COVID19 Vaccination programme 14th Jan 2021
Park Medical Centre are pleased to announce we will be commencing with the COVID19 vaccination programme from 14th January. Appointments will be held at St Columba's Church Hall.
Please do not contact us to book an appointment. We will contact you when it is your turn, in line with the JCVI cohorts.
Any patients who are carers or Healthcare professionals are to refer to the below information:
‘NHS Cheshire CCG is working to co-ordinate capacity across hospital, pharmacy and GP-led services so that we can ensure that frontline health or care workers receive their vaccination as soon as possible. Please contact them on email@example.com if you feel that you are a frontline health or care worker and they will add your details to their list. Please be assured that all eligible (as set out in Chapter 14a of the Green Book) frontline health and care staff will be contacted and offered a first vaccine in the coming weeks.’
COVID Vaccination update 24/12/2020
Park Medical Centre have not yet been given a start date for the vaccination programme from NHS England.
We understand that people are anxious to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. However, please don’t contact your GP practice, local hospital or council to seek a COVID-19 vaccine appointment – appointments cannot be made in this way.
More COVID-19 vaccination services will be available near you early in the New Year and the NHS will contact you when it’s the right time to come forward. If you’re eligible for a vaccine, but are yet to be contacted, please remain patient. You will not be missed.
This is just the beginning of the largest vaccination programme the country has ever seen and we will make sure that the people who need it most (and those that care for them) are able to access the vaccine in a safe way with the least delay.
When you are invited for a vaccine, please act on your invite and make sure you attend appointments when you arrange them.
Please also continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing and hand hygiene guidance as, until a vaccine has been fully rolled out, this is the most effective way to reduce transmission of the virus and help save lives.
If you wish to volunteer to help with the vaccination programme, please refer to the below information:
If a patient wishes to register to volunteer to help with the vaccination programme as a non-clinician eg as a marshal, meeter and greeter etc then they are to register via:
If a patient is a clinician with active cover and wishes to volunteer to jab they are to register their interest via:
Supporting your recovery after COVID-19
As you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind.
These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.
The Your COVID Recovery website helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery.
Covid-19 Vaccination Programme
The Government has asked the NHS to get ready for a Covid-19 vaccination programme so we can begin offering the vaccine as soon as is it is available.
This is not likely to be in the next few days or weeks, however, and no timeline has yet been set.
Although a vaccine has not yet been approved for use in the UK, we are however, looking at how we might prioritise its delivery when it is.
This might mean that we prioritise the use of the test so that a smaller numbers of people – who are considered the most vulnerable – will be vaccinated first, with others being offered the vaccine in the new year.
The NHS will follow clinical guidance for who will be vaccinated first. Although there has been a recent and encouraging announcement about the use of a vaccine recently, there is currently no timeline for the roll-out of a vaccine and we will update our information as it becomes available.
In the meantime, we are encouraging people to have their flu vaccination as soon as possible in preparation for this winter. By protecting yourself against the flu virus, you will be also protecting family and friends.
Who will get the vaccine?
The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recently published updated advice on the priority groups to receive COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available, advising that vaccines should first be given to care home residents and staff, followed by people aged over 80 and health and social workers, before being rolled out to the rest of the population in order of age and risk.
The JCVI will continue to update its advice as more information becomes available on vaccine effectiveness, safety and clinical characteristics. This will in turn be reflected in the NHS’s plans.
COVID Germ Defence
We are letting you know about a very useful website called Germ Defence which was created by a team of doctors and scientists to give you advice that has been proven to reduce the spread of viruses in the home. It can help you plan how to protect yourself and members of your family from infection by COVID-19 and ‘flu.
It’s easy to use and only takes 10 minutes - just click on this link:
Changes to Partnership Team
October 2020 - Dr Chris Lewis has retired as Senior Partner. Dr Lewis will be taking a short sabbatical and returning to Park Medical Centre in November.
Dr Claire Schofield is now Senior Partner.
In addition Mr Richard McLeod has joined the Partnership as Business Partner, in a non-clinical role.
The Partnership team is as follows:
Dr C Schofield - Senior Partner
Dr Y Brindle
Dr R Potocki
Dr B Matthews
Mr R McLeod
Park Medical Centre are now using the NHS APP. Download today via the App store.
The App gives you access to view your medical record/allergies, order prescriptions and have them sent direct to your nominated Pharmacy, book appointments (currently disabled), book your flu jab appointment - if eligible, connect to NHS 111 and use e-Consult.
Unlike Patient Access you will not need to visit the Practice to request access.
Flu Vaccinations 2020-2021
19/10/2020 - Park Medical Centre are getting ready for winter and making sure as many people as possible are protected against flu.
Last month, the government announced the most comprehensive flu programme ever, with more people eligible for the free NHS vaccine which will start to be delivered from the end of September.
As plans are put in place to vaccinate hundreds of thousands of people locally, the NHS is looking at how it may have to do things differently this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. We will therefore be operating a pre-booked appointment only system, which will be accessible through NHS App and Patient Access.
We will be looking to vaccinate over 65's, those with pre-exisiting conditions and 2-4 year olds first before we roll out to the new additions to the vaccination programme.
Please wait to hear from us when the appointments are available to book.
For those patients in the 50-64 year old cohort, and carers, we are still awaiting further information from the government regarding the supply of vaccinations. We believe these may be available from end Nov onwards.
Those eligible for vaccination this year are:
- people who are on the shielded patient list and members of their household
- all school year groups up to year 7
- people aged 65 and over
- pregnant women
- those with pre-existing conditions including at-risk under-2s. There is no need to call your GP practice to book an appointment for a vaccination yet. If you are eligible, your GP will be in touch to let you know when, and what you need to do to get yours.
- Later in the autumn, people aged 50 to 64 will also be invited to get the vaccination.
Electronic Prescribing Service
We are upgrading to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS 4) which will mean that almost all our prescriptions will be processed electronically and sent directly to your 'nominated Pharmacy' from 7th September 2020.
Electronic prescriptions help save the NHS money.
Read more about EPS on the NHS website.
Guidance for parents of children returning to school in June or July 2020
Please see this guidance from Cheshire LMC noting that GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments for children, nor letters to confirm their suitability or otherwise to return to school. We hope that you find this information useful.
COVID-19 Practice Update 28.04.2020
As a practice, we've needed to make some substantial changes to the way we work in order to protect our patients and our staff. We've moved our appointment system to telephone triage and now handle most of our patient queries or concerns over the telephone. This has been facilitated by technology which has enabled us to video call some of our patients. We have also encouraged patients to e-mail in pictures, which has been particularly helpful in diagnosing and managing skin conditions and the like.
We recognise that not all concerns can be handled by phone, and on the rare occasion we have needed to see a patient in person, we have taken every step possible to protect them and us. We are arranging specific times for them to attend the surgery to avoid contact with other patients. We are giving patients a mask at the door and cleaning the examination room down thoroughly before and after they have been seen. Our clinicians are wearing aprons, gloves, masks and goggles for all patient encounters.
As expected, we are seeing cases of Covid-19 in our patient population. We are closely monitoring this alongside the number of cases at the Countess of Chester and within the Cheshire region. We work closely with our Community Care Team and our neighbouring practices within our Primary Care Network, keeping one another abreast with changes as they happen.
As a practice, we want to thank our patients for their continuing and ongoing support through these times. We recognise that there are challenges which lie ahead and further changes will be needed to the way in which we work. Patient care is our upmost priority and we will endeavour to maintain this.
Online Appointment Booking suspended until further notice
Online appointment booking has been temporarily suspended to more effectively manage access to the practice in light of the need to contain and delay the impact of the Cornavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We thank you for your patience.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Patient Update
As a GP Practice, we are often your first point of contact when you feel unwell or need medical advice. You may have some questions regarding your ability to access Park Medical Centre. We remain open for urgent medical care and queries both via telephone, e-consult and Patient Access (repeat prescriptions), with attendance at practice strictly by clinician request. Please note that changes will be likely as we receive new guidance, we will communicate with patients as and when we deem it to be appropriate.
- ANYONE who has a new persistent cough and/or fever (37.8 +) must self-isolate at home for 10 days.
- If anyone in your household displays these symptoms, you must self isolate for 14 days.
If you have serious symptoms that you cannot manage at home, please use NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk/covid-19 (Please only call NHS 111 if you cannot get online).
If you have symptoms please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test -to book a Coronavirus test. Testing is now available to anyone with symptoms.
After 7 days of self-isolation, if you feel better and no longer have a high temperature you can return to your normal routine. If you have not had any signs of improvement after 7 days and have not already sought medical advice, you should use NHS 111 online before you leave your home or let visitors in.
Cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean that you must continue to stay at home for more than 7 days.
- Following NHS England guidelines we have implemented full triage of all requests that will be responded to by the appropriate health care professional
- If you are not registered with GP online services we advise you to register with the NHS App, which is easy to set up and doesn’t require you to come into the practice to activate it.
We hope this advice is useful to you, please follow and monitor our website/Facebook page for updates.
Thank you for your co-operation during this challenging period.
Novel Coronavirus - Isolation Notes
Isolation Notes at www.111.nhs.uk/isolation-note
The NHS is issuing Isolation Notes for those who have been told to stay at home because of Coronavirus and you need a note for your employer.
This service is only for people who:
- Have symptoms of coronavirus and have used the 111 online coronavirus service
- Have been told by a healthcare professional they have symptoms of coronavirus
- Live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus
Novel Coronavirus - Misinformation about COPD Rescue Packs
There has been some incorrect information about Asthma and COPD rescue packs on social media recently. These packs are only for bacterial infections which Coronavirus is not (it is a virus). If you don’t normally have an Asthma or COPD rescue pack.
You should not contact your GP practice to order one. You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 before doing anything else.
Physio First Service
Don't forget that our Physio-First Physiotherapist can give advice and help with musculo-skeletal problems!!
Change in GP Partners at Park Medical Centre
Effective from 7th October 2019 Dr Neil Blacklock has retired as a GP Partner, he will be returning following a short sabbatical in the role of Salaried GP from 8th November 2019.
In alignment with this Dr Beth Matthews has joined as a Partner from Monday 7th October 2019, with all Partners confirmed as follows:
- Dr Chris Lewis (Senior Partner)
- Dr Claire Schofield
- Dr Yvette Brindle
- Dr Roland Potocki
- Dr Beth Matthews
- Mr Richard McLeod - Business Partner