News

Smoking Cessation Service is now available to patients to self-refer

The new universal smoking cessation service will commence on the 1st of June 2022. The service will be available for anyone who is living or is registered with a GP in Cheshire West & Chester and would like support to stop smoking.

Please contact Cheshire Change Hub via email or their website or call them on 0300 777 0033 if you want help stopping smoking.

hello@cheshirechangehub.org

www.cheshirechangehub.org

 

NHS App text message: This is not a scam

We’re contacting patients to ask them to update their NHS account using the NHS App or NHS login if their email addresses are missing or incorrect, or if their email or phone number do not match those recently used in other NHS services.

 

For more infomation on the NHS App please follow the link below.

The NHS App.pdf

Ethnicity text message: This is not a scam

We have sent a text message to our patients to confirm their ethnicity.

If you are unable to open the link please give us a call so we can add the information on for you. 

 

Staff training afternoons and Bank Holidays dates 2022

Please see below links for information on when the practice will be closed for Staff Training and Bank Holidays in 2022

Staff Training Afternoons Dates 2022

Bank Holiday Dates 2022

If you require medical attention or advice whilst the Practice is closed, then please call 111.

FOR IMMEDIATE EMERGENCIES PLEASE ATTEND A&E OR ALTERNATIVELY CALL 999.

Veterans in Mind Service Information

Support for ex-Armed Forces personnelat Veterans in Cheshire and Merseyside https://www.gmmh.nhs.uk/military-veterans-services

GMMH020 Veterans in Mind - Trifold (2.3).pdf

Veterans in Mind 120 updated.pdf

 

COVID Vaccination at Park Medical Centre January 2022

We are now undertaking COVID Vaccinations at Park Medical Centre and have a number of appointments available on the mornings of Tuesday 4th and Thursday 5th January 2022 that can be booked via Patient Access / NHS App or by calling the practice on 01244 324136.
 
Subject to demand we are also running a clinic on Sunday 9th January 2022 that can be booked in the same way.
 
This is open to all eligible patients be it First, Second or Booster Vaccinations.

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 NHS App/Patient Access.

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.

Update to Partnership Team

 

We are pleased to announce that Dr Y Brindle has returned from maternity leave.

The Partnership team is as follows:

Dr C Schofield - Senior Partner

Dr Y Brindle 

Dr R Potocki

Dr B Matthews

Dr P McLeod

Mr R McLeod

 

Dr C Lewis retired from the practice at the end of January 2022

 

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

 

Please note that if requesting a sick note/fit note for a new problem you need to book a telephone consultation with a clinician before it can be issued.

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

 

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/

Practice PPG Newsletter Feb 2021

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

 

PPG newsletter.docx

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. About the NHS App - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

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.

 

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

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