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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. 

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Flu Immunisation 2020

As in 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 in early 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.

Following Government guidance for GP practices to consider using any surplus flu vaccines for the 50-64 year old age group, we do not know at the current time whether we will have any surplus vaccines.  However, if you are in this age group and classified in the 'at risk' category you are entitled to a flu vaccine and should contact the surgery to make an appointment. If the Government provides additional vaccine for the 50-64 year olds or the surgery has any surplus vaccine then the surgery will contact you if you are eligible. Please do not ring the surgery or come to the surgery to enquire.

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Zero Tolerance

The surgery is currently working under extremely difficult circumstances and Coronavirus has changed the way everything operates. The level of verbal abuse being directed to the reception staff has reached a level that is unacceptable and will no longer be tolerated. There is no situation where rudeness and aggression is acceptable and if you behave in this way you will receive a 'Zero Tolerance' letter that will result in you being removed from the practice if you continue to repeat the behaviour. Please be kind to our receptionists who are doing their best to help all our patients. 

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Practice Closure for staff training Thursday 12th November 2020

Please note that the practice will be closed for training from 1pm on Thursday 12th November 2020 and will re-open at 8am on Friday 13th November 2020. If you feel you need to speak to or see a doctor whilst we are closed and it cannot wait until we re-open then please contact the out-of-hours GP service BARDOC on 0161 763 8292. If you simply need some medical advice when we are closed please telephone NHS 111. 

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Online Consultations now available

We are now offering online consultations as a quick and convenient alternative to visiting the practice. Many medical enquiries can be resolved without the need for a face to face appointment. Please complete the relevant template online and the practice will respond within two working days.

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Access to services during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Due to the pandemic status of Coronavirus we have put measures in place to limit face-to-face contact whenever possible and help stop the spread of coronavirus.

The surgery is open and if you need to see your GP please ring us on 01706 397600 or see the Appointment tab here. We are offering all appointments as initial telephone appointments so that patients do not have to attend in person. If a follow-up face to face appointment is needed this will be arranged by the GP either at the practice, or if you have symptoms of coronavirus, arrangements will be made for you to be seen at an alternative location.

Please do not come to the surgery unless you have an appointment.

If you are waiting for a check-up or annual review, please be assured we will be in touch.

If you are asked to come into the surgery please remember to wear a face covering. We have supplies of hand santiser and if you do need to attend the surgery in person we ask that you use the sanitiser on entering and leaving the surgery.

To allow us all to observe social distancing in the surgery and to limit the number of people in reception at any one time, access to reception is being controlled via an intercom. 

Thank you for your understanding and your co-operation during the ongoing outbreak.

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Advice for Parents during Coronavirus

Whilst coronavirus is infectious to children it is rarely serious. If your child is unwell it is likely to be a non-coronavirus illness, rather than coronavirus itself.
Whilst it is extremely important to follow Government advice to stay at home during this period, it can be confusing to know what to do when your child is unwell or injured.
Remember that NHS 111, GPs and hospitals are still providing the same safe care that they have always done. Click here for advice to help.

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New NHS Bereavement Helpline

A new bereavement helpline to offer support and advice to families, friends and carers has been set up to support people dealing with grief at this difficult time.

The helpline can offer guidance and advice on dealing with grief and loss and is staffed by trained nurses who are highly skilled and experienced in working with bereaved families.

Losing a loved one is not easy, but you are not alone, the NHS Bereavement Helpline is here to listen and help.

To speak to a trained nurse please call:

NHS Bereavement Helpline 0800 2600 400

The helpline is open 8am to 8pm every day.

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Missed Appointments

Due to an increase in the number of wasted appointments through patients failing to attend appointments without informing the surgery, it has become necessary to implement the following policy:

  •  If you repeatedly fail to attend appointments, you may be removed from the practice list and required to find an alternative doctor.

 If you cannot attend your appointments for any reason, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can offer the appointment to someone else.

 Thank you for your co-operation

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Patient Group

Wellfield Health Centre has for many years had a Patient Participation Group (PPG), who give their time to help promote a better experience for our patients.

Wellfield Health Centre is now part of the Canalside Primary Care Network. Primary Care Networks form a key part of the NHS Plan and have been introduced with the objective of, amongst other things, providing a wider range of services to patients. We have therefore started to work more closely with Castleton Health Centre, The Kingsway Practice and The Kirkholt Medical Practice and as we look at developing services collaboratively with these practices we are setting up a network level PPG so that we can more effectively canvass opinion about any new developments. If you would be interested in getting involved please feel free to come along to the next meeting. 

Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the need for everybody to stay at home the next meeting of the patient group scheduled to take place  on Thursday 30th April 2020 has been CANCELLED. A new date will be scheduled as soon as it is safe to do so. 

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Extended Opening Hours

We are now able to offer early morning Telephone and Face to Face appointments between 7.00am and 8.00am on Tuesdays and Thursdays with Doctors, Nurses and for Phlebotomy. These appointments are being offered for patients who struggle to attend appointments during working hours due to work commitments. To book an appointment please telephone the surgery and ask for an appointment before work. These appointments are outside of our normal opening times.

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Privacy Notice Update

If you want to know more about how we treat your data please have a read of our updated Privacy Notice .

Our updated Privacy Notice provides more information about the different ways we use your data, how we keep it secure and the legal rights that you have in relation to your own data. 

The updated Privacy Notice can be found here

A supplementary privacy notice to inform your patients about the ways information is being used during the Covid-19 pandemic can be found here

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Are you entitled to a free NHS Health Check?

Patients aged 40 - 74 years who are not currently on a disease register can attend for a five-yearly NHS Health Check.

The NHS Health Check is a health check-up for adults in England aged 40-74. It's designed to spot early signs of stroke, kidney disease, heart disease, type 2 diabetes or dementia. As we get older, we have a higher risk of developing one of these conditions. An NHS Health Check helps find ways to lower this risk.

If you would like more information you can click here to see the information provided on the NHS Choices website.

If you think you are eligible and have not already been invited for a Health Check please contact the surgery on 01706 397600 and ask the receptionist if you are eligible

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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

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