National Data Opt-Out Programme
NHS Digital is developing a new system to support
the national data opt-out which will give patients more control over how
confidential patient information is used. The system will offer patients and
the public the opportunity to make an informed choice about whether they wish
their confidential patient information to be used just for their individual
care and treatment or also used for research and planning purposes.
Patients and the public who decide they do not want
their confidential patient information used for planning and research purposes
will be able to set their national data opt-out choice online.
For further opt-out information, please visit the
NHS Digital site:
And if you would like to opt-out, you can follow
the process using the link below;
Our practice policy on this subject is available to review below:
Young & Widowed
When you suffer a bereavement, your world can feel like it has stood still. Everyday tasks can seem impossible and supporting other members of your family a challenge. The Sanctuary in Langho are there to help and support you through your journey, run and set up by others in the same situation to offer a listening ear and friendship. Please see the leaflet below for more information.
Care Leaver Offer
Who is a care leaver?
IfWhen you leave care we will continue to support you. The level of support we give you depends on your age, when you were in care and for how long.
See the detailed criteria below or check the Coram Voice website to see what your legal status is and what you are entitled to.
If you are aged 16 or 17 and;
- You are currently a cared for (Looked After) young person and;
- You have been Looked After for a period of 13 weeks (or periods amounting to 13 weeks) which began after you reached 14 and must include at least 1 day whilst you were 16 or 17 years old.
You are an Eligible care leaver.
If you are 16 or 17 and;
- You were previously an Eligible care leaver
- You have left care
You are a Relevant care leaver.
A Relevant care leaver can include those that have been detained through the criminal justice system or were in hospital on their 16th Birthday.
If you are:
- 18-21 and were previously an Eligible or Relevant care leaver.
You are a Former Relevant care leaver.
If at the age of 21 you’re still being helped by Lancashire county Council with education or training then you’ll remain a Former Relevant care leaver, until a maximum age of 25. What support you’ll be receiving must be set out in your pathway plan.
If you are 16-21 and;
- Have been in care at some point after your 16th birthday for less than 13 weeks since the age of 14
- have been privately fostered
- Were in care prior to becoming subject to a Special Guardianship Order (SGO)
You are a Young person Qualifying for Advice and Assistance.
If you are a care leaver aged 21-24 you can now request support from a leaving care personal adviser up to the age of 25. If you were in care/looked after by Lancashire County Council and need support then contact customer services on 0300 123 6720.
A personal adviser will then arrange to see you to complete an assessment of what support you need, this could be from the leaving care service or you maybe signposted to other services.
GP Net Earnings 2015/2016
GP Net Earnings 2015-16
All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.
The average pay for GPs working in The Castle Medical Group in the last financial year before tax and National Insurance was £62,338. This is for 3 full time GPs, 10 part time GPs, and 0 locum GPs who worked in the practice for more than 6 months.
It should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice, and should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other practice.
Patient Access – viewing your medical records online
The Castle Medical Group
Viewing Your Medical Records Online
Patient Access has been used in the surgery now for some time and many patients are using it to book appointments and order repeat prescriptions through the internet.
We are now extending the facilities in 2014/15 to enable patients to view their own medical records online using Patient Access. This is called the Medical Record Viewer.
You will need to have a unique PIN and password which you can obtain through our website at www.castlemedical.co.uk or by asking at reception.
Patients are already able to do the following online:
- Book an appointment to see their doctor
- Order repeat medication
and from October 2014 all patients will be able to do the following:
- Notify us of a change of address
- View and Print any allergies
- View and Print a list of medications
- View and Print a list of immunisations
It is also our intention in 2015 to make it possible for patients to view other parts of their own medical records on line, including access to the following:
- Summary of the Medical Record
- Summary of Medical Problems
- Test Results
- Hospital Letters
- Promoting Patient Access – by 30 September 2014 the practice will promote Patient Access both in the waiting room and on the practice website
- Medical Records Viewer (limited access) – by 30 September all patients will be able to register for restricted access to their medical records (allergies, medications and immunisations)
- Access to test results (trial) – by 31 December 2014 we will identify a small group of patients who will be given access to their blood test results
- Access to the full medical (trial) – by 31 December 2014 we will identify a small group of patients who will be given access to their complete medical record
- Access to the full medical record – by 31 March 2015 we will invite all patients to request access to their complete medical record
Patients will be asked to sign a consent form before being able to use the Medical Record Viewer.
Patients will be unable to alter their medical records, but will be able to view and print them out from any internet connection. This will be secure and access is only available to you.
If you are interested in being able to access your medical records please register for Patient Access on our website at www.castlemedical.co.uk or speak to a member of the reception team.
Please note that in order to request your repeat prescriptions via our website, you will first need to register for EMIS Access. To do this, either follow the instructions on our home page to do so, or please come in and see one of our reception staff who will print off an ID and password for you. Our apologies for any inconvenience this may cause. Otherwise, please contact the Dispensary directly on 01200 413585.