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  • NHS COVID Pass
  • Covid vaccine passport scam – be aware
    ‌ The Counter Fraud Manager’s Group has been made aware of a COVID vaccine passport scam email going around that purports to be from the NHS and informs recipients that they can apply for their “digital coronavirus passports.” Clicking on the link within the email takes you to a convincing but fake NHS website that asks for personal and payment details. (for an admin fee) The […]
  • Covid-19 Primary Care – Update 20/4/21
    ‌ Recently there have been reports of an extremely rare condition involving the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine and blood clots. As a precautionary measure while this is being carefully reviewed, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) has now advised that it is preferable for adults aged under 30, who don’t have underlying health conditions that […]
  • COVID Vaccinations
    💉 | COVID-19 vaccines are now being offered to people aged 50 and over in the community. Please help us by letting your grandparents, parents and other elderly relatives know that they WILL be contacted when it’s their turn to have it – they don’t need to contact their practice. Local practices are working together […]
  • Arrangements for 50-64yrs flu vaccination clinic
    The important information: You will be given a letter on arrival and we ask that you quickly complete the form on the reverse of the letter whilst you are in the queue.  Please bring a pen with you as they will not be available due to risk of infection. Really important: To avoid congestion in the […]
  • Join the NHS COVID-19 vaccine team
    Your NHS needs you. COVID-19 has been the single greatest public health emergency in the history of the NHS. To help ensure that the NHS is able to deliver a large-scale vaccination programme without significantly impacting on other vital services, The NHS is recruiting now to thousands of roles, including vaccinators, while also working with […]
  • World Mental Health Day on October 10th 2020
  • Frequently asked questions about GP surgeries during the pandemic
    Is my GP practice open?Yes, your GP practice is open.You can access GP services from your GP practice. Some of the ‘traditional’ ways of working have been adapted to protect you and staff from the potential risk of coronavirus. For example, how you access your GP practice building or how your appointment is undertaken might […]
  • Resources for people with dementia and their carers
    Admiral Nurse Dementia HelplineCall 0800 888 6678 or email [email protected] Open 7 days a weekFree and confidential advice and support service for anyone with a question or concern about dementia, staffed by experienceddementia specialists.Age UKAdvice Line 0800 055 6112 Free to call 8am 7pm 365 days a yearInformation and advice about staying well and safe, […]
  • 2020 survey
    Our question was: How to offer flu vaccinations during a global pandemic keeping staff and patients safe? On 11th June 2020 we sent a text message survey to 2063 patients in the ‘at risk’ for influenza group. with the question: Annual Flu Vaccination Clinics Survey: We are considering offering some drive through clinics this flu […]
  • Medical Records
    Lancashire and South Cumbria has been chosen by NHS England to be a national pilot for the digitisation of Medical Records.  Scanning these paper based records and making them digital will enable better utilisation of space, creating more clinical space, staff areas, multi team space and video hubs, removing the need for some practices to build […]
  • Flu Clinic – Saturday 19th September
    Influenza is a virus that infects many people each year, causing severe illness and sometimes death. The flu vaccination provides the best possible protection against this unpredictable virus. The vaccination is free and recommended yearly for those who are most at risk of contracting influenza. If you are eligible for an influenza vaccination this year, […]
  • How our clinical team are consulting
    Doctors All consultations with our doctors are by telephone. If the doctor feels a video consultation would be beneficial they will make arrangements with you for this to happen – usually as an extension of the telephone consultation If the doctor feels it would be beneficial to see you in person they will arrangements with […]
  • Clinical practice Research Datalink
  • Face Mask Exemption Letters: No Medical Letter Needed
    Face masks / Facial coverings are now Mandatory in most public areas. We understand some patients will be anxious about wearing a mask especially if you have breathing difficulties. 16th July 2020 (update) – Local Medical Committee It is understandable that the general public may be anxious about this, however, GPs are not contractually obliged or in […]
  • Stress Control online 6 week Course – July 2020
  • Supporting Minds – Stress Control
  • Face masks and coverings to be worn by all NHS hospital staff and visitors – Practice position
    All staff in hospitals in England will be provided with surgical masks which they will be expected to wear from 15 June. All visitors and outpatients must wear face coverings at all times. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/face-masks-and-coverings-to-be-worn-by-all-nhs-hospital-staff-and-visitors Marton Medical Practice position is that we expect ALL patients who are asked to attend the Practice to wear face coverings […]
  • NHS Immunisations FAQs (for the public)
    Why are you continuing to offer routine immunisations? While preventing the spread of COVID-19 and caring for those infected is a public health priority, it remains very important to maintain good coverage of immunisations, particularly in the childhood programme. In addition to protecting the individual, this will avoid outbreaks of vaccine-preventable diseases that could harm […]
  • Free online antenatal course
    To support parents-to-be during COVID-19, the NHS have created an online antenatal course. Access the online antenatal course. 
  • Mum and Baby app launched
    A new Mum & Baby app – a definitive, personal, on-the-go guide for pregnancy, birth and beyond.From the start of pregnancy to early parenthood, this app will support local families with: Making choices throughout their pregnancy Providing access to essential, clinically-validated information every step of the way: from planning a pregnancy and being pregnant, to […]
  • Coronavirus – Got Symptoms? Get Tested!
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  • NHS Diabetes Advice helpline
    NHS Diabetes Advice helpline NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a new helpline in response to disruption to normal diabetes services due to the COVID-19 pandemic and response. The service is for adults living with diabetes who use insulin to manage their condition and require immediate clinical advice. Whether you or a member of […]
  • Pharmacy Bank Holiday Opening Times
    The following pharmacies will be open on Bank Holiday Monday 25/5/20, at the times listed below: Pharmacy Address Tel No. Opening Times BootsBank Hey Street 28-38 Bank Hey Street,Blackpool, Lancashire 01253 622276 10:30:00-16:30:00 Lloyds Pharmacyin Sainsburys Sainsburys Store, Red Bank Road, Bispham, Lancashire 01253 596709 09:00:00-17:00:00 The HubWhitegate Pharmacy Whitegate Health CentreBlackpool, Lancashire 01253 807808 […]
  • Supporting Minds
  • Doctorlink – 24/7 Medical Advice
    New to the surgery – Doctorlink is a useful tool to assess your medical needs and point you in the right direction, whether that be to access a local service, advice on an over the counter remedy or book you in to see a GP or nurse. Simply input your symptoms and using their clinically […]
  • Stress control courses online
  • ⚠️ If you need urgent care, the NHS is still here for you ⚠️
    The way you can access health services at the moment might be slightly different, but if you have symptoms you’re concerned about, you must get help as soon as possible. Contact your GP or the 111 service if you have an urgent care need – or call 999 in an emergency. If you’re told to […]
  • Maternity Self-referral
  • What parents need to know about COVID-19
    COVID-19 appears to generally cause mild illness in children. Less than 2 in every 100 cases diagnosed in China have been in children and infection appears to be milder in children than it is in adults, although we do not yet understand exactly why this is the case. However, at this time, when everyone is […]
  • What to do if you have symptoms of COVID-19
  • Public Health England -Guidance for hand washing and home isolation
    Handwashing Advice This is public health advice about how you can help stop the spread of viruses, like coronavirus (COVID-19), by practising good respiratory and hand hygiene. The campaign has been updated as of 09.03.2020 to expand on specific hand hygiene advice.The campaign advises everyone to: Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 […]
  • Inaccurate information circulating regarding special ‘rescue packs’ for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions
    ⚠️We have been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating regarding special ‘rescue packs’ for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Please do not contact your GP practice for a rescue pack. You should continue to manage your condition in the usual way and if you feel […]
  • ***Covid-19 update***
    We are working hard to maintain a high quality of healthcare services for all our patients at this time of increased pressure. If you have a high temperature or a new, continuous cough, please stay at home and do not come into the practice. If you have a routine appointment booked and are not displaying […]
  • Coronavirus COVID-19
    The NHS is well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases and has put in place measures to ensure the safety of all patients and NHS staff while also ensuring services are available to the public as normal. Check online for up to date information Please check for advice on your travel and contact history […]
  • Big White Wall
    Everybody hurts Sooner or later, we all go through tough times. We might seem to be OK, but inside we can be feeling worried or low, or struggling to cope with life events such as bereavement, relationship problems or debt.  The pain of mental health problems affects not only us, but the people around us […]
  • Practice opening hours over Christmas and New Year
  • Christmas and New Year Pharmacies
  • National Data Opt-out
    The national data opt-out enables patients to set or update their choice regarding how their confidential patient information is used for purposes of planning and research, except for certain circumstances. The opt-out choice is set directly by the patient, either online or via a supported national telephone service without the involvement of the General Practice. https://www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters/ […]
  • Our telephone lines are VERY busy between 8am and 11am
    We want to deal with your call as efficiently and quickly as possible but the volume of non-urgent calls during this time is making this difficult. You can really help us ensure that your fellow patients who need to contact us with an urgent concern can get through to us, by waiting until after 11:00am […]
  • Change of Date for September Patient Group Meeting
    Hello to all our Patient Participation Group volunteers. Please be advised that the date of our meeting in September has been unavoidably changed from 18th to Wednesday 25th September. The meeting will be held in meeting room 3 on the third floor at Whitegate Health Centre. That’s the floor directly above the usual meeting room […]
  • HAY FEVER – Local information
    Hay fever hits early as temperature rises | NHS Fylde Coast Clinical Commissioning Group The hay fever season is usually worst for sufferers between late May and July but has come slightly early this year. As the pollen count goes up so does the demand for prescriptions for antihistamines that treat allergic reactions to things […]
  • Measles outbreaks across England. Are you and your family vaccinated?
    Public Health England is advising the public to ensure they have had 2 doses of MMR vaccine after outbreaks of measles are confirmed across England. Between 1 January 2018 and 31 October 2018, there have been 913 laboratory-confirmed measles cases in England. This steep rise in cases (when compared to 259 lab-confirmed measles cases in […]
  • Shingles Vaccination – are you or your elderly relative eligible. Find out more…
    Who can have the shingles vaccine? You’re eligible for the shingles vaccine if you’re aged 70 or 78 years old. In addition, anyone who was previously eligible (born on or after September 2 1942) but missed out on their shingles vaccination remains eligible until their 80th birthday. The shingles vaccine is not available on the […]
  • Why give blood
    Giving blood saves lives. The blood you give is a lifeline in an emergency and for people who need long-term treatments. Why do we need you to give blood? We need new blood donors from all backgrounds to ensure there is the right blood available for patients who need it. We need: Nearly 400 new […]
  • DESMOND Type 2 Diabetes Education
    DESMOND stands for Diabetes Education and self management for Ongoing and Newly Diagnosed. These free education sessions provide a way to find out more about type 2 diabetes in a relaxed informal environment . CLICK HERE for more information.
  • MyGp app – download on your mobile device
  • Dementia Awareness Campaign
    Worried someone close to you is losing their memory? Many people suffer from memory loss as they get older. But if it starts to happen on a regular basis, it could be the early signs of dementia. What should I look for? Dementia is not a single illness but a group of symptoms caused by […]