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PPG newsletter
14th Dec 2021

PPG Newsletter #3 - Christmas and New Year

PPG newsletter
28th Oct 2021

PPG Newsletter #2

PPG Newsletter No2 (1).pdf Hope you enjoyed our first Unsworth Group Newsletter! Please take a few minutes of your time to read our 2nd PPG Newsletter. Enjoy!

NHS data opt out
3rd Aug 2021

NHS DATA EXTRACT OPT OUT (updated July 2021)

NHS DATA EXTRACT OPT OUT (updated July 2021)


The current NHS Digital (NHSD) extract of GP data for Research purposes (known as the GPDPR) has been delayed due to NHSD wishing to review the way in which this data will be collected, to conduct more public involvement and information about the plans and change the way in which patients can opt out of the extract of their GP data.


Currently the only way to opt out is to complete a Type 1 opt out form and return this to the practice by the 1st September.  However, this extract will not be taken until the NHSD have changed the way it will take the data and respect the patient’s choice for using their data.  NHSD are introducing the following changes to the opt out process which will mean that patients will be able to change their opt-out status at any time::-

  • Patients do not need to register a Type 1 opt-out by 1st September to ensure their GP data will not be uploaded.
  • NHS Digital will create the technical means to allow GP data that has previously been uploaded to the system via the GPDPR collection to be deleted when someone registers a Type 1 opt-out.
  • The plan to retire Type 1 opt-outs will be deferred for at least 12 months while we get the new arrangements up and running and will not be implemented without consultation with the RCGP, the BMA and the National Data Guardian. 

This means that you can opt out at any time in the future and NHSD will delete data that they already have taken for research purposes, the deadline of the 01/09/2020 has been delayed until a new system of opt out is developed.  Hopefully, this will be a simple centralised approach via the NHS app or NHS website to avoid paper form and administration work for your GP.

We will update you when we know more about the NHSD plans to change how you can control who has access to your data.

MORI GP patient survey
3rd Aug 2021

MORI - GP Patient Survey 2021 results

The results of the recent MORI poll, GP Patient Survey for 2021, have been released and we are really pleased with the results.  Thank you to all our patients who responded and for the positive feedback you gave.  Below is an overview of some of the results and a link to the full survey feedback.

Where patient experience is best

These are the three results for this practice that are the highest compared to the Bolton and National average.

  • 88% of respondents say they have had enough support from local services or organisations in the last 12 months to help manage their long-term condition(s)

             Local (CCG) average: 72%National average: 74%

  • 94% of respondents felt the healthcare professional recognised or understood any mental health needs during their last general practice appointment

             Local (CCG) average: 84%National average: 86%

  • 75% of respondents were offered a choice of appointment when they last tried to make a general practice appointment

             Local (CCG) average: 69%National average: 69%

Where patient experience could improve

These are the results for this practice that are the lowest compared to the Bolton and National average

  • 69% of respondents find it easy to get through to this GP practice by phone

             Local (CCG) average: 70%National average: 68%


If you would like to read the full Survey results please use this link:

MORI - GP patient survey - Unsworth Group Practice

BOLTON's BIG wellbeing conversation survey
3rd Aug 2021

Bolton's BIG wellbeing conversation survey

The people of Bolton are being asked to take part in Bolton’s Big Wellbeing Conversation and be in with a chance to win a £25 gift card!

The results of the survey will help ensure that the mental wellbeing support services provided for people in Bolton are targeted where they are most needed.

Mental wellbeing can fluctuate from time to time, and this is normal. But it is especially true in times of adversity. After all, almost everyone has been affected by the Covid pandemic either financially or socially, with impacts on both our physical and mental health.

However, if we have low mental wellbeing over a long period of time, we may need help.

The wellbeing survey is being run by the Independent Mental Health Network on behalf of Bolton Council. People do not need to give their personal details to complete the survey and all the responses will be anonymous.

Tom Renhard, CEO of the Independent Mental Health Network said:
“We want to hear from people and communities across Bolton about what’s going on for their wellbeing. What matters, what needs to change and how things like a person’s housing or employment situation are impacting things at the moment, especially given the current climate. The information we gather will then be analysed and developed into a set of recommendations for what is needed going forwards.”

Bolton Council’s Executive Cabinet Member for Wellbeing, Cllr Susan Baines, said:
“We want everyone in Bolton to get the best possible start, to live active and fulfilling lives and to age well.
“To achieve this, we know that mental wellbeing is every bit as important as physical health.
“In order to provide the right services, we need as many people to take part in the wellbeing survey as possible and I urge everyone to get involved.”

Why are we asking about mental wellbeing?
We are undertaking this survey to help us to understand more about mental health in Bolton so that we can plan services both now and in the future.

How can I contribute?

Please fill in our short survey. Bolton's BIG wellbeing conversation survey

Request a paper survey to complete by emailing: or calling 0117 405 5863

PPG newsletter
28th Jul 2021

PPG Newsletter #1

visiting your gp
19th Jul 2021

Visiting your GP surgery after national COVID-19 restrictions have been lifted.

text contact
13th Jul 2021

text request for patient information

Dear Unsworth patients,

We are trialing a text request for certain clinical information such as BMI and smoking status etc. This information gathering is to further enhance care we deliver to patients. By requesting it via text it helps keeps our phone lines less busy. It does not replace any reviews you would ordinarily be called for. It does help us prioritise patients for advice/ education/ screening etc. The data is received in a very secure and confidential way and placed on an individual patient record. 

Many thanks for your assistance and your support.

As ever we are happy to receive feedback on how we communicate with our patients

Dr Matta - COVID vaccine programme update
9th Mar 2021

Covid Vaccinations - Frequently asked questions

Covid Vaccinations - Frequently asked questions 

Here is Dr Matta addressing some of our most frequently asked questions, including:

🔹 Mass Vaccination invites vs local GP invites
🔹 How patients are identified for invitation and what to do if you think you've been missed
🔹 Plan for the next few weeks
🔹 Second Doses
🔹 Which vaccine will I be getting

We hope you find this helpful - PLEASE SHARE

Dr Matta - COVID vaccine programme update
1st Mar 2021

Update information on the COVID vaccine programme


Dr Matta video link - update on COVID-19 vaccination programme

Please watch this video by Dr Matta (Unsworth Group) regarding the COVID vaccine roll-out in Westhoughton and Blackrod. This is an update as we open up the vaccination programme, as advised by NHS England - please do not contact the surgery about the Covid Vaccine - we will contact you!

Thank you all for your continued patience and understanding during this time 

PLEASE SHARE WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY, especially with those who do not have internet access and follow us on social media to see our frequently updated information.

COVID-19 vaccines information
16th Feb 2021

COVID-19 vaccines information and comparison

Which vaccine will I be getting at Peter House?


We are calling patients to be vaccinated as quickly as supply allows in their priority order. It may be Astra Zeneca (Oxford) it may be Pfizer we are using both depending which we have supply of. The staff at the vaccine centre can’t control that. Our deliveries are often very last minute so we can’t always inform people in advance of booking.

If you have Pfizer you definitely need to be watched for 15 min after as per guidance. If you have Astra Zeneca there is no required observation period. 

Please don’t be dissapointed if it’s not what you thought you wanted. A few weeks ago we’d have given our right arm for any vaccine. Now we have two that work.



One of our social prescribers - Julie
6th Jan 2021

Spotlight On! Bolton GP Federation

Spotlight On! Bolton GP Federation

Thanks to Bolton GP Federation for sharing a couple of lovely stories of the impact of social prescribing on people’s lives.

‘One lady was referred as she had been furloughed, was being made redundant, was struggling managing money, needed employment and has been using alcohol as a coping mechanism. We talked about options for money management and Money Skills went through her finances straight away. I also spoke to Skills for Employment and they could induct her straight away, update her CV, offer training and a work placement, they also told me that Hoover / Candy were taking on Sales staff. We discussed counselling and support around alcohol. She also said she had no food and I arranged for a food parcel from the local Covid19 group.

‘My lady just rang me to say that she applied to Hoover / Candy after our conversation and she got the job! She hasn’t had a drink for 3 weeks and is joining a gym, she was really positive about a new start. She said she has all the info and tools she needs for the future and will ring me if she needs anything, she was really pleased.’

Julie, Link Worker, Bolton GP Federation

Dr Matta video explaining COVID-19 vaccination programme
6th Jan 2021

Dr Matta video link - explaining COVID-19 vaccination programme

Dr Matta GP Partner at Unsworth Group Practice - Covid Vaccine roll out in Westhoughton.

Covid Vaccine
Important information for Unsworth Group Patients and Stablefold Patients.

Please watch this video by Dr Matta (Unsworth Group) re the Covid Vaccine Roll-out in Westhoughton. This is up to date information as from 24th December- please do not contact the surgery about the Covid Vaccine - we will contact you!

Thank you all for your continued patience and understanding during this time 

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