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 them 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.
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 things 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
Antibody Test for Covid -19
If you have a blood test booked you can now ask for the antibody test when you come in for your appointment and it will be done with your other bloods.
Unfortunately you can not book/request an antibody test on it's own at this moment in time.
Please see attached leaflet for more information.
Antibody Test for Covid-19
NHS Health at Home campaign
The NHS Health at Home campaign signposts you to the information you need to access NHS services online from home. As well as general assets for those with health concerns, ordering repeat prescriptions and video consolations, specific assets are now available for some long-term illnesses/vulnerable patients such as those with diabetes or asthma and pregnant people and new parents.
IF YOU HAVE A NEW OR CONTINUOUS COUGH OR FEVER (37.8 deg C)PLEASE SELF ISOLATE FOR 7 DAYS. ALSO GET TESTED, CLICK THIS LINK:
IF ANYONE WHO LIVES IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD DISPLAYS EITHER OF THESE SYMPTOMS THEN YOU MUST ISOLATE FOR 14 DAYS.
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR GP ONLY IF YOU HAVE SHORTNESS OF BREATH OR CHEST PAIN .
If you have serious symptoms that you cannot manage at home, please use NHS 111 online (Please only call NHS 111 if you cannot get online).
After 7 days of self-isolation, if you feel better and no longer have a high temperature you can return to your normal routine. If you have not had any signs of improvement after 7 days and have not already sought medical advice, you should use NHS111 online (you should only call NHS111 if you cannot get online) before you leave your home or let visitors in.
Cough may persist for several weeks in some people, despite the coronavirus infection having cleared. A persistent cough alone does not mean that you must continue to stay at home for more than 7 days.
Facebook & Twitter Page
We now have an official Garden Lane Medical Centre Facebook & Twitter page. These pages will be used to share information about forthcoming events and health campaigns. You can access the Facebook page by clicking here and the Twitter page by clicking here
Hayfever Newsletter 2019
Service Review Policy Consultation - Have your say!
Service Review Policy Consultation Poster
Gluten Free Food
We no longer prescribe gluten free products at the practice. For more information, please ask Reception.
Alternatively, visit https://www.westcheshireccg.nhs.uk/publications/clinical-policies.html
Blood Pressure Monitor & Weighing Scales
There is a blood pressure monitor available in the waiting room (in the corner by the family health room). You can use this to take your blood pressure whilst you are waiting to be called for your appointment. There are also some weighing scales so that you can weigh yourself. Please follow the instructions and then hand the information to reception. This information will be useful for your medical records.
Wellbeing Matters - Tell us your view about health and wellbeing
Working with NHS West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Cheshire West and Chester Council have developed a community website for residents of Cheshire West and Chester to find out about the heath and wellbeing and tell us their views.