Welcome to Chevin Medical Practice
We are a large training General Practice with three surgeries, providing a range of primary healthcare services to over 19,000 patients living in Otley, Bramhope, Pool and surrounding areas.
This website provides useful information about us and how to access our services in the most appropriate way for your needs.
Data Sharing - National Campaign
The national data opt-out was introduced on 25 May 2018, enabling patients to opt out from the use of their data for research or planning purposes, in line with the recommendations of the National Data Guardian in her Review of Data Security, Consent and Opt-Outs.
Patients can view or change their national data opt-out choice at any time by using the online service at www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters or by calling 0300 3035678.
By 30 September 2021 all health and care organisations are required to be compliant with the national data opt-out policy.
More information can also be found on the NHS Digital website by clicking on the following link
Recent media coverage regarding face to face GP appointments
As you would expect given the COVID-19 pandemic Chevin Medical Practice has been extremely busy throughout the past year and we continue to be as busy as ever. Locally, as well as nationally, we are seeing the highest number of GP appointments being booked on a daily basis since records began.
Following recent media coverage regarding face to face GP appointments we want to reassure you that here at Chevin Medical Practice we are still seeing patients face to face.
In fact throughout the COVID-19 pandemic we never stopped seeing patients face to face where it was clinically appropriate to do so.
Saying this, many problems can be managed over the phone, via a video call and even by text messaging.
Before you are seen, your GP may want you to have investigations, ask you to send in pictures or need more information. A telephone call is often more appropriate in the first instance.
In addition, you now have direct access to a growing group of Specialists including Pharmacists, Musculoskeletal Practitioners and Mental Health experts. If appropriate for you our Reception Team can book you an appointment directly with one of these Specialists, saving you time and getting you the most appropriate care as soon as possible.
NHS App - Proof of COVID-19 vaccine
As a practice, we have decided not to give out cards to prove the Covid vaccination.
The NHS App is now providing patients who have had BOTH doses of their Covid vaccination with proof, a so-called “vaccine passport”. Patients can either check their COVID-19 vaccine record or share their Covid-19 vaccine status. Vaccination details like batch numbers and expiry dates are also available. We are working extremely hard to make access as quick and easy as possible and many of you will already have access to the NHS App.
You can also call 119 to get written evidence if you require it from that point. Please See here for the App https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/nhs-app/
Please note it may take up to a week to update your COVID-19 vaccine status on our medical record. Please bear with us, with tens of thousands of patients to provide care for, vaccinate and all the other activities we do currently it may take a short time to give you full access.
Please do not contact the surgery demanding immediate access to this info as doing so can disrupt the care we need to give to patients - which is currently at a very high demand level.
We will work with our partners to get this sorted as fast as we can, just as we have done in delivering you both vaccinations in the first place.
For any queries around eligibility or suitability for the vaccination programme please ring the National helpline - 119. Please do ensure your contact details, including your mobile number are correct by logging in to your NHS App or SystmOnline portal to update them. Please register for Online Services and you can book the appointment for a COVID vaccine yourself.
If you would like to register for online services, click here for further information
To access online services click here
Please See here for the NHS App https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/nhs-app/
Important information - COVID-19 vaccine
If you already have an appointment booked for a Covid vaccine at the surgery, you must read the Patient information leaflet before attending your appointment; this will be considered your consent.
More information on the latest guidance from JCVI can also be found on our website.
Updated guidance on vaccinating pregnant women
The updated JCVI guidance on vaccinating pregnant women can be found by clicking on the following link
If you're pregnant, or think you might be, you can have the COVID-9 vaccine. You'll be invited when your age group are offered it or earlier if you have a health condition or reason that means you're eligible.
It's preferable for you to have the Pfizer/BioNTech or Moderna vaccine. This is because they've been more widely used during pregnancy in other countries and have not caused any safety issues.
AstraZeneca Vaccination and the advice to offer alternative vaccines
So far 10000 patients at Chevin medical Practice have had at least one vaccination with just over half receiving AstraZeneca. We have had no problems of concern.
Nationally we have given 20 million AstraZeneca doses and there is a possible link in 79 cases of an extremely specific and unusual brain clot. This is quite distinct to other clotting problems.
We strongly recommend patients keep up with their vaccination offers. This is an essential tool in protecting yourself, your family and your co-workers and/or those you provide care for.
Unlike some centres, all our patients are pre-screened as best we can (based on latest evidence) with the benefit of your clinical records and knowledge - to add additional safety checks.
If you are a healthy younger person aged 18 to 29
The link attached gives reassurance about the reasons for the latest advice on a slight change in policy to offer choice (when available) to those young adults when their turn comes for vaccine. Anyone in this age group with long-term conditions or additional risks should have the vaccination as offered without change from AstraZeneca and anyone already vaccinated with this should have their second when offered. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/976880/PHE_COVID-19_AZ_vaccination_guide.pdf
We cannot offer choice of vaccination to anyone outside of that age group - and for reasons beyond our control with supply and deliveries, we may not have alternatives to offer in the next few weeks for fit and well young adults under the age of 30 eligible early (due to a role as a paid carer for instance). We think we have reached out and already vaccinated that group at least once.
Chevin Medical Practice has opted in to Phase 2 (Cohorts 10-12) – which is the 18 – 49 year old and are awaiting delivery schedules and permissions to progress at scale in these cohorts.
We ask that you do not contact the surgery to query these vaccine types or your specific circumstances as we are extremely busy with running a large medical practice dealing with all the other issues of providing healthcare to over 19000 patients – if you can not find info via the link attached you can use the eConsult link below to send a query – allowing a few days for a reply please.
If you are a healthy person aged 30-39
JCVI has advised a preference for adults aged 30 to 39 without underlying health conditions to receive an alternative to the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine – where available and only if this does not cause substantial delays in being vaccinated.
If you already have an appointment booked in an AstraZeneca clinic at the surgery, you must read the Patien Information Leaflet and the latest advice before attending your appointment; this will be considered your consent.
At the moment we do not know when further stocks of an alternative vaccine will be received, which could delay your vaccination by a number of weeks and could potentially mean your second vaccination would not take place until after the summer months (11-12 weeks after your first). If you would prefer to cancel your appointment we will place your name on a waiting list and will contact you again when we receive alternative supplies.
Thank you for supporting our teams in supporting you (and the wider practice population) at this important phase in our pandemic response.
COVID-19 Vaccine - Important Information
You will have seen on the news that Public Health England (PHE) and the NHS are continuing to roll out a vaccination programme for COVID-19. Chevin Medical Practice is working with other NHS providers and our healthcare partners to increase our offer to vaccinate as soon as doses become available to us to do so.
We have started the vaccination programme in partnership with our sister practices of Aireborough Family practice and Westgate surgery, using one of Chevin’s sites as a “Hub” - and we aim to vaccinate all our assigned priority groups, twice within the next 3 months but this will depend upon a reliable and sustained vaccine delivery schedule from our suppliers. We will do what we can with the tools we are given.
Vaccines may ultimately be offered from a number of different locations in Leeds to make sure everyone in Otley who needs a vaccine is able to get one.
All Care Home residents, the majority of our 40 year old and over patients, Clinically extremely vulnerable patients and patients with underlying health conditions have now been vaccinated. We are also offering the vaccine to the 18-year-olds and over age group.
Please could we kindly ask you to avoid calling the practice for information about the vaccine as we cannot provide any further details. We are experiencing high call volumes currently and calling for the vaccine may stop someone who needs urgent medical help getting through to us.
Please note a call centre to answer your COVID 19 vaccine related questions and appointment queries is now run with limited resources between 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday. If you need further information and it is not available on our website, please press 0 when you call our practice and wait to be connected.
We are working within strict local and national criteria and the realities of limited supplies. At the moment, there is a drastic shortage of vaccinations and we have not been informed when further supplies will be made available to us. If you haven't received an invite as yet, please be assured that as soon as we know when our next delivery of vaccines is we will let you know when it's your turn to have the vaccine based on the latest advice on priority groups. You must read the Patient Information leaflet before you attend your appointment for the Covid vaccine. Please note you cannot book an appointment for a Covid vaccine if you've had a Covid test done in the last 2weeks.
Leeds City Council have kindly waived the parking fees for patients attending the COVID 19 vaccination clinics at Bridge Street Surgery.
Thank you for your support, we shall continue to support you all.
eConsult is a quick, easy and safe way for patients to contact the practice anytime, without having to travel to the practice or wait in a phone queue.
A demo video is available here
Find your NHS Number
You can use this service https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/find-nhs-number/ to get your NHS number.
Your NHS number is a 10 digit number found on any letter you receive from the NHS.
You do not need to know your NHS number to use NHS services, but it can be useful to have it.
This service is for anyone living in England who has forgotten or does not know their NHS number.
Electronic Prescription Service
Please be aware we use the Electronic Prescription Service to send prescriptions electronically to local pharmacies. To enable us to process all prescriptions this way, please:
- nominate a local pharmacy
- register for online services to order repeat prescriptions, or
- use the NHS App
If you order your prescriptions online, you no longer have to collect a paper repeat prescription from the surgery. Instead, if the repeat prescription is pre-authorised, you can go to the nominated pharmacy to pick up your medicines or medical appliances.
We are upgrading to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) which will mean that almost all our prescriptions will be processed electronically from 10th June 2020.
Electronic prescriptions help save the NHS money and is more convenient for patients.
You can read more on the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/nhs-services/pharmacies/electronic-prescription-service/
NHS & Private Digital Hearing Aids
NHS & Private Digital Hearing Aids are now available at Chevin Medical Practice.
- Latest digital technology
- 3 year follow-up and servicing
- Batteries and parts from your local surgery
- Aim to be given hearing aids at first appointment
- Hearing test and fitting at our Bramhope Surgery
- If you've had your NHS hearing aids for more than 3 years, you may be eligible for new ones
Ask your GP for a referral or speak to Reception for more information.