Welcome to Wellfield Health Centre's website.
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.
Please browse our website and feel free to provide us with your feedback. We'd particularly appreciate your thoughts on how to improve our online services and further develop the website to make it more useful to you.
Christmas and New Year Opening Hours
The surgery will be closed on Tuesday 25th December and Wednesday 26th December.
The surgery will reopen at 8am on Thursday 27th December.
The surgery will also be closed on New Years Day, Tuesday 1st January 2019.
Please remember to stock up your medicine cabinet with over the counter remedies and request your repeat prescriptions in advance.
If you need urgent medical help when the surgery is closed please phone 111 or you can check your symptoms online by visiting111.nhs.uk. For children under 5, please use the 111 phone service, which is free from both landlines and mobiles.
If you do need to see a GP, the extended hours hubs are offering appointments on the bank holidays. Please contact the hub direct on 0161 763 8292.
****** Flu Vaccination 2018 ***********
We still 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.
If you have been invited for your flu vaccination or you believe you are eligible please attend the surgery anytime Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 5:30pm. It is never too late to have your flu jab but we would encourage you to call into the surgery at your earliest convenience.
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.
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
This new website resource provides information on health, social care, childcare and family services within the borough of Rochdale
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 email@example.com
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.