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We are recruiting!

We are looking to enhance our practice and PCN team, have a look at these exciting opportunities to progress your career in healthcare:

https://beta.jobs.nhs.uk/candidate/jobadvert/A2551-21-2033 - Operations Manager - Compliance, IT and Data Quality

https://beta.jobs.nhs.uk/candidate/jobadvert/A2551-21-9317 - Operations Manager - Practice and Patient Services (Maternity Cover)

https://beta.jobs.nhs.uk/candidate/jobadvert/A2551-21-9825 - Care Coordinator

https://beta.jobs.nhs.uk/candidate/jobadvert/A2551-21-1704 - Clinical Pharmacist

Flu 2021/2022 season (19/08/2021)

Flu

We will shortly be commencing with our annual flu programme, with 2021/22 expected to be the biggest season yet.

Our over 65's have been contacted and invited to book in for our Saturday clinics running from 25th September onwards. Mid-week appointments will be added.

 

Under 65's in at risk cohorts will be contacted over the next few weeks. The surgery will then open bookings for any patients aged 50-64 and children aged 2-4 years.

 

COVID BOOSTERS

We are awaiting government guidance on the administration of covid boosters and eligible cohorts. Once we understand how the booster programme will work we will be in contact with our eligible patients to arrange this.

 

Please check back regularly for updates.

Cafe 71 - Spider project

Cafe71 is commissioned by CWP NHS trust to offer a crisis response service 10am-midnight 365 days per year for the whole of CW&C. They are a team of skilled people with time to listen and have lots of connections to other sources of help.

 

Please see attached poster and August timetable.

cafe_71_flyer.pdf

Appointments system

Park Medical are still operating a telephone triage appointment system. 

If, after your initial telephone consultation it is determined you require a face to face appointment this will be arranged by the GP/Nurse.

Each GP has two pre-bookable appointments per session. These appointments are released at 8am for 3 days and 7 days in advance. These appointments may not always be available when you call, but please be assured we are reviewing our capacity and demand on a regular basis.

Online bookable appointments are released at 8am seven days in advance via Patient Access/NHS App.

Appointments for smears, implants and HCA appointments are available in advance.

Please call after 10am for results and any queries

Our appointments system is subject to ongoing review against the latest government and NHS England Guidance.

Changes to Partnership Team

 

We are pleased to announce Dr P McLeod joined the Partnership Team in July 2021.

The Partnership team is as follows:

Dr C Schofield - Senior Partner

Dr Y Brindle - Currently on maternity leave. Back in practice early 2022

Dr R Potocki

Dr B Matthews

Dr P McLeod

Mr R McLeod

Contact the practice without making an appointment

 

You can use Patient Triage via the link: https://florey.accurx.com/p/N81046 

This service has recently replaced E-Consult. It can be used for a range of things such as:

  • Admin Query - sick note/fit note, test results, repeat prescription, anything else admin relate
  • Medical issues - contact us regarding any new or exisiting medical issues/conditions
  • Online advice - symptom checker, advice and guidance

COVID Vaccination update - June 2021

Park Medical Centre, alongside both Cheshire East and Chester Central Primary Care Networks, have now completed Phase 1 of the vaccination programme.

This means that we will no longer be inviting our patients to attend for a vaccine. Any eligible patients will need to book via the National Booking Service online or by calling 119.

If for any reason you missed your appointment with us, you will need to contact 119 to arrange to have this elsewhere.

St Columba's carried out an astonishing 28, 311 vaccines in total.

How to access your COVID-19 vaccination status

Through the NHS App

You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from 17 May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.

You do not need to contact us to register for the NHS APP! This is done via your NHS Number.

By calling 119

If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 working days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 7 working days to reach you.

The letter will be sent automatically to the address registered with your GP. The 119 call handler you speak to will not be able to see your address to check this with you. If you’ve recently moved house, make sure you’ve given your new address to your GP practice before calling 119.

Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.

Contact the practice without making an appointment

You can use Patient Triage via the link: https://florey.accurx.com/p/N81046 

This service has recently replaced E-Consult. It can be used for a range of things such as:

  • Admin Query - sick note/fit note, test results, repeat prescription, anything else admin relate
  • Medical issues - contact us regarding any new or exisiting medical issues/conditions
  • Online advice - symptom checker, advice and guidance

 

Mental Health Awareness week 10-16th May

Every Mind Matters Mind Plan

There are things we can all do to look after our mental wellbeing. The Every Mind Matters can get you started with a free NHS online plan, showing you simple steps to help manage anxiety, sleep better and boost your mood. https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/ 
 
In addition to the Every Mind Matters Mind Plan there is a wealth of content which includes practical tips and videos from experts on dealing with stress and anxiety, boosting your mood, sleeping better and what you can do to help others – including advice for parents and for children and young people
 
The Every Mind Matters platform has been continuously updated to support people during the COVID-19 outbreak, and has a COVID-19 hub that includes tips and support on how to deal with change, cope with money worries and job uncertainty and how to look after your mental wellbeing while staying at home.

Vaccination update 30/04/21

We are continuing to offer first and second doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to people in cohorts 1-9. This includes those aged 50 and over, health and care workers, unpaid carers and those with a health condition that puts them at greater risk.

If you are eligible and haven’t been vaccinated yet, please speak to a member of practice staff to book your appointment. We will contact everyone when it is time for the second dose.

If you are aged 18 to 49, you will be contacted by the NHS when it is your turn and you will be able to choose from a range of local vaccination services including community pharmacies, hospital hubs and vaccination centres. Alternatively you can call 119 to make an appointment.

Information on the vaccine is available on the NHS.UK website.

AstraZeneca Vaccine queries

For any queries regarding the potential blood clot risks from the AstraZeneca vaccine please visit the below link for more information:

https://www.cheshireccg.nhs.uk/news/news-stories/reports-of-very-rare-blood-clots/

COVID Vaccination Update - 18/03/2021

As a practice and in partnership with other Chester GP surgeries running the St Columba’s vaccination site, we will now only be booking appointments for our patients to receive their 2nd COVID Vaccines. If you are aged 50 or over or are classed as Clinically Vulnerable and have not yet been invited for your 1st Vaccine dose,  please follow this link to book your 1st appointment at one of the Mass Vaccination Centres: Chester Racecourse being the closest https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/  

If you had your first vaccination with a practice, the practice will contact you in due course to arrange your 2nd Vaccination 11 to 12 weeks after your first vaccination. Please do not contact us to chase this appointment date.

Practice Nurse Role - Vacancy

Park Medical Centre currently have a vacancy for a 12 months fixed term Practice Nurse. Please visit https://beta.jobs.nhs.uk/candidate/jobadvert/A2551-21-0872 for more information or to apply for the role.

Vaccination Update - 26/02/2021

Aged 60-64? - In the next week you will receive a letter from The National Booking service inviting you for a COVID-19 vaccination. This service offers appointments at NHS Vaccination Centres such as Chester Racecourse, Alderley Park Conference Centre and five pharmacies across Cheshire from 9am-11pm, seven days a week.

GP-led services are currently focusing on vaccinating people aged 16-64 who are clinically vulnerable.

The JCVI have recently announced that phase 2 of the vaccination programme will focus on those patients aged 49-18 - we do not yet have a start date for this, however phase 1 is expected to be finished approximately end July. Please do not contact us.

 

Vaccination Update - 23/02/2021

Park Medical Centre are currently calling any patients who are in Cohort 6. This cohort is any patient aged 16-64 and who is clinically vulnerable. 

Mass vaccination sites such as Chester Racecourse will be contacting any patient in Cohort 5 (age 65-69) however if you are over 65 and haven’t yet had your coronavirus vaccine you can do this now by contacting the national booking service via www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or by calling 119.

 

Carer vaccination update

  • Carers already registered with their GP. Adult carers who are flagged within GP systems will be offered a vaccination at their local GP-led service. Please wait to be contacted.

 

  • Carers who receive a Carer's Allowance and Carer Top-up Allowances through Universal Credits. Information about people falling into these groups will be shared with the NHS National Booking System, which will contact them by letter with advice about how to book a vaccine. In the meantime, please do not contact your GP, local authority or local NHS services.

 

  • Carers registered with their local authority and carers' agencies. Local authorities will be asked to provide information relating to people in this group to the NHS National Booking System. The NHS national booking service will contact them by letter with advice about how to book a vaccine. In the meantime, please do not contact your GP, local authority or local NHS services.

 

  • There will be a number of carers who do not fall into the groups above. More information will be made available in the coming weeks which will allow people who don’t fall into these groups to register. In the meantime, please do not contact your GP, local authority or local NHS services.

Practice PPG Newsletter Feb 2021

The Park PPG have put together a newlestter. Please view this here:

 

PPG newsletter.docx

COVID19 Vaccination Programme 14th Jan 2021

Park Medical Centre are pleased to announce we will be commencing with the COVID19 vaccination programme from 14th January. Appointments will be held at St Columba's Church Hall.

Please do not contact us to book an appointment. We will contact you when it is your turn, in line with the JCVI cohorts.

Any patients who are carers or Healthcare professionals are to refer to the below information:

‘NHS Cheshire CCG is working to co-ordinate capacity across hospital, pharmacy and GP-led services so that we can ensure that frontline health or care workers receive their vaccination as soon as possible.   Please contact them on cheshireccg.covid19staffresponses@nhs.net if you feel that you are a frontline health or care worker and they will add your details to their list.   Please be assured that all eligible (as set out in Chapter 14a of the Green Book) frontline health and care staff will be contacted and offered a first vaccine in the coming weeks.’

COVID Vaccination update 24/12/2020

Park Medical Centre have not yet been given a start date for the vaccination programme from NHS England.

We understand that people are anxious to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. However, please don’t contact your GP practice, local hospital or council to seek a COVID-19 vaccine appointment – appointments cannot be made in this way.

More COVID-19 vaccination services will be available near you early in the New Year and the NHS will contact you when it’s the right time to come forward. If you’re eligible for a vaccine, but are yet to be contacted, please remain patient. You will not be missed.

This is just the beginning of the largest vaccination programme the country has ever seen and we will make sure that the people who need it most (and those that care for them) are able to access the vaccine in a safe way with the least delay.

When you are invited for a vaccine, please act on your invite and make sure you attend appointments when you arrange them.

Please also continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing and hand hygiene guidance as, until a vaccine has been fully rolled out, this is the most effective way to reduce transmission of the virus and help save lives.

 

If you wish to volunteer to help with the vaccination programme, please refer to the below information:

 

If a patient wishes to register to volunteer to help with the vaccination programme as a non-clinician eg as a marshal, meeter and greeter etc then they are to register via: 

https://www.goodsamapp.org/NHSvolunteerresponders

 

If a patient is a clinician with active cover and wishes to volunteer to jab they are to register their interest via:

 

Cheshireccg.covid19@nhs.net

Supporting your recovery after COVID-19

As you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind.

These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.

The Your COVID Recovery website helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery.

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

The Government has asked the NHS to get ready for a Covid-19 vaccination programme so we can begin offering the vaccine as soon as is it is available.

 

This is not likely to be in the next few days or weeks, however, and no timeline has yet been set. 

 

Although a vaccine has not yet been approved for use in the UK, we are however, looking at how we might prioritise its delivery when it is.

 

This might mean that we prioritise the use of the test so that a smaller numbers of people – who are considered the most vulnerable – will be vaccinated first, with others  being offered the vaccine in the new year.  

 

The NHS will follow clinical guidance for who will be vaccinated first. Although there has been a recent and encouraging announcement about the use of a vaccine recently, there is currently no timeline for the roll-out of a vaccine and we will update our information as it becomes available. 

 

In the meantime, we are encouraging people to have their flu vaccination as soon as possible in preparation for this winter. By protecting yourself against the flu virus, you will be also protecting family and friends.

 

Who will get the vaccine?

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recently published updated advice on the priority groups to receive COVID-19 vaccine when it becomes available, advising that vaccines should first be given to care home residents and staff, followed by people aged over 80 and health and social workers, before being rolled out to the rest of the population in order of age and risk.

 

The JCVI will continue to update its advice as more information becomes available on vaccine effectiveness, safety and clinical characteristics. This will in turn be reflected in the NHS’s plans.

COVID Germ Defence

We are letting you know about a very useful website called Germ Defence which was created by a team of doctors and scientists to give you advice that has been proven to reduce the spread of viruses in the home. It can help you plan how to protect yourself and members of your family from infection by COVID-19 and ‘flu.  

 It’s easy to use and only takes 10 minutes - just click on this link: 

 www.germdefence.org/index.html?src=N81046

 

COVID Recovery

If you have tested positive for Coronavirus please visit: https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/ 

Face Mask Exemption Cards

Please note we are receiving a large volume of calls regarding face mask guidance and exemptions. Please visit Face mask exemption cards for exemption cards.

Changes to Partnership Team

October 2020 - Dr Chris Lewis has retired as Senior Partner. Dr Lewis will be taking a short sabbatical and returning to Park Medical Centre in November.

Dr Claire Schofield is now Senior Partner.

In addition Mr Richard McLeod has joined the Partnership as Business Partner, in a non-clinical role.

The Partnership team is as follows:

Dr C Schofield - Senior Partner

Dr Y Brindle

Dr R Potocki

Dr B Matthews

Mr R McLeod

NHS APP

Park Medical Centre are now using the NHS APP. Download today via the App store.

The App gives you access to view your medical record/allergies, order prescriptions and have them sent direct to your nominated Pharmacy, book appointments (currently disabled), book your flu jab appointment - if eligible, connect to NHS 111 and use e-Consult.

Unlike Patient Access you will not need to visit the Practice to request access.

Flu Vaccinations 2020-2021

19/10/2020 - Park Medical Centre are getting ready for winter and making sure as many people as possible are protected against flu.  

Last month, the government announced the most comprehensive flu programme ever, with more people eligible for the free NHS vaccine which will start to be delivered from the end of September. 

As plans are put in place to vaccinate hundreds of thousands of people locally, the NHS is looking at how it may have to do things differently this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. We will therefore be operating a pre-booked appointment only system, which will be accessible through NHS App and Patient Access.

We will be looking to vaccinate over 65's, those with pre-exisiting conditions and 2-4 year olds first before we roll out to the new additions to the vaccination programme.

Please wait to hear from us when the appointments are available to book.

For those patients in the 50-64 year old cohort, and carers, we are still awaiting further information from the government regarding the supply of vaccinations. We believe these may be available from end Nov onwards.

Those eligible for vaccination this year are: 

    • people who are on the shielded patient list and members of their household 
    • all school year groups up to year 7 
    • people aged 65 and over
    • pregnant women 
    • those with pre-existing conditions including at-risk under-2s. There is no need to call your GP practice to book an appointment for a vaccination yet. If you are eligible, your GP will be in touch to let you know when, and what you need to do to get yours. 
    • Later in the autumn, people aged 50 to 64 will also be invited to get the vaccination.

Electronic Prescribing Service

We are upgrading to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS 4) which will mean that almost all our prescriptions will be processed electronically and sent directly to your 'nominated Pharmacy' from 7th September 2020.

Electronic prescriptions help save the NHS money.

Read more about EPS on the NHS website.

Guidance for parents of children returning to school in June or July 2020

Please see this guidance from Cheshire LMC noting that GPs are unfortunately not in a position to provide individual risk assessments for children, nor letters to confirm their suitability or otherwise to return to school. We hope that you find this information useful.

Schools and Covid-19 May 2020.docx

COVID-19 Practice Update 28.04.2020

As a practice, we've needed to make some substantial changes to the way we work in order to protect our patients and our staff. We've moved our appointment system to telephone triage and now handle most of our patient queries or concerns over the telephone. This has been facilitated by technology which has enabled us to video call some of our patients. We have also encouraged patients to e-mail in pictures, which has been particularly helpful in diagnosing and managing skin conditions and the like.

 

We recognise that not all concerns can be handled by phone, and on the rare occasion we have needed to see a patient in person, we have taken every step possible to protect them and us. We are arranging specific times for them to attend the surgery to avoid contact with other patients. We are giving patients a mask at the door and cleaning the examination room down thoroughly before and after they have been seen. Our clinicians are wearing aprons, gloves, masks and goggles for all patient encounters.

 

As expected, we are seeing cases of Covid-19 in our patient population. We are closely monitoring this alongside the number of cases at the Countess of Chester and within the Cheshire region. We work closely with our Community Care Team and our neighbouring practices within our Primary Care Network, keeping one another abreast with changes as they happen.

 

As a practice, we want to thank our patients for their continuing and ongoing support through these times. We recognise that there are challenges which lie ahead and further changes will be needed to the way in which we work. Patient care is our upmost priority and we will endeavour to maintain this.

 

Online Appointment Booking suspended until further notice

Online appointment booking has been temporarily suspended to more effectively manage access to the practice in light of the need to contain and delay the impact of the Cornavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. We thank you for your patience.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Patient Update

As a GP Practice, we are often your first point of contact when you feel unwell or need medical advice. You may have some questions regarding your ability to access Park Medical Centre. We remain open for urgent medical care and queries both via telephone, e-consult and Patient Access (repeat prescriptions), with attendance at practice strictly by clinician request. Please note that changes will be likely as we receive new guidance, we will communicate with patients as and when we deem it to be appropriate.

    • ANYONE who has a new persistent cough and/or fever (37.8 +) must self-isolate at home for 10 days.
    • If anyone in your household displays these symptoms, you must self isolate for 14 days.

If you have serious symptoms that you cannot manage at home, please use NHS 111 online at 111.nhs.uk/covid-19 (Please only call NHS 111 if you cannot get online).

If you have symptoms please visit: https://www.nhs.uk/ask-for-a-coronavirus-test -to book a Coronavirus test. Testing is now available to anyone with symptoms.


After 7 days of self-isolation, if you feel better and no longer have a high temperature you can return to your normal routine. If you have not had any signs of improvement after 7 days and have not already sought medical advice, you should use NHS 111 online before you leave your home or let visitors in.
Cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean that you must continue to stay at home for more than 7 days.

    • Following NHS England guidelines we have implemented full triage of all requests that will be responded to by the appropriate health care professional
    • If you are not registered with GP online services we advise you to register with the NHS App, which is easy to set up and doesn’t require you to come into the practice to activate it. 

We hope this advice is useful to you, please follow and monitor our website/Facebook page for updates.

Thank you for your co-operation during this challenging period.

Novel Coronavirus - Isolation Notes

Isolation Notes at www.111.nhs.uk/isolation-note

The NHS is issuing Isolation Notes for those who have been told to stay at home because of Coronavirus and you need a note for your employer.

This service is only for people who:

  • Have symptoms of coronavirus and have used the 111 online coronavirus service
  • Have been told by a healthcare professional they have symptoms of coronavirus
  • Live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus

Novel Coronavirus - Misinformation about COPD Rescue Packs

There has been some incorrect information about Asthma and COPD rescue packs on social media recently. These packs are only for bacterial infections which Coronavirus is not (it is a virus). If you don’t normally have an Asthma or COPD rescue pack.

You should not contact your GP practice to order one. You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel you have symptoms of COVID-19, go to https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19 before doing anything else.

Urgent Dental Care Information

Do you have Asthma?

Please help the practice in managing your condition by completing this online Asthma Annual Review Form

Physio First Service

Don't forget that our Physio-First Physiotherapist can give advice and help with musculo-skeletal problems!!

Change in GP Partners at Park Medical Centre

Effective from 7th October 2019 Dr Neil Blacklock has retired as a GP Partner, he will be returning following a short sabbatical in the role of Salaried GP from 8th November 2019. 

In alignment with this Dr Beth Matthews has joined as a Partner from Monday 7th October 2019, with all Partners confirmed as follows:

  • Dr Chris Lewis (Senior Partner)
  • Dr Claire Schofield 
  • Dr Yvette Brindle 
  • Dr Roland Potocki
  • Dr Beth Matthews
  • Mr Richard McLeod - Business Partner