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URGENT AND IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING WOODWAY MEDICAL CENTRE - PLEASE READ

15th July 2020

Re: Guidance note for patients requesting exemption letters

 

We are aware that some patients might be understandably anxious about the Government’s recent announcements around the use of face masks in various public settings. 

 

GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask. 

 

Coventry and Warwickshire Local Medical Committees have therefore prepared this guidance note as the statutory body that advises and supports all GPs and practice teams across both counties.

 

The government guidance on exemptions suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption, therefore it is sufficient for an individual to self-declare this. 

 

Similarly, practices are under no obligation to provide letters of support for anyone who does not fall under the list of exemptions but considers themselves to have another reason to be exempted.

 

Current government advice on the use of face coverings can be found here:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#face-coverings

 

We will pass on further guidance when this is produced by the government.

Due to the emergence of Covid19 nationally we have adapted our working practices in order to try to reduce any spread throughout our community.

All pre-booked appointments and blood tests from and including Friday 13th March will be cancelled, and where necessary converted to a telephone appointment. The practice will contact patients affected, please DO NOT CONTACT US.

All patients MUST contact the surgery by telephone before attending in person. It is NO LONGER POSSIBLE to make an appointment by coming to the surgery IN PERSON and patients that do will be turned away with advice to phone in.

All patients requesting appointments will have their contact number taken by our telephone staff. If possible please provide some indication of your condition so that the correct team member can return the call. They will be called back and triaged by the clinical team and where possible managed by phone. If the clinician decides that a face to face appointment can not be avoided then this will be arranged. Please do not bring anybody to accompany the patient unless absolutely necessary.

For the foreseeable future routine appointments will not be available. Medication reviews, blood pressure checks etc will be postponed until the immediate risk has passed. The practice will communicate this with patients in the future.

Please do not ring the practice for anything other than genuine medical queries as we do expect our telephones to be busier than usual. We will be focusing on providing clinical care.

We as a practice will be doing everything we can to serve our community and appreciate your cooperation at this difficult time.

If you are concerned that you may have Coronavirus or are unsure whether you need to self isolate, please use the NHS 111 website to assess how you should proceed.

 

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EMIS WEB UPGRADE PROGRAMME - INFORMATION REGARDING OUR CLINICAL SYSTEM PROVIDER'S UPGRADE TO AMAZON WEB SERVICE:

Practice News: The Practice uses a system called EMIS Web to manage clinical information about your care and health.

This system is provided by a company called EMIS Health LTD who acts as a data processor on behalf of the Practice. EMIS Health LTD also uses a sub-processor which is Amazon Web Services (sub-processor) who act under written instruction from EMIS Health LTD to store the data. Under no circumstances is it technically possible for Amazon Web Services to access any information about you. Should you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to contact the Practice.

STATEMENT FROM EMIS WEB: 

Third party processors

In order to deliver the best possible service, the practice will share data (where required) with other NHS bodies such as other GP practices and hospitals. In addition the practice will use carefully selected third party service providers. When we use a third party service provider to process data on our behalf then we will always have an appropriate agreement in place to ensure that they keep the data secure, that they do not use or share information other than in accordance with our instructions and that they are operating appropriately. Examples of functions that may be carried out by third parties includes:

  • Companies that provide IT services & support, including our core clinical systems; systems which manage patient facing services (such as our website and service accessible through the same); data hosting service providers; systems which facilitate appointment bookings or electronic prescription services; document management services etc.
  • Delivery services (for example if we were to arrange for delivery of any medicines to you).
  • Payment providers (if for example you were paying for a prescription or a service such as travel vaccinations).

Further details can be directed to future-data@emishealth.com   https:/www.gov.uk/guidance/use-cloud-first

Accessibility Statement for My Surgery Website

This website is run by My Surgery Website. We want as many people as possible to be able to use this website. For example, that means you should be able to:

  • zoom in up to 200% without the text spilling off the screen
  • navigate most of the website using speech recognition software
  • listen to most of the website using a screen reader (including the most recent versions of JAWS, NVDA and VoiceOver)
  • the website is usable with Browsealoud.

We’ve also made the website text as simple as possible to understand.

AbilityNet has advice on making your device easier to use if you have a disability.

How accessible this website is

We know some parts of this website are not fully accessible:

  • video streams do not have captions
  • website not accessible via a keyboard
  • colour contrast doesn’t meet 4.5:1 ratio

What to do if you cannot access parts of this website

If you need information on this website in a different format like accessible PDF, large print, easy read, audio recording or braille:

Call or email us

Email: enquiries@mysurgerywebsite.co.uk

Tel: 0333 433 0021

We’ll consider your request and get back to you in 28 days.

Reporting accessibility problems with this website

We’re always looking to improve the accessibility of this website. If you find any problems not listed on this page or think we’re not meeting accessibility requirements, contact:

My Surgery Website
Indigo House
Sussex Avenue
Hunslet
Leeds
LS10 2LF

Email: enquiries@mysurgerywebsite.co.uk

Report all accessibility issues for My Surgery Website via email to enquiries@mysurgerywebsite.co.uk with the email subjects “Accessibility Problem”.

Enforcement procedure

The Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’). If you’re not happy with how we respond to your complaint, contact the Equality Advisory and Support Service (EASS).

Northern Ireland

The Equalities Commission for Northern Ireland (ECNI) is responsible for enforcing the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018 (the ‘accessibility regulations’).

Technical information about this website’s accessibility

My Surgery Website is committed to making its website accessible, in accordance with the Public Sector Bodies (Websites and Mobile Applications) (No. 2) Accessibility Regulations 2018.

This website is partially compliant with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.1 AA standard, due to the non-compliances listed below.

Non accessible content

The content listed below is non-accessible for the following reasons.

Non-compliance with the accessibility regulations

Non Unique Elements

Not all elements on a page have a unique ID.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 & 4.1.1 (Info and Relationships & Parsing).

We plan to make all elements unique by September 2020.

Input Fields

All input fields don’t have descriptions and role attributes. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1, 3.3.2, 4.1.2 (Info and Relationships, Label or Instruction & Name, Role,Value).

We plan a descriptions and role attributes to all input fields by September 2020.

Content not Included in Landmarks

Not all landmarks include content.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships).

We plan to make all elements unique by September 2020.

Labels in Forms

Not all labels are connected to a form control.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships).

We plan to make all elements unique by September 2020.

Form Elements are not Group

Not all form elements are grouped.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 & 3.3.2 (Info and Relationships Label or Instructions).

We plan to add group elements by September 2020.

Colour Contrast

The default colour combinations fail to meet the 4.5:1 contrast ratio.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.4.3 (Contrast).

We plan to add an ID by September 2020.

No Keyboard Shortcuts

The content is not accessible via a keyboard.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.1.1 (Keyboard).

We plan to keyboard access by September 2020.

Webpage Titles

Not all pages have titles.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.2 (Page Titled).

We plan to keyboard access by September 2020.

Focus on Elements

Not all elements are focused on highlight.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.7 (Focus Visible).

We plan to keyboard access by September 2020.

Language of Page

Language of pages has not been set.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.1.1 (Language of Page).

We plan to add group elements by September 2020.

Submit Actions

All Submit buttons don’t have the correct action type. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 3.2.2 & 4.1.2 (On Input & Name, Role, Value).

We plan to correct the button types by September 2020.

Disproportionate burden

Alternative Tags for Images

Some images do not have a text alternative, so people using a screen reader can’t access the information. This fails WCAG 1.1 success criterion 1.1.1 (Non-text Content).

My Surgery Website is a content management system and don’t control the images added by end users.

Link Description

Not all external link descriptions specify the link destination. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (Link Purpose in Context).

My Surgery Website is a content management system and don’t control the content users add.

iFrame Descriptions Missing

Some iframes are missing the description. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 4.1.2 (Name,Role,Value).

My Surgery Website is a content management system and don’t control the content provided via an iframe

Inline Styling

Some content contains inline styling. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.3.1 (Info and Relationships).

My Surgery Website is a content management system and don’t control the content users add.

Content that’s not within the scope of the accessibility regulations

Audio Captions

YouTube fails to show audio descriptions as default. This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 1.2.5 (Audio Description).

The information is from third party software and added via an iframe on to our site. There is a setting option to turn on audio description via the video.

Links to Multiple Destinations

Dropdown menus have links to multiple destinations.This fails WCAG 2.1 success criterion 2.4.4 (Link of Purpose).

How we tested this website

This website was last tested on 27th September 2019. The test was carried out My Surgery Website. We tested the site using the Chrome extension application ‘Site Improver Accessibility Checker’. The website also went under manual testing.

We tested:

Our main website platform

  • all templates
  • all default colour combinations available via the platform
  • all widgets

This statement was prepared on 27th September 2019. It was last updated on 27th September 2019.

 
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