In light of the government decision to stop providing free school meals and in response to Marcus Rashford's campaign, we stand with Marcus in making sure no children in our local communities goes hungry this half term. Along with many other healthcare providers across England who have promised to feed children despite the challenges we are all facing with the current pandemic, we could not sit back.!! No parent should have the stress of not being able to feed their child, no one deserves to go hungry.
So next week the following GP surgeries are working together to provide any child under the age of 16 to come to the surgeries to pick up their FREE packed lunch from 10am onwards.
Monday 26th October through to Friday 30th October 2020
Hopwood House Medical Practice, Lees Road, Oldham, OL4 1JN
Monday 26th October – Wednesday 28th October
Greenbank Medical Practice, Nugget Street, Oldham, OL4 1 BN
Wednesday 28th October – 30th October 2020
St Mary’s Medical Centre, Rock Street, Oldham, OL1 3UL
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Thank you Marcus Rashford for inspiring others.
We are upgrading to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) which will mean that almost all our prescriptions will be processed electronically from 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
***********************NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER****************
Please note that we now have a brand new telephone number at the surgery, please make note of this number 0161 357 2260.
Following on from some technical difficulties we have been experiencing with our old phone system it has been essential to have a new telephone system. We understand this may have proven difficult to get through to the surgery so we would like to thank you for your patience during these technical changes.
Attention for patients with children re Covid-19
We are aware that there is confusion amongst parents and guardians regarding their children and if they should send their child to school or not if they show symptoms or whether someone who they have been in contact with has tested positive. We are hoping the link below can be of some use for you.
FAILED TO ATTEND APPOINTMENTS.
In August 2020, 42 appointments were wasted by patients failing to attend.
If you cannot attend for an appointment, please ring and cancel it in good time so that it can be used for someone else.
Please also be aware missing your telephone consultation is the same as missing your face to face appointment.
If you receive a text message reminder for your appointment you can always cancel it simply by replying CANCEL to the message...….
Welcome To Our Team
After saying a fond farewell to Dr A Odumade at the end of July we would now like to give a warm welcome to our new FY2 and ST2 Doctors.
Dr K Woodhead - FY2 to Dr Lewis
Dr I Newell - FY2 to Dr Lewis
Dr A Suhail - ST2 to Dr Dixon
Dr S Chiu - ST2 to Dr Richbell
We are sure you will join us in welcoming them to St Marys Medical Centre.
Help to prevent a local lockdown
As some of you may of seen on the news the numbers of people testing positive for Covid-19 has increased significantly over the last week, therefor new guidance has been put in place for the next two weeks. Please see the website below for more information.
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 new 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, there is a guide now laid on the floor.
Hand gel will need to be applied; this can be found close to the entrance
Please keep checking our website and Facebook page for updates, we want to reassure you we are working hard to ensure the right measures are being put in place to allow us to start letting our patients back into the surgery we want you all to stay safe and would appreciate if you could please bear with us during these changing and challenging times.
The links below are offering lots of advice on face masks/coverings, travel guidance keeping safe and exemptions.
Face masks and face covering guidelines in the surgery
From the 15th June anyone aged 3 or over who is visiting St Mary's Medical Centre MUST wear a face mask/covering.
Face coverings should not be used by children under the age of 3 or those who may find it difficult to manage them correctly.
It is advisable that you source or make your own face mask/ covering.
It is important to use face coverings properly and wash your hands before putting them on and taking them off.
Please click on the link below to find out how to wear and make your own face cloth covering.
We thank you all in advance for your assistance and co operation.
The Coronavirus has changed a lot of things but cervical screening is not one of them.
If you have received a letter telling you it is time for your cervical screening appointment you will need to contact the surgery via telephone to arrange an appointment with our practice nurse.Here at the surgery we want to keep you and our healthcare team protected from coronavirus so therefor we will be following government guidelines on social distancing and using the appropriate protective equipment.The test itself where the nurse takes a sample of cells from your cervix will still only take few minutes.
We ask that when you come to your appointment you arrive as close to your appointment time as possible this is so you do not have to wait long and there is less chance of coming into contact with other people. We also ask that you wear a face mask or covering to the surgery and you gel your hands on arrival.
We advise you to bring your own face mask or covering.
If you would like more information regarding your cervical smear test please find the link below. This is extremely helpful and informative.
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:
Organ Donation Law in England has now changed
On the 20th May 2020 the Organ Donation Law was changed meaning that England have now moved to an “opt out” system.
This means that all adults in England will be considered to have agreed to be an organ donor when they die unless they have recorded a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups.
ONLINE CONSULTATIONS VIA WEBISTE
ONLINE CONSULTATIONS VIA PATIENT ACCESS
If you require any further information regarding access to online consultations please go to:
COVID19 – High Risk Patient UPDATE
As you can image our reception is very busy at the moment due to the ongoing Coronavirus situation. We would appreciate it if you only contact the surgery if you feel it is totally necessary regarding a medical condition to help keep the phone lines available as much as possible to enable us to call patients that require medical advice.
If you enquiry is regarding the recent letters sent to our Patients at High Risk of Covid19, please note that this has been sent directly from GOV.UK. THIS IS NOT UNDER OUR PRACTICE CONTROL.
If you feel that you should be receiving one of these letters or feel that you a High Risk patient or experiencing any symptoms or feel that you may have the condition, guidance says you should self-isolate but if you are unsure we would refer you to visit:
NHS England https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/advice-for-people-at-high-risk/
You can find all the information that you may want to know on these website.
Thank You and Stay Safe
ASTHMA - RESCUE PACKS
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.
CORONA VIRUS UPDATE- APPOINTMENT CANCELLATIONS/CHANGES
Due to the increasing Coronavirus situation we have had to cancel all pre-booked appointments at the surgery so your appointment will have automatically been cancelled.
We are encouraging patients NOT TO COME TO THE SURGERY and to stay away from the surgery but if you feel that you need to see a Doctor or Nurse please phone the surgery on 0161 620 6667 and you may be offered a telephone triage appointment.
If you would like more information on updates or symptoms and advice on Coronavirus then please visit the NHS website - https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/
Please bear with us and thank you for understanding during these extremely difficult times.
CORONA VIRUS UPDATE - APPOINTMENT SYSTEM CHANGES
Following on from recent government advice, and the worsening situation regarding Coronavirus the surgery will be introducing a new appointments system which will involve your call being triaged by a GP or Nurse. This will come into effect from Monday 16th March 2020.
These new arrangements are for the wellbeing of our patients and staff so please bear with us during this difficult period and only call the surgery if absolutely necessary.
Thank you for your understanding and we will aim to keep you updated as much as we can.
Corona virus Information - Online appointment bookings
Whilst the general risk to the public remains low, we would ask that if you are concerned that you may have or been in contact with someone who has coronavirus that you please DO NOT attend the surgery, our Receptionists will be asking some standard questions before being able to book an appointment and also in order for St Marys Medical Centre to minimise risk to yourselves, our patients and us we have had to disable all online bookings via Patient Access until further notice.
Paper prescription forms are changing
Exemption boxes on the back of prescriptions are being made easier for eligible patients to correctly claim free NHS-prescriptions and avoid penalty charges. For more information visit - www.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/prescription-forms
Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is a new respiratory illness that has not previously been seen in humans. If you have been to Wuhan, China in the last 14 days please visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/wuhan-novel-coronavirus/
For more information or you can also visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/wuhan-novel-coronavirus-information-for-the-public?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI_8nLwP235wIVR7TtCh3cQgJPEAAYASAAEgK7nfD_BwE for updates 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 www.pennineshareforyou.nhs.uk/ 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:
Latest National GP survey results (Sept 2019) are now available - see results on this link https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/gp-surgery-patient-experience-rankings-16853473 A big thank you to all our patients who take part in these surveys - any and all information is useful to us.
Online services available – find out how to register
We now have a Facebook page - why not visit and click and like the page for updates regarding the surgery and wider NHS news?
Note that this Facebook page is NOT for booking appointments, ordering prescriptions etc.
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 www.shinglesaware.co.uk If you are eligible and would like to receive the vaccine, please contact the surgery and book an appointment with the Practice Nurse.