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Free Flu vaccination appointments now available

We are all aware that having the flu vaccination this year is more important than ever given the Coronavirus Pandemic.

 

If you are over 18 and eligible for a flu vaccination this year, you can now book an appointment online via Patient Access.  The clinics will be taking place on Saturday 2 October 2021 and Saturday 9 October 2021. 

 

Patients for whom we have a mobile number will receive a text with an invitation to book.  Patients for whom we don’t have a mobile number will receive a letter.

 

Those eligible to book an online appointment include:

 

  • those aged 18 to under 50 years in clinical risk groups
  • pregnant women
  • those aged 50 years and over
  • carers
  • close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • frontline health and social care staff employed by a registered care or nursing home, registered domiciliary care provider, a voluntary managed hospice provider or patients with personal health budgets

 

If you are not able to book your appointment via on-line access*, we will have a dedicated flu booking line open from Monday 20 September 2021- Tuesday 28 September 2021, from 2pm - 4pm.  The line will only be available during these times.  Please do not call the normal practice telephone number as the reception team will not be able to book a flu vaccination appointment for you.


Please call our flu booking hotline on:   
0161 543 0830

 

Patients who are residents in care or nursing homes will be visited by our team in due course and children who are entitled to a flu vaccination at the practice have been contacted separately.  They should not be booked into an appointment via on-line access.

 

We look forward to seeing those patients who are eligible for their flu vaccination at our forthcoming clinics.

*For more information on how to sign up for online access to enable you to book certain appointments, update your contact details and order repeat prescriptions, please click here.

Afternoon Practice Closures for Staff Training

The practice will be closed for training on Wednesday 22nd September 2021 from 1pm and will reopen on Thursday 23rd September 2021 at 8am.  

If you require advice whilst we are closed up until 6.30pm , please call us and you will be transferred to the out of hours provider. If you require advice after 6.30pm please call NHS 111 free of charge.  If you require urgent treatment please contact 111 who will advise you on what to do next.

 

Lunch Time Practice Closures for Staff Training

The practice will be closed between 12.00 and 2.00pm on the following dates for staff training.  Please call before or after these times for assistance.

  • Thursday 12th August 2021
  • Wednesday 25th August 2021
  • Thursday 9th September 2021
  • Tuesday 21st September 2021
  • Thursday 7th October 2021
  • Wednesday 20th October 2021

Seasonal Flu Vaccinations

Updated 3rd September 2021

We have today been notified that there is a delay with delivery of the Flu Vaccine to the practice.  Please do not contact the practice as the reception team do not have any further information and appointments are not available to book.  We will be in touch with patients as soon as more information becomes available.  Thank you for your patience.

Seasonal Flu Vaccinations and Covid-19 Boosters Information

The 5 Sale practices are working together to plan Covid-19 boosters & seasonal flu vaccinations for our eligible patients.  We are awaiting final guidance from NHS England & the JCVI before we release appointments.

Further information will be available over the next few weeks, please wait for a message or letter with details and a link or phone number to book your appointment.


NHS Covid Pass

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from: 

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores 

  • the NHS website 

  • 119 - by requesting a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.

NHS Digital General Practice Data for Planning and Research

NHS Digital will now be commencing daily collection of GP Data from 1st September 2021. 

Please click on this link for more information: https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research

NHS Digital have provided advice for patients to explain how and why your data is being used, and what to do if you don't want your data to be shared.  Please click on this link: https://digital.nhs.uk/data-and-information/data-collections-and-data-sets/data-collections/general-practice-data-for-planning-and-research/advice-for-the-public. If you are not able to do this online your self please call:

0300 303 5678 

In order to assist in making your decision please see the flow chart below on the National Opt Out and Type 1 Opt Out.

National Opt Out and Type 1 Opt Out Flow Chart

To Register for the National Opt Out, please click on this link and follow the instructions on the page: https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/manage-your-choice/

If you do not wish your data to be sent to NHS Digital you need to Register a Type 1 Opt Out, please complete the Preference Form (link below) and send to the Practice as soon as possible.

Type 1 Opt Out Preference Form

COVID-19 Self Isolation fit note

If you have been told to self-isolate because of coronavirus and you need a note for your employer. The NHS have established... Please follow the link. https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/ GPs will not be issuing notes for COVID-19.
We expect employers to be sympathetic for periods of self isolation in order to protect the welfare of work colleagues and the wider community.

Practice Update

The Practice is seeing patients now on a routine basis for certain appointments including smears.  Please contact the practice to book an appointment with one of our nursing team or via patient online access.  When you come to the practice you are asked to wear a face covering, only arrive at your appointment time and come alone wherever possible.  We have implemented all of the social distancing guidance at the practice so keep you and our staff safe.  If you have any symptoms of Coronavirus or have been in contact with anyone who has symptoms, please do not attend for your appointment and let us know so that your appointment can be given to another patient.  Thank you.



Covid-19 Coronavirus Update

In light of updated national guidance we have taken the decision to operate a closed-door policy to our practice with effect from tomorrow, Wednesday 18 March 2020.  This means that you will not be able to come into the practice unless you have a pre-booked appointment that has been triaged by a nurse or a doctor.  Any paper prescriptions can been collected from your pharmacy or you can nominate a pharmacy and have your prescriptions sent electronically.  You will no longer be able to collect them or anything else from the practice.  If you need to re order medication you can request this via online patient access or via a pharmacy.  We are taking these measures to protect both staff and patients to enable us to continue to provide a service to our patients.  Thank you for your patience and understanding at this time.

Covid-19 Coronavirus Update

We would like to reassure all patients that we will continue to care for you in the best way possible during the Covid-19 Outbreak.  In order for us to do this we are making some changes to the way in which we can do this.  From Monday 16 March 2020 we will be moving all appointments with doctors to a telephone based system.  If you are not at risk of having contracted Covid-19 and do not have any symptoms but need to be seen face to face, the doctor you speak to will arrange an appointment for you.  If you have an appointment with a nurse, you will be called to check that you are not at risk of having contracted Covid-19 and do not have any symptoms and if that is the case, you will be able to come in to the the nurse as normal.  

The guidance issued by the Government - if you have a fever or a cough, you should self-isolate and if you are unwell, you should contact NHS111 -  remains the same.

If you do need to come into the surgery, please ensure you sanitize your hands - someone will be at the door of the surgery asking you to do this before entering.  If you are bringing in a prescription request, we are moving the box to just inside the front door so please leave it there.  This is a really good time to review how you order repeat prescriptions to avoid coming into the practice.  You can sign up for online access (click here) or contact your local preferred pharmacy to ask them to order on your behalf.

Coronavirus - all you need to know

If you are concerned about Cornonavirus (Covid-19), please click here for the latest information provided by the NHS and Public Health England.  If you have travelled from any of the affected areas and have flu-like symptoms please do not come into the practice, call NHS 111 free on 111 for more advice.




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