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An NHS spokesperson said: "The NHS is having to work at extreme pace to respond to this new variant and to put in place the next and most complex phase of the successful Covid-19 vaccination programme. Following updated guidance from JCVI, the NHS will shortly set out how staff will expand the booster programme – this will include how booster jabs will be given in priority order so that the most vulnerable people are protected first, while also increasing capacity to vaccinate millions more people in a shorter space of time. The NHS will contact you when you are due to book in for your lifesaving booster vaccination, and when you get the call, it’s vital that people come forward as quickly as possible".

Personal statement from Dr Brian Lewis

I know that many of you have been trying to book appointments with me and have been upset to not be able to do so. Let me explain.

I have not retired! In fact, far from that. I have been appointed Clinical Director for Oldham Central Primary Care Network (PCN). This network covers 13 practices (including St Mary’s) and approximately 72000 of our local population. The role is very much about increasing the quality of patient care across the whole network and getting the practices to work closer together. I’m honoured to have been appointed to this role and it means that unfortunately I can no longer provide day to day patient care.

I am continuing a management role in the practice and I continue to train increasing numbers of junior doctors who many of you have met. They have direct access to me to discuss any concerns that they have so I will continue to know about and have a level of influence over your care.

We are very lucky in our practice to have a high-quality team of doctors, nurses and admin staff. We continue to provide very fast access with a choice of telephone or face to face consultations. Please use them appropriately and don’t argue with the staff when they say that I can not see you.

Don’t worry, I will let you know when I get around to retiring!

Surgery Update 

The last few months have seen big changes for St Mary’s Medical Centre, and we wanted to keep you all up to date.

Dr B Lewis – Congratulations to Dr Lewis on his new appointment of Clinical Director for Oldham Central PCN. Although this appointment means Dr Lewis will not be doing clinics at St Mary’s we wanted you all to know he will still be around the surgery supervising the trainees and overseeing the management side of the surgery. I am sure you will join all the staff at St Mary’s in wishing him the best of luck in the role.

Following the news of Dr Lewis stepping into a different role we would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new partner Dr R Brown. Some of you may already know Dr Brown. She was a trainee here previously and saw many of you then. We are over the moon to bring Dr Brown into our team and hope you will join us in making her feel very welcome, she is an asset to our surgery.

We would also like to say a big thank you to Dr Jamal and Dr Elphick who have now finished their training with us. All the best for the future.

Matthew Bennett (Practice Nurse) will unfortunately be leaving us at the end of the month, Matthew is moving on to pastures new and we wish him all the very best for the future.

Lastly, I would like to give a very warm welcome to our new training Doctors

Dr S. Abdul

Dr M. Gracias

Dr N. Rahlenbeck

Dr A. Islam

Who I am sure you will all get to know over the next few weeks and months.

These four trainees are in addition to our current trainees who you may already know Dr R. Hashim and Dr I. Kayani.

Practice News

We would like to inform all of our patients that throughout the pandemic the medical centre has gone through a lot of changes and updates. Some of you may have seen that we have had a facelift with new flooring, entrance doors, seating and screening at reception. The updates have been done to make the building more Covid secure, protecting both our patients and our staff. As restrictions start to lift, we would like to let our patients know that they now have the option to choose between a telephone consultation or face to face appointment. When attending the surgery for appointments you are required to wear face mask in the surgery, gel your hands-on arrival and follow social distancing guidelines. Our Doctors, Nurses and Health Care Assistants will now all wear appropriate PPE throughout your appointment.

Prescription request and Test result update

Please be aware prescription requests now need to be ordered between the hours of 11:00am and 16:30pm anything requested after this time will not be processed until the following working day. All prescription requests will still take up to 48 hours to process.

If you need to the ring the surgery for test results please ring between 11:00am and 16:30pm. No test results will be given out of these hours.

Please note if you ring the surgery for these requests out of the times you will be asked to ring back.

Practice Staff Update 

We would like to take this opportunity to inform our patients that our Practice Nurse Sarah Westerman will be (sadly for us) retiring in December this year. We have had the pleasure of working with Sarah for many years and we would like to wish her a very well deserved and happy retirement. Sarah has been a fantastic Nurse and it has been a pleasure to have her as part of our team here at St Mary’s.

Covid-19 Vaccine Status

Please do not contact your GP surgery about your Covid-19 Vaccination status. GP's can not provide letters showing your vaccination status.You can access your Covid-19 Vaccination status through the free NHS App from the 17th May.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.If you do not have access to a smartphone and you know that the country you are travelling to requires a Covid-19 vaccination status then you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from the 17th May) . You can ask for a letter to posted to you and this must be at least 5 days after you have completed your course of the vaccine.

For more information please see

Surgery Update 

We understand times are unsettling for us all at the moment, but we still encourage our patients to contact us if you need medical assistance or advice. We are still open between our normal surgery hours. Our screens are now in place to protect both our patients and our staff members. Face masks or face coverings are required when attending the surgery whether this is for an appointment or to collect something. You will need to follow the social distancing rules. Hand gel will need to be applied; this can be found close to the reception desk.

Electronic Prescription Service

We have upgraded to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) which means that almost all our prescriptions are now processed electronically this has been in place since the 2nd October 2020.Electronic prescriptions help save the NHS money.You will receive your prescriptions in the same way as you do now. Read more about EPS on the NHS website

General practice transparency notice for GPES data for pandemic planning and research (COVID-19)

This practice is supporting vital coronavirus (COVID-19) planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital. For more information about this see:

More information will be updated on our Privacy Policy to reflect these national changes over the next few days.

For information regarding General Practice Data extraction for planning and researched purposes please see below link

General Practice Data for Planning and Research: GP Practice Privacy Notice - NHS Digital

National Data

The national data opt out date has been extended until the 30th September 2021. Please see below.

Your health records contain confidential information, this can be used to help the NHS with research and planning. If you do not want your data to be used in this way you are able to opt out. Your confidential patient information will still be used for your individual care.

For more information to ensure that you are fully informed about this and the form to complete to state your preference can be found using the following link.

The completed form can be sent to us by post or by email to

GM Shared Care Records 

For more information on the Greater Manchester Care Records please see the below link.

The GM Care Record allows workers in health or social care easy access to your patient information to help them understand your needs and to support them in making the best decisions for your care. It shares important information about your health and care including: Any current health or care related issues.



If you require any further information regarding access to online consultations, please go to:


If you have any queries regarding the Coronavirus and your asthma, please use this useful link from Asthma UK for all up to date guidelines and advice.



From 17th February 2020, your medical record will be able to be viewed by other health and social care professionals directly involved in your care via a ShareforYou record. Please visit for more information.If you would prefer that we didn’t share your record, then you can opt out at any time. Please speak to your GP or a member of the reception team.

For more information please watch this sort video about ShareforYou:


Cervical Screening (Smear) Tests are carried out by our Practice Nurses here at the surgery.  Women will be sent an invitation letter when their screening is due.  It is a simple test which really does save lives and we would strongly encourage you to make an appointment to attend when you receive your invitation.

Breast Screening (mammogram) invitations are sent out by NHS England to all women aged 50-70 years every three years.  These are carried out by trained specialist nurses at local clinics.  You will be sent your results directly from the service.  This screening is important and really does save lives and we would strongly encourage you to attend when you receive an appointment. 

Bowel Cancer Screening - self testing kits are sent out by NHS England to all men and women aged 60-74 years every two years.  This screening can save lives and we would strongly encourage you to complete the home test and send it off as directed in your information pack.  If you have any questions about this, or if you require a replacement kit for any reason, you can ring the service on 0800 707 6060.


If you are aged 70 - 79 you may now be eligible to receive a shingles vaccination - NHS England is releasing these vaccines in stages.  information-for-people-in-england

Vaccination is currently being offered to those who are aged 70, 78 and 79, and to anyone in their seventies who was born after 1st September 1942. People who are in their seventies but are not yet eligible for vaccination, will be offered vaccination in future years under the national programme.

For more information, and to find out if you are currently eligible please visit  If you are eligible and would like to receive the vaccine, please contact the surgery and book an appointment with the Practice Nurse.



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