The surgery will be closed on Thursday 13th May from 1.00pm and will re-open on Friday 14th May at 8.00am.
Covid-19 Vaccination Programme
If you are aged over 40 and 41 (Cohort 10) you will be contacted by text to book your 1st Covid-19 vaccine through the National Booking Service. Letters will be sent out w/c 4th May. You can book your appointment through nhs.uk or by calling 119.
Stoke-on-Trent City Council have put together an annual directory of care services in the city. The link to this year’s copy can be found below. These services are primarily for Stoke-on-Trent but some cover the Staffordshire area too.
On behalf of Leek and Biddulph Primary Care Network
Clinical Director Dr Neil Briscoe & Business Development Manager Tracy Norton
Since the onset of the Covid19 pandemic so many things in our world have changed…
At the beginning of 2021 Leek and Biddulph Primary Care Network (PCN) which unites five GP practices and a population of just over 50,000 started rolling out the Covid Vaccination programme across two sites, one in Biddulph and one in Leek.
Nationally there are only a handful of PCNs with two sites (certainly we are the only one in North Staffordshire) and these are usually when a patient population is over 100,000 people, our PCN has only 50,000. The fact we have these two sites in our locality is a real bonus; we are fortunate to have vaccination hubs that are so accessible, patients from some other PCNs have far longer journeys to make.
Both NHS England and the local Clinical Commissioning Group closely monitor the distribution and progress of each PCN and regulate vaccine supply based on that information. This is to ensure that every locality has a fair share of vaccines in a timely fashion
It’s reasonable to say that from a PCN perspective vaccine supply at the moment is variable and is often at short notice, which does makes planning difficult.
There may be a week when we hold a clinic at one site and not the other, and some weeks when we don’t have any vaccination clinics at all. Although this may be frustrating, it does make sense in terms of the bigger picture.
You can be assured that no-one will be left out of the vaccine roll out and we will continue to meet all of the national vaccination targets
Any patients over 65 and over who for any reason have not yet had their vaccination can contact their GP or call 119 if they wish to be vaccinated.
For all other patients the message remains that patients should NOT call their Practice regarding their place in the queue
Practices are unable to move patients into an earlier group to receive the vaccination and are following the priority grouping guidelines from NHSE.
If you have any questions about what group you are in, please call 119
If you have had your first dose, when your second dose is due your GP practice will contact you to arrange your next appointment. Please do not contact your GP practice
And finally, a heartfelt thank you to everyone involved in this mammoth vaccination programme; clinicians, volunteer marshals, practice staff, retired GPs and the countless others who are working so hard to keep us safe and well.
Dr Neil Briscoe
Leek and Biddulph Primary Care Network
NHS 111 help us help you
If you have an urgent but non life-threatening medical need, make sure you use NHS 111 first rather than going straight to A&E. If you do need urgent care, then NHS 111 can now book you in to be seen quickly and safely in A&E. NHS 111 is also able to direct patients to or book an appointment at Urgent Treatment Centres, GP surgeries, pharmacies, emergency dental services and walk-in clinics.
Contacting NHS 111 first will also help the NHS to keep you safe by maintaining social distancing and ensure that you receive the right care in the right place, in a more timely and safe way. However, you should still dial 999 if you have a life-threatening illness or injury.
Just think 111 first. When you think you need A&E, contact NHS 111 by phone or online.
Social distancing measures at A&E will help ensure you’re seen safely So, if you need urgent care, contact 111 first and they will be able to book you into A&E or direct you to a local service that is right for you.
Our team is working hard in different ways, including telephone and video consultations to keep the practice open and running effectively during this Pandemic. We are therefore receiving a high volume of telephone calls, and we only have a limited numbers of incoming lines available. Please bear with us during this difficult time. You can contact us alternatively by email on firstname.lastname@example.org or Online Consult below:
Consult with your Doctor online
We’ve recently launched a new system you can use to check your symptoms and submit forms to us.
It’s available online by following the link below or via www.patientaccess.com. All you need to do is click the link and it’ll take you to an online form where you outline your symptoms. You’ll then receive access to tailored and clinically approved articles and videos which will help you self-manage your condition.
The forms are sent directly and securely to us at the practice so we can check your answers and assess whether you need a face-to-face appointment with the GP or not and if not, we’ll give you the advice you need on what to do next.
The forms are tailored to you and they’ve all been approved by clinicians so the advice you get is really accurate and helpful.
You can fill in the forms at any time, day or night, so it means you have round the clock access to the information you need to manage your conditions.
It’s really simple to use, you can just follow the link below and the forms are clear and easy to understand.
Online Consult link below: