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Important Information about the Coronavirus (COVID-19)

The NHS in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal.

 

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.

Testing for coronavirus is not needed if 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


A message from your GP

A booklet has been produced by the GP surgery in partnership with Rochdale Health Alliance, the local GP Federation.
We all know that the NHS is struggling to meet demand. People are living longer and have more complex illnesses and budgets do not cover the cost of meeting these problems. There are fewer GPs to deal with increasing patient lists. this means that it is more difficult to get an appointment when you request one.

All practices want to provide the best possible service for patients and this helpful guide is intended to help you get the best possible experience when you access your GP services and to provide information on other services that, depending on your problem, can help you.

You can download the booklet HERE


Trainees

Our current trainees are:

Dr T Watchman ST3 (male) who will be with us until August 2020

Dr E Okoye FY2 (male) who will be with us until February 2020

Dr A Elneil FY2 (female) who will be with us until February 2020


Armed Forces Accredited Practice

Peterloo Medical Centre is now an accredited Armed Forces Veteran Friendly practice.


Extended Hours

We are now able to offer appointments for blood tests on Saturday mornings from 8.00am until 12.00pm and Cervical Smear appointments with our Practice Nurses before 8.00am on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week for patients who may not be able to attend during normal opening hours.


Healthy Hajj and Umrah

You can now download the Manual for a Healthy Hajj and Umrah written by our own Dr Mohammed Jiva

This manual with 101 tips is based on the experience of providing medical clinics during the period of Hajj in Makkah and Mina. A medical team of 8-10 GPs annually travel to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to provide free healthcare to predominantly British pilgrims.

To download the Manual please click HERE


Telephone Call Recording

Please note that from 1st February 2019 - all incoming and outgoing calls to the practice are recorded for training and monitoring purposes.

Peterloo Medical Centre utilises telephone recording technology to support training, education and address patient concerns. Both incoming and outgoing calls are recorded. Although incoming calls are notified of the recording facility, outgoing calls are not notified. The surgery will retain the call content for a period of 90 days before deleting. In the event that the call needs to be shared with a third party, the patient will be notified in advance.


ShareForYou

From January 2019, your medical record will be able to be viewed by other health and social care professionals directly involved in your care. Visit www.hmrshareforyou.nhs.uk for more information. The ShareForYou Privacy Notice can be viewed HERE


Activities

HOLWAC Walking leaflet - If you are over 55 and would like to get involved with the 'Wild Awake Mindfulness In Nature' Walking Group in association with Link4Life - please click on the link to view the leaflet.

Activ8 Me Sessions - In association with Link4Life you can attend Low Cost, Pay as you Go Adult Fitness and Sports Sessions, No membership required. All ages (16+) welcome and all abilities welcome! All sessions are 'just turn up' unless otherwise stated.


Charity

Over the past few years we have started to hold a few fundraising events which we had great participation from our staff and patients.

In 2015 we walked from the surgery to St Peter's square in Manchester raising approximately £3600 in sponsorship for Children in Need.

In April 2016 we did a 10 mile sponsored walk from the practice to Hollingworth Lake for Teenage Cancer Trust in conjunction with Manchester March of the Mods. This was a great day out and attended by over 50 members of staff and patients, we even got the local police to join us for the first two miles and we raised just over £2300.

Dr Syed and Nurse Emma completed a 60 mile bike ride in aid of Macmillan and Breast Cancer Awareness in 2016

During 2016/17 we held a few Tea Dances for our Middleton population of Over 65's. This was accompanied by a fantastic swing band and everyone had such a great time, although this was not for charity it was nice to give something back to Middleton. It was wonderful to see people happy and there were some fantastic dancers, although we think the doctors are better at signing prescriptions than they are at the Quick Step!

In July 2018 we held a Cupcake Day at the surgery. Staff and Doctors baked/bought cakes and these were sold to both staff and patients. We raised £110 in total for the Alzheimers Society.

On Friday 28th September 2018 we held a Macmillan Coffee morning at the surgery in conjunction with the Living With and Beyond Cancer Team raising a fantastic total of £219.21

In 2019 we participated in ELF Day at the practice where staff and doctors dressed up and worked as Elves for the day, for the Alzheimer's Society and we raised £128


Appointment DNAs (Did Not Attend)

If you are struggling to get an appointment at the surgery one of the reasons is patients not attending their appointments, meaning the Doctor, Nurse or Healthcare Assistant have a wasted appointment that could have been offered to another patient if it had been cancelled. If you cannot attend your appointment for whatever reason, please let us know in enough time before the appointment is due, so we can allocate it to someone else. Please note that the Practice has a policy for removing patients who persistently fail to attend appointments.


Shingles

The shingles vaccine can be requested for peo-ple aged 70 and 78 . Those who missed out on their shingles vaccine at age 70 are still eligible at ages 71, 72 and 73. And those who missed out on their shingles vaccine at age 78 are eligible at 79. Shingles vaccines can be done at the same time as flu vaccines. Alternatively – please telephone the surgery and book an appointment with Mary or Emma.


Patient Online Access

Patient online access is now available Please visit www.peterloomc.co.uk for more information about how to register to book appointments and order prescriptions online. Alternatively, ask our receptionists for your unique password.


Struggling for an appointment?

Extended hours Doctor and Nurse appointments are available 7 days a week through GP Care Services at Middleton Health Centre, Birtle View Heywood, Kingsway Rochdale and Littleborough Practices. To book, please phone 0161 7638 292 be-tween the hours of: 9:00am and 6:00pm 7 days a week.


Meningitis ACWY

Spreading your wings and flying off to Uni? Have you had your free Meningitis ACWY jab? Book in with a Practice Nurse now!


Screening Programmes

The aim of screening programmes is to increase the frequency of early diagnoses in at-risk patients, resulting in quicker treatment whilst disease isn’t as serious—thus increasing the chances of recovery. A common misconception is that screening programmes only look for Cancer—they don’t! In fact, they often lead to treatment for different problems which could lead to an improved quality of life.

TypeBreastBowelCervical
EligibilityWomen aged 50-70Men and women aged 60-74. (74+ can request kits online.)Women aged 25-64
InformationBe Breast Aware: 0161 653 2902Bowel Screening Program: 0800 707 60 60Jo’s Trust: 020 7936 7498
RecallEvery 3 yearsEvery 2 yearsEvery 3 years up to 49 years old, then every 5 years until 64
DetailsBreast Screening involves a mammogram—an X-Ray of 2 parts of the breast. It usually takes about 30 minutes and is always supervised by female staff.The Faecal Occult Blood Test is sent out to patients on their 60th birthday. The test is a sample card, on which 2 smears of stool sample are added from 3 different samples on 3 different days. (Making 6 samples overall!) Included with the sample card is a pre paid envelope which is used to send the sample to the lab for testing.Cervical screening involves a smear of the cells in the cervix and testing them for abnormalities or inflammation. Like breast screening, smear clinics are undertaken by female staff.

Want to have your say in how we do things around here?
Join our Patient Participation Group!

The Peterloo Patient Participation Group (PPG) plan to meet around 4 times a year, allowing you to express your ideas about the Practice. For more information, please email peterloo.information@nhs.net for the attention of Julie, expressing your interest in joining up. We hope to see you at one of our meetings soon.

 

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