporting us. We are funded dependent on the amount of vaccines we administer and that funding in turn is invested in staffing in order to provide a good service to you. Please don't think that by having your vaccines at a Pharmacy or Supermarket that you are saving us time or the bother of doing it. We plan our staffing to accommodate doing the clinics.
If we have your mobile number you will shortly receive a text to offer you the opportunity to book for BOTH vaccinations through a link but if you find this does not work or if we don't have your mobile number please contact the surgery in the usual way to book. If you only wish to have one vaccination, either the flu or the Covid vaccination then you must contact us directly as these will be done at appointments later in the year.
Appointments will be available for patients in the age group from 50 (including those who'll be 50 by the 31st March 2023) to 64 to book for both vaccinations on Tuesday evenings. If you are over 65 (including those who'll be 65 by the 31st March 2023) please book for both vaccinations in a Saturday clinic. If you are under 50 and have an underlying health condition which makes you eligible for the flu vaccination you will receive a text to book into a clinic on a Tuesday.
If you experience any problems with this please contact the surgery in the usual way.

Beating the Squeeze!
Keeping Healthy & Warm on a Budget
Ayton & Snainton Medical Practice Patient Participation Group and the GP Surgery team are working in partnership with Carers Plus Yorkshire to deliver an interactive event on Wednesday 14th September to help us all keep healthy and warm on a budget. In a time when we are all conscious of the rising cost of living, we wanted to bring organisations together that may be able to help a little!
This event is open to the public and is free to drop-in anytime between 12 and 5pm so please share this opportunity with family and friends!
There will be information stalls, activities for all ages, refreshments and plenty of conversation!

The North Riding Community Health Primary Care Network are seeking to recruit a Care Coordinator located at our Practice.
The Care Coordinator will work closely with GP's and practice teams, ensuring that appropriate support is made available to patients; supporting them to understand and manage their conditions and ensure that their changing needs are addressed.
Please follow the link below for more information and to apply:-
The North Riding Community Health Primary Care Network are seeking to recruit a care coordinator specialising in support for patients registered with a learning disability within the locations of the PCN practices. This role will contribute to tackling inequalities in health and social care and will require a flexible approach across the four practices. Please follow the below link for more information and to apply:-

The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health have put together this handy guide to help young people get the best out of their health appointments by explaining the process and what to expect.

Important message regarding telephone calls from our surgery
Please be aware that when our staff call patients they are not able to say where they are calling from until they know they have the patient on the telephone due to patient confidentiality. 
If you are happy for our team to advise other members of your household who is calling then please make us aware next time you call.
Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

The 'My Planned Care' website contains helpful information and guidance for patients waiting for a hospital consultation, treatment or surgery. This included information about waiting times at your hospital and other supporting and local services while you wait. This site is updated weekly and can be viewed by anyone.

Dispensing Service
We want to let you know about the new and exciting developments that we have been implementing at the practice.
Over the last few months, we have been re-shaping our dispensary and upgrading our dispensing systems. We are aware that this has caused some delays and we have had some teething problems with the new system. We are confident that we are now in a position to provide a better than ever dispensing service to those patients that we are allowed to dispense medication to. Regrettably we are still not allowed to dispense to those patients who live within one mile of a Pharmacy.
Some of you may have already been sent a text to collect your order from our new medicines collection locker. If we have your mobile number, you will be sent a text to collect your order when it's ready. The locker allows you to pick up your medicines 24 hours a day and prevents you from having to queue at the dispensary door. If this is a service that you want to access, and we don't have your number please let us know when you place your order. 
There are several ways to order your repeat prescriptions:
  • Call 01723 864553 and leave your order on our answer machine by pressing option 1
  • Call the above number and speak to one of the dispensing team, this may necessitate a wait at busy times
  • Order online at
  • Download and order through the NHS App
  • If you have a query about your medication, please call 01723 864553 and press option 2, again this may necessitate a wait at busy times

We apologise to those patients who have had a longer wait than usual over the last few weeks.

***Important information regarding visiting the surgeries***
Please note that we don't yet know whether the rules for the NHS will change.
So, until this is confirmed, please continue to:
-wear your mask in the surgery
-keep distance from others when in the surgery
-arrive no longer than five minutes before your appointment time
-avoid attending for routine care when you have Covid
-tell us if you have Covid symptoms or are Covid positive when you have an appointment
That way we can keep all patients safe - including those who cannot be vaccinated or whose immune systems are compromised/weak.
Thank you

Please note that if you do not wish to receive text messages from us please let us know as soon as possible. We hope to invite eligible patients for their Flu and Covid vaccinations by text messages going forward. 
Thank you 

The data held in GP medical records of patients is used every day to support health and care planning and research in England, helping to find better treatments and improve patient outcomes for everyone. The new data collection, known as the General Practice Data for Planning and Research, reduces burden on GP practices, allowing doctors and other staff to focus on patient care. NHS Digital has engaged with the British Medical Association, Royal College of GP's and the National Data Guardian to ensure relevant safeguards are in place for patients and GP practices.

From 1st September 2021 pseudonymised (non-identifiable patient data) data from GP medical records will be shared with NHS Digital. NHS Digital will not collect patients' names and addresses. Any other data that could directly identify patients (such as NHS Number, Date of Birth, full postcode) is replaced with unique codes via de-identification software before the data is shared with NHS Digital.

If you do not want your identifiable patient data to be shared with NHS Digital you can opt-out by registering a National Data Opt-out via the below link:-

If you have any further queries please visit the following link for more information:-

Data Choices

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. The NHS is committed to keeping patient information safe and always being clear about how it is used.

How your data is used

Information about your individual care such as treatment and diagnoses is collected about you whenever you use health and care services. It is also used to help us and other organisations for research and planning such as research into new treatments, deciding where to put GP clinics and planning for the number of doctors and nurses in your local hospital.  It is only used in this way when there is a clear legal basis to use the information to help improve health and care for you, your family and future generations.

Wherever possible we try to use data that does not identify you, but sometimes it is necessary to use your confidential patient information.

You have a choice

You do not need to do anything if you are happy about how your information is used. If you do not want your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you can choose to opt out securely online or through a telephone service. You can change your mind about your choice at any time.

Will choosing this opt-out affect your care and treatment?

No, choosing to opt out will not affect how information is used to support your care and treatment. You will still be invited for screening services, such as screenings for bowel cancer.

What do you need to do?

If you are happy for your confidential patient information to be used for research and planning, you do not need to do anything.

To find out more about the benefits of data sharing, how data is protected, or to make/change your opt-out choice visit

Download a copy of the patient leaflet

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