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Covid Vaccine Second Dose - NHS Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group Update 

Despite recent media coverage outlining a national supply issue, everyone in Cheshire West who has already had their first dose COVID vaccine will be offered their second dose within 12 weeks. Available vaccine supply is being prioritised for this purpose. 
 
Most vaccination services in Cheshire West started vaccinating patients in early January and it has been determined nationally that second doses should be offered as close to week eleven as possible, following first dose. 
 
Clinics are carefully planned around confirmed vaccination delivery dates in order to minimise disruption to patients. When confirmation of the delivery date for second dose vaccines has been received your GP practice will contact you to arrange your second dose appointment.

 


Latest Covid Vaccination Booking News (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.


Covid Vaccine Prioritisation Update (Clinical Need)

We know that many people are eager to be vaccinated as soon as possible. We also understand that some patients will be concerned that they are not in the first groups prioritised for vaccination but may feel their circumstances or condition means they should be.
 
The decision about which order people are vaccinated in is set nationally by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and are being delivered according to priority groups Your GP practice or individual GP is not allowed to vary from that priority order and is unable to make exceptions in individual cases. Your medical consultant or local counsellors are also unable to agree a variation from the national rules.
 
We are working together with other GP Practices to ensure we can vaccinate patients as quickly as possible and appreciate your support in this regard and your understanding as we progress through the groups for vaccinations as quickly as possible.

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.

Information on the vaccine is available on the NHS.UK

The national booking service is available online here http://www.nhs.uk/covidvaccination or by calling 119.


Car Park Charges Update

From Monday 15th February 2021, the GP Partners have requested for the car park charges to be re-introduced.  There is a nominal charge of £1 to park in the car park; however registered disabled patients (blue badge/permit holders) and patients coming to the Practice by licensed taxi are exempt.

Should you wish to park whilst visiting the Practice you will need to purchase a token to exit the car park from the token machine located inside the Practice (on the wall near reception).

This system was introduced in 2004 due to car park capacity being used by non-patients visiting the City, causing difficulties for patients being able to park. By introducing this system it has allowed us to be able to offer parking to our patients whilst they are using the Practice. Any income generated by the token payments is directed back into the practice to pay for additional clinicians to improve patient services; this benefits all of our patients.


Patient Survey 2021

Some patients registered at this GP practice will soon be invited to take part in a national survey about their experiences of local NHS services.

It covers issues that concern patients, such as access to care and satisfaction with treatment.
If you receive a questionnaire, please help NHS England by filling it in as soon as possible.

It is really important that we hear your views, even if you have received a questionnaire like this before. Your response will help us to improve GP practices and other local NHS services so they better meet your needs.

Visit http://www.gp-patient.co.uk/ to find out more.


Volunteer To Help The NHS

The NHS Volunteer Responders scheme set up by NHS England and NHS Improvement, in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service, is currently seeking new members in the Chester and Ellesmere Port area to support the local community. To join, they need you to:

¨Live in England and be over the age of 18

¨Use a smartphone. This is because tasks will be sent directly to your phone through the GoodSAM app. Don’t worry if you are not familiar with this technology, there is plenty of help available

¨Decide which of the NHS Volunteer Responder role/s you would like to do

¨Consider your own health condition when choosing role/s

¨Be able to volunteer as much as you possibly can The app-based scheme enables volunteers to mark themselves on or off duty depending on their availability, making it easy to fit volunteering around other commitments.

To register as an NHS Volunteer Responder go to www.goodsamapp.org/NHSvolunteerresponders 


Supporting 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 NHSE website link below helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery. It is a website to support people with ongoing symptoms and is designed to help people recover from the long-term effects of COVID-19, provides information for family, friends & carers and includes information from rehabilitation experts about how to manage ongoing symptoms and health needs at home.

https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/


Novel Coronavirus - Isolation Notes

These can be found 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 Coronovisus 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

Health and Lifestyle Essentials Weight Management Programme

The Health and Lifestyle Essentials weight management programme offers an interactive and friendly online 12 week group session to support patients with weight loss and lifestyle changes.

What are we offering?

•             Weekly online interactive presentations delivered by a Health and Lifestyle Advisor.
•             The opportunity to be weighed at each group session (face to face sessions only)
•             To be provided with a welcome pack with useful resources (face to face sessions only)
•             A friendly, positive and encouraging environment
•             Direct referral on to Tier 3 specialist services if requested
Location
We currently have sessions running online only via Microsoft teams due to local covid restrictions.
Who is eligible?
•             Patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40kg/m2 or over
•             Must be registered with a West Cheshire GP Practice.

How to self refer - please click here for instructions


 Electronic Prescriptions

Most prescriptions are now signed, sent and processed electronically. Patients have 2 choices for how this works.
 
1. You can choose a pharmacy or dispenser to dispense all your prescriptions. When you get a prescription, it will be sent electronically to the dispenser you have chosen. You can collect your medicines or appliances without having to hand in a paper prescription.
2. You can decide each time you are issued a prescription where you would like it to be dispensed. When you are issued a prescription, you will be given a paper copy that you can take to any pharmacy or other dispenser in England. The paper copy will contain a unique barcode that will be scanned to download your prescription from the secure NHS database.
Paper prescriptions will continue to be available in special circumstances, but almost all prescriptions will be processed electronically.
 
Please click here for further information.

 

 


  

Better Health Campaign

Nearly two thirds (63%) of adults in the UK are overweight or living with obesity. Gaining weight is often a gradual process that takes place over a number of years and modern life doesn’t always make it easy. This extra weight causes pressure to build up around vital organs, making it harder for the body to fight against diseases like cancer, heart disease and now COVID-19.

The Better Health webpage at nhs.uk/BetterHealth provides tools to help people manage their weight loss – from checking BMI to accessing free support tools including the NHS 12-week weight loss plan.

The NHS 12-week weight loss plan, available via a new app, promotes evidence based safe and sustainable weight loss. It helps users to make healthier choices, by providing the most up to date evidence based healthy eating and physical activity advice in a magazine format that enables you to keep track of calorie intake, portions of fruit and veg, physical activity level and teaches skills to prevent weight gain.

 


Visyon - A charity supporting the emotional health of children, young people and their families 

If you are a child or young person, Visyon can help you improve your mental health so that you feel better about yourself and the things that happen in your day-to-day life. If you are a parent, grandparent or carer, you can come to us to gain the skills to give your child the support they need.

Visyon are now offering a range of telephone and online services and releasing weekly schedules of free activities so that young people stay up to date and get involved with with what's going on.

Visit their website for further information www.visyon.org.uk

 


Number 71 Chester

 

Number 71 is a new mental health resource in Chester - A calm, safe and supportive venue, offering non-clinical support. Open to anyone in the Chester and Cheshire West area (18+) experiencing a self-defined crisis, looking to improve well-being and develop resilience. Members will be encouraged to bring their assets, interests, skills, experience and personality to build a creative and supportive community. 

At the moment due to social distancing, they ask that people call before attending on: 01244 393139.

Open 10am – midnight every day. From mid/late July should begin to operate some group activities that members will be able to take part in once enrolled.

Prospective volunteers can call 01244 393139 or email (enquiries.chester@spiderproject.org.uk). 

No.71 Leaflet

No.71 Activity Schedule

 


 

Cheshire West & Chester Council - Support 

A dedicated response for people living in west Cheshire has been launched to support those vulnerable groups at higher risk from serious complications as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) infection.

A helpline has been created to provide advice and support, and where necessary make arrangements for food, medicines and social contact.

0300 123 7031

  • Monday to Friday: 8am until 7pm
  • Saturday: 8am until 6pm

You can also email:  Email: enquiries@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk

Deafness Support Network (DSN)

The Deafness Support Network is providing a relay service to people who cannot use the telephone. Contact: 07786 200547 (text only) or email: dsn@dsnonline.co.uk.

 


Sexual and domestic abuse web chat

Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service has increased its Live Chat service since lockdown started and is available for confidential conversations weekdays from 10am to 4pm and on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm.

Click here to  access the Live Chat.


 NHS Diabetes Advice Helpline


NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a new helpline in response to disruption to normal diabetes services due to the COVID-19 pandemic and response. The service is for adults living with diabetes who use insulin to manage their condition and require immediate clinical advice. Whether you or a member of your household have caught the virus, or routine care has been disrupted, the helpline is available for immediate clinical advice to help you understand how to effectively manage their diabetes. You can access NHS Diabetes Advice via Diabetes UK’s support line on 0345 123 2399 Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm.

  


 Emergency Dental Treatment

Revive Dental Care offers NHS Emergency Dental Clinics across Cheshire and Merseyside, with emergency appointments for patients who need urgent treatment, advice and support on dental queries or referral to other services.


If you need help with an urgent dental problem, call our Emergency Helpline, available from 9am to 9.30pm every day, including weekends and Bank Holidays.

Please note: this is an appointment only service - we do not operate a ‘drop-in’ service at any of our surgeries.

Emergency Telephone:0161 476 9651

Out of hours emergency dental care for patients in Cheshire and Merseyside is accessed via our Dental Helpline on 0161 476 9651 from 9am to 9.30pm every day, including weekends and Bank Holidays.


The service is provided according to strict clinical criteria, and when you call you’ll be assessed by a member of our clinical team to make sure your problem comes under either:

• Trauma - this is usually caused by a blow to the face, a lost filling is not classed as trauma

• Swelling of the face

• Bleeding - uncontrolled, such as after an extraction

• Pain that can’t be controlled by pain relief medicines


If you’re given an appointment and your problem doesn’t fit any of the above, you’ll still have to pay the NHS fee but may receive advice and not treatment.
Clinic times vary, and at busy times or when your local clinic’s not available you may be offered an appointment at an alternative location.


Every Mind Matters

During this difficult time it is important to look after your mental health whilst at home , please see the link below for the new campaign that provides resources and online support .

They provide  details on 

  

  1. Employment and  Benefits
  2. Planning Practical Things
  3. Staying  Connected
  4. Talk about your worries
  5. Look after your body
  6. Stay on top of difficult feelings
  7. Do not stayed glued to the news
  8. Carry on doing the things you enjoy
  9. Time to relax
  10. Think about daily routine
  11. Look after your sleep

 

https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/every-mind-matters/coronavirus-covid-19-staying-at-home-tips/


My Diabetes My Way

My Diabetes My Way is a website for people with diabetes and their carers. It contains information resources that can help you understand more about diabetes and explains how to manage the condition more effectively.


People who use the service say that it improves their knowledge to help them meet goals, improves motivation and acts as a reminder for discussions during appointments. The service is not a replacement for your normal care, but helps you to monitor your results before, during and after contacts with your healthcare team.

 
If you are interested in accessing your diabetes-related health records online, please go to the website https://cm.mydiabetes.com/ and click the ‘Register’ button to securely enrol.

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