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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.

 

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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.

Opting out of sharing your confidential patient information

If you do not want your patient data shared with NHS Digital, you can register a Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice. You can register a Type 1 Opt-out at any time. You can also change your mind at any time and withdraw a Type 1 Opt-out.

 

Data sharing with NHS Digital will start on 1 July 2021.

 

If you have already registered a Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice your data will not be shared with NHS Digital.

 

If you wish to register a Type 1 Opt-out with your GP practice before data sharing starts with NHS Digital, this should be done by returning this form to your GP practice by 23 June 2021 to allow time for processing it. If you have previously registered a Type 1 Opt-out and you would like to withdraw this, you can also use the form to do this. You can send the form by post or email to your GP practice or call 0300 3035678 for a form to be sent out to you.

Data Opt out form

 

If you register a Type 1 Opt-out after your patient data has already been shared with NHS Digital, no more of your data will be shared with NHS Digital. NHS Digital will however still hold the patient data which was shared with us before you registered the Type 1 Opt-out.

 

If you do not want NHS Digital to share your identifiable patient data (personally identifiable data in the diagram above) with anyone else for purposes beyond your own care, then you can also register a National Data Opt-out. There is more about National Data Opt-outs and when they apply in the National Data Opt-out section below.

https://digital.nhs.uk/about-nhs-digital/our-work/keeping-patient-data-safe/how-we-look-after-your-health-and-care-information/your-information-choices/opting-out-of-sharing-your-confidential-patient-information

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.

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.

Book online at  www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination

Care Directory

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.

Stoke-Directory-2021-P3-94_LR-1.pdf (carechoices.co.uk)

Press Release

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

Clinical Director

Leek and Biddulph Primary Care Network

Covid-19 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

Learning Disabilities

Information guides available

Covid 19 Easy Read Leaflet

Covid Vaccination - Who gets it first

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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


Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Wellbeing Service

The Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Wellbeing Service is a team of NHS experts that are attached to your GP practice. We specialise in treating the kinds of common problems that affect all of us at some time. The therapies we provide are evidence-based treatments in line with National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidance, which is a national recommendation of best practice.

Our therapists work in your GP practice and can offer appointments there, or in one of our clinics in your local community. Our aim is to make effective treatment as convenient.

Leaflet for Wellbeing Service

Leaflet for Wellbeing Service - Long Term Conditions

 

Rethink Mental Illness

https://www.rethink.org/

If you would like to know more please contact us on 01538 387111


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


Disabled people exempt from wearing face coverings under new government guidance

Government has set out a list of face covering exemptions, as they are mandatory in additional enclosed spaces from today (Friday 24 July).

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/disabled-people-exempt-from-wearing-face-coverings-under-new-government-guidance

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/face-coverings-when-to-wear-one-and-how-to-make-your-own


UHNM - Community Phlebotomy

North Staffordshire and Stoke CCGs – launch of patient web-based appointment booking system

Online booking service to book an appointment, after booking a text confirmation of date/time/venue will be received.  Click on the link below to book a blood test at your local clinic location.

https://patientconnect.uhnm.nhs.uk/

Blood test information leaflet


Social distancing guidance for young people

The guidance for young people on social distancing was updated on Wednesday 28 July to be in line with the most recent government advice. The guidance provides an overview of a range of topics, including:

  • Protecting different groups of people

  • Social distancing and avoiding close contact

  • Handwashing and respiratory hygiene

  • Face coverings

  • Travelling

  • Getting care

  • Going to work, education or childcare

Guidance: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/stay-alert-and-safe-social-distancing-guidance-for-young-people


Supplying face mask exemption letters to patients

Practices are reporting increases in requests from patients for letters of exemption to wearing face masks in various public settings.

The Government guidance suggests there is no requirement for evidence for exemption. It should be sufficient for someone to declare that they are eligible for an exemption direct with the person questioning them (eg bus driver).

Practices are therefore not required to provide letters of support for those who fall under the list of exemptions, or to those who do not fall under the list of exemptions.

Some transport providers are providing evidence of exemptions themselves, see for example this information from First Bus and Arriva.


Face Coverings when attending the GP Surgery

Face Coverings

If you are asked to come to the surgery for a face to face review/appointment, you will be required to wear a face covering to help keep you and us safe. You can use anything that covers your nose and mouth. Thank you.

Find guidance on how to wear and make a face-covering on GOV.UK.


Guidance for patients taking a holiday

As lockdown eases and tourism begins to reopen around the UK. The BMA have produced a simple guidance poster to help patients mitigate risks and stay safe on their holiday.


Testing and tracing for coronavirus

Get a test to check if you have coronavirus, understand your test result and find out what to do if you're contacted by NHS Test and Trace.

Worried about money?

Act now to reduce financial strain and stress!

Debt Relief Leaflet provided by Citizen advice attached below:

Debt Relief Leaflet


NHS 'Help us help you' - Primary Care

GP Surgeries, pharmacies, dental practices, opticians and other NHS services have made changes to the way you access their care to make it safer for you.  Don't delay, contact us to get the care you need. #HelpUsHelpYou

www.nhs.uk


Health at Home

There are lots of NHS services that you can access from home, find out how at www.nhs.uk/health-at-home

#HealthatHome

It's easy to access NHS services from home.  You can order repeat medications, contact your GP and manage and maintain your wellbeing.  Get information on all of this at www.nhs.uk/health-at-home

#HealthatHome

 


Guidance Note for Parents of Children Returning to School from 1st June 2020

Dear Parents

We are aware that some parents might be understandably anxious about the Government’s recent announcement, advising that children of a certain age return to school in the week commencing 1st June 2020. GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters to a child, in order to confirm their suitability (or otherwise) to return to school.

North Staffordshire Local Medical Committee has therefore prepared this guidance note to help parents, on behalf of your practice, as the statutory body that advises and supports all GPs and practice teams across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire.

Guidance note for Parents of Children Returning to School from 1st June 2020


Cervical Smears

We are now accepting appointment bookings for Cervical Smears from the 1st June 2020 please contact the surgery to book an appointment with one of our Practice Nurses

 

** WE HAVE RECEIVED REPORTS OF A POSSIBLE SCAM** Some women are being contacted by text message, claiming to be from the call and recall service to advise they are overdue for cervical screening. The message asks them to call a mobile number and provide personal details.

These messages are not from the NHS Cervical Screening Programme.

If you receive one of these messages, please do not call the mobile number and do not provide your personal details.


Patient Participation Group Annual General Meeting 2020

The group have been unable to meet together since the meeting on 3rd March 2020, with the current restrictions in place and the uncertainty when the Social Distancing will be relaxed it has been decided to postpone the Annual General meeting due early June until the group can meet normally again.

In accordance with the Constitution of the PPG 14 days due notice will be posted inviting patients to attend, once a date for the Annual General meeting has been decided.

You can be assured that during the current difficult situation the PPG members are still involved on a regular basis on the developments in the Practice, the Primary Care Network and Health and Social Care throughout northern Staffordshire.


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


Access to NHS Dentistry

Please click on the word document below for information as to how to access dental care:

Access to NHS Dentistry - COVID-19


Important advice for parents during COVID-19

Paediatric specialists have developed a pack for parents/carers to help identify when children who are displaying any health concerns should be taken to hospital.  Please use the link below to access the newsletter.

 Child Death Prevention Newsletter


Every Mind Matters

Looking after your mental health

Having good mental health helps us relax more, achieve more and enjoy our lives more.

We have expert advice and practical tips to help you look after your mental health and wellbeing.

Find out more at: www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/ 


Managing your health at home

The coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak means you should only leave your home if it's essential, unless you feel very unwell or you are told to attend an existing appointment for ongoing treatment.

While you are at home it's still easy to get NHS help using your smartphone, tablet or computer.

The Health at Home webpage has information letting you know how to:

  • contact your GP
  • order repeat prescriptions
  • manage long-term conditions
  • maintain your mental and physical wellbeing

If you need an NHS service, try to do it online first. If you cannot get what you need this way try asking a friend or family member to help you, or speak to your GP surgery on the phone.

Find out more at: www.nhs.uk/health-at-home 


NHS App

What the NHS App does

Use the NHS App to:

  • book appointments - search for, book and cancel appointments at your GP surgery, and see details of your upcoming and past appointments
  • order repeat prescriptions - see your available medicines and request a new repeat prescription
  • check your symptoms - search trusted NHS information and advice on hundreds of conditions and treatments, and get instant advice or medical help near you
  • view your medical record - securely access your GP medical record, to see information like your allergies and your current and past medicines
  • register your organ donation decision - choose to donate some or all of your organs and check your registered decision
  • find out how the NHS uses your data - choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning

Find out more at: www.nhs.uk/nhsapp 

 

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