Coronavirus Information

Support for parents and carers with babies 0-2 years old

The services included will support parents who may be feeling low or anxious about their new responsibilities and benefit from additional peer support, resources and activities.

Bolton Together - FAMILY SUPPORT FOR PARENT AND CARERS 0 - 2 YEARS.pdf

Coronavirus Vaccine Programme update

Coronavirus Vaccine Programme update

We have a Covid Booster Clinic scheduled for Saturday 22nd January, between 8.30am and 12.00pm, at Peter House Surgery
 
Appointments are available for :
✔ First and second doses – its never to late to be vaccinated! If your first dose was Astra Zeneca you can now have Pfizer for your second dose.
✔ Anyone over 16 eligible for their booster
✔ 3rd dose for those who are immunosuppressed – NHS invite will have been received
✔ Booster for 12 -15 year olds in a clinical at risk group – NHS invite will have been received – or household contact of someone who is severely immunosuppressed.
 
You are eligible for your booster 91 days from your last dose of primary vaccination, for some people this will be a 4th dose
 
If you have not yet received an invite to book an appointment you can text COVID and with your initials and dob to the vaccine hotline:
 07730 765245
 
Alternatively we will be offering walk in appointments.
 
If you are eligible for your Flu Vaccine, we will offer it to you at this appointment (subject to availability)
 
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A massive thank you to all the Westhoughton patients, staff and volunteers.

Please see below for the current information as of 13/01/22.

Following the recent government we are increasing our vaccine capacity. This will require some routine GP services to be paused while we concentrate on the vaccination programme. We appreciate your ongoing understanding and ask you only contact the surgery with urgent queries. 

As a PCN we are concentrating on vaccinating our most vulnerable groups and have been contacting them in priority order.

There are three ways to get vaccinated

  • You are contacted by your local GP practice either via phone or text to make an appointment (please don’t ring us)
  • You can attend a walk in site across Bolton (see website for up to date clinics) provided you meet eligibility criteria

Coronavirus udates and advice | Bolton CCG

  • You can book via national booking service (all >18s will be able to do this from 18/12/21)

Book or manage a coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS (www.nhs.uk)

 

COVID BOOSTER

To be eligible to book your covid booster you should be at least 8 weeks since your second immunisation. If you have not had your flu jab we will co-administer this for maximum protection.

If you go to a site alternative to your GP and do not receive your flu jab and want one please contact our vaccine hotline numbers (criteria here Flu vaccine - NHS (www.nhs.uk))

All patients will be given Pfizer or Moderna as a booster- regardless of which vaccine you had for the original doses. 

If you are immunocompromised and eligible for a 3rd primary dose or booster and haven’t been contacted then please contact our hotline number.

We continue to run searches on our patients who will be coming up to being eligible for their booster and we will text them with a link to make an appointment. If there is no mobile number available we will attempt to proactively contact patients by phone. 

 

We are now able to offer boosters to anyone who meets the above criteria and are OVER 16- though patients are being invited in priority order.

 

If you have a mobile and don’t have access to the internet on your phone and have not received a phone call (and you are >3months) then you can TEXT “Booster” your INITIALS and DATE OF BIRTH to our hotline number 07730 765245 and we will get back to you (may be a private number).

 

FIRST and SECOND DOSES

If you are currently eligible and have not had or arranged your first or second vaccine yet please text “COVID” plus YOUR INITIALS and DATE OF BIRTH to the vaccine hotline number 07730 765245 and we will contact you with an appointment/ discussion (this may be a call from a ‘private number’). If you are unable to text, please contact the surgery directly. 

There has been recent new guidance that our well 16/17 year olds who originally given one vaccination are now eligible for a second.

They should be 12 weeks post first vaccine. If you are under 18 and have had covid, advice states you should wait 12 weeks post infection before having your vaccination.

We will be actively inviting this group via text (this will go to the mobile number we have for you, remember this may be your parent/ guardian).

If you are 16/17 with an underlying health problem then you remain eligible for a second vaccination after 8 weeks as per previous guidance.

 

HOUSEBOUND PATIENTS 

If you are truly housebound and in these groups (waiting for 1st/2nd or booster) then we are currently contacting these patients to arrange a home visit vaccine. It is very difficult to safely transport vaccine so we politely ask that where at all possible you attend the surgery for your vaccine. We have the opportunity to vaccinate in the car if needed. Please contact us on the hotline number if you deem yourself to be housebound and are overdue any vaccines.

 Where possible, please do not contact the surgery with vaccine queries as it stops poorly patients getting through on the phone. For general vaccine queries you can ask via online consult using the following link

 

Unsworth Group online consult.

 

Please follow our social media for the most up to date information regarding our vaccination programme.

 

Westhoughton PCN Facebook

 

Westhoughton PCN Twitter

 

Once again, a huge thank you to everyone involved in this, the biggest vaccination programme in NHS history.

Kind regards 

The Partners at Unsworth Group Practice

 

 

 

Coronavirus vaccination certificate

We are currently unable to issue this certificate at the practice.

Please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad for further information.

Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the NHSapp, (which is also valuable for things like ordering repeat prescriptions)

The NHSapp can be downloaded from https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/nhs-app/id1388411277 for iPhone or https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nhs.online.nhsonline for android.

Alternatively you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 May 2021) and ask for a letter to be posted to you. This must be at least 5 days after you have completed your course of the vaccine and the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.

Kind regards 

The Partners at Unsworth Group Practice

 

 

Keeping COVID safe within our buildings from June 2021 onwards

As a surgery over the last 18 months both patients and clinicians in all different sectors have had to adapt their working on a day to day basis to help protect both patients and staff. We thank all our patients and colleagues for their cooperation in such challenging times.

There will be a new procedure in place for attending face to face appointments as the safety of patients and staff is paramount. We need to limit the footfall via the reception doors as there is a limited amount of waiting area for patients to be seated, socially distanced.

We ask that unless you have booked a face to face appointment that you still continue to use our other methods of contact for prescriptions, booking and general enquiries.

Thank you

The Partners, Unsworth Group Practice

 

Contacting us

Appointments

Please be aware appointments can be offered to ALL patients at either of our Blackrod or Westhoughton sites. Our reception staff will try to accommodate where possible your need. If you require a specific GP then you may be asked to attend another location to your normal site due to the availability of the clinician.

Routine Appointments

Please use the online consult. The admin staff will advise you within 48 hours, in response to your enquiry.

Urgent Appointments

If you feel your appointment is urgent, we ask you ring the surgery directly. We are aware this can be more difficult at this time but we ask you to be patient. A member of reception team will ask if your appointment can be dealt with over the telephone or would you prefer face to face. They will then advise you of the best availability for your requirement.

The Partners have asked for the receptionist to enquire as to the nature of the appointment, as this helps to allocate the most appropriate clinician.

We ask you do not attend for your appointment any earlier than your indicated time slot, you may be asked to wait outside if you do so.

Westhoughton reception team

01942 812525

Blackrod reception team

01204 697229

  

Prescriptions

Ordering

We are instructing patients to order prescriptions online via the following Prescriptions link

You are able to download a simple online registration form here.

Complete the form and email to sms.p82015@nhs.net

(If you cannot do this yourself, you could ask a family member to do this for you)

You will be contacted via email by a member of the admin team regarding ID requirements (if necessary)

Please ensure you provide clear writing for all your information, especially your email and mobile number.

An up-to-date mobile number enables us to keep you updated with any changes.

 

Picking up your prescription

Nominated Pharmacy

Please nominate yourself with a pharmacy (the easiest way is to contact them directly) - this ensures your prescription can be electronically sent from us, to the pharmacy, once ordered. The surgery will no longer be issuing prescriptions via paper. You can then pick your prescription up directly from your nominated pharmacy.

There are several pharmacies located around Westhoughton and surrounding areas—do not assume the closest one to the surgery can accommodate demand.

FOR ALL PRESCRIPTION QUERIES

Please call 01942 812525

 

General Enquires

General enquires can be submitted via the following routes

Non urgent - Please use the Online consult

or Email -  sms.p82015@nhs.net

 

 

Latest Government Advice

For the latest Governement Advice and Information on Coronavirus please visit

 

https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus

Prescriptions

The doctors are urging patients to utilise the online service to request ALL medication.

You can register for online services by clicking here-  Systmonline

(after following the link, please click on the  box - Request access to the online service with Unsworth group Practice)

  • We no longer require Photographic ID (at this critical time)
  • You will receive an email or text message with a user name and password
  • We urge you to then nominate a pharmacy you wish us to send your prescription to once ordered
  • Then order your prescription - You will not be able to attend the surgery to collect any paper prescriptions

ALTERNATIVELY: You could download the NHS App to REGISTER AND ORDER your medication.

If you have any difficulty, please contact the administrative team for support: -01942 812525

Other ways to order (but these may take longer)

  • Ring the surgery number (however our phone lines will be VERY busy)
  • Email sms.p82015@nhs.net

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