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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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Practice Closure for staff training Thursday 8th September 2022

Please note that the practice will be closed for training from 1pm on Thursday 8th September 2022 and will re-open at 8am on Friday 9th September 2022. 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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Fear of flying (07/04/22)

 

We are often asked to prescribe sedative drugs, such as diazepam (Valium), for fear of flying. We have recently agreed a practice policy that we will no longer prescribe these drugs for fear of flying. There are a number of good reasons why prescribing of drugs such as diazepam is not safe or recommended:-

Diazepam and similar drugs are not recommended for treatment of phobias because other treatments are safer and more effective.

Diazepam is a sedative, which means it makes you sleepy and slows reaction times. If there is an emergency during the flight it may affect your ability to concentrate, follow instructions and react to the situation. This could have serious safety consequences for you and others.

The sedative effects of these drugs can affect breathing and cause low oxygen levels, which could be life threatening, especially with the lower circulating oxygen levels on an aeroplane, in people with breathing problems or when combined with alcohol.

Sedative drugs can make you fall asleep, however this is not a natural sleep. This means you won’t move around as much as during natural sleep and this can increase your risk of developing a blood clot (DVT) in your leg or lung. Blood clots are dangerous and can be fatal. This risk is greater if your flight is longer than four hours.

Whilst most people find medicines such as diazepam sedating, a small number of people become agitated, aggressive or confused. These medicines can also cause disinhibition and lead to abnormal behaviours. This could impact on your safety as well as that of other passengers.

Diazepam and similar drugs are illegal or controlled drugs in some countries so they may be confiscated or you may be subject to legal proceedings.

Diazepam stays in your system for quite a while. If your job requires you to submit to random drug testing you may fail this test if you have taken diazepam.

We recognise that fear of flying is real and frightening and we don’t underestimate the impact it can have. We recommend tackling this properly by using self-help resources or considering one of the ‘Fear of Flying’ course run by many airlines. We do not recommend any specific course but you may find the following links useful.

 Self help options

 https://thefearofflying.com/programs/fly-and-be-calm/

 https://www.fearlessflyer.easyjet.com/

 https://www.britishairways.com/en-gb/information/travel-assistance/flying-with-confidence

 https://www.flyingwithoutfear.com/

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We're live on Facebook! (24/02/22)

Wellfield Health Centre have now gone live on Facebook. Please take the opportunity to like and follow our page. We will be sharing updates regarding the practice and services, whilst also sharing general health information.

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Resuming of Elective Care in Greater Manchester (26/1/22)

Hospitals in Greater Manchester are starting to resume non-urgent surgery and appointments.

If your appointment or surgery was recently postponed, please wait to hear from the hospital when they are able to reschedule you. There is no need to contact the hospital or your GP practice for this information.

At the beginning of January, the difficult decision was made to pause non-urgent surgery and appointments due to the impact of COVID-19 and the associated staff absence levels.

Although services remain busy, the situation has improved to the point where hospitals can start to resume non-urgent surgery.

Hospitals will initially start with day case surgery, which is where patients don’t need an overnight stay in hospital after their procedure. As the situation continues to improve over the coming weeks other types of surgery will resume as soon as they are able to.

The hospital team will contact patients directly when they can offer a new date for the appointment or surgery.

We appreciate how disappointing this will have been for patients affected by this over the past few weeks, especially for those who had already waited some time. Our local hospitals are working hard to resume services as quickly as possible so please bear with them.

In the meantime, patients waiting can visit the Greater Manchester While You Wait website (whileyouwait.org.uk) which has some information and advice on how to manage physical and mental wellbeing during this time.

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COVID-19 Vaccination 

We are no longer running COVID-19 Vaccination clinics. 

Walk-in Clinics where no appointment is necessary are available across The Borough. Please see the council website for details:

 http://www.rochdale.gov.uk/health-and-wellbeing/coronavirus/Pages/covid-vaccination-clinics.aspx

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Zero Tolerance of Verbal or Physical Aggression 

Recently a serious assault in a GP surgery in Manchester left a GP with a skull fracture and another member of staff seriously injured.

The level of verbal abuse being directed to our reception staff and Doctors 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. Such behaviour may also be reported to the police and may result in your immediate removal from the practice.

We are aware that the telephones are currently very busy but this is due to the volume of calls we are receiving each and every day. The staff are all working extremely hard to answer all the calls whilst helping the Doctors to meet the most urgent clinical needs of patients.  

Please be kind to our receptionists and Doctors who are all doing their very best to help all our patients whilst working under the immense pressure being faced by the NHS. 

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Access to services 

Remote consultations

The surgery is open and if you need to see your GP please ring us on 01706 397600 or for non-urgent advice click on the PATCHS image on the homepage.

We know the phones are extremely busy but the staff are answering the phones as quickly as possible throughout the day. We thank you for being polite and respectful.

We are still offering telephone appointments so that patients do not have to attend in person but if a face to face appointment is needed this can be arranged.

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

Please do not attend if you have symptoms of COVID-19, are self-isolating due to a positive COVID-19 test or have been in close contact with someone with COVID-19

We are continuing to see positive COVID patients in the surgery and we may be seeing patients who are vulnerable and very susceptible to infection for whom sitting in a crowded waiting room is not a safe option.

Thank you for your understanding and your co-operation.

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Online Consultations now available

We are now offering online consultations as a quick and convenient alternative to contacting the practice by telephone. Many medical and administrative enquiries can be resolved without the need for an appointment. Please click the Patchs image below to contact us.  You will need to register via the link below the first time you use this.

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COVID-19 Vaccination Status

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available from: 

the NHS App which you can download from app stores 

the NHS website (from 17 May 2021)

Please note that it may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified so you can use these services.

If you cannot access these online services, and you have had 2 vaccines, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status.

When you're planning your travel, check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is time to get proof of your vaccination status before you leave.

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General Practice Data for Planning and Research update 

The implementation of GP Data for Planning and Research has been deferred to provide NHS Digital more time to speak with patients, doctors, health charities and other stakeholders.

The collection of data has been paused and will not be collected from 1st September as previously stated. For further information about the plans click here.

If you have concerns and wish to opt out of data sharing except for your own care, you can opt-out by registering a Type 1 Opt-out or a National Data Opt-out, or both.

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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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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

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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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