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GP Practices focussing on vaccinating clinically vulnerable

GP practices are currently focussing on the vaccination of people aged 16-64 who are clinically vulnerable. As a result, if you are over 65 you may experience a long wait to be vaccinated at your local GP vaccination clinic.

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.

By contacting the national booking service you will gain access to flexible appointments at other local vaccination services seven days per week from 9am – 11pm.

Further details about local vaccination services are available at www.cheshireccg.nhs.uk

Covid-19 Vaccination – First Phase Priority Groups

You can download the Covid-19 Vaccination – First phrase priority groups poster which shows the first phase priority order for patients to receive the Covid-19 vaccination.

Covid-19 SMS / Text Message Scams

Sadly, there are a number of SMS/Text message scams currently taking place, preying on the fears of Covid-19 and sending ‘phishing’ messages to try and trick users into using a bad link.

For more information about this and how to avoid these scams, please download Scams to be aware of regarding Covid-19

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

The roll-out of a Coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine across local communities by groups of GP practices starts in December 2020.

This expands the local roll-out beyond the hospital hubs which started vaccinating on December 8th.

Please help us to deliver the COVID-19 vaccination programme safely and effectively by following this simple guidance:

1. We will contact you when is the right time for you to come forward. Please do not contact the NHS to seek a vaccine before then.

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

3. Please 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.

IMPORTANT CHANGE TO WILLOW WOOD’S APPOINTMENT SYSTEM – From Tuesday 8 December 2020

Please read below details of an important change to Willow Wood’s appointment system from Tuesday 8th December.  Thank you

The surgery is open and we are still here to help with your medical concerns .

During the pandemic we have been offering telephone appointments first, to help decide if you need to come into the surgery.   But now, due to the increasing pressures of delivering the Covid 19 vaccination programme , and to deal with your problems quickly and safely, we are having to change our appointment system.

From Tuesday 8th December if  you need  an appointment with a doctor,  or have an administration query or sick note request,  we are asking all our patients to complete an online consultation request. 

To do this go on  to our website www.willowwoodsurgery.nhs.uk and look for the big blue box that says contact your doctors online.

Once you have submitted an online request  the surgery will contact you, usually on the same day, to arrange next steps.

If the doctor needs to see you we will still be offering face to face appointments when appropriate.

If you do not have access to the internet, please hold to speak to reception.

If you do have symptoms of Covid 19, please contact NHS 111online.

If your problem is serious and life threatening, please dial 999.

Please only come in to the surgery if you have a booked appointment.  You will be asked to wear a face covering and maintain social distancing.

Thank you for your support during these challenging times.

Dr Judi Price

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.

Your COVID Recovery helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery. Find out more information at www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk 

Flu Vaccinations for 50-64 year olds

Please note, if you are in the 50-64-year old age group you will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine. 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.

Thank you 

Sign up if you are interested in taking part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial

If you would be interested in the NHS contacting you about taking part in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine studies in the UK, then go to: https://www.nhs.uk/sign-up-to-be-contacted-for-research

This does not automatically sign you up to take part in a specific study but just lets researchers know you’re happy to be contacted if they think you might be suitable to take part in their studies.

GermDefence – Simple steps to reduce viruses in your home

A new online tool has been developed by The University of Southampton giving advice on simple steps we can take at home to protect us from the new Coronavirus (Covid-19).

This advice was developed by health experts and proved to reduce illness in a study of over 20,000 people. People who followed the advice in Germ Defence were less likely to catch pandemic flu or other viruses – and if they did become ill the illness was shorter and milder on average.

How does it work?

COVID-19 is caught in the same way as other viruses. Germ Defence provides advice on how you can protect yourself using the same methods that have worked for other viruses.

It only takes around 10 minutes to go through the information – but it could protect you from the coronavirus, along with a lifetime of fewer colds and flu. Click here to take part.