Our GP practice is committed to delivering the COVID-19 vaccination to our patients.
We are part of Altrincham Healthcare Alliance Primary Care Network (PCN) which also includes Park Medical Practice, Shay Lane Medical Centre (Drs Kelman, Cranston, Naylor, Haslam and Pathak), St Johns Medical Centre and West Timperley Medical Centre. Since December our PCN has been administering Covid-19 vaccines to the patients of all five practices at Altrincham Health and Wellbeing Centre, 31-33 Market Street, Altrincham WA14 1PF.
Details regarding attending your Covid-19 vaccine appointment at Altrincham Health and Wellbeing Centre – map of the venue, parking, video, what to bring and expect – can be seen here
Please be assured that we are working through the official priority groupings and will be in touch with you as supplies of the vaccine become available. There is no need to call us, we will contact you. While we appreciate your concerns surrounding the vaccine programme, we would be grateful if phone lines are left free for patients requiring medical assistance.
We are currently inviting patients aged 18+ for their vaccine.
Please be patient as we often have short notice of the vaccine delivery. And please only attend the COVID-19 vaccination clinics if you have been contacted by your GP practice and have a confirmed appointment.
Information regarding the Covid-19 vaccination is being constantly updated – see www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
LATEST OFFICIAL ADVICE RE: TRAVEL AND COVID-19 VACCINATIONS
Official government advice was updated on 21 May 2021 regarding the public accessing their Covid-19 vaccination status. See full details via this link
The official advice reads:
You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or by tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.
You can view your COVID-19 vaccination status online and download or print it as a PDF document through the NHS website.
If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine. We expect the letter to take up to 7 days to reach you.
Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
Any NHS appointment card which may have been received from vaccination centres cannot be used to demonstrate your vaccine status.
To print details of this advice, please click GOVERNMENT ADVICE COVID VACC STATUS 21 MAY 2021
OTHER COVID-19 INFORMATION:
The practice will be operating a telephone triage, same day appointments only bookable at 8am and 2pm. If a patient needs to be seen in person, the clinician will make the necessary arrangements ensuring your safety at all times.
Please help the surgery by only visiting if it is essential to do so.
DO NOT ATTEND the surgery or hospital emergency department if you think you are showing signs of having the virus. If you have concerns that you or someone you know may have been exposed to or become infected with the coronavirus, please call NHS111 by dialling 111.
More at risk of Coronavirus?
For patients who are more at risk of Coronavirus, during the pandemic your GP may be in touch to have a difficult conversation with you about care planning. That means a conversation about what your wished would be, if you become very unwell from COVID-19. We find ourselves in unchartered waters and unprecedented times. Conversations about what might happen if we become seriously unwell, or have to face death are never easy, but they are really important. Please take 5 minutes to watch the video linked which helps explain the conversation and the purpose. – VIDEO
You can find more information about power of attorney HERE
Some routine services which are essential for your wellbeing are still available; these include smear tests and baby/childhood vaccinations. Other services are becoming available all the time. Please contact reception for further information.
Safeguarding Mental Health
It is more important than ever to safeguard our own and others mental health during this time of uncertainty.
MOODBUSTER is a study which provides online support for patients with low mood/anxiety during a time when more people are likely to present with mental health issues/whilst usual resources are limited. Patients can self-refer to this study online; screening is done remotely by the study team and patients consent/participate online. Please visit: https://www.mentalhealth.org.uk/research/moodbuster
Do consider making some healthy changes – do increase your daily exercise, and reduce your weight, alcohol intake or smoking as appropriate – look on https://www.nhs.uk/change4life for ideas for people of all ages
COVID vaccination card and travel queries (28/4/2021)
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed on 28/4/21 that the NHS App will be used as a ‘Covid passport/digital health certificate’ to prove whether people have had a COVID vaccination, or tested negative for Coronavirus, before travelling abroad.
We continue to receive a number of enquiries from patients regarding the importance of the COVID-19 vaccination card as a ‘Covid passport’ with patients contacting us regarding misplaced/lost cards and concerns that the card may be important for travel.
We would like to reassure all our patients the COVID-19 vaccination cards do not contain secure, personal information relating to the individual patient: quite simply anyone could write/amend the details. The card only contains space for the vaccine name, batch and date. The card does not contain personal, secure, patient details. If patients have been vaccinated, all details are contained on their medical records.
You may wish to download the NHS App which enables you to access your digital medical record – including details of immunisations such as the Covid-19 vaccination – as well as offering health advice and allowing you to order repeat prescriptions. Alternatively, if you have registered for Patient Access, you will also be able to view your medical records.
COVID-19: blood clotting and details of ‘phase 2’ of the vaccination programme
- Patient Leaflet from Public Health England – What to expect after your Covid-19 vaccination
- Patient information from Public Health England Covid-19 vaccination and blood clotting
- Guide to Phase 2 of the Covid-19 vaccination programme – roll out to those under 50-years-old
Information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine is being continually updated. Please visit the NHS website for the latest detail www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination