Padgate Medical Centre
Padgate Medical Centre, 12 Station Road South, Padgate, Warrington | Tel: 01925 815333 | WARCCG.firstname.lastname@example.org
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Update following the Government announcement 12th July 2021
Throughout the pandemic we have strived to make the surgery safe for all patients & staff and will continue to do so. From the 19TH JULY NOTHING WILL CHANGE AT THE SURGERY – patients will need to still wear a mask or visor (if exempt from wearing a mask), socially distance & sanitise on entering the building. Staff will continue to wear PPE.
We understand it can be frustrating for patient’s that our door access will remain restricted but we know when people come to see us they are sick and vulnerable so we feel it would be wrong to not take these precautions that can protect people. We also need to protect our team in order that there is no interruption in our service.
In terms of opening up, as many of you know, WE HAVE NEVER BEEN SHUT & in fact have consulted with much higher numbers of patients than we did pre-Covid, not discounting vaccinating 90% of the over 50’s population in 6 months.
Padgate MC has come far in trying to minimise the impact of Covid and we are sure you understand that we need to keep the surgery safe for ALL patients
Padgate Medical Centre We remain open and here for you.
Padgate Medical Centre is continuing to provide services as we have been doing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We are prioritising delivering of care and services based on clinical needs.
If you need medical advice or treatment, please visit the e-consult section of our website and send us your query. Our opening hours are 08.00am – 18.30pm Monday to Friday. If you do not have access to the internet our Patient Advisers will be happy to help and assist in completing your online request (this may require our Patient Advisers to call you back). Please ring the surgery on 01925 815333.
Due to coronavirus, how you contact us will be different at the moment. This is to limit face-to-face contact whenever possible and help stop the spread of coronavirus.
When you phone or go online, you will be asked to provide some information about your healthcare need. This will help the practice healthcare team assess the most appropriate way to provide your care, which may include a face-to-face consultation and ensure it is provided by the most appropriate person. Face-to-face appointments are available to all patients where there is a clinical need.
eConsult requests for non-urgent help which are available between 08.00am 18.30pm.
Alternatively, visit the local pharmacy for clinical advice on minor health concerns.
For urgent issues or out of hours, you can also call the NHS on 111 or go online to seek NHS advice 111.nhs.uk
Appointments are being delivered face-to-face, by telephone, or using video calls and messaging to your mobile or computer – the practice team will assess what is most appropriate for you and if you have a preference you can discuss this with them.
Attending a face-to-face appointment
If you are asked to come into the surgery for a face-to-face appointment, please remember to wear a face covering. Measures are in place to keep you safe from infection during your visit to the surgery. If you have a disability or condition which means you cannot wear a face covering or cannot communicate with someone who is wearing a face mask, or require other adjustments before your appointment, please let the surgery know ahead of your arrival
Our staff are working extremely hard to provide services and care and we would like to thank our patients for your continued support.
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.
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.
eConsult will be switched off Monday to Friday from 18.30pm and switched back on 08.00am to next working day.
Please note eConsults are to be used for Non Urgent medical conditions only.
NHS COVID-19 vaccination programme update
Our GP-led local vaccination service is providing vaccinations to people in cohorts 1-9 and this will continue.
We will not be providing a vaccination service for people aged 18 to 49 when they become eligible. If you are in this cohort, you will be able to get your vaccination at other local vaccination services including hospital hubs, community pharmacies and larger vaccination centres.
What this means for you?
Includes those aged 50 and over, health and care workers, unpaid carers and those with a health condition that puts them at greater risk.
We are continuing to book in people in cohorts 1-9 who have not yet been vaccinated for their first dose and we will carry on doing this to make sure that no-one is left behind.
If you are eligible and haven’t had your first dose yet, please contact the practice now to make your appointment.
We will be able to give the second dose to everyone who has had their first dose of the vaccine with us. We will invite you for your second dose when this is due.
People aged 18 to 49
Vaccinations have been delivered according to priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI).
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
When your age group becomes eligible, you will be able to book your vaccine and choose a local service through the national booking service at www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination or by phoning 119.
Please do not contact us to get an appointment. Information on the vaccine is available on the NHS.UK website.
Your second coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine
Due to new advice from the UK Chief Medical Officers, the new medical advice is that the second dose of the vaccine remains effective when given up to 12 weeks after the first dose, and should be given towards the end of this 12 week period.
While you will need two doses of the vaccine to get the best long-term protection from the virus, you will still have a significant level of protection at 22 days after you received the first dose. The new guidance will also help ensure that as many people as possible benefit from the first dose of the vaccine as soon as possible. Please be reassured that there are no safety concerns in the new guidance, and it will not impact on how effective the vaccination is in protecting you from Covid-19 once the course is complete.
You do not need to call us. We will call you to regarding your second vaccine appointment.
It is important to note that even when you have received your vaccine, you must continue to follow government guidance on social distancing and wearing a mask, as well as the additional measures in place in your area.
We look forward to seeing you for your second vaccine dose at the right time.
For more information on the vaccine, please visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
Click on the link to Download the NHS App
What is eConsult, and how does it work?
Please note we do not accept prescription requests via eConsult
Please post your request in the letter box at the surgery or by clicking on the link on the home page ‘Order Your Prescription’ to submit via systmonline patient services – please contact reception to obtain your username & password
Referrals into hospital
Referrals to hospital specialists for non-urgent conditions have now reopened. However due to the temporary suspension of routine referrals during the pandemic, there is now a backlog and you may have to wait longer for treatment. You will receive advice about how to self-manage your condition in the meantime, but if your condition significantly worsens you should contact your GP.
Urgent referrals are still operating as usual. However, these referrals will be triaged before being accepted. This restriction does not impact cancer referrals (often referred to as ‘Two Week Waits’) and HOT clinic referrals as these are being processed as usual.
Padgate Medical Centre
would like to thank our patients for their patience and understanding.