1st Floor, Fountains Health, Delamere Street, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 4DS

Phone number: 01244 385553

 

LATEST COVID-19 ADVICE: - www.gov.uk/coronavirus

 

Message to our patients regarding Omicron:

Things are moving very quickly in relation to the predicted surge of the Omicron variant and we want to share with you as much information as possible. We are now in a position where the government has declared a Level 4 National Incident.

In view of this there are two updates. The first regarding the position following the Prime Ministers speech, and what that means for access to General Practice, the second an update regarding booking COVID boosters.

  • Following guidance from the PM’s speech and NHS England we are being asked to pause routine and non-urgent care to redeploy staff to support the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations. All General practice teams have been asked to clinically prioritise services and to deliver only urgent or emergency care and other critical services such as cancer care.
  • Although this announcement has been made there has been very little specific guidance issued about what this means in practice
  • The aim of this central advice is to allow Primary Care Teams to concentrate on urgent care in the very short term, alongside delivering the vaccine programme. It is important that if you feel your need is urgent that you continue to contact us. Please do not attend Accident and Emergency because you feel you cannot contact us. If you have any symptoms which you are concerned about, which you feel may be related to cancer please continue to contact us.
  • If you have any doubt, please contact us and we can offer advice about whether your problem can safely wait.
  • This is not a position we would choose to be in. However, it is very clear that we are now in a national emergency situation. We want to fully play our part in contributing to the ongoing delivery of the COVID booster campaign, alongside continuing to provide safe and effective care to our patient population. As always thank you for your patience and understanding at this extremely busy time.

The Partners at Northgate Medical Centre

 

Message to our patients – update on the COVID-19 booster programme

Across Cheshire the NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.

All adults are eligible from Monday 13 December, and you will be able to book via the National Booking System from Wednesday 15 December.

You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from 2 months.

We are working at pace to increase the availability of appointments so that there are plenty of options for people on the National Booking System.

Some local vaccination services will also contact patients directly.

New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services. Further availability will come online from Wednesday 15 December.

We will be working with all of our sites to take further steps to increase what they can offer again, including opening later and on more days.

All of these appointments will be added to the National Booking System and so we encourage everyone who is aged 18 and over, is yet to have their booster and who is approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so.

In terms of any planned appointments with Northgate Medical Centre, there are no changes at the current time and everyone should attend your planned appointments as normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly.

See more about the vaccination programme in England, including the vaccination services: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-booster-vaccine/

 

We are holding Covid Booster clinics on the following dates: Thurs 6th, 13th & 15th January 2022.

You can book these via Patient Access if you are registered or ring us at the practice to book

on 01244 385553 after 10am. Please wear a face mask when attending. Thank you.

 

XMAS CLOSURES

We are closed Monday 3rd January 

We are back open as usual from Tuesday 4th January 2022 from 8am

When we are closed and you require urgent medical attention please call NHS111 

 In an emergency call 999

(Calls to the NHS111 service are free from both landlines and mobiles and is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week)

 

STAFF TRAINING DATES 2022

The surgery will be closed for staff training on the following dates between 12:00-17:00

  Wed 16th Feb, Thurs 17th Mar, Thurs 28th Apr, Tues 24th May, Wed 22nd June,

Thurs 14th July, Tues 16th Aug, Wed 21st Sept, Thurs 20th Oct, Tues 22nd Nov, 

If you require URGENT medical advice during this time, you can ring NHS 111. We re-open again at 5.00pm

During a staff training day, all telephone calls will be forwarded to the NHS111 service for triage before being passed to the NHS Western Cheshire GP Out of Hours Service.

Extended Hours: 0300 123 7740 – Option 3

 

IF YOU ARE OVERDUE YOUR CERVICAL SCREENING PLEASE RING TO BOOK

PLEASE WEAR A FACE MASK WHEN ATTENDING THE PRACTICE

NO EARLY MORNING APPTS 7-8AM UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. YOU WILL FIND US ON THE 1ST FLOOR - BLUE RECEPTION AREA
There are 4 separately run GP practices in the Fountains Building, if you register with us you'll be seen at Northgate Medical Centre only.
We see patients by appointment only. We do not open at weekends.
PLEASE ORDER YOUR MEDICATION IN PLENTY OF TIME, ALLOWING 48HRS FOR PROCESSING

Last updated 22.3.21