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47 - 57 Hough Green RoadWidnesCheshire, WA8 4NJTel: 0151 511 5805
COVID 19 Vaccine - If you are aged 50 or over and have not received an invitation or had your 1st COVID vaccine yet please call the surgery to arrange an appointment.
Practice Closure - Easter Bank Holiday
We will be closed for Easter on Friday 2nd April and Monday 5th April
If you need advice or help during this time please contact visit www.111.nhs or call to 111 are free from both landlines and mobiles.
We will be closed for Practice Learning Time - we will be closed between from 1pm on the following days and will re-open at 8am the following day:
Thursday 29th April 2021
Wednesday 26th May 2021
Thursday 27th June 2021
The Surgery provides the following services for all registered patients:
You do not require a doctor's sickness certificate for any illness lasting seven days or less. Your employer may however require you to complete a self-certification form (SC2) which is available from your employer or on the HMRC website.
If you are sick for more than seven days, your employer can ask you to give them some form of medical evidence to support payment of SSP (statutory sick pay).
It is up to your employer to decide whether you are incapable of work. A medical certificate, now called a 'Statement of Fitness for Work’ (see below) from your doctor is strong evidence that you are sick and would normally be accepted, unless there is evidence to prove otherwise.
You could also provide evidence from someone who is not a medical practitioner, e.g. a dentist. Your employer will decide whether or not this evidence is acceptable. If your employer has any doubts, they may still ask for a medical certificate from your GP.
The 'fit note' was introduced on 6 April 2010. With your employer's support, the note will help you return to work sooner by providing more information about the effects of your illness or injury.
For more information see the DirectGov website (where this information was sourced)
Patients can now cancel an appointment by TEXT message
We have a new TEXT messaging service whereby we can remind patients of their appointments and if no longer needed the patient can cancel by texting back CANCEL to us.
We can also send patients a TEXT reminder for a review or flu vaccination.
If we need to cancel your appointment we can also inform you by TEXT.
Texting relies on the practice having an up to date mobile telephone number. We would be grateful if you could let a receptionist know if you change your mobile number.
If you would like to OPT-OUT of this service then please let us know by contacting the practice on 0151 5115805.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Fit for Travel
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe a very useful booklet has been published with advice and guidance to help you get the most out of your holiday. To visit please click:- http://ec.europa.eu/publications/booklets/eu_glance/86/en.pdf (this is a large document and may take a minute or two to view)
Breast Screening Appointments:
Ladies aged between 50 and up to their 71st birthday will shortly be receiving an invitation letter for routine Breast Screening.
Please make booking your mammogram a priority in these difficult times.
Warrington, Halton, St Helens & Knowsley Breast Screening Unit
Further details can be found at - www.whsthkbss.nhs.uk
If you’re worried about your health, please don’t delay – help us, help you get the care you need this winter.
In life-threatening emergencies, always dial 999.
If you need medical help fast or think you need to go to A&E, use NHS 111 first to get clinical advice or direction to the most appropriate services for treatment.
NHS 111 is now able to book time slots for patients at Widnes Urgent Care Centre and Runcorn Urgent Care Centre and local A&E departments if appropriate.
For all other health needs, contact your pharmacy or GP practice by phone or eConsult (an online form on your practice website) in the first instance. GP practices
If you experience symptoms of Coronavirus please visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus to arrange to get tested or call 119.
Many over-the-counter medicines (including paracetamol and ibuprofen) are available to relieve symptoms of common winter ailments such as colds, sinusitis or painful middle ear infection (earache).
You can find a list of useful items to include in your medicine cabinet and first aid kit at nhs.uk or by speaking to your local pharmacist.
To manage winter illness symptoms at home, you should keep warm, rest, drink plenty of fluids, have at least one hot meal a day to keep your energy levels up and use over-the-counter medications to help give relief.
If you take prescription medicines, make sure you have enough before your pharmacy or GP practice closes for Christmas. And, if you’ve been prescribed antibiotics or any other medication, make sure you take them as directed.
You can order your repeat prescriptions online via the NHS App, your GP practice website or by calling your practice.
Please don’t go to a pharmacy or GP if you have symptoms of coronavirus or are self-isolating. Order your prescription online or by phone and ask a friend, relative or volunteer to collect medicines for you.
We all feel down from time to time, no matter our age. But, if you’ve not been feeling yourself for a while, talking therapies could help you feel better. Contact your GP practice about talking therapies if you’re feeling anxious, low or out of sorts. Your GP is there to help you – physically and mentally – and can refer you to the right service. Other useful resources
Keeping warm over the winter months can help to prevent colds, flu and more serious health problems such as heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia and depression. Make sure you keep warm with these tips
If you are aged 50 or above and have not been invited or had your 1st COVID vaccine please contact the Surgery to book an appointment.
We have implemented an appointment triage system with immediate effect. You will be asked by a member of our reception team what your symptoms are and booked in for a telephone triage appointment with one of our clinicians.
Any Face to face appointments will be booked by the clinician when agreed during this triage consultation. Please ensure we have your correct contact details.
For up to date information from NHS England and Public Health regarding Coronavirus and its current status please go to https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
In line with the advice from NHS England we are suspending online bookings for appointments until further notice. This is to mitigate any risk that any potentially infected patients book appointments online or attend the practice. You can still order prescriptions on line via patient access.
We have contacted all our patients aged 50-64 and invited them in for the seasonal flu vaccine. Please call 01515115805 after 11am to book an appointment.
We have now contacted all our eligible patients for flu season 2020/21, if you have not already made an appointment for this years flu vaccine please contact reception on 01515115805 to book an appointment.
All patient who are eligible for the Seasonal Flu Vaccine 2020 will receive either a text or a letter over the next few weeks. Once you receive this communication please call our reception team on 0151 5115805 after 11am Monday - Friday to book this important vaccine. Please note we are only doing pre booked appointments, we will not be seeing any drop in patients.
At your appointment this year you may notice we will be doing things a little differently due to the current COVID 19 circumstances. You will be met in the foyer by a member of staff who will take your name then shown to our new waiting area where you will be booked in by a member our reception team and then asked to take a seat. You will be called in by a clinician and have your flu vaccine, you will be asked to leave the building via another exit, this is to help with our one way system (all will signposted).
When attending your appointment we ask that:
Below is a poster detailing patients who are eligible for Seasonal Flu Vaccine 2020
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