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**FOR ALL INFORMATION RELATING TO COVID - PLEASE SEE THE COVID-19 SECTION UNDER THE APPOINTMENTS TAB**

SPRING BOOSTERS

  • Spring booster COVID-19 vaccination appointments are available in Cheshire now for: People aged 75+, residents of care homes for older adults and people aged 12+ who have a weakened immune system.
  • If eligible, the quickest and easiest way to arrange a Spring booster vaccination is online via the National Booking Service (or by calling 119).
  • In line with national guidance, Spring booster vaccinations are predominantly being administered in pharmacies. There is no need to contact your GP practice.
  • Everyone who is eligible will receive a national letter from the NHS over the Spring and early Summer inviting them for a top-up.
  • Locally, eligible residents who are able to attend a vaccination centre - but live in areas not covered by a GP-led site - will receive a further letter from the local NHS to outline their local vaccination options.

More information about Cheshire’s COVID-19 Vaccination Programme - including sites offering walk-in Spring booster vaccinations - is available here

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COVID VACCINATION QUERIES:

If there is incorrect/missing information on your vaccine record then you need to call 119 and ask the operator to make a referral to the Vaccine Data Resolution Service (VDRS).  You will then receive a call back from the VDRS service within 5 working days.  We cannot assist you with vaccination queries unless you were vaccinated in our surgery.

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The COVID Pandemic has had such a huge impact on all our lives and, along with everyone else, we are really hopeful that things will return to a more “normal” situation in the coming months.

Since  March 2020, we have put measures in place at Garden Lane Medical Centre so that we can keep patients and staff as safe as possible and we feel that, for the time being, it is wise to keep these in place until we are confident that COVID no longer poses a significant risk.

An important part of this is to try to keep the number of people attending the surgery in person to a minimum. Right from the start of the pandemic we have been open for business and have been seeing people face-to-face whenever necessary, but we will continue to offer a telephone appointment to most people in the first instance rather than booking them straight in to see a clinician. This often allows problems to be dealt with effectively without attendance at the surgery, but ,where it is necessary to see someone in person, it allows us to assess the urgency of the problem, to book people in with the right person and to assess if they can be seen in the main building or if it is safer to see them in another part of the building so as to avoid their being in contact with other patients in the waiting room if they have any symptoms suggestive of COVID.

We will also continue to ask screening questions over the intercom before admitting people to the waiting area and will ask people attending to wear a face covering whenever possible. The clinical staff will continue to wear PPE when they see patients and to take time to carefully clean equipment etc. after each consultation. We believe  that these measure have helped to keep patients and staff safe for many months already and will continue to do so.

As things generally open up, it is inevitable that it will get much busier here. It is already evident that waiting times for hospital appointments have increased significantly. While most people have been very patient and understanding, we do appreciate that it can be frustrating that there is usually a 3-4 week wait for a routine appointment here. We will continue to try our very best to deal with urgent issues as quickly as we can, but we do ask for your patience. 

 
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