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We have been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating regarding special ‘rescue packs’ for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Please do not contact your GP practice for a rescue pack. You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to before doing anything else.

Please read this helpful information from the British Lung Foundation


You will note that there is no recommendation to have a rescue pack as there is no evidence for their use and indeed their are concerns steroid will reduce your immunity to fight off this virus.

Sharing of Information - Medical Records

GDPR - General Data Protection Regulations

Please see "Practice Policies" for the practice Privacy Notices for Patients


A Summary Care Record is an electronic record which contains information about the medicines you take, allergies you suffer from and any bad reactions to medicines you have had.

Having this information stored in one place makes it easier for healthcare staff to treat you in an emergency, or when your GP practice is closed.

eDSM (Enhanced Data Sharing Model) – Sharing Electronic Records

This is to allow the patients FULL electronic medical record to be shared. 

This allows health professionals involved in your care to access your medical records – so they can see what we have and we can see what they have. For example if you are having treatment from the District Nurse team the GP will be able to see that and take into account when planning your treatment.

Your consent to this process has been assumed but you can withhold your consent by telling us. You can also withhold consent on behalf of your children or anyone whom you have Power of Attorney.

NHS England – (part of the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC)) has been commissioned to provide data services to NHS England. The data will be used for analysis of the population as a whole, and in smaller sections e.g. by geographical areas, by age group etc, to help you plan demand and improve services for patients. The data will be extracted from your medical record here and held anonymously by the HSCIC, and also shared with other groups e.g. researches.

Patients names will not be extracted but your NHS number, date of birth, gender and postcode will be used. Data will be extracted to link the information from your records here with any records held by hospitals. Once these links have been made your identifiable information is deleted, with only details of your health retained for analysis.

Your consent to this process has been assumed by NHS England but you can withhold your consent by telling us. You can also withhold consent on behalf of your children or anyone whom you have Power if Attorney. You can withhold your consent for the extraction and/or the onward use of this information, even if anonymised.

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