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
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.
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.
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