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This website has been designed to provide you with up to date news and information on Wellfield Health Centre, provide NHS endorsed advice on a wide range of common conditions and also allow you to make appointments and order repeat prescriptions 24 hours a day. 

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****** Flu Vaccination 2018 ***********

Flu vaccine update 17th October 2018: We currently have all three flu vaccines in stock for patients at risk of flu who are under and over the age of 65. We apologise for any inconvenience and confusion caused by this years phased deliveries.

We have a member of our nursing team available at the following times to administer your vaccine. There is no appointment necessary, please call in at your earliest convenience:

  • Monday 22nd October to Friday 26th October 1 to 5pm
  • Monday 29th October to Friday 2nd November 8:30 to 5pm
  • Monday 12th November to Friday 16th November 8:30 to 5pm.

We are also holding additional drop-in sessions for our 2 and 3 year old children. Please drop in to the surgery during one of these sessions or any of the sessions above. 

  • Monday 23rd October 8:30 to 5pm
  • Monday 25th October 8:30 to 5pm

Thank you for your support to help us make sure we protect our population from the flu virus.

 

In a change from previous years there are three types of flu vaccination for different groups of patients. This will benefit patients by ensuring that they have the most suitable vaccine that gives them the best protection against flu. In line with NHS guidance we have purchased sufficient vaccine to ensure that all our eligible patients get the most suitable vaccine. However, supplies of the various vaccines are only being delivered to us in phases commencing at the end of September. In order that we can vaccinate everybody effectively we will be sending out invitations when we know we will have the vaccines available. Therefore, please watch out for your personal flu invitation in the post and please support your GP Practice by attending the surgery for your vaccination.

 

To make it as convenient as possible for you to have your vaccination we will be holding drop in clinics every day without the need for an appointment. Details of the timing of these sessions are still being finalised subject to final confirmation of the vaccine delivery, however details of the sessions will be in your personal invitation. There is no need to book an appointment and no need to panic that you will not receive your flu vaccination as there is enough for everybody. Vaccination will be offered to everybody by the end of October and although it is never too late to have your flu jab we recommend that you pop into the surgery when you receive your invitation.

 

If you usually have the flu vaccination and have not received your invitation by the end of October please contact reception.

New drop-in sessions for Carers

The local Carers Hub will be holding drop-in sessions at the surgery on the first Monday of every month 1pm-4pm.  If you are a carer please call in and find out about the services provided by the Hub to support you in your role as a carer.

NHS 111 online now live

You can now access the same urgent medical advice from the NHS 111 telephone service online at www.111.nhs.uk

Our Rochdale website now live

Our Rochdale

This new website resource provides information on health, social care, childcare and family services within the borough of Rochdale

ourrochdale.org.uk

Our Rochdale also has a team of community connectors who can help find information and refer you to local services to improve your wellbeing such as suppprt with healthy lifestyles, housing, employment and money management. To make an appointment phone 0300 3030360 or email community.connectors@rochdale.gov.uk

Improving Access to GP Services in Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale 

Patients are increasingly reporting more difficulty in accessing GP services. Practices would like to offer better access, but they are experiencing growing pressure and are having difficulties in offering their patients timely appointments. To help address these problems, Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group have developed an 'Improving access to general practice scheme' which requires practices, working in partnership with Rochdale Health Alliance, the local GP Federation, to implement some changes which are intended to improve access.

It is not always necessary to see a GP. A nurse practitioner, practice nurse, health care assistant or another service such as an Optician or Community Pharmacy, may be more appropriate and for this reason our receptionists have been trained to cover a more diverse role and will now be working in the practice as Care Navigators.  This is a role that is being introduced in ALL practices across Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale.The purpose of this role is to advise patients and carers about the sources of help and advice which are most relevant to their need (this is called signposting). Active signposting is NOT a clinical consultation and it is not to make a diagnosis or plan treatment.This new approach is not about denying our patients an appointment but actually using signposting for precisely the opposite motive – to make it easier for patients who need to see a GP to get an appointment, while shortening the time it takes to connect patients with the most appropriate person.

To help you make the appointment, the Care Navigator will need to know a little about why you need an appointment and so will ask you some very brief questions. This is because the Care Navigators have a number of alternative types of appointments available to them, and they need to offer you the most appropriate appointment to deal with your problem.  The most appropriate appointment may be with your GP for example, or perhaps with another member of the practice team

The questions you will be asked cover:

  • Nature of the problem?
  • Duration of the problem?
  • Severity of the problem?

Please help the receptionist to help you by answering these questions. All information given to any member of the practice team will be will be treated in the strictest of confidence.

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