COVID-19 INFORMATION

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)

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COVID Recovery guidance advice sheet. Please also see this advice page on NHS.uk.

Important information to keep you safe while isolating at home

 

Who can get a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

 

Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination

January 2022

Vaccination options across Stocport have benn extended by Health Chiefs until the of January in a bid to increase the numbers of people who are portected against Covid-19.

Both the One Stocport Hub and Mersey Square, Town centre, SK1 1RA, and Trinity Methodist Church, 351 Bramhall SK3 8TP have extended their vaccination offer until Saturday 29.January 2022.

There is no need to book an appointment- just walk in and get vaccinated. Both sites offer 1st 2nd or booster vaccinations to all who are eligible. 

More information available here.

 

December 2021

The practice will be offering the COVID-19 booster programme to our patients and we are making the arrangements. We will be in touch with you when it’s your turn.

You can also go ahead and book an appointment at one of Stockport’s other sites. Just search online for the National Booking Service.

Please do not contact the practice about the COVID-19 booster vaccine. We will contact you.

Your local GP practice is taking part in the booster vaccination programme and will be in touch when it is your turn.

To see the full range of existing vaccination options in Stockport visit the NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). This includes details of a town centre walk in vaccination clinic at the One Stockport Hub.

People can also visit the National Booking Service to find a local vaccination appointment, including the clinic at Trinity Methodist Church, Bramhall, visit: nhs.uk

If you still have questions about the vaccine, or the vaccination programme, you can contact NHS Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group on 0161 426 9910 or email stoccgpxenquiries@nhs.net . The team are available during normal office hours. If the phoneline goes to voicemail, simply leave a message with your details and the team will call you back.

 

November 2021

A walk in clinic for 12-15 year olds at One Stockport Hub (the old Argos store in Merseyway) has now been opened. No appointment needed and is open 10am-3pm. The clinic will be running every Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 17 December. 

 

October 2021

Stockport Council are Launching a New Weekly Vaccination Clinic on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with Extended Opening Hours

Extended times and new days added to ongoing vaccination programme as Scorah Chemist launches weekly Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday clinic at Trinity Church from 22ndOctober 2021

Extended times and new days will be added to the ongoing vaccination programme when Scorah Chemist launches a weekly Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday clinic at Trinity Church, Trinity Gardens, 351 Bramhall Lane, SK3 8TP from this week.

The new opening hours of 8am to 8pm on Thursdays and Fridays, 8am to 6pm on Saturdays and 8am to 4pm on Sundays, aims to attract even more working people, parents and students in Stockport who want to get their first vaccination or finish their course with the second one.

People can simply walk-in to Trinity Church vaccination clinic and get a jab there and then, subject to eligibility, or book an appointment on the national booking system.

 

MEDIA RELEASE

There’s no need to call your GP about the flu or COVID-19 booster vaccine

Stockport residents do not need to call their GP about the flu or COVID-19 booster vaccine. Reducing the number of phone calls they receive helps GP practice staff to respond more quickly to those who need medical help.

GP practices are offering vaccinations in different ways. This might be due to resources, such as staffing or vaccine availability, but everyone who is eligible will get their jabs. To find what your practice is doing visit your local practice website.

The COVID-19 booster vaccine dose, which is available six months after the second dose, helps improve the protection given by the first two doses of the vaccine. It helps give longer-term protection against getting seriously ill from COVID-19. Those who are eligible can book theirs now at NHS UK Conditions or by calling 119, between 7am and 11pm, seven days a week.

The flu vaccine is a safe and effective vaccine, available every winter, to help protect people at risk of getting seriously ill from flu. Your GP will contact you to make an appointment if you are eligible. Or, you can find out how to get it at a local pharmacy by visiting NHS UK Service search .

Dr Cath Munro, Chair of Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group, said: “It is really important for those who are eligible to have both the flu and COVID-19 booster vaccines this winter. Stockport GP practices are making plans to ensure that everyone who is eligible gets vaccinated. Check your local practice website to find out how you will get yours.”

If you haven’t had a first or second dose yet, it’s not too late. Visit the National Booking Service website or call 119 to book.

Some community pharmacies are offering walk in and bookable appointments. To view the full range of COVID-19 vaccination options in Stockport, and how to book, visit Stockport CCG News.

 

FOR INFORMATION: AZ Booster vaccine clinical suitability

Please note the information below regarding the use of Astra Zeneca vaccine as a booster and the allergy criteria that excludes an individual from receiving an mRNA vaccine for booster.

Using Oxford Astra Zeneca Vaccine as Covid Booster

The mass vaccination site at Etihad Tennis Centre has reported individuals requesting AZ vaccine for their Covid  booster, they have been recommended by their GP to request it. The MVC deliver Covid booster doses via national protocol and PGD, the booster vaccines they can deliver are Comirnaty (Pfizer) and Moderna , they cannot deliver AZ vaccine as a booster.

JCVI advises Pfizer-BioNTech (BNT162b2/ Comirnaty®) vaccine to be offered as the third booster dose irrespective of which product was used in the primary schedule. Alternatively, individuals may be offered a half dose (50µg) of the Moderna (mRNA-1273/Spikevax®) vaccine. Where mRNA vaccines cannot be offered e.g. due to contraindication, vaccination with the AstraZeneca (ChAdOx1-S/Vaxzevria®) vaccine may be considered for those who received AstraZeneca (ChAdOx1-S/Vaxzevria®) vaccine in the primary course.

Please note this would have to be issued via PSD and therefore can only be delivered at sites where there is a prescriber present.

Criteria for Exclusion from mRNA Vaccines Based on Allergies.

Please note the criteria for individuals who can’t receive an mRNA vaccine due to allergies is very narrow. The Green Book advises there are very few individuals who cannot receive the Pfizer BioNTech, Moderna vaccines. There is now evidence that many individuals with initial apparent allergic reaction to an

mRNA vaccine can tolerate a second dose of the same vaccine. Where there were no objective signs of anaphylaxis and symptoms rapidly resolved (with no more than 1 dose of IM adrenaline), a further dose of the same vaccine can be given in any vaccination setting. If the reaction might have been anaphylaxis, obtain expert advice.

For individuals with a prior allergic reaction to any component (excipient) of the COVID-19 vaccine e.g. polyethylene glycol, published data now show that some individuals with prior allergic reaction to PEG[1]containing medicines (eg. PEG-asparaginase) can tolerate the PfizerBioNTech vaccine although the historical reaction may have been due a non-PEG component) (Mark et al, 2021). Expert advice should be obtained and if a decision is made to administer an mRNA vaccine, then this should only be done in hospital under medical supervision.

Therefore the majority of individuals will be able to receive an mRNA booster, for the small number of those who can’t (as above), they will need to be referred to a hospital hub.

 

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The difference between a booster jab and the third dose

With information about a booster jab and the third dose being released in recent months, there have been some questions about who’s eligible for what. We have summarised the difference below with the all the current information:

The booster jab:

The booster jab is for all of those who were initially vaccinated as part of the first phase of the vaccine programme, in priority groups 1-9, as well as adult household contacts of immunosuppressed people.

The booster is for people who are likely to have made a good immune response to their initial 2 doses of vaccine, but whose protection may have started to wane and require a booster dose to continue to protect them through the winter months. These people may also be at a greater risk of developing severe COVID-19 or passing it on to other vulnerable people.

A booster vaccine is not required until at least 6 months after your last vaccine.

The Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has recommended that the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine is used as the booster, regardless of what vaccine types were used for the first and second doses. Alternatively, a half dose of Moderna can also be used as a booster.

The third primary dose:

The third primary dose is for anyone who might have been immunosuppressed at the time of their first two vaccine doses. A list of people who are immunosuppressed can be found, on the UK Government website. This includes some people with blood cancers those who have received stem cell transplants and those who had received immunosuppressive chemotherapy or radiotherapy in the last 6 months.

The third primary dose is for people who may not have got as much protection from their first 2 jabs, to help them generate a more robust immune response.

It’s not possible to know exactly who will have responded to the vaccine, so the JCVI is recommending that all people with certain conditions or on certain treatment should receive the third dose.

The third dose should be given at least eight weeks after your second dose but the exact timing may depend on individual circumstances e.g. if you are receiving treatment that might affect your immune system. This decision should be made by your specialist.

It’s not yet known whether those who will be offered a third dose will be offered a booster at a later date.

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September 2021

Covid-19 vaccination update:

If you live in Stockport or are currently resident in Hotels in Stockport, there are a number of convenient ways for you to get your COVID vaccination locally.

Please visit stockportccg.nhs vaccination-options 


If you are unsure about how or where you can get your first or second vaccination, or just have a question about the vaccination programme, contact the helpline team by telephone on 0161 426 9910 (leave a message and they will call you back during normal office hours) or email STOCCG.Pxenquiries@nhs.net.

 

Who can get a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine

Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination

Use this service to book a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination or manage your appointments.

There are 2 types of appointments you can book using this service:

1.  1st or 2nd dose of the vaccine (also known as the primary course)

2.  booster dose of the vaccine

You need to be registered with a GP surgery in England to use this service. You can register with a GP if you do not have one.

 

August 2021

We would like to remind  members of the public calling about issues relating to:

Booking or changing a COVID vaccination appointment

Questions about the Covid Vaccination programme

should contact the NHS Covid Vaccination Booking Service by dialling 119 and selecting the appropriate option for that service.

 

If you are calling regarding issues related to:

Needing to request an NHS COVID Pass hard copy letter

Questions about the NHS COVID Pass

Report technical issues with the NHS COVID Pass

then you should  contact the NHS Covid Pass Service by dialling 119 and selecting the appropriate option for that service.

 

July 2021

Pop Up Vaccination Clinic Returns to Stockport Town Centre

Mersey Square, Stockport Town Centre, is the venue for the Covid-19 vaccination pop up clinic this Thursday, 22 July, and Friday, 23 July, from 10am to 4pm. No appointment required.

The mobile vaccination unit will be located outside Superdrug in Mersey Square, SK1 1SP, offering first and second AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccinations to anyone 18 years of age and over, subject to eligibility and assessment.

It is the second dose of the vaccine which offers maximum protection. Anyone who has had their first vaccination eight weeks ago, or more, is now urged to come forward for their second to protect themselves, their families and their friends.

Stockport also has a number of community pharmacies offering walk in and bookable appointments. To view the full range of options in Stockport, and how to book, visit Stockports covid-19-vaccination-options.

May 2021

Patient Notice

Covid Vaccination Passports for travel and leisure are available via the NHS APP. The NHS APP is free to download to your mobile phone and you can access your Covid vaccination history here. You can sign up to this service yourself and can also order you repeat medication on the app. You will need your NHS number to sign up to the app and you can get this yourself at nhs.uk

PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE SURGERY REGARDING THIS AS THE STAFF CANNOT HELP.

If you cannot access the NHS APP please call 119 to obtain a letter of confirmation.

 

Covid-19 Vaccination Advice if you're of childbearing age, pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you're pregnant, or think you might be, you can have the COVID-19 vaccine. You'll be invited when your age group are offered it or earlier if you have a health condition or reason that means you're eligible.

Covid-19 vaccination for women of childbearing age, currently pregnant, planning a.pregnancy or breastfeeding

 

Notice from the institute of General Practice managment -

April 2021

Your General Practice is unable to offer you a certification of covid vaccination, a vaccination passport or a letter to prove you have been vaccinated against covid-19.

These proof of vaccination documents have not yet been developed and as such cannot be provided by your GP. As soon as we have further information, we will share it with you.

 

Vaccination Programme April 2021

If you had your 1st Covid vaccination 77 days ago or more and have not received your 2nd, please contact the site or GP practice that gave you your 1st vaccine.

2nd vaccination dose FAQ's and guidance

 

COVID-19 translated advice:

Doctors of the World are really pleased to be able to share with you the Coronavirus (Covid 19) advice for patients in 21 languages, which were produced in partnership with the British Red Cross, Migrant Help and Clear Voice:  English, Albanian, Dari, French, Pashto, Portuguese, Bengali, Vietnamese, Kurdish Sorani is available at the moment, but more languages coming soon: Mandarin, Hindi, Urdu, Arabic, Spanish, Portuguese, Malayalam, Turkish, , Farsi, Amharic, Tigrinya, Somali.

Please find them on this language options page.

The guidance is based on the government’s updated advice and health information. We really hope it will help to ensure this important guidance reaches migrant and asylum-seeking communities in the UK.

 

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A note from Dr Hastings on booking appointments.

Dear Patients.

Covid-19 has dramatically altered how we deliver care to our patients. From the beginning of the pandemic we had to change to a “Total Triage” system. This system works with you telling us about your problem, either by telephone or via an online form, and we assess how best to deal with that problem. Our response is usually to call you and discuss things further but we may reply by text or email. After further discussion it may be that you need a face to face assessment and we will always offer this if needed. “Total Triage” is being used for new problems and long term conditions that need review.

Nursing reviews for long term conditions and phlebotomy continue but our capacity to provide these services is reduced. Based on NHS guidance we are concentrating resources on those patients’ whose long term conditions are poorly controlled. Appointments for childhood immunisations and for smear tests continue as normal.

In line with NHS guidance we will continue to run a “Total Triage” system through into 2021.

We now have a much improved telephone system but we would urge you to use the “Patient Triage” form accessed via our website or, if you are registered for Patient Access, the contact form linked to that App. These forms provide us with more information and help us to decide on the best solution for your problem.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have concerns about your health.

Thank you for all you support and understanding.

 

*** DO NOT ATTEND EITHER SURGERY UNLESS SPECIFICALLY TOLD TO DO SO***

Coronavirus COVID-19 Information

Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP Practice if you’ve visited or travelled from another country,  and have symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath within 2 weeks of returning, or if you have symptoms of cough, fever or shortness of breath after being in contact with someone with a confirmed case of coronavirus.

Please call NHS 111 instead.

For further information please see the NHS.uk Coronavirus COVID-19 page

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What to do if you have worrying symptoms during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Many people are understandably concerned about visiting their GP during the current Covid pandemic. Although, it is good that most people are following the Government guidelines around staying at home and social distancing, it is important that this does not stop people getting medical advice when necessary.

There is increasing concern that some people may be ignoring potentially worrying symptoms that could be a sign of cancer or other significant health problems for fear of going to their GP practice. These might include:

  • Unexplained Pain
  • Unexplained bleeding e.g., blood in poo, coughing up blood, blood in pee
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Unexplained lump(s)

Diagnosing cancer early means that it is easier to treat and treatment is more likely to be successful.

All GP practices are still open, although many appointments are being carried out by telephone or video, without people having to go into the practice. Patients are reminded if they have any of the above symptoms, or any other symptoms that they are worried about, it is important to contact you GP practice and arrange a telephone or video consultation, in the first instance. This will allow your GP to assess your symptoms and discuss with you whether you need further investigations.

If you do need to have investigations or treatment urgently, all hospitals have developed new ways of working, aimed at minimizing any risk of contact with Covid-19.

If you, or someone close to you has symptoms they are concerned about, contact your GP Practice for advice.

 

Guidance to keep you safe when attending your vaccination appointment

While coronavirus has put limitations on all our lives, it is important that you or your baby or child still have routine vaccinations. They protect against serious and potentially deadly illnesses and stop outbreaks in the community. We recommend that you [attend/book in for] your next scheduled appointment – see www.nhs.uk/vaccinations for details on when they are due or contact the Practice..

 

Travelling to and from your appointment

When travelling to and from your appointment, please follow guidelines which include travelling by car, bike or on foot if possible, keeping a safe distance from others and washing your hands regularly. For more details, go to www.gov.ukand search ‘staying safe outside your home’.

 

When attending your appointment

When attending your appointment, we will be putting in place a range of measures to minimise any risk of COVID-19:

social distancing measures will be observed;

we may have asked you to attend your appointment at a clinic that is not at your usual venue;

The appointment may take longer than usual.

Due to the ongoing response to COVID-19, our service may have a reduced number of appointment slots available. If you choose not to attend your appointment, please contact your GP practice. It is always helpful for us to know why so we can help you with any concerns you might have. If you still don’t wish to attend the appointment, it can be offered to someone else.

You must NOT attend an appointment if you or any member of your household are suffering from any of the symptoms associated with COVID-19 or are self-isolating. If this applies to you, please contact your GP practice so that you can reschedule your appointment for a different time.

If you are identified as clinically extremely vulnerable and have been shielding, please contact your GP practice for the latest advice on what to do.

 

Online Appointments

We want to keep all our patients safe, and ensure that they are not at additional risk from catching the Coronavirus. We have made a decision to remove the ability to book appointment on line.

This is temporary measures and is so that our experienced medical administrators can talk to every patient that needs and appointment and direct them to the right service; when you book online we miss that step.

Please remember you don’t always have to come to physically see us, we have the online consultation system (linked below) that allows you to ask us questions and for advice without making an appointment. It’s particularly good for things like continuation of sick notes or general advice. If you use that service and need to be seen we will also be able to make the correct appointment for you.

We are doing our best to protect the most vulnerable people in our community. You can help us by making sure we have your most up to date phone number and that your practice general hand hygiene – soap and hot water is good but remember to wash the whole of your hands and singing happy birthday twice makes sure you are doing it for long enough!

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