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Important Flu Vaccination Update 4th August 2023

As we look to commence our Flu Vaccination programme, please note that all eligable patients will be contacted over the forthcoming weeks. 

Your personal Flu vaccine will be ordered here to the surgery and we will be running dedicated flu clinics. 

Don't miss out on your vaccine!

Measles Awareness

Measles cases are rising in England. Please make sure your child is up to date with their MMR vaccinations and contact us to make an appointment if they are not.

Foxhill Medical Centre Placed in Top 25 of GP's in Sheffield

Foxhill Medical Centre has been placed in the top 25 GP practices in Sheffield. This is based on a recent survey by the Sheffield Star and NHS reviews.

As a practice, we work tirelessly to offer the best service we can to our patients during very difficult & challenging times. Our staff are dedicated to providing outstanding care, advice, support and navigation. 

We are delighted to have been recognised in this list.

Children's Flu Vaccination Clinics

 We will be commencing our child Flu immunisation programme later on in the year. Children's flu vaccines are a great way to protect children against flu and also helps to protect the elderly and vulnerable. 

Childrens flu vaccines are completely pain free and do not involve any injections. 

Who should have the nasal spray flu vaccine?

Children aged 2 or 3 

All primary school Children (Reception to Year 6)

Some secondary school aged children

Children aged 2 to 17 with long-term health conditions.

Please contact reception for more information. 




Information / Updates


We receive many complaints regarding insufficient number of GP appointments. Going forward Foxhill will provide 158 hours of GP time which is the equivalent of 4.6 whole time equivalent (WTE) GPs. A practice of our size would be expected to have 3.5WTE.  We provide 396 GP appointments where the 'recommended/average' would be 336 for a practice of our size.  If you experience a problem in booking an appointment, this is likely due to high demand rather than provision of service. If you remain dissatisfied with the service please direct the complaint to your local MP.

Update on General Practice Data for planning and research

We wanted to share some information that we have received from the Department of Health and Social Care on 19th July 2021:

Patient data from general practice has significantly contributed to the improvement of health and care services and treatments for many years. Patients rightly trust their GP to safeguard their data, a role that we know that all general practitioners take very seriously. This is why I am writing to share more information with you about how we are working to improve how this data is collected.

NHS Digital is making improvements to how data is collected from general practice, with a new framework for data extraction called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) collection. You will have seen the announcement to pause the collection of this data, to provide more time to engage with GPs, patients, health charities and others, and to strengthen the plan. We are working in collaboration with a range of partners including the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the British Medical Association (BMA). I want to reassure you that we have heard your concerns loud and clear and will continue to listen.

I am writing now to provide an update on the four key areas of work to strengthen the plan. We hope this will foster your trust in the system and provide a strong basis for you and your patients to participate in the scheme with confidence. Most importantly, I can confirm today that, while we are continuing to work on the infrastructure, and communication for the project, we are not setting a specific start date for the collection of data. Instead, we commit to start uploading data only when we have the following in place:

  • the ability to delete data if patients choose to opt-out of sharing their GP data with NHS Digital, even if this is after their data has been uploaded;
  • the backlog of opt-outs has been fully cleared; 
  • a Trusted Research Environment has been developed and implemented in NHS Digital;
  • patients have been made more aware of the scheme through a campaign of engagement and communication. In this letter each of these adjustments are set out, all of which are critical to the success and impact of the programme, including through better understanding of the huge benefits the programme will have to the NHS and to our ability to provide the best and safest possible care for patients.


We want to make the position around opt-out much simpler. While 1st September has been seen by some as a cut-off date for opt-out, after which data extraction would begin, I want to reassure you that this will not be the case and data extraction will not commence until we have met the tests. We are introducing three changes to the opt-out system which mean that patients will be able to change their opt-out status at any time:

- Patients do not need to register a Type 1 opt-out by 1st September to ensure their GP data will not be uploaded;

- NHS Digital will create the technical means to allow GP data that has previously been uploaded to the system via the GPDPR collection to be deleted when someone registers a Type 1 opt-out;

- The plan to retire Type 1 opt-outs will be deferred for at least 12 months while we get the new arrangements up and running, and will not be implemented without consultation with the RCGP, the BMA and the National Data Guardian.

Together, these changes mean that patients can have confidence that they will have the ability to opt-in or opt-out of the system, and that the dataset will always reflect their current preference. And we will ensure it is easy for them to exercise the choice to opt[1]out.


We will also ensure that the NHS Digital Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) reflecting these changes to the programme is published well before data collection commences. A template DPIA for practice use will also be made available in good time to allow practices to complete it.

Data Security and Governance 

The Government has committed that access to GP data will only be via a Trusted Research Environment (TRE) and never copied or shipped outside the NHS secure environment, except where individuals have consented to their data being accessed e.g. written consent for a research study. This is intended to give both GPs and patients a very high degree of confidence that their data will be safe and their privacy protected. The TRE will be built in line with best practice developed in projects, such as OpenSAFELY and the Office for National Statistics’ Secure Research Service.

We are also committed to adopting a transparent approach, including publishing who has run what query and used which bit of data. We are developing a TRE which will meet our specific needs and act as “best in class”. We commit to only begin the data collection once the TRE is in place. Further, we will ensure that the BMA, RCGP and the National Data Guardian have oversight of the proposed arrangements and are satisfied with them before data upload begins.

I can also confirm that the previously published Data Provision Notice for this collection has been withdrawn.

Once the data is collected, it will only be used for the purposes of improving health and care. Patient data is not for sale and will never be for sale.

Transparency, communications and engagement

There has been a great deal of concern regarding the lack of awareness amongst the healthcare system and patients. We recognise that we need to strengthen engagement, including opportunities for non-digital engagement and communication. Since the programme has been paused, we have been developing an engagement and communications campaign, with the goal of ensuring that the healthcare system and patients are aware and understand what is planned, and can make informed choices. The public rightly look to and trust general practice - through a centrally driven communication campaign, with clear messages, we will seek to ensure that the introduction of this collection does not impose an additional burden on practices.

We are developing a communications strategy delivered through four phases.

  • Listening - where we listen to stakeholders and gather views on how best to communicate with the profession, patients and the public and give them the opportunity to inform the development of the programme in areas such as opt-outs, trusted research environments and other significant areas;
  • Consultation - a series of events where we can explain the programme, listen and capture feedback and co-design the information campaign;
  • Demonstration - show how feedback is being used to develop the programme and shape communications to the healthcare system and the public;
  • Delivery - of an information campaign to inform the healthcare system and the public about changes to how their GP data is used, that utilises the first three phases to ensure the campaign is accessible, has wide reach and is effective.

Data saves lives. The vaccine rollout for COVID-19 could not have been achieved without patient data. The discovery that the steroid Dexamethasone could save the lives of one third of the most vulnerable patients with COVID-19 – those on ventilators - could not have been made without patient data from GP practices in England. That insight has gone on to save a million lives around the globe. That is why this programme is so important.

The programme and I will be providing further information as the programme progresses.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, you can contact the programme at

The NHS Digital web pages also provide further information at[1]and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/general-practice-data-for[1]planning-and-research#additional-information-for-gp-practices.

Thank you for your continued support.


Parliamentary under Secretary of State for Primary Care and Health Promotion

Contraception update

Foxhill Medical Centre no longer has the facility to insert or change contraceptive Coils or Implants.

You will need to self-refer to Sheffield Sexual Health on 0114 226 8888 who will be able to direct you to a local service to meet your needs.

If your Coil is part of HRT/treatment of menopausal symptoms only, you will need to speak to a GP for a consultation.


NHS App for ordering repeat prescriptions

Did you know you can order your repeat prescriptions quickly and easily via the NHS app? The NHS app is available to download to most smart phones and devices. 

NHS App to order repeat prescriptions

Did you know you can order your NHS prescriptions via the NHS app? Its quick and easy and is available to download to most smartphones and devices via your play store. 

Just search for the NHS app.

Call Back Option Introduced To Phone System

As we continually look at ways to improve our service, we have introduced a new call back facility for patients. When you call the surgery, it will give you the option to receive a call back when you are at the front of the queue. This will save you from waiting in the phone queue and you can get about your day. One of our reception team will call you back.