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Covid Vaccination for Health and Social Care Staff

“GP practices as part of Primary Care Networks are not the provider of the covid vaccine to health and social care staff at this time. Health and social care staff will have access to larger sites such as vaccination centres or hospital hubs.

Frontline health and care workers will be invited for a vaccine over the coming weeks by their local hospital vaccination hub.  Staff will be contacted via their organisation to check eligibility and to coordinate liaising with the NHS

Please be patient and you will be contacted to book your vaccine at a vaccination centre when it is your turn.”

Below is a link of the letter that has gone to the employers:

https://www.twbstaffsandstoke.org.uk/publications/coronavirus/114-letter-to-other-frontline-health-and-care-workers/file

Covid-19 vaccination first phase priority groups

As you may have heard in the news, the Covid-19 vaccination programme has now commenced.    We will be delivering the Covid vaccination as a Primary Care Network (PCN).  Our PCN is called Leek and Biddulph PCN and comprises of Moorland Medical Centre, Leek Health Centre, Park Medical Centre, Biddulph Doctors and Biddulph Valley.

 

We will be rolling the programme out from January onwards, starting with patients aged 80 and over.  

Please see the list of priority groups below.

 

You will be contacted by the practice either by phone, text or letter when it is your turn to be vaccinated, at which point we will book you into a clinic.  We therefore ask that you do not contact the surgery until that time.

Covid-19 Vaccination First phase priority groups

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.

 #HelpUsHelpYou

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.

#HelpUsHelpYou

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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 moorland.med@nhs.net or Online Consult below:

https://www.online-consult.co.uk/org/moorland-medical-centre

Flu Campaign 2020/21

Book your Flu vaccination at the surgery today, appointments are available online or by ringing 01538 399008.  Information attached as to who is eligible.

Flu Information for patients

Consult with your Doctor online

We’ve recently launched a new system you can use to check your symptoms and submit forms to us.

Its available online by following the link below or via www.patientaccess.com. All you need to do is click the link and itll take you to an online form where you outline your symptoms. Youll 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, well give you the advice you need on what to do next.

The forms are tailored to you and theyve 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.

Its really simple to use, you can just follow the link below and the forms are clear and easy to understand.

Online Consult link below:

https://www.online-consult.co.uk/org/moorland-medical-centre

Primary Care Network (PCN)

Primary Care Networks

LEEK AND BIDDULPH PATIENT INFORMATION EVENT

PCN Leaflet

NHS Social Prescribing Leaflet


What are primary care networks?

Primary Care Networks are a new way for several general practices to collaborate. They are in-tended to help practices:

• to offer more co-ordinated services,
• to provide better ways for patients to access a wider range of health care
professionals.

In July 2019 we joined the Leek and Biddulph PCN, forming a group of five practices which in-clude:

• biddulphdoctors
• Biddulph Valley Surgery
• Leek Health Centre
• Moorland Medical Centre
• Park Medical Centre.

Why are they being set-up?

In January 2019 NHS England published a 10-year plan for the
NHS. It is designed to tackle 3 key issues. These are:

• Limits to the amount of funding
• Shortages of clinical staff, especially GPs
• Growing pressures from an increasing and ageing population.

Practices will work together and will, with other health services providers make patient care more co-ordinated and easier to access, whilst making the GP workload sustainable.

What is happening in 2019/2020?

The Leek and Biddulph PCN came into existence in July 2019, a clinical lead (Director) was elect-ed, this is Dr Neil Briscoe. The two main objectives this year for the PCN will be to form relation-ships with local community healthcare providers, and recruit two new members of staff for the PCN. Specifically these roles are for a Clinical Pharmacist and a Social Prescribing Linkworker. Some practices already have these professionals working in the surgery, but these services will now be available in all practices.

What is planned for the next few years?

From April 2020 Funding for additional types of health professionals will be made available to all PCNs, this will include Physiotherapists and Physician Associates (a new clinical role) and from 2021 Community Paramedics.
The NHS Long Term Plan also outlines some specific areas on which networks will be asked to fo-cus. In 2020 they will be asked to work as a network on providing improved services to care homes, better early cancer diagnosis, and more co-ordinated care with other community services.

How will these changes affect you?

You may not notice much change during 2019, especially in practices that already provide clinical pharmacist and/or social prescribing services. As we develop we anticipate you will experience easier access to the most appropriate healthcare professional. There will also be appointments available across the member practice outside of core hours including weekends and evenings.

How can patients have a say in any planned changes?

In the Leek and Biddulph PCN we are keen to involve our patients in the network development, in the first instance we would encourage you to liaise with your practice Patient Participation Group. Every practice has to have a Patient Participation Group and these details can be found on our member practices’ individual websites. Your own practice manager should also be able to tell you about how our group operates.



 
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