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Leek Pop up Clinics - Covid Vaccination

There are still appointments available for our pop up vaccine clinic for anyone who lives in #Leek, works in a school or has a child at school in Leek

Book Friday and Saturday here: https://twbstaffsandstoke.org.uk/coronavirus/covid-19-vaccination/where-can-i-get-my-vaccination-from/community-vaccination-sites

or by calling 01785 898844.

Please note, these vaccinations are not available for children under age 18.

Covid-19 vaccination status

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 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.

 

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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