Monthly Archives: June 2021

24/06/21 – Local Covid-19 vaccination sites, Walk-Ins


Local Covid-19 vaccination sites operate six day ‘walk-in’ service for all Bracknell Forest residents without the need for an appointment

If you are a Bracknell Forest resident aged 18 and over, you can walk-in to two sites and get your first or second Covid-19 vaccination, between Friday 25 June and Wednesday 30 June, without needing an appointment.

The two walk in sites are as follows:-

  • Vaccination site at Waitrose Sports and Leisure Centre, Willoughby Road, Bracknell, GG12 8FP
  • Vaccination site at Birch Hill Medical Centre, RG12 7WW

Both sites will operate daily (25-30 June) during the following opening hours:-

  • Vaccination site at Waitrose Sports and Leisure Centre

25 June – 30 June – Between 8.30am – 7pm (Pfizer and AstraZeneca each day)

  • Vaccination site at Birch Hill Medical Centre

Friday 25 June – 8am-6pm (AstraZeneca vaccines available)

Saturday 26 June – 9am – 1.30pm (Pfizer vaccines available)

Sunday 27 June – 9am – 1.30pm (Pfizer vaccines available)

Monday 28 June – 9am – 5pm (Pfizer vaccines available)

Tuesday 29 June – 1pm – 7pm (Pfizer vaccines available)

Wednesday 30 June – 8am- 6pm (Pfizer vaccines available)

If you’ll be using one of the walk in sites to have your first dose, you will have your vaccination record updated online and will then be able to book in your second dose appointment using the national booking system.

If you’ll be attending either site to have your second dose, then you will need to ensure that it has been at least eight weeks since your first dose if you are aged 40 and over, or 12 weeks if you are aged 40 or under.

Getting your second dose is vital to getting longer lasting and maximum protection offered by the vaccines, with recent research also showing they are highly effective against the Delta/Indian strain of the virus.

If you don’t want to use one of the walk-in sites, then you can still book your vaccination via the national booking service.

If you do not have internet access or cannot go online, then you can call the service on 119 instead to book your jab.

In line with updated JCVI guidance, people aged 39 and under and all pregnant women will be offered the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine.

Changes to Services at the Urgent Care Centre at Brants Bridge

Residents should note that access to the Urgent Care Centre at Brants Bridge is now by appointment only.

This change is to help you get the best and most immediate service should you have an urgent health care need.

Rather than get to the Urgent Care Centre and be directed elsewhere, you now need to call either your GP or the improved NHS 111 First service and they will direct you to the most appropriate and quickest place for you to get treatment.

NHS 111 First is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to you via or by calling 111.

The Urgent Care Centre at Brants Bridge will no longer be available without an appointment; walk in services are no longer available.

Please share this important information with your family and friends.

For more information about how to access the different type of local services available to you, please visit

Important Patient Notice

Face-to-face appointment access

Following the changes in guidance from NHS England regarding appointment access, we would like to assure our patients that face to face appointments will continue to be provided following a brief assessment of your needs. In addition to this, as restrictions ease we are working to increase this face to face capacity in a covid-secure way, whilst retaining the flexibility to offer online and telephone access where these are preferred.

The NHS is here for you

General practice is a critical part of the wider NHS and together, we care for of our local residents. Whilst lockdown restrictions are easing, and Covid-19 infection rates may have reduced, we still need to maintain a covid-secure environment. Because of this, we will continue to assess people remotely before offering a face to face appointment to those who may need it.

General practice remains open and continues to provide a range of access types including telephone and face to face appointments.  As ever, we need to focus on patients who need us the most, including those with an urgent and on-going health need.

Please consider how urgent your request is before contacting us and whether there is another service, like your pharmacy or NHS 111 that could help you.

Urgent care is still available for those who need it, so we would urge people not to put off coming forward. We continue to encourage people to use 111 first for urgent care so that they can be directed to the best local service for them, or 999 for life-threatening illness or injuries.

Our mental health has been impacted like never before. Now anyone with an urgent mental health need can access local 24/7 NHS mental health helplines via

Every single member of the public can help support our key workers and the national effort by following the rules where they live to try to contain the virus and remembering hands, face, space at all times.

And if you have coronavirus symptoms – a high temperature, new continuous cough or loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, make sure you get tested and isolate for as long as is need to help protect those you care for and others in your community.

Our staff have the right to be treated with dignity and respect at all times, so if you need to contact the practice please remember that any abuse of our staff will not be tolerated.

Please contact your pharmacy or NHS 111 for online or by phone for minor illness.

Thank you for supporting The Gainsborough Practice at this time.

General Practice Data for Planning and Research

The collection of GP Data for Research and Planning will now take place from 1st September rather than 1st July.

We have been asked to share the following important information with you.

This practice is supporting vital health and care planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital. For more information about this see the GP Practice Privacy Notice for General Practice Data for Planning and Research.


This collection will start on 1 September 2021

If you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital please register your Type 1 Opt-out form with your GP practice.

What data is shared:

Data may be shared from the GP medical records about:

  • any living patient registered at a GP practice in England when the collection started – this includes children and adults
  • any patient who died after 1 September 2021, and was previously registered at a GP practice in England when the data collection started

NHS Digital will not collect patients’ names or addresses. Any other data that could directly identify patients (such as NHS Number, date of birth, full postcode) is replaced with unique codes which are produced by de-identification software before the data is shared with NHS Digital.

This process is called pseudonymisation and means that patients will not be identified directly in the data. NHS Digital will be able to use the software to convert the unique codes back to data that could directly identify patients in certain circumstances, and where there is a valid legal reason.

If you would prefer that your identifiable patient data is only shared for your own health care purposes , you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out or a National Data Opt-out, or both.

These opt-outs are different and they are explained in more detail below. Your individual care will not be affected if you opt-out using either option (or both, because data about your health held by other healthcare providers, such as hospitals, may also be shared with NHSD by them).

A Type 1 opt out has to be registered by your Practice; please let us know if you want to register a type 1 opt out.

A National Opt out can be done without contacting your practice, at or via the NHS Digital Contact Centre: 0300 303 5678 – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays).

Type 1 Opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital collecting your data)

NHSD will not collect data from GP practices about patients who have registered a Type 1 Opt-out with their practice. More information about Type 1 Opt-outs is in the GP Data for Planning and Research Transparency Notice, including a form that you can complete and send to your GP practice.

This collection will start on 1 September 2021 so if you do not want your data to be shared with NHS Digital, please register your Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice by 23 June 2021. If you register a Type 1 Opt out after this collection has started, no more of your data will be shared with NHSD. They will however still hold the patient data which was shared before you registered the Type 1 Opt-out.

If you don’t mind the NHS making use of your data for planning and research,

but object to sharing of it with other organisations,

then you only need the 2 nd type of opt out:

National Data Opt-out (opting out of NHS Digital sharing your data with other organizations)

NHSD will still collect data from GP medical records about patients who have registered a National Data Opt-out. The National Data Opt-out applies to identifiable patient data about your health, which is called confidential patient information.

This opt out means NHS Digital won’t share any confidential patient information about you – this includes GP data, or other info, such as hospital data – with other organisations, unless there is an exemption.

To find out more information or register your National Opt-out, follow the link below or call the NHS Digital Contact Centre: 0300 303 5678 – Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm (excluding bank holidays).

Did you know…?

We are participating in a new approach to improve access for patients to GP appointments. The aim is to direct patients to the most appropriate healthcare professional, which may be a GP or a pharmacist.

From 7th June 2021 if your symptoms could be resolved by a booked consultation with the pharmacist instead of the GP, you will be given a same-day referral to a pharmacy of your choice.

We think this is a good thing. Once you see how great your local pharmacist is – they are highly trained and skilled clinicians experienced in treating minor illnesses – we don’t think you’ll look back.

This will also help us to free up GP appointments for people with more complex health needs and ensure that everyone gets treated at the right time, by the right healthcare professional.

We are keen to hear what you think and will be listening to your comments and feedback about your experience of using this service.