NHS Digital data collection- information for patients


Explanation of The NHS Digital Data Extraction for Planning & Research

The NHS has been using pseudonymised patient data for more than 10 years to enable the planning and research necessary to provide better services for patients. The results of using GP practice data in this way have, for instance:

  • helped to plan the roll-out of the Covid 19 vaccine programme;
  • are helping to research the effects of ‘long Covid’ and develop treatments to prevent it or lessen its severity;
  • are helping to plan services at local level to meet particular local needs.

Without this data, patients at both local and national level may not receive the best services and treatments that they need.

As from 1st September 2021, a new system, Data Access Request Service (DARS), will replace the existing General Practice Extraction Service (GPES).

The data that DARS will collect from the patient record does not include any data that can directly identify you; your name, address, NHS Number and date of birth are all protected by de-identification software before the data is received by NHS Digital.

The process and purposes of the data extraction are explained by NHS Digital in greater detail and how to opt out online are available here:


If you do not want NHS Digital to share your data with other organisations you can opt-out by completing a National Data Opt-Out form on the NHS Digital website.

A patient cannot opt-out from their data being shared for their direct care. A full explanation of how this practice uses your data in order to provide your care together with your rights under the Data Protection Act 2018 and the GDPR, is available in this practice’s Privacy Notice.


Is the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine safe?

We are aware that patients maybe be worried about some of the safety reports that have recently been publicised around the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine. Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine use has been stopped in some European countries. This is because of a small number of blood clots that have been reported in some people who recently had the vaccine.

Blood clots can occur naturally and are not uncommon. More than 11 million doses of the COVID-19 Vaccine AstraZeneca have now been given across the UK. The number of blood clots reported after having the vaccine is not more than what would have occurred naturally in the groups that have been vaccinated.

The medicines regulator (responsible for decisions on the use of medicines) for the EU have said that there is nothing to suggest that this vaccine causes blood clots.

The World Health Organization (WHO) is investigating these reports, but has also said that there is no evidence that the clots reported were caused by the vaccine. The WHO have also asked that countries do not stop the vaccination programme with AstraZeneca Vaccine.

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency for the UK (MHRA) are responsible for making sure all medicines used in the UK are safe. The MHRA have said that the vaccine is safe to give to people. People should still go and get their COVID-19 vaccine when asked to do so.




Please do not contact your GP for a COVID-19 vaccine. The NHS is prioritising vaccinating people who experts have agreed will benefit the most. We will let you know when it is your turn. Please see www.eastlondonhcp.nhs.uk/ourplans/covid-19-vaccination-programme.htm for advice. NHS North East London


Dear Riverside patients, around 2.3 million people, aged 16 and over, who are registered with a GP practice in England will receive an invitation to take part in Europe’s biggest patient experience survey in early January. As GP practices have had to make a number of changes over the last 12 months in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever that we hear about experiences of using local GP and health services.

The invitations go out by letter to a sample of people from each of more than 6800 practices. Following a successful pilot, text message reminders are also being sent to the whole sample (where a mobile number is recorded) alongside paper questionnaires.

The data provides vital information to the NHS to identify what’s working well and what can be improved. It helps identify inequalities in experience too, such as for certain age or ethnic groups or people with other protected characteristics. It can also provide new information that does not come to light in other ways. Last year’s survey helped the NHS to learn more about the high proportion of people who have caring responsibilities and about how this affects their experiences of using health services.

Important Message: 31/12/2020

The NHS in London is very busy due to rising coronavirus infection rates, but we’ll help you get urgent care when you need it.

“GPs are providing more appointments, including evenings and weekends, for patients with urgent health needs. Contact your practice, or check their website, and they will tell you how to arrange same-day appointments if you need urgent care.

“You can also contact 111, day or night, for other urgent health advice - including if you have concerns about your Covid-19 symptoms.

“Please remember that 999 and A&E are for emergencies.

“Thank you to Londoners for following the Tier 4 rules, which will help reduce infections, protect the NHS and keep each other safe.


DO NOT WALK IN TO THE SURGERY FOR ANY REASON. Only contact the surgery by phone. This is for your safety due to the current coronavirus pandemic. Thank you.

Welcome to The Riverside Practice

The Riverside Practice is an NHS surgery for the Residents of Hackney. Our aim is to maintain good quality health care, including health promotion, disease prevention, and treatment of illness and management of long-term disease, for all our patients through all stages of their life. We always try to improve our service with kindness, sensitivity, friendliness and openness.


The Riverside Practice will text you via our computer system. If you do not want this service please call the surgery and opt out.

We are part of a local neighbourhood of 7 practices called Hackney Downs and our patients can also be seen at other surgeries in the neighbourhood for some services including extended hours on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturdays and also for dressings and blood test.


Please note that the way to contact the surgery by phone is by calling 0208 806 1928 between the hours of 8 am to 6.30 pm Monday to Friday,

If we are aware that this number is not working during opening hours then you can call 07944 888214.

When the surgery is closed and you need medical advice please call 111. For a medical emergency please call 999


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