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May Bank Holiday Closure

The surgery will be closed on Monday 2nd May 2022 and will re-open on Tuesday 3rd May at 8.00am.Covid Vaccinations

Spring Booster Covid Vaccination Campaign

This week marks the start of the Spring Booster Covid Vaccination Campaign nationally (essentially phase 4). This will be targeting the over 75 years and over and those aged

12 years and over who are clinically extremely vulnerable. LVS (Local Vaccination Service / GP run Vaccination Centres) have predominantly been asked to stand down from this phase of vaccine delivery, so that we can focus on providing core General Practice services. Leek and Biddulph PCN have decided to adhere to this guidance. We have not taken this decision lightly as we have prided ourselves on being able to deliver phase 1,2, and 3 to our patients in their locality. However, running the vaccine clinics, as well as simultaneously performing all the routine everyday core work has taken a huge toll on General Practice staff, thus to provide a sustainable service going forward we have stepped down from spring boosters.

 

As of April, we are officially putting our two vaccination centres in Leek and Biddulph into ‘hibernation’ and currently fully intend to reopen them if an Autumn/Winter 2022 booster campaign is needed. We appreciate this will potentially inconvenience some of our patients but there are now a number of excellent local vaccine clinics that can be found on the NBS (National Booking Service)

 

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/book-coronavirus-vaccination/

 

Please be reassured that our patients residing in a care home, or who are registered as housebound, will still be catered for with a visiting service who can administer the vaccine in patient’s homes. We are working closely with MPFT (Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust) who will be providing this service, we will advise those patients affected on the specifics of this process in due course.

 

With over 50,000 vaccines now delivered by the PCN since we started in January 2021, I would like to again take this opportunity to thank all staff in the PCN, and all volunteers that have helped at both sites. Without your hard work and dedication, the success achieved in the vaccination campaigns in Leek and Biddulph would not have been possible.

 

Many Thanks

Dr Neil Briscoe 

Wearing a face covering in GP Practices

Face coverings are no longer mandatory in a number of settings from 26 January 2022.

However, we are still asking that you wear a face covering in our practice to help keep yourselves, other patients, and staff safe.

When visiting our practice, you will still be required to wear a face covering.  This will keep everyone safe from COVID-19.

You could have COVID-19 and not even know about it. That’s why anyone entering this practice must continue to wear a face covering after 26 January 2022.

If you are visiting the practice, you will still be asked to wear a face covering after 26 January 2022. If you don’t have one, please ask a member of staff and they will help you.

Thank you to everyone who continues to wear a face covering when visiting our

practice – you are helping to keep yourselves, our patients and our staff safe from

COVID-19.

If you’re coming into the practice, you will still be required to wear a face covering.

Help to keep everyone safe at your local practice.

All Staff at Moorland Medical Centre work hard to provide an excellent service to our patients

 

We are not here to suffer physical, or verbal abuse from patients, their relatives or members of the Public.

 

This practice operates a zero-tolerance policy with regards to violence or abuse. ANY patient or their relative who use threatening or offensive behaviour, either verbal or physical, in person or via the telephone or social media could be removed from the practice in order to protect our staff and other patients.

New Patient Registration

To register with the practice you must live within the practice boundary. If you are new to the area we can register you immediately. If you wish to transfer from another doctor's surgery in the area we would need further information from you.

To register please visit reception and fill in a registration form. It would be helpful if you could bring with you your NHS card or number. You will be registered with the practice rather than an individual GP and may see any of the doctors. You can express a preference for which doctor you wish to register with and if possible we will register you with that doctor. You can express a preference of which practitioner you wish to see and if possible the practice will arrange this.

As part of the registration procedure you will be asked to attend an appointment with a Health Care Support Worker or Practice Nurse for a new patient check. This enables us to ensure we have the correct details and to be aware of any current medical problems or medications. You can only register with us if you agree to attend this appointment. Usually it should be within one month of wishing to register with the practice.

All staff within the National Health Service have the right to work without being subjected to violent, abusive or threatening behaviour. The practice will not tolerate violent or abusive or drunken behaviour towards any staff members or other patients. The practice reserves the right to remove these individuals from the practice list. If necessary we will also call for Police assistance.

Guide to GP Services

The Royal College of General Practitioners has produced a useful guide for patients about the services on offer at GP Surgeries and how to access them.  You can download the guide below.

pdf A Patient Guide to GP Services

Visiting the UK?  You may be chargeable for NHS treatment.

Whilst you can register with this GP practice as an NHS patient and see the GP without charge, you should be aware that not every person is entitled to all their NHS care free of charge in England.

Generally, NHS care is free for those:

ordinarily resident in the UK;

insured by an EEA member state, eg with a valid EHIC or S1 form;

covered under the Immigration Health Charge ("Surcharge");

exempt in law -eg refugees or victims of modern slavery (see over).

Some services are always free to all people, eg the diagnosis and treatment of most infectious diseases, see leaflet below:

Information for visitors from abroad

Moved to the UK

Get up-to-date with your vaccinations.  Vaccines are the safest way to protect you and your family from serious infections - they help you stay healthy.

Coming to the UK - Information leaflet

Interpretation Services

Interpretation services are available at the surgery.  The surgery can book a telephone interpreter with Language Line.  It also have the facility to translate a document or letter.

For patients who we consider require the services of an interpreter, please ask the reception team to put a Major Alert on the Patient Clinical Record, stating this fact and also detailing the language that they require to be spoken.

 
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