Data Extraction

Important Information For Patients

Important changes are taking place regarding the way data is extracted from GP practices. Under the powers of the Health and Social Care Act 2012, the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) can, under certain circumstances, require Personal Confidential Data from GP practices without seeking patient consent.

In a statement NHS England say…

Confidential information from your medical records can be used by the NHS to improve the services offered so we can provide the best care for everyone.

This information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name, are sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information.

This allows those planning NHS services or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you.

You can find further information on this by going to or ask at reception for a copy of the leaflet “How information about you helps us provide better care”

You have a choice

If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything.

If you wish to prevent this from happening contact the surgery and ask for the code “Dissent from secondary use of GP patient identifiable data” to be applied to your records

If you also wish to prevent the HSCIC from sharing any of your data gathered from other health and social care organisations please ask for the code “Dissent from disclosure of personal confidential data by Health and Social Care Information Centre” be applied to your records.

Further information can be obtained from Pickering surgery, call at reception to pick up a leaflet.

Please be aware that the extraction of data is due to start in October

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Changes to our Appointment System for GP and Nurse Practitioner Appointments

We are experiencing unprecedented demand for our services as well as managing staff sickness and absence. We continue to offer high standards of care in very challenging circumstances and have introduced new additional specialist clinicians to broaden the expertise in the building. However, demand is at an all-time high and we have been unable to recruit new GPs and Advanced Nurse Practitioners (NPs) despite advertising broadly.
As a result, current wait times to see a GP or an NP are excessively long and we need to find a different approach to ensure safe and fair access. From August we will be trialling a system of ‘book on the day’ only appointments with no pre-bookable GP or NP slots available, with phone and face to face appointments available only for that day . We appreciate this is a significant change which will have pros and cons but feel in the circumstances it is the safest way to ensure patients get the attention they need in a timely fashion.
Our excellent e-consult service will continue unchanged offering online access for consultations with GP’s and NP’s.
Practice Nurse’s, Health Care Assistants, First Contact Physio, Pharmacist’s, First Contact Mental Health & our Occupational Therapist will also remain unchanged and continue to offer pre-bookable appointments.
Across the board the NHS is under pressure and new ways of meeting need must be tried – we thank you for your patience and understanding as we constantly seek to provide the best service we can.


Replacement of Footpath work started 1st August 2022

Work to replace our footpath started on 1st August 2022 . It is being done in sections starting with the bottom section first so patients will not be able to access the building from the back (car park end). Therefore you will have to walk around to the front entrance. Sorry in advance for any inconvenience this may cause.
They will then do the middle section and then finally the front section.
Thanks in advance for your understanding.

Return to Facemask wearing at the Surgery

Due to covid rates rising, we have made the decision that all patient facing clinicians will go back to wearing face masks.
We encourage all patients coming into the building to wear a face mask.
This is to protect the business continuity of Pickering Medical Practice, our staff and patients.


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