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Global Supply Disruption to Blood Bottles (02/09/2021)

A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.


Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems will still get one but where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so. Then, you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.


Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.


If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.

Make your choice On How Your Data Is Shared

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.

Pseudonymisation means that the data that can be used to identify a particular individual has been removed so that it can no longer be attributed to a specific person without the use of additional information.

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.

What is changing?

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 here


What You Can Do

If you do not want your patient data to be shared outside your practice for purposes other than that pertaining to your direct care, you can opt out of NHS Digital collecting your data by completing a Type 1 Opt-out form.

You can choose to stop your confidential non-GP information (hospitals, clinics etc.) being used for research and planning. You can also make a choice for someone else like your children under the age of 13.

Your choice will only apply to the health and care system in England. This does not apply to health or care services accessed in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

Any choice you make will not impact your individual care.

How to Opt-Out

  1. Type 1 Opt-out from data extraction from your GP Practice

    • Complete this form and submit it to your GP Practice

  2. National Opt-out to protect the sharing of your Non-GP Data (Hospitals, Clinics etc.)

    • For yourself only:

      • Use this link to choose if your confidential patient information is used for research and planning.

      • You must be aged 13 or older

      • You have access to your email or mobile phone

      • Have your NHS number or your postcode registered with your GP surgery

    • For yourself or a child under the age of 13:

      • You can make or change a choice for yourself by downloading and completing this form and emailing or posting it to the Contact Centre or hand in at your GP Practice. NHS Digital dissent form (

      • If you're a parent or legal guardian of a child under the age of 13, you can also use this form to make and manage a choice on their behalf.

    • Make or change a choice for an adult

      • To make and manage a choice on behalf of someone else, you must be one of the following to the person:

        • health and welfare lasting power of attorney

        • property and financial affairs lasting power of attorney

        • Court of Protection deputy

      • Download and complete this form and email or post it to the Contact Centre or hand in at your GP Practice (same email and postal address as above). Make_and_manage_a_choice_for_someone_else_PDF_154kb.pdf (




National Data Opt Out

Contact Centre

NHS Digital

HM Government

7 and 8 Wellington Place




Phone: 0300 303 5678

Covid-19 Pfizer Vaccine Van Pop-up Clinics

Covid Vaccine Van

Healthwatch Hackney

Do you, the staff and the patients of The Lawson Practice want to know more about the local response to the Coronavirus pandemic?


Come and find out more at our Annual General Meeting, which takes place on Wednesday, 23 September 2020 4.30pm - 6.30pm

The meeting will include a presentation by Dr Sandra Husbands, Hackney’s Director for Public Health, focused on the Council’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
There will also be a panel discussion to which members of the public are invited to ask questions. The invited panel are: 

  • Councillor Chris Kennedy, Cabinet Member for Health, Adult Social Care and Leisure
  • Dr Sandra Husbands, Director for Public Health, City and Hackney 
  • Dr Mark Ricketts, Chair, City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group
  • David Maher, Managing Director, City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group

The meeting will take place virtually using Zoom. You can take part by telephone or online. To book your place please call freephone 0808 164 7664 email  or book directly using the following link

How to get a Coronavirus test in Hackney


Healthwatch Hackney

Healthwatch Hackney would like to hear from the Lawson Practice patients. Please find more information clicking below:

Hackney Carers and their experience during Covid19

Hospital Discharge Survey

Have your say on health and care services in Hackney

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE | Help the fight against COVID-19

(11th June 2020 last updated)

Help the fight against COVID-19 by participating in this study. For more info, please click here


General Guidance on Covid-19. Information on: 

- Trusted sites to get guidance on Covid
- Managing an unwell child during social isolation
- Helping families cope with 'Social Isolation'
- Help in maintaing emotional and physical well-being

Warning of vaccine scam phone calls. Scammers are using the rollout of the Covid-19 vaccine to try to con people out of money. Please be on on your guard


Community Support 

Domestic Violence - For support to victims of domestic abuse, please see here 

For patients currently shielding, it is possible to register here for food and/or prescription delivery.  

Food provision
Hackney foodbanks process currently as below:

  • Patients can request a referral letter/email from their Practice stating - “'This is a foodbank voucher referral for CLIENT who is currently residing in ADDRESS.” 
  • The email or letter needs to include:
  • Resident’s age
  • How many people are living in the household (and their ages)
  • Brief reason for referral (e.g. health reasons, benefit delay, loss of work - no need for specifics/personal information).

Once the resident has the referral email/letter, they can find the times and locations of Hackney Foodbanks.

Children who are eligible for free school meals
The majority of schools in Hackney have set up systems for free school meals which include meal vouchers/cards and collections from the child’s school.

Other food provision
The Find Support Services Map has a category for food/meals.  You can download a snapshot at anytime - please note that the organisations on here are checked twice a week.

Prescription delivery

When possible, patients should encourage relatives, neighbours or friends to provide support in collecting or delivering medication. Where this support is not available the patient should contact their community pharmacy directly to arrange for their prescription to be delivered.

If the pharmacy is unable to help or the patient cannot get through to the pharmacy, residents can fill out this online form or call the helpline. 

Useful links for patient information during Coronavirus

Information for carers -

NHS Imms FAQ's

The NHS and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection

The most common symptoms of coronavirus (COVID-19) are recent onset of:

  • new continuous cough and/or
  • high temperature
  • loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal

If you have symptoms of coronavirus infection (COVID-19), stay at home and do not leave your house for 7 days from when your symptoms started.

You do not need to call NHS111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online.

If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999. 

Any family members will need to isolate for 14 days from the 1st day your symptoms started. This could go for longer, depending on whether they'll develop symptoms as well. 

For more information on how to self-isolate, please go here

Further information is available on or here


Translated NHS Guidance here (updated 19th March)

Free Sleep Service - learn more! 

Scope launched a new free Sleep Service in Nov 2018 in East London, for residents in Newham, Hackney and Tower Hamlets and have have recently included Redbridge and Waltham Forest.

Scope’s Sleep Service programme supports families with disabled children and/or additional needs aged 2 to 18, who are having difficulty sleeping.

This service offers the following:
• Support from an experienced sleep practitioner over a six-week period
• A tailored sleep plan to help their child get a better night’s sleep
• Relaxed group learning sessions with other families

Read the flyer to learn more about this! 

Latest PPG Meeting Minutes

From 13th August 2019 are available Minutes August

Next meetings will happen on the 12th November 2019 & 11th February 2020

GP Patient Survey

Your views can help improve local GP and health services.

Some patients registered at this GP practice will soon be invited to take part in a national survey about their experiences of local NHS services.

If you receive a questionnaire, please help NHS England by filling it in as soon as possible.

Visit to find out more.

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