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Coronavirus Vaccination Programme

We started our Coronavirus Vaccination Programme on Friday 15th January, and have delivered vaccines to patients over 80 years old, and residents and staff in care homes across Ellesmere Port.

This is an appointment only service. Please do not turn up without an appointment, you will be turned away.

Our 6 GP Practices in Ellesmere Port are working together to deliver the vaccine from Ellesmere Port Civic Hall.

We understand that people are anxious to receive a COVID-19 vaccine as soon as possible. However, please don’t contact your GP practice, local hospital or council to seek a COVID-19 vaccine appointment – appointments cannot be made in this way. Your practice will contact you to invite you to the vaccination clinic when it is the right time. If you’re eligible for a vaccine, but are yet to be contacted, please remain patient. You will not be missed. On our first day, we were able to deliver 1024 vaccinations on site, and hundreds more to care homes.

You may have received a letter from NHS Central to book a vaccine online or via 119, but this is OPTIONAL. As a patient of a One Ellesmere Port PCN Practice, your closest vaccination centre is Ellesmere Port Civic Hall, and practices are in the process of inviting patients to the numerous clinics each week.

This is just the beginning of the largest vaccination programme the country has ever seen and we will make sure that the people who need it most (and those that care for them) are able to access the vaccine in a safe way with the least delay.

When you are invited for a vaccine, please act on your invite and make sure you attend appointments when you arrange them.

Please also continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing and hand hygiene guidance as, until a vaccine has been fully rolled out, this is the most effective way to reduce transmission of the virus and help save lives.

Parking is free in the Car Park at the front of the Civic Hall for patients with appointments.

 

Please read this Patient Information Leaflet for instructions for visiting the site.

CVP Patient Information Leaflet

 

There is a tented area infront of the Civic Hall to shield patients if the queue extends outdoors, but the vaccinations take place inside.  Below is a video of our vaccination site:

 

For more Information about the Coronavirus Vaccine, please visit the NHS website:

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/coronavirus-vaccination/coronavirus-vaccine/

Shielding advice for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable People

The Government has reintroduced shielding advice for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable (CEV) people across all areas of England from 5 January. This shielding advice is expected to be identical to that which was in place nationally from 5 November to 2 December, and which was already in place in areas under Tier 4 restrictions.

We know that this may be a difficult and worrying time for Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people. We anticipate that patients may have questions about the advice they should follow.

Click here for the government’s shielding advice pages.

Clinically Extremely Vulnerable people will be eligible for support to stay at home including  free delivery of medicines (where friends, family, or local volunteers are unable to provide help) and statutory sick pay where unable to work from home.

The Government will be writing to all CEV individuals in England to inform them of the advice and support available (including individuals already advised to shield as part of Tier 4 restrictions).

For now, we want to remind you of the importance of CEV individuals continuing to engage with us and other services within the NHS, and we can confirm that you will be prioritised for the COVID-19 vaccination in advance of the general population (as per current JCVI guidance).

For more information on our vaccination programme, please visit the latest news pages on our website.

 

Guidance for Self-Isolating at Home if You Have COVID-19 Symptoms

Please see this guidance on how to keep yourself and others safe if you experience symptoms of Coronavirus and need to isolate at home:

Isolating at Home Safety Netting

Volunteers for Coronavirus Vaccination Programme

We are currently planning our Coronavirus Vaccine Programme, and we will release information about this soon. We are looking for volunteers to support us to run the programme, acting as stewards at our vaccination site. The 6 GP Practices across Ellesmere Port are working together to deliver this service as your local Primary Care Network.

 

Volunteer to help the NHS

 

The NHS Volunteer Responders scheme set up by NHS England and NHS Improvement, in partnership with the Royal Voluntary Service, is currently seeking new members in Ellesmere Port to support the local community.

To join we need you to:

 

The app-based scheme enables volunteers to mark themselves on or off duty depending on their availability, making it easy to fit volunteering around other commitments.

 

So, please click here to register to become an NHS Volunteer Responder.

New Social Prescribing Offer – “The Bubble”

Residents of Ellesmere Port can now have a virtual coffee and speak to your social prescribers ‘In The Bubble’

Register now to join the wellbeing workshops & peer to peer talking groups, every Monday 11am-12pm!

The first meeting will be on Monday, 19th Oct.

Click here to register:

https://healthboxcic.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwlc-qgpzMrHNNNpgk3bHTzBUNcT7_X-WJL?

 

 

New Phlebotomy (Blood Test) Service for Ellesmere Port

We know that over recent months it has been difficult at times to access blood tests locally. One Ellesmere Port Primary Care Network is a collaboration of the six local GP Practices across the town who are working together with the common goal of creating a better future for their patients. As a part of achieving his goal, the Network has worked together with colleagues from the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust to introduce a new Phlebotomy (or blood test) service for Ellesmere Port.


From Monday 5 October you will be able to access a dedicated blood test clinic located at Stanney Lane Clinic in Ellesmere Port (Stanney Lane, CH65 9AE) and it will be available to patients from across the six practices in Ellesmere Port.


The clinic will be open from 8am until 5pm Monday to Friday.


If you have been told you need a blood test by your GP Practice, you can book your appointment online by following this link (www.coch.nhs.uk/blood-test-booking) and clicking the ‘Stanney Lane’ option. Your GP receptionist can also do this for you.


If you have regular blood tests, please make sure you inform your GP Practice prior to booking your appointment to ensure that the appropriate documentation can be completed on your behalf. Please do not book an appointment without consulting your GP Practice first.


When you arrive at your appointment, you won’t need to take any additional documentation such as blood forms; you simply give your name, date of birth and address details to the clinic.


Please note that the new Phlebotomy Service does not have a telephone number. The telephone number for the dressing service previously located at Stanney Lane Clinic has moved with that service to their new location and therefore you will not be able to access the new Phlebotomy Service via this number.


Questions & Answers
1) I’m not able to get online and I don’t have an email address, how can I do this?
Your GP receptionist will be able to book your appointment for you if you’re unable to get online. If you are able to get online and don’t have your own email address you can use coch.bloods@nhs.net to book your test.


2) I don’t know where Stanney Lane is.
The full address is Stanney Lane Clinic, Ellesmere Port, CH65 9AE. There is free car parking on site and across the road in Whitby Park. The clinic where you will have your bloods taken is on the ground floor.


3) How will I know where to go when I get to the clinic?
There will be plenty of signs at the clinic showing you where to go to wait to see a phlebotomist to get your bloods taken. When you arrive at the clinic you’ll be asked to wait in a chair that has been dedicated for your GP Practice, look for the signs for your GP Practice chair and wait for your name to be called.

4) I always take a blood form from my GP when I have my blood taken, will I need to visit the practice first to collect this?
No – this new process means you don’t need any additional paperwork. Just arrive at the clinic at your appointment time and give your name, date of birth and first line of your address to the phlebotomist who will take your blood.


5) Do I need to follow any additional guidelines or measures?
The clinic is following strict COVID-19 guidelines so we ask that you do not attend the clinic if you have any coronavirus symptoms and that you:

 

WE ARE RECRUITING!

We have 4 new exciting posts that are now out for recruitment within our One Wellbeing Service. We are looking for:
Dietician (1WTE)
Senior Health and Wellbeing Coach (1WTE)
Health and Wellbeing Coach (1WTE)
Health and Wellbeing Coach Fitness Instructor (1WTE)

Take a look at our advert for more information:

 Health &Wellbeing Coaches and Dietician Advert

Foodbank support for those struggling to afford food

Did you know that there is help available for those who are struggling to afford food during the COVID-19 pandemic?
Here are some ways you can access support, or you can take a look at the West Cheshire Foodbank Website here:

https://westcheshire.foodbank.org.uk/

 

Do you need support during COVID-19 Pandemic?

Take a look at this video put together by our Social Prescribing Link Workers to provide you with information on how you can gain support in accessing food and medication, as well as looking after your mental health during lockdown…

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6boNruZX6Q&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR1Jqhkg0ETL03d2-v4I1C01ZGs5Ft4sRs-4hRbTzlbRr59MMeZdYNZ8oMA

taking care of your mental health

We understand that this is an extremely difficult time for everyone at the moment. Please ensure that you are taking steps to look after your mental health, and the wellbeing of those around you.
For information and resources to support you with anxiety, low mood, and worries relating to the current Covid-19 pandemic, please visit the CWP website, it is our local mental health trust and can help with non-urgent health and wellbeing advice.

Follow this link: http://www.cwp.nhs.uk

For children and young people there is also a dedicated website: https://www.mymind.org.uk/?fbclid=IwAR2Ds91eupGkp7qAQ0rwP2VUVK9sNeZC9wjbAcv220g3kgljv6oEhUuxAdA

What to do if you need URGENT mental health help:

Please call 0300 303 3972 and our dedicated local NHS staff will support you to access the help you need;
The helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages – including children and young people.

The helpline is now the first port of call for mental health help – it is operated by people in your local area who will know how best to support you.

If you call NHS111 you may have to wait longer for help and will be re-directed to this local service – so call 0300 303 3972;
Please note, A&E and 999 are not the best places to get help for the majority of mental health problems – call 0300 303 3972 to be directed to the best local service to support you.

You should still call 999 or go to A&E if you have an immediate, life-threatening emergency requiring mental or physical health assistance.

Staying safe and well includes looking after your mental health too, and that can be easily forgotten.