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Urgent Appointments

If you have an urgent  problem you will be seen on the day you request an appointment. The practice does specialise in providing an acute access system called the same day access where doctors and nurses work together to provide a high quality patient-centred service.

If your condition is non-urgent you also have the option to book up to 4 weeks in advance. Nurses based in our practice treat patients for a wide range of common conditions. 

We do provide some flexibility in our appointment system. If you find it difficult to get to surgery during our normal working hours please discuss this with our receptionist or practice manager

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Your Reception Team 

We hope you are finding our new electronic booking-in system helpful – we find it very useful but we are still here at the desk to help you at anytime.  Please note that you can only use the electronic booking-in system if you are no more than 15  minutes early for your appointment.

We also try to help you if you have trouble getting an appointment because of your working hours—if you need an appointment outside normal surgery times please speak to one of the receptionists.

Car Parking at Birchwood Medical Centre

The car Park at the Medical Centre is reserved for doctors and staff.  Patients and visitors are requested to use the car park at Birchwood Shopping Centre. There are two disabled parking spaces next to the entrance of the medical centre and a further six disabled parking spaces close by at the side of Aldi. 

Please do not park in front of the medical centre on the double yellowlines, as traffic wardens do patrol the area. 

MMR Catch-up programme

The number of children catching measles is rising. To be protected they need to be immunised with the MMR (Measles, Mumps & Rubella) vaccine. 

Routinely two doses of MMR are needs — one at 13 months and another at 3 years and 4 months. 

The catch-up programme is designed primarily to increase the uptake of MMR in all children from 13 months of age, who have missed out on either one or both of their MMR vaccines

MMR vaccine has been used extensively and safety around the world for nearly 30 years.  Over 500 million doses have been given inover 100 countries.  The World Health Organisation recognises MMR as being a ‘highly effective vaccine which has (such) an outstanding safety record’.

Further factual information on the MMR vaccine is available at:

http://www.immunisation.nhs.uk/Vaccines/MMR

Warrington Chlamydia Screening Programme 

Birchwood Medical Centre now offers all 15-24 year olds free Chlamydia Screening

What is Chlamydia?

Chlamydia is the most common bacterial sexually transmitted infection ( STI ). 

It affects both men and woman and as many as 10% (1 in 10) young people have Chlamydia.

Many young people who have Chlamydia have no symptoms and therefore won’t know that they have it.

How is the test done?

Chlamydia can be tested by providing a urine sample or instead woman canh ave self-swab taken from the lower vagina in which a cotton bud is used to wipe the area.

How do I get a test done?

Make an appointment to see the Practice Nurse and bring a urine sample with you.

Or

If you are seeing the GP or Practice Nurse for another problem request a test whilst you are there and bring a urine sample with you.

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