General Practice Data for Research and Planning (GPDPR)

Dear Globe Town Patients

You may (or may not) be aware that the current data extraction that takes place from our GP system is going to be replaced with a new system called the General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) under legal legislation (General Practice Data for Planning and Research (GPDPR) – NHS Digital). 

The BMA has today called for the Government to delay the first collection by NHS Digital’s new patient data extraction system, to allow practices and patients to gain a better understanding of what the programme entails, and give those patients who wish to opt-out the time to do so.

More details on how patients can opt-out are here.

The full BMA press statement is here.

At Globe Town Surgery we feel that as a practice we have not adequately informed our patients due to not being fully informed ourselves or supported in terms of what to expect and what and how we need to inform our patient of how such changes may affect them. 

Therefore Globe Town Surgery would like to reassure our patients that we take your privacy and confidentiality very seriously and inform you that we will not be switching this on until we have given you enough time to consider the changes and opt out if you decide to do so.

Covid-19 vaccines 

We urge everyone aged 40 and above who has not yet had their first vaccine to book on the national booking system or wait to get a text or letter to book at alternative sites. Anyone over 60 or who is clinical vulnerable (moderate risk) can book on the national site or call their GP. 

If you have had your first vaccine, please make sure you have the second vaccine to ensure maximum protection. If you don’t hear about your second vaccination and it is more than 77 days since your first vaccine, there’s information on how to get your second dose. 

There is comprehensive information, guidance, and answers to questions, including vaccination information for frontline health and social care staff and carers at COVID-19 Vaccination programme | East London Health & Care Partnership ( 


Nice_blue_pillsAll repeat prescriptions take two working days to process. You can only obtain a repeat prescription if you have a repeat prescription slip. This is the right hand side of your prescription.

All repeat prescriptions are regularly reviewed so after a period of time the doctor may ask to see you. If the medicine you are requesting does not appear on the slip then you will need to see a doctor to be issued your request.

To ensure safe and correct prescribing you will be requested at least annually to see a GP (or pharmacist at surgery) for a medication review. A date for this is printed on the repeat slip. We operate a ‘three lives’ system whereby you will receive three prescriptions if your medication review is overdue. Once these are used up a prescription will not be issued without seeing a doctor. Please be sure to manage your medication appropriately so make sure you receive your prescription.

We do not accept orders for repeat prescriptions over the telephone.

We will accept fax requests but must be accompanied by fax of repeat prescription slip.

We also accept requests by post and can either be collected or if a stamped addressed envelope is included it will be returned by post.

You can order your repeat medication online. You can register for this service at

If you have already registered please visit the website to order your medication.

Some pharmacies will collect prescriptions and deliver medicines - patients can find out if their chosen pharmacy offers this service.

Please note:

Some medication e.g. antidepressants, anti-psychotic medication, HRT, controlled drugs or the contraceptive pill will not appear on the slip. This is because you need to see a doctor (or nurse for the pill) for each issue. You should agree a new review date at each appointment.

Hospital Pharmacy Prescriptions will not be accepted. Please obtain a prescription from the pharmacy of the issuing hospital.

If you lose your medicines your regular pharmacist can issue you with an emergency supply.

The following medications are not available by request; you will have to see a doctor (or the nurse for the contraceptive pill).

  • Antibiotics (after assessment)
  • The Pill
  • Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT)
  • Sleeping tablets
    e.g. Zopiclone (Zimovane); Zolpidem (Stilnoct); Diazepam (Valium); Temazepam; Lormetazepam;
  • Nitrazepam
  • Anti-depressants
    e.g. Amitriptyline (unless used for other reason); Trimipramine; Paroxetine (Seroxat); Sertraline (Lustral); Fluoxetine (Prozac); Mirtazapine (Zispin); Citalopram (Cipramil); Venlaflaxine (Effexor); Dosulepin (Prothiaden)
  • Anti-pyschotic
    e.g Haloperidol; Risperidone (Risperdal); Olanzapine (Zyprexa); Quetiapine (Seroquel); Amisulpride (Solian)
  • Others for mental health problems
    e.g. Lithium; Sodium Valporate (but not if used for epilepsy);
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