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Please ensure we have your up-to-date telephone contact details so that we can contact you regarding any urgent matters such as laboratory test results, medication inquiries etc

Access to Medical 

There have been posts on via various media channels which have possibly been giving false information about opting out of sharing the data, your GP Practice holds on you, with the NHS.  The following link will give you the official guidance and will assist you in taking a decision as to whether or not you want your health data sharing outside of your GP Practice.  Please note that the responsibility to opt in or out of sharing your data, these days, is your responsibility and not something which your GP can complete on your behalf

Internet link to follow - https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/manage-your-choice/ (if the link does not take you automatically to the website, please copy and paste the link into your internet browser)

Further information can be found at 

https://digital.nhs.uk/services/national-data-opt-out?fbclid=IwAR3zh42Rwm1486aAC9k3gC8touS87_7pUtl_6T8oDIsjr3muhSXxrP98Wk8 (if the link does not take you automatically to the website, please copy and paste the link into your internet browser)

In order to complete opting in or out of sharing of your data, you need to: 

  • be aged 13 or older
  • have access to your email or mobile phone
  • have your NHS number or your postcode registered with your GP surgery - your NHS number can usually be found on either of the following - A prescription tear off sheet you have had issued to you previously, hospital appointment letters or paperwork relating to a hospital referral you have had or via your Practice on-line account.  If you are unable to find your NHS number, please email the surgery at gp-p92648@nhs.net when Practice staff will confirm number at their earliest convenience

Breast Screening for Ladies aged 71 and over 

Breast Screening self-referrals for women aged 71 years and over have now resumed - Contact us Tel: 01942 774713 if you have any queries re this Service or Email: BSUappointments@wwl.nhs.uk  or look at the Website at www.wwl.nhs.uk/specialities/breast_screening
Please remember to book your appointment directly with us using the details below

Procedures in place for COVID-19 will be detailed in the appointment letter which you will receive from Breast Screening Service

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme - Autumn 2022

As you may be aware, the Practice is partaking of delivering the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme as a Member of LiGA Primary Care Network (PCN).  The PCN is made up of seven other local Practices who are sharing the workload.  Work in respect of the Programme has been on-going from January 2021 and will continue with the Autumn Booster (commencing early to mid-September 2022);  vaccinations will be administered at Kidglove House, Kidglove Road, Golborne, Warrington WA3 3GS and you will receive advice nearer the time as to how to book in for your vaccination

The Government have accepted final JCVI advice which states the following people should be offered a COVID-19 booster vaccine this autumn:
• residents in a care home for older adults and staff working in care homes for older adults
• frontline health and social care workers
• all adults aged 50 years and over
• persons aged 5 to 49 years in a clinical risk group, as set out in the Green Book
• persons aged 5 to 49 years who are household contacts of people with immunosuppression
• persons aged 16 to 49 years who are Carers, as set out in the Green Book (reference book used by your GP and Practice Nurse(s)

Long Covid

If you have contracted Coronavirus (Covid-19) and have been diagnosed ongoing symptomatic COVID-19 is diagnosed (from 4 weeks after infection), you  may be offered the following:

  • Signposting to self-management support including the online platform Your COVID Recovery (YCR) Phase 1 https://www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk/
  • Supported self-management from the practice or primary care network team; this may include input from social prescribers, health and wellbeing coaches and care coordinators with linking into community groups or other existing community services as appropriate
  • Referral into a Post COVID assessment clinic if self-management alone is not appropriate and if further investigations or support are required 

Influenza Vaccinations 2022

Vaccination against influenza will commence mid - to late September 2022.  Please feel free to contact the surgery if you have any queries re this vaccination though text message will be sent to you nearer the time of commencing the flu vaccination programme; vaccinations for Slag Lane Medical Centre patients will be administered at Slag Lane Medical Centre - it is only the Covid-19 Autumn booster which will be administered from Kidglove House (as explained above) the advisable way to make your inquiry is in writing by email if you are able to as this will leave the Practice telephones open for patients who have more urgent needs - email address to correspond at is gp-p92648@nhs.net and, once your query has been considered we will advise you further.  Priorities for flu vaccination this year will be

  • those aged 6 months to under 65 years in clinical risk groups
  • Pregnant women
  • Those persons aged 65 years and over
  • With effect from 15 October 2022 only, those patients aged 50 to 64 years not in clinical risk groups
  • Carers
  • Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals
  • Housebound patient 
  • Those living in long-stay residential care homes or nursing homes or other long-stay health and social care facilities
  • Locum GPs
  • Frontline health and social care staff employed by the following types of social care providers without employer led occupational health schemes:
    a) registered residential care or nursing home
    b) registered domiciliary care provider
    c) a voluntary managed hospice provider
    d) direct payment (personal budgets) and/or personal health budgets, such as personal assistants.

Pneumococcal Vaccinations - available all year round to those patients at risk

A pneumococcal infection can affect anyone. However, some people are at higher risk of serious illness and can be given the pneumococcal vaccination on the NHS. These include, eligible patients are those who have not previously been vaccinated who are aged 65 and over or aged 2 - 64 years at risk which includes patients with chronic respiratory disease, chronic heart disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, diabetes, immunosuppressed & asplenic or dysfunction of the spleen, patients with cochlear implants and patients with cerebrospinal fluid leaks.  Only one dose is required, except for individuals with no spleen, splenic dysfunction or chronic renal disease who will require boosters at five year intervals.  To find out more about pneumococcal vaccination please use the following link http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/pneumococcal-vaccination.aspx and feel free to speak to the Practice Nurse if you require further information.

Shingles vaccinations

The National shingles immunisation programme was introduced by the Department of Health some years ago to help protect those people most at risk from shingles and its complications. The shingles vaccine is recommended for those persons aged 70 to 79 years of age and, if you are elligible, you can have the shingles vaccination at any time of year. Please speak to the Practice Nurse if you wish to clarify if you qualify for the shingles vaccination or not, or find further information via the following link http://www.nhs.uk/Conditions/vaccinations/Pages/shingles-vaccination.aspx and feel free to the Practice Nurse if you require further information. Another useful link is www.shinglesaware.co.uk, if you follow this link and click on the tab for 'Shingles immunisation in England' you will find a useful calculator which, if you have not already undergone the shingles vaccination, will guide you as to your eligibility.

There are 2 shingles vaccines used in the UK:

  • Zostavax, a live vaccine given as 1 dose
  • Shingrix, a non-live vaccine given as 2 doses, 2 months apart

Most people will have the Zostavax vaccine. The Shingrix vaccine is recommended if Zostavax is not suitable for you, for example if you have a condition that affects your immune system.

Please note that information re any vaccinations mentioned above can change as per Government guidelines though the above are correct as of 22/08/2022

Read the latest Wigan Borough CCG Newsletter

Electronic Repeat Dispensing (ERD)

As of approximately 7th September 2020, Slag Lane Medical Centre are upgrading to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) EPS Phase 4 which will mean that almost all our prescriptions will be processed electronically from then on.

Electronic prescriptions help save the NHS money.

Read more about EPS on the NHS website (Information for:  Patients)

If you have any queries re EPS Phase 4, please contact Reception staff on 01942 807600 to discuss matters further.

DNA Notice For Patients 16/09/19 - please follow this link for further information

Are you a Carer?

The Practice is keen to identify more Carers so as we can put in place some preventative measures to keep you well (i.e. we will extend to you an annual influenza vaccination and offer you annual health check) and also keep you up to date on local news from Wigan & Leigh Carer Centre.  Please let a member of Reception staff know if you are a Carer for a family member, a friend/acquaintance or such so as we can record this information on the clinical system to enable reminders to be sent to you periodically and as appropriate.

The role of a Carer can be very onerous and isolating at times but help is at hand via the Wigan & Leigh Carers Centre - the following link will take you to their website where you will find a host of articles to consider/help to access/events that are coming up (look under the heading 'What's On' and choose event booking

Website address for Wigan & Leigh Carers Centre - https://www.wlcccarers.com/ (if the link does not take you automatically to the Carers website, please copy and paste the link into your internet browser)

Are you a Military Veteran?

If yes, we need to know about you so as we can perhaps obtain more timely appointments/services for you if appropriate in the future;  if you are a Military Veteran, you will have a Forces Service Number and we would be grateful if you would supply a member of Reception team with this so as we can enter the information on the Practice clinical system so as to allow for easy identification in the future.

LGBTQ+ Foundation

Are you aware that The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Foundation offers a wealth of support, guidance and practices to members of our LGBT Population - please follow the link below to avoid feeling that you are isolated/alone - the LGBT Foundation believes, quite rightly, in a fair and equal society through which all LGBT people can be helped to achieved their full potential

https://lgbt.foundation/

Have our say - join our Patient Group - please follow this link for further information

Read our latest Patient Group Reports - please follow this link for further information

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