❗ COVID vaccination update ❗
We are currently working our way through patients in 'category 4' which includes those aged 70+ and individuals who are clinically extremely vulnerable. The majority of patients in groups 1-4 have received their first dose of vaccine at one of our clinics held at JCB in Cheadle or through a national vaccination centre further afield.
Some individuals have received letters from NHS England asking them to book their COVID-19 vaccination online. Patients can book appointments through this service but please be aware you may be asked to attend a vaccination centre further away from your home and you will also have to return to the same centre for your second dose of vaccine. If you would prefer to have your appointment at our local vaccination centre in Cheadle you can choose to disregard this letter and wait to be contacted by the surgery to book you an appointment for your vaccination. You do not need to contact the surgery to inform us of your decision.
We have received guidance from the UK Chief Medical Officers that the 2nd dose of vaccine remains effective when given up to 12 weeks after the 1st dose. This new guidance will ensure that as many people benefit from the first dose of vaccine as soon as possible.
You will still need two doses of the vaccination for the best long term protection but you will continue to have significant protection at 22 days after your first dose.
You do not need to contact the surgery. We will call all our patients when it is time for your first or second vaccination.
We understand that other practices in the area may be running their vaccination programme differently but we are continuing to follow guidance from NHS England to help provide protection for as many of our patients as possible. It is important to remember that even when you have received your vaccine you must continue to follow government advice on social distancing.
Thank you for your continued support,
Alton Surgery Team
DISPENSARY OPENING TIMES
DISPENSARY OPENING TIMES
To order over the phone you must call between 9am and 1pm.
Collections are only available at the following times
|MONDAY||11:00am - 1:00pm||3:00pm - 5:45pm|
|TUESDAY||11:00am - 1:00pm||3:00pm - 5:45pm|
|WEDNESDAY||11:00am - 1:00pm||3:00pm - 5:45pm|
|THURSDAY||11:00am - 1:00pm||CLOSED|
|FRIDAY||11:00am - 1:00pm||3:00pm - 5:45pm|
Flu Vaccines 2020
This year make sure you are protected from seasonal flu.
Patients in the high risk categories will be eligible to get their FREE flu vaccine with us to protect you from seasonal flu.
High risk categories include:
- Adults 65 and over
- Pregnant women
- People with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age) such as:
- Chronic respiratory diseases, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), emphysema or bronchitis
- Chronic heart disease, such as heart failure
- Chronic kidney disease
- Chronic liver disease, such as hepatitis
- Chronic neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis (MS), a learning disability or cerebral palsy
- Spleen problems, for example sickle cell disease or if you’ve had your spleen removed
- A weakened immune system as the result of conditions such as HIV and AIDS, or medicines such as steroid tablets or chemotherapy
- Being seriously overweight (a BMI of 40 or above)
To book your flu jab, please contact the reception team who will be more than happy to help.
Individuals in the 50 to 64-year-old age group are now able to book their free flu vaccination. Please call reception to book an appointment. Alternatively you can contact a local pharmacy to book your flu vaccination.
If you are in need of a coronavirus test please do not call the surgery. You can book online or call the NHS coronavirus 119 service. The phone service can be very busy at times; it may be easier to call at 8am or 8pm.
If you have symptoms, get a test as soon as possible. You need to get the test done in the first 5 days of having symptoms.
PLEASE BE AWARE THAT WE NO LONGER HAVE A FAX MACHINE
To put patients first offering a friendly supportive service
To deliver high quality, evidence based care and health promotion to our patients
To deliver a safe, effective and responsive service
To provide the right care by the right person to each patient
To support our staff to grow
For an overview of general information about the Surgery, please click the link to our practice leaflet below.
If you’re a patient at our practice you can now use the new NHS App, a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.
You can use the NHS App to check your symptoms and get instant advice, book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP medical record and more.
Did you know that you can book appointments, order repeat prescriptions and have access to your medical records through Patient Access.
Patients can also now pre-book telephone appointments with a clinician and send messages about non urgent health queries directly to the practice through using online services.
To register for online access, please speak to one of our Receptionists.
Please note photographic ID is needed to register you for online services.
If you are already registered to use Patient Access, please click the image above to re-direct you to the Patient Access website.
We are introducing an initiative to help people to find the most appropriate source of help when they call our practice or pop in to make an appointment. This means that our specially trained reception staff may ask questions about why appointments are required. You are not obliged to answer the questions they ask, however by doing so we can make sure that those people who really need to see a GP can see them as soon as possible.
Virtually everyone who calls to make an appointment asks to see a GP, but very often help will be available more quickly from other highly skilled medical professionals such as nurses or pharmacists, or from other services, including the voluntary sector, they can support people with a wide range of social, emotional or practical needs. Our trained reception staff will be able to offer you the most appropriate help using the range of information they have access to. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to speak to one of our Reception staff.
Join Our Patient Group
The Aims of the Patient Participation Group
At its simplest, patient participation refers to patients, such as you, who are taking an active interest in health care.
It gives you, the local people, the opportunity to have a say in how services are planned, developed and evaluated, by developing a good working relationship with the practice staff and GPs. Our members get involved with the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG); the CCG buy services for the population and influence health decisions.
The Patient Participation Group (PPG) provide important feedback to the Practice, encourage networking with other local service providers and engage healthcare professionals by invitation to meetings. We carry out surveys, seeking your opinion on changes you feel are required to improve services offered. You will be amongst the first to hear about news and updates.
Membership of the group is voluntary and involves attending monthly (the meeting room is supplied by the Practice). The frequency of the meetings may change as the Group progresses.
Point of Contact
The point of contact for the Group will be the Practice Manager who can be contacted by email – firstname.lastname@example.org – or by telephoning the Practice on 01538 704200.
If you would like to become a member of the Group, please complete the PPG Application Form below and return to the practice.
Please see the Patient Participation tab at the top of the home page for more information.
Chair Based Exercise Classes - Cancelled until further notice due to the pandemic
Would you like to have a laugh and make new friends, combined with some easy chair based exercises to improve strengh and muscle balance?
Sessions at Alton Surgery on a Friday 1.30-2.30
If you are interested please speak to Debbie
Coffee Morning - Cancelled until further notice due to the pandemic
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Tell us about your experience
We want to hear from our patients at Alton Surgery. During these unusual times your feedback is incredibly important and will help us to better deliver care services to all our patients.
If you have any comments about the care you have received or feedback on any of our services please do let us know. You can leave a review over on the NHS website here.