July 2021 Update
From 1st July 2021 there is no longer a dedicated clinic for patients to be seen with suspected COVID-19. As a practice we recommend all patients entering the practice to wear a mask or face covering for your own safety as well as our safety as we now have to be able to see any suspected cases on site.
16th July Update: COVID019 restrictions will end in many settings in England from Monday 19th July. However in healthcare settings to protect staff, patients and visitors, social distancing measures and using face coverings, masks and PPE will remain mandatory.
April 2021 Update
Any Patients aged 45 and over can now book their COVID-19 vaccine.
If you haven't attended your first COVID-19 jab and meet both of the following conditions (you are registered with a GP in the borough of Rochdale AND you are in priority groups 1-9) please get in touch with Rochdale Health Alliance (RHA) to make an appointment.
To book an appointment - ring 01706614309 (08:00-18:00), or email email@example.com.
You can also book your vaccine online using the link below
Use this service to book a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination or manage your appointments.
Who can use this service
You can only use this service if any of the following apply:
- you were aged 45 or over on or before 30 March 2021
- you are at high risk from coronavirus (clinically extremely vulnerable)
- you have a condition that puts you at higher risk (clinically vulnerable)
- you have a learning disability
- you are an eligible frontline health or social care worker
- you get a Carer's Allowance, get support following an assessment by your local authority or your GP record shows you are a carer.
Fasting and the COVID-19 Vaccination
February 2021 Update
Patients aged 65+ and those patients with Chronic Diseases will soon be contacted to begin booking their first vaccine appointment.
Roadmap out of lockdown plan has been published by HM Government with the following steps planned:
Step 1 : 8th March - Education will return to face to face learning and 29th March either 6 people or 2 households are allowed to meet for outdoor gatherings.
Step 2: Not before 12th April - non-essential retail; personal care premises such as hairdressers and beauty salons; public buildings such as libraries and community centres, Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will reopen (but only for use by people on their own or in household groups); outdoor attractions, hospitality venues, zoos, theme parks and drive in cinemas. Self contained accommodation such as campsites and holiday lets where indoor facilities are not shared with other households can also reopen.
Step 3: Not before 17th May - The government will look to continue easing limits on seeing friends and family wherever possible, allowing people to decide on the appropriate level of risk for their circumstances. This means that most legal restrictions on meeting others outdoors will be lifted - although gatherings of over 30 people will remain illegal. Indoors, the rule of 6 or 2 households will apply. As soon as possible, the government will also update the advice on social distancing between friends and family, including hugging, but until this point, people should continue to keep their distance from anyone not in their household or support bubble.
Step 4: Not before 21st June - By step 4, the government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact
Parent and Baby Support
Being alone with a baby who is struggling to settle can be difficult for any parent. The ongoing isolation of lockdown can make this extra stressful. If you are struggling you are not alone.
Help and Support is available. Click one of the following links for more information:
Crying and Babies
Lockdown and Loneliness
Stressed New or Expectant Parent
Stressed New or Expectant Parent
Termination of Pregnancy Services
These services are still running throughout the pandemic and lockdown.
You may be able to self refer to these services. Click the link for further information
Self Referral Marie Stopes
Kooth Online Counselling and Support for Children and Young People
Kooth is an online counselling and emotional wellbeing service for children and young people, available free at the point of access.
Counsellors are available 365 days per year up to 10pm, with lots of self help material and is fully moderated forum.
Click the link below for more information
Kooth Counselling and Wellbeing
January 2021 Update
COVID Vaccinations are continuing across the borough for patients. Patients aged between 75 - 80 will be contacted soon to begin booking their first vaccine appointment. This may be done at one of the sites across Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.
We have started to receive a high number of calls in this new lock down, from patients asking about Online Shopping slots and shielding Letters. As per the previous lock down, it is not the surgery that are not issuing these letters so we cannot provide advice on how to get priority online shopping slots. We also cannot provide sick notes for shielding.
Our phone lines are extremely busy at the moment, please be patient with us, we have the maximum number of staff we can have on the telephones for all of the incoming lines, and we are answering them as fast as possible, if you are ringing for an appointment but you are confident with using a smartphone, please consider downloading the NHS App if you can which will give you access from 8am each day to any telephone appointments we have available for that day. You can download the NHS App HERE
We have been asked a number of questions around things people have heard about the vaccines and COVID itself. Middleton Primary Care Network have carried out some myth-busting for patients in Middleton
November 2020 Update
September 2020 Update
Letter from the Bury and Rochdale LMC regarding Face to Face Appointments - Click HERE
New Guidance for Greater Manchester came into effect on 31st July 2020
Below are Rochdale Councils new restrictions
- You must not host or meet people you do not live with in your home or garden, unless they're in your support bubble. Your household is only the people you live with and any support bubble.
- You should not socialise with people you do not live with, unless they're in your support bubble, in any public venue.
- You must wear a face covering by law in certain indoor settings. Examples of indoor settings include shops and on public transport.
- Where possible, you should maintain 2 metres between people and should avoid shaking hands or hugging
- You should try not to share a car with those outside your household or support bubble.
- You can travel outside of the borough of Rochdale. However, you must not meet people you do not live with in their home or garden, whether inside or outside of the borough of Rochdale, unless they're in your support bubble.
All patients attending the surgery will be screened either via telephone or SMS message. If you haven't responded to either, you will be screened at the front door intercom and will not be permitted entry if you have any of the three main symptoms of COVID-19.
Our staff are facing increasingly busy telephones and we have increased the numbers of staff answering them, however we have recently faced a high number of calls where patients have been abusive to our staff. The practice operates a Zero Tolerance policy and any patients found to be rude or abusive may face removal from the practice register. All of our calls are recorded.
COVID Advice for Parents - Click HERE
Help Prevent a Local Lockdown in Rochdale
The new measures
- Wear face coverings in shops now – do not wait until 24 July
- Wear face coverings in public as much as possible
- Limit visitors to your home to two people
- Keep 2 metres apart at all times
- Avoid physical contact with anyone outside your own household, including shaking hands or hugging
- Get tested and isolate if you are told to do so
People are strongly recommended to wear a cloth face covering (or non-surgical mask) as much as possible, not just when in shops. This includes other public spaces where you are likely to come into close contact with other people.
Current national guidance allows two families to meet indoors as long as they keep to social distancing guidance. We are asking residents to limit the numbers of people meeting indoors to people who live in the house plus only two members from a second household at any one time. And we are recommending that people do not hug or shake hands with anyone outside of their household.
It goes without saying that we must all support this and it is vital that we are seen to be following our own advice closely. We must set the example for others to follow.
Face masks will be made available to staff who work outside or have to visit other settings as part of their job. A number of service areas have already provided a range of PPE to staff and will distribute as appropriate.
The advice to continue to work from home, for those that can, remains.
We will review these measures again in two weeks and provide a further update.
We will be working hard to share these messages across our borough and, as many of us are residents of the borough, your support in reinforcing these new measures for us would be helpful so that we can work together to reach as many people as possible.
Why are we doing this?
We have been closely monitoring the data for our borough.
Over the last two weeks we have had one of the country’s highest rates of positive cases per 100,000 population, behind only Leicester, Blackburn and Bradford. The numbers fluctuate daily but our borough has had around 35 and 40 cases per 100,000.
It’s important to stress that we’re not at the levels Leicester saw, which was over 100 per 100,000.
We hope that by changing the advice now we are acting quickly enough so that we can stop the spread, reduce the number of cases, prevent a local lockdown and ultimately keep each other safe.
From 15th June 2020 ALL patients entering the surgery will be required to wear a face mask or covering before entering and while on the premises
Patients over the age of 18 must come to the surgery alone, those under 18 can be accompanied by one adult only
The majority of our appointments are still being carried out by telephone or video consultation. If a clinicians feels you need to be seen, you will be given a time to attend by the clinician
Patients attending face to face appointments will be seen by a clinician wearing full PPE equipment and all surfaces touched will be wiped down prior and after appointments
Please note we cannot provide letters exempting patients from wearing facemasks on public transport
If you need to drop off prescription requests or letters, we ask that you put them in the black post box to the side of the front door
These decisions have been taken in line with the latest national guidelines from NHS England.
We thank you for your co-operation at this difficult time and ask that you do not challenge our staff whilst we do our best efforts to still provide you with the safest service we can.
Coronavirus information can be found in 60 different languages HERE
The latest information on symptoms of Coronavirus infection and areas where recent travel may have resulted in a high risk of exposure can be found on nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need medical help and advise you what to do.
Stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms
Stay at home if you have either:
- a high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly
- Loss or change to your sense of smell or taste - this means you've noticed you cannot smell or taste anything or things smell or taste different to normal
You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.
If you are a keyworker and have symptoms, you can find out about testing HERE
If you do not have symptoms but a household member does have symptoms, you and any other household member are required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.
Like the common cold, coronavirus infection usually occurs through close contact with a person with novel coronavirus via cough and sneezes or hand contact. A person can also catch the virus by touching contaminated surfaces if they do not wash their hands.
Testing of suspected coronavirus cases is carried out in line with strict guidelines. This means that suspected cases are kept in isolation, away from public areas of GP surgeries, pharmacies and hospitals and returned home also in isolation. Any equipment that come into contact with suspected cases are thoroughly cleaned as appropriate. Specific guidance has also been shared with NHS staff to help safeguard them and others. Patients can be reassured that their safety is a top priority, and are encouraged to attend all appointments as usual.
Everyone is being reminded to follow Public Health England advice to:
- Always carry tissues with you and use them to catch your cough or sneeze. Then bin the tissue, and wash your hands, or use a sanitiser gel.
- Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after using public transport. Use a sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands.#
- Avoid close contact with people who are unwell.
For Information about BAME communities with COVID-19 - please download the flyer HERE
For Sick Note Information - please download the information document HERE
For High Risk Group FAQs - please download the information HERE
For Child Immunisation FAQs - please download the information HERE
PRINCIPLE RESEARCH FOR COVID-19
Help the fight against COVID-19!
If you are aged 65 and above, or aged 50-64 with high blood pressure and/or Heart Disease, Asthma or Lung Disease, Diabetes not treated with Insulin, Stroke, Liver disease or Immunosuppressed, you could be eligible for join the PRINCIPLE trial and help the fight against COVID-19. Click the link below for more information.
PRINCIPLE Research Study Information Leaflet
POST COVID-19 INFORMATION PACK
Please see below the NHS Post COVID-19 Patient Information Pack developed by NHS Homerton University Hospital.
Post COVID-19 Information Pack
As part of Family Services, Early Break are offering support to children and young people who are being affected by a parent's drug or alcohol misuse.
Team Contact details can be found on the flyer HERE