Practice Updates

3rd Jun

National Data and opting out

NHS Digital is changing how they collect patient data. 

The data held in the 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.

Patient data collected from general practice is needed to support a wide variety of research and analysis to help run and improve health and care services. Whilst the data collected in other care settings such as hospitals is valuable in understanding and improving specific services, it is the patient data in general practice that helps us to understand whether the health and care system as a whole is working for patients.

This data will be shared from 1 September 2021.

Data may be shared from the GP medical records about:

  • any living patient registered at a GP practice in England when the collection started - this includes children and adults
  • any patient who died after 1 September 2021, and was previously registered at a GP practice in England when the data collection started

NHS Digital will not collect patients’ names or addresses. Any other data that could directly identify patients (such as NHS Number, date of birth, full postcode) is replaced with unique codes which are produced by de-identification software before the data is shared with NHS Digital.

More information is available on the NHS Digital Website: General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) - NHS Digital 


Opting out

If you don’t want your identifiable patient data to be shared for purposes except for your own care, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out or a National Data Opt-out, or both. These opt-outs are different and they are explained in more detail below. Your individual care will not be affected if you opt-out using either option. You can also send an email into with details of name, nhs number, address and context. the opt out must be completed per patient. 

This collection will start on 1 September 2021 so if you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital please register your Type 1 Opt-out by 23 June 2021.

3rd Jun


From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from: 
  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores 

It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified before you can use this service.

If you cannot access this online service, and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel abroad in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

Rowden Surgery is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.

When you're planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the website. Make sure there is time to get  proof of your vaccination status before you leave.

3rd Jun

Long Term Condition Reviews (LTC)

We are changing the way we will be doing your annual long term condition reviews, you will now be called in on your birthday month. It is essential to attend this review so that we can ensure your treatment and medication are up to date.

If you have multiple long term conditions such as Diabetes or Asthma then these will be reviewed together in one appointment. If you have recently had a review appointment, this may mean that you will have two appointments over the next year, or if you are due a review then it may be delayed. 

Please bear with us during this period of change. It will lead to a more streamlined service moving forward. We will be touch when your review is due.

9th Mar

Convalescent plasma could be a life-saving treatment for COVID-19

If you have had COVID-19 you could potentially help other patients fight it by donating your blood plasma.

NHSBT are currently looking at how the antibodies from blood plasma could support high risk groups such as the elderly and people with cancer who could struggle to develop their own immune response to the virus

Donations are vital to this ongoing lifesaving research, which gives us a better understanding of how we can best treat patients with COVID-19 and help prevent deaths in the future.

If you are male and have received hospital care you are around six times more likely to have the high antibody levels which might save lives.

Making a donation is painless and only takes about 45 minutes and can be undertaken at a nearby donor centre.

Anyone who has had COVID-19 can offer to donate by calling 0300 123 23 23 or completing the online form at

Covid 19
10th Dec 2020

COVID-19 Vaccine Update

It was in the news over the weekend that GP-run Vaccination centres will start on 14th December, and that a small number of patients over 80 will be invited to these as a first wave.

We had earlier been told that the first to be vaccinated would be the elderly in care homes; but due to difficultly in transporting the vaccine this is turning out to be challenging. We are waiting for clarification on who will be eligible for the first wave of vaccines however we believe it may be over 80’s selected at random. Only those invited can have the vaccine.

There has been a complicated negotiation to get this set up and it was by no means straightforward and unfortunately we are not able to confirm the location of that site for our patients as yet, but a plan has been worked on over the last couple of weeks with our Primary Care Network.

We know many of you will be anxious to get it as soon as possible; but there is unfortunately no flexibility in the system with the vaccine to allow anything other than doing it strictly by the rules.

Many people are anxious about the safety of the vaccine, naturally. We are reassured by the information from both MHRA and the doctors who are working on the Oxford vaccine who are speaking up for the safety of their rival’s vaccine.

We recommend the below website and articles for more information on the vaccine, please be aware of the circulation of fake news and myths on social media and ensure information if from a credible source.

FactCheck: everything you need to know about a Covid vaccine  – Channel 4 News

The race for coronavirus vaccines: a graphical guide

Please do not phone the team at the surgery. Only those invited can have the vaccine. We will update you as soon as information is available, and we thank you for your patience 


new website
3rd Oct 2020

Meet our new website!

Our new website is here and we hope you like it!

If you need any help nagivating or have any comments please contact us at We welcome any feedback and hope you'll tell us what you think

14th Sep 2020

Flu Vaccinations

Flu season is fast approaching and we wanted to clear up our plan to make it go as smoothly as possible!

We will initially be holding two Saturday clinics for patients available by invite only. You will be given a booking code within your invitation which will need to be quoted when booking the appointment. Further clinics will be made available at a later date.  

All under 18’s will be receiving live nasal flu vaccine unless previously agreed, these clinics will be mid-week and are available for booking for those with an invitation from the surgery.   

We will be asking all patients to wear face coverings and follow strict social distancing on the day. There will be clear direction that must be followed with a one way system in place, you will be directed to a specific door and clinic room, and will need to follow the arrows to exit through the back of the building. There will be staff on hand to help direct you! Your temperature will be taken on arrival and anyone with a raised temperature will be rebooked for a later date. Please don’t arrive too early to your appointment, around 10 minutes before is best. Please wear appropriate clothing for the weather as our waiting area will be outdoors. We will also be asking patients to leave promptly to ensure social distancing is taking place.

We ask that only the person receiving the vaccine attends where possible but we do understand if you need someone to help you, only one person booked will be allowed in the clinic room unless previously agreed. We will not be giving any other vaccinations or advice on the day and will be focusing on Flu only, please book an appointment if you will require further advice or another vaccination .

Parking for all patients on the day will be available at St Mary's Primary School opposite the surgery (please ensure you use the pedestrian crossing). The school has a one way parking system in place that must be followed. Parking outside the surgery will be for disabled patients only, please be considerate to your fellow patients and only park outside the surgery if you need to. Please be wary of pedestrians when parking.

Do not attend if you are allergic to any previous flu vaccine, or might have a reaction to any ingredient within the vaccine. Do not attend if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 (Fever, Cough, Change in taste or smell)  

Please email the surgery if you have any questions. Email us at:

NHS Flu Vaccine Information

14th Sep 2020

Shared Administration

There have been huge changes in primary care and increasingly the best person for you to see may not be your own GP.

Local GP practices have joined together to form the Chippenham, Corsham and Box Primary Care Network (CCB PCN) and we are finding new ways to work more closely together. To enable us to work more closely together, we need to improve the way that we access our patients’ notes.  From September, we are adopting a process called “Shared Administration.”   Please click below for more information:

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14th Sep 2020

Face Mask Exemptions

The Government now requires people to wear a facial covering on public transport and in stores.

While the majority of people must abide by this, there are some who are exempt. Those exempt, or their carer should indicate the reason they are not wearing a face covering.

Due to Government advice, we will not be offering exemption letters to patients.  However, Exemption cards are available for those who would prefer some carry evidence with them: 

We recommend you check your journey before you travel to find out what is specifically needed for the provider and be aware of specific requirements for certain shops and establishments.

A face covering should cover your nose and mouth, and can be as simple as a scarf, cloth mask or bandana, many retail store now stock face masks.