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The NHS in Heywood, Middleton Rochdale and Public Health England (PHE) are extremely well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal. Click here

Call 111 now if you have:

  • a high temperature 37.8 or above
  • A New Continuous cough
  • Loss of taste or smell

Do not go to a GP surgery, community pharmacy or hospital. Call 111, stay indoors and avoid close contact with other people.

 

Further information is available on nhs.uk.

Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also be infected by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.

Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict regulations. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of the hospital and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.

Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:

  • Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.

 

You can find the latest information and advice from Public Health England at Further information is available on nhs.uk

   

Patient Participation Group - (Currently on hold due to the Covid-19 virus)  Join our patient participation group. We hold meetings at the practice on the 3rd Wednesday of every 2nd month at 6:30pm.  No booking necessary, you can just turn up on the day. dates for the year can be found on the Patient group link.

The surgery will be closed for staff training 1 - 6:30 pm on the 2nd Thursday of every monthPlease note the surgery will no longer re-open at 4:00 pm.  When you ring the surgery the answer phone will provide you with the contact number for Bardoc. - In April 2020 this will be the 3rd Thursday 16th.

What should I do if I fall ill when I’m away from home?

If you are ill while away from home or if you are not registered with a doctor but need to see one you can ask to be registered as a temporary patient at a nearby GP practice for up to three months. This process allows you to make use of a local practice but still remain a patient of your permanent GP practice at home. However, after three months, if you still wish to access this practice you will be required to permanently register.

If you wish to register with us as a temporary patient simply contact the practice directly.

 

Seasonal Flu Vaccination Clinic

The flu vaccination is available every year free on the NHS to help protect people at risk of flu and its complications. You should have the flu vaccine if you:

  • are 65 years old or over
  • are pregnant
  • have certain medical conditions (More info here: Who should have the flu jab?)
  • are living in a long-stay residential care home or another long-stay care facility
  • receive a carer's allowance, or you're the main carer for an elderly or disabled person whose welfare may be at risk if you fall ill
  • someone who's at high risk of COVID-19 on the NHS shielded patient list

There will be different vaccines depending on age, the vaccine for patients over the age of 65 years will be in surgery on 18th September and we will be holding a clinic on Saturday 19th & 26th September as well as some through the week.

Children aged 2 & 3 years nasal vaccine should be delivered on 3rd September and there will be clinics on 7th & 10th September as well as Saturday 19th September.

Vaccines for patients in an "AT Risk Group" aged 64 and under will be delivered from 2nd October 2020 and we will be holding further clinics through the week and also Saturday 3rd & 17th October.  If you have your flu vaccination elsewhere please inform the surgery so this can be added to your medical record.

50-64 years old 

Please note that people in the 50-64-year old age group will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine, and no appointments will be offered for this age group until then. This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.  If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

If you are coming to see the doctor or nurse for any other reason you can have your flu vaccine at the same time rather than coming to the clinic. 

Flu (also known as influenza) is a highly infectious illness caused by the flu virus. It spreads rapidly through small droplets coughed or sneezed into the air by an infected person. For most people, flu is unpleasant but not serious. You will usually recover within a week. The flu vaccination is offered to people in at-risk groups. These people are at greater risk of developing serious complications if they catch flu, such as pregnant women and elderly people.

Studies have shown that the best way to avoid catching and spreading flu is by having the vaccination before the flu season starts. The vaccine provides the best protection available against a virus that can cause severe illness, although protection may not be complete and may vary between people. Protection from the vaccine gradually decreases and flu strains change over time. Therefore, new vaccines are made each year and people at risk of flu are encouraged to be vaccinated every year.

Will the flu vaccine protect me against COVID-19?

The flu vaccine won’t protect you against COVID-19 BUT it will help protect you against flu. Helping to protect against flu is particularly important with COVID-19 in circulation because people vulnerable to COVID-19 are also at risk of complications from flu, which can lead to hospital admissions.

Have a look at this leaflet to know who should have the flu vaccine and why (Winter 2020/2021):

Who Should Have a Flu Vaccination

 
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