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Book your free NHS flu jab

Its been a tough few months but before we know it flu season will be upon us again.

If you are in a high risk category, you still need to make sure you are protected from seasonal flu.

Patients in the high risk categories will once again be eligible to get their FREE flu vaccine at their practice from early September 2020 to protect them from seasonal flu.

High risk categories include:

  • Adults 65 and over
  • People with certain medical conditions (including children un at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
  • Pregnant women
  • People living with someone who’s at hight risk from coronavirus (on the NHS shielded patient list)
  • Children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2020
  • Children in primary school
  • Children in year 7 (secondary school)
  • Frontline health or social care workers

To book your flu jab, please contact the reception team who will be more than happy to help.

Better Health

Public Health England has launched a major new adult health campaign to seize the opportunity for a national reset moment.

COVID-19 has affected the whole country; for almost everyone, life has had to fundamentally change. But it has also prompted many people to reflect and think more seriously about their health.

Nearly two thirds (63%) of adults in the UK are overweight or living with obesity. Gaining weight is often a gradual process that takes place over a number of years and modern life doesn’t always make it easy. This extra weight causes pressure to build up around vital organs, making it harder for the body to fight against diseases like cancer, heart disease and now COVID-19. By reducing your weight within a healthy range, you can help cut your risk of being critically ill with COVID-19.

The Better Health campaign will kick off by supporting individuals on their weight loss journey. For the first week, the campaign will highlight the links between weight and COVID-19. We will then move onto the motivate phase of the campaign in week 2, supporting physical activity and nutrition messages.

 

More information on Better Health

Help to stop smoking

If you smoke, you have an increased risk of severe illness with COVID-19.

For free support & medication to quit smoking

Visit: oneyoucheshireeast.org

Call:  0808 164 3202

Face Coverings

Face covering exemption

As face coverings become mandatory on public transport and other enclosed spaces, we have had a number of queries regarding doctor’s notes for face covering exemptions. Please note, an explanation may be required to clarify an exemption from the regulation – but a doctor’s note is not required.

Further information on exemptions can be found here https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers#exemptions-face-coverings

Please follow this link to find useful Face Mask Exemption Cards and COVID-19 cards to support those people who may not be able to wear face coverings.

Coronavirus – Latest Advice

Check if you or your child has coronavirus symptoms

Find out about the main symptoms of coronavirus and what to do if you have them.

Self-isolation and treatment if you have coronavirus symptoms

Advice about staying at home (self-isolation) and treatment for you and anyone you live with.

Testing and tracing

Information about testing for coronavirus and what to do if you’re contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service.

People at high risk

Advice for people at higher risk from coronavirus, including older people, people with health conditions and pregnant women.

Social distancing and changes to everyday life

Advice about avoiding close contact with other people (social distancing), looking after your wellbeing and using the NHS and other services during coronavirus.

GOV.UK: coronavirus – guidance and support

Government information and advice

GermDefence – Simple steps to reduce viruses in your home

A new online tool has been developed by The University of Southampton giving advice on simple steps we can take at home to protect us from the new Coronavirus (Covid-19).

This advice was developed by health experts and proved to reduce illness in a study of over 20,000 people. People who followed the advice in Germ Defence were less likely to catch pandemic flu or other viruses – and if they did become ill the illness was shorter and milder on average.

How does it work?

COVID-19 is caught in the same way as other viruses. Germ Defence provides advice on how you can protect yourself using the same methods that have worked for other viruses.

It only takes around 10 minutes to go through the information – but it could protect you from the coronavirus, along with a lifetime of fewer colds and flu. Click here to take part.

Need Emergency Dental Care during Covid-19?

Revive Dental Care offers NHS Emergency Dental Clinics across Cheshire and Merseyside, with emergency appointments for patients who need urgent treatment, advice and support on dental queries or referral to other services. 

If you need help with an urgent dental problem, call their Emergency Helpline, available from 9am to 9.30pm every day, including weekends and Bank Holidays.

0161 476 9651

Please note: this is an appointment only service – we do not operate a ‘drop-in’ service at any of our surgeries.

CORONAVIRUS ASSESSMENT SERVICE – CHURCH VIEW PRIMARY CARE CENTRE, NANTWICH

The GP practices in Nantwich, Audlem and Wrenbury are working together to support the treatment of patients who have Coronavirus (Covid-19) symptoms locally.

 One of the challenges is being able to assess patients with suspected Coronavirus in a safe, effective way which prevents spread of the virus to unaffected members of the population.

Most people will be assessed via the NHS 111 service and this should still be the first port of call for those with Coronavirus symptoms or those who are unsure, and many patients will be able to look after themselves at home following self-care advice and with support from NHS 111.

A proportion of these people will require a face to face assessment to ensure their safety and suitability for either staying at home or escalation to hospital care.

We have created a designated assessment centre area within the Church View Primary Care Centre for this purpose. Some people are calling these areas ‘Hot Hubs’ or ‘Hot Zones’.

Many simple assessments can be conducted in the car park via a “drive through” assessment where basic observations and assessment can be made supported by a follow-up telephone consultation to enable decision making about whether it is suitable to stay at home or whether more support is needed.

An area of the car park has been cordoned off and a temporary facility erected for this purpose. This will be visible now in the car park adjacent to Church View (see picture).

These aren’t walk in clinics. This is an appointment only service and people will be booked in by clinicians after discussion on the telephone or by video consultation when needed. This is in order to maintain safety of both the public and clinicians so please respect this process and keep your distance unless directed to attend.

We will not be testing for Covid-19

If directed by NHS 111 online (or by telephone) people should contact, but not visit, their GP practice. Instructions will be given on the process and how to access the area during their consultation if it is needed.

When people arrive they will be asked to wait in their cars in a designated parking area, and then will be seen on a one-in, one-out basis. This way we hope to minimise the risk to both patients and staff.

If you are vulnerable because of a long-term condition:

You should:

  • Self-isolate at home
  • Use the 111 online service if you develop a high temperature or continuous cough – only call 111 if you’re unable to get help online
  • Call your GP if you are advised to

You should not

  • Visit your GP surgery
  • Go to A&E

For real-time information on Covid-19/Coronavirus visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

Coronavirus – Latest Advice

The NHS in Cheshire and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to protect patients, our community and NHS staff while ensuring as many services as possible are available to the public.

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough, loss or change to your sense of smell or taste and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 7 days.
Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.
But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they’re at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do. 

Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.

How to get an isolation note for your employer

This service, at nhs.uk, is for those who have been told to stay at home because of coronavirus and you need a note for your employer.

This service is only for people who:

  • have symptoms of coronavirus and have used the 111 online coronavirus service
  • have been told by a healthcare professional they have symptoms of coronavirus
  • live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus

If you are not sure if you need to stay at home, get the latest NHS advice on coronavirus.

If you have to stay at home but feel well enough to work, ask your employer if you can work from home. If you can work from home, you will not need an isolation note.

You can also use this service for someone else.

Get an isolation note.