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UK government's emergency alert system and victims of domestic violence

On Sunday, 23 April all 4G and 5G compatible phones will receive a text message from the UK government's emergency alert system.  Information on this system and the planned test can be found at  A 10 second alarm with vibration will sound even on phones which have been silenced.


Victims of domestic abuse who have a concealed phone hidden from their abuser should consider whether to opt out from the emergency alerts on their concealed phone.  Please note that simply silencing your phone will not stop the transmission or noise of these alerts.


Opt Out iPhone:

• To opt out, search your settings for ‘emergency alerts’ and turn off Severe alerts and Emergency alerts.

• If this does not work, contact your device manufacturer. 

• For further advice go to


Opt Out Android phones and tablets:

• To opt out, search your settings for ‘emergency alerts’ and turn off Severe alerts and Emergency alerts.

• On Huawei devices running EMUI 11 or older, search your settings for ‘emergency alerts’ and please turn off “Extreme threats”, “Severe threats” and “Show amber alerts”

• If this does not work, contact your device manufacturer 

How emergency alerts work - GOV.UK (

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Pop the app in your pocket and earn BetterPoints for getting around. It can record your activities so you don't even need to press start and stop.
Register, join the BetterPoint Bucks challenge and make sure auto tracking is toggled on.
Get out and get active! The app will record your trips and you will automatically be credited with BetterPoints to spend or donate.
                                   Social Prescribing Link Worker
Social Prescribing is person focused approach to wellbeing that aims to support individual to take greater control of their own health. If you have non-medical concerns that maybe affecting your health, social prescribing may be for you.
For more information please see: What is social prescribing? - YouTube
If you would like to know more or feel you may benefit from speaking to our Social Prescriber, please ask reception for more information and if you qualify for the service. 

Before contacting your GP practice, it is always really helpful if you can please think about the right health service option for your needs. Not only can this help us make sure we are seeing those people who are most in need of our support sooner, but it will also help you get the right treatment faster as well – particularly with the pandemic continuing to have an impact on services.

Below are some of the other healthcare options available in Buckinghamshire:


  • NHS.UK has a really helpful patient guide to conditions, symptoms and treatments which may help you manage your illness or injury
  • The 111 online service at is a great source of information and advice, especially if you are not sure which service to use.
  • Pharmacies are staffed by healthcare professionals and offer excellent advice as well as very effective over-the-counter treatments.  You can find your nearest pharmacy here.
  • Many minor injuries or ailments can be treated at home, with medicines or treatments you may already have. Make sure you keep some of these handy.
  • If you have a minor injury or condition (e.g. sprains, cuts, minor burns, skin infections), the Urgent Treatment Centre (UTC) in High Wycombe is accessible from 8am – 8pm. Check here for more information. 
  • A&E - remember, A&E should be used for serious and life-threatening conditions. If it is not an emergency, or you are not sure, please check with the NHS 111 service first. But if it is, don’t delay – call 999.


National data opt-out

The deadline to opt out of NHS digital sharing your identifiable patient data is the 1st September 2021.
Any data that NHS Digital collects will only be used for health and care purposes. It is never shared with marketing or insurance companies.
If you wish to opt out of this, you will be required to fill out a Type 1 Opt-out form. This can be found online by clicking on the below link: Please return this form to the surgery.
If you are completing this for a child under the age of 13, you will be required to fill out the below form:
This needs to be emailed directly to the email listed on the form by the child's parents/carers


Improved Access High Wycombe


Doctors have been asked not prescribe a list of medicines for minor ailments. These medicines can be bought from a pharmacy or supermarket.

This includes patients who get FREE prescriptions.



Community pharmacists are trained to offer help and advise on minor ailments. They will help you if you visit your local pharmacy.


We are currently registering new patients.

We have different registration packs at Reception for adults and children under the age of 16. We require two forms of identification for adults one with a picture on ie: passport or driving license and another with address ie: mortgage/rent agreement or bank statement. For children under the age of 16 we require the full birth certificate. There is a full list of what we can accept at Reception.   


We are looking for new members for our Patient Participation Group (PPG).

Ideally the group will meet virtually, with quarterly meetings during the year with the practice team.

We also need 'Friends of Carrington' who can be called upon when the PPG need volunteers for fundraising; patient transport or to help collect feedback from surveys... give us an email! 

If you are interested please email your name and contact details to; explaining to what level you would like to be involved.  

With patient’s needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.

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