Coronavirus Infection & Vaccination Information
Covid Safe Measures to Continue in Healthcare Settings from 19th July 2021
Current Changes To Expect When You Attend Birchwood Medical Centre
Please be aware of the following when attending our practice:
We do ask anyone who attends the practice to wear a face covering to help protect themselves, other patients and our staff from the transmission of Covid-19.
Do not to come into the surgery without a pre-booked appointment or you have been asked to attend.
Please use the intercom at the door to speak directly to our reception team when you do attend for an appointment, or if you have been asked to provide a sample to be sent for testing.
Our admin team will check your temperature before you enter the building to check for any fever to help protect our vulnerable patients and staff as much as possible.
If you need help with a health concern, please contact us via phone or by completing an online form on our website (eConsult).
A clinical member of staff will call you back to provide an assessment over the phone and they will arrange a video or face-to face appointment for you if required.
Our clinical staff will be wearing full PPE which includes surgical mask, apron and gloves during any face to face consultations with patients.
All our staff will be wearing face coverings in communal areas such as the corridors.
National Covid Vaccination Booking Service
You can now book your coronavirus vaccination using the national NHS online booking service
If you are:
- Aged 18 years or over
You can book appointments at a larger vaccination centre or pharmacy now.
Alternatively you can call 119 to book your Covid vaccination by telephone.
Covid-19 Status Service for Patients
If you're planning to travel abroad, you may need to show proof that you're vaccinated against coronavirus (COVID-19). This is your COVID-19 vaccination status.
There is a new service allowing patients to share their Covid-19 Vaccination Status is available via the NHS App or the NHS Website.
Here is the link to the Covid-19 Status Service
Full information on this service can be found using this link here: About the Covid-19 Status Service
Those in England who have had a full course of the COVID-19 vaccine, which is currently two doses of any approved vaccine, will be able to demonstrate their COVID-19 vaccination status for international travel using this service.
Anyone without a smartphone who needs to prove their Covid-19 status, can request a letter through the NHS website or ring 119.
You can request a letter directly from the NHS website here: Get Your Coronavirus Vaccination Status by Letter
You can ask for a paper version of your COVID-19 vaccination status to be sent to you in the post. You should get this within 5 working days. You can request this letter 5 days after your 2nd dose of the Covid-19 Vaccination.
Some countries you are travelling to may also ask for a negative COVID-19 test result. Always check the entry requirements for the country you're visiting before you book your travel.
Advice for the Clinically Extremely Vulnerable
The guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable has been updated in line with what was announced on Monday 22 June. You are no longer advised to shield and you can now visit shops, places of worship and other venues. You can return to work if your workplace is Covid-secure but should carry on working from home wherever possible.
You should maintain social distancing wherever possible and adopt other measures to keep yourself safe, such as regular hand washing. More information on how to keep yourself safe can be found here.
Please be aware that local advice may change if incidence rates and transmission becomes a concern. The government will write to those affected when advice is changed.
For the latest local advice for Warrington residents please visit:
Advice to the clinically extremely vulnerable has been and remains advisory.
Support for Patients with Covid-19
Increased support announced for patients with COVID-19 symptoms and members of their household.
GP surgeries in Halton and Warrington are working with NHS 111 and local hospitals to provide more advice and treatment to patients with COVID-19 symptoms and members of their household who are self-isolating.
The support, which includes telephone, video and face-to-face assessments, will be provided to help these patients with a range of health issues and concerns.
We also have access to a Covid-19 Home Visiting service if you are housebound & unwell with a Covid-19 infection - please telephone our reception to arrange a telephone review with one of clinicians who will advise you if a home visit is needed to assess you further.
Advice for patients with COVID-19 symptoms & Face-to-Face Assessment Centres
If you have COVID-19 symptoms and you need advice or treatment with any health issue, you should contact NHS 111 in the first instance, unless it is a life-threatening emergency, then you should dial 999.
- If you have possible COVID-19 and you are struggling to cope with your symptoms, you should use the NHS 111 online Coronavirus service - https://111.nhs.uk/covid-19.
- If you have COVID-19 symptoms but have another health concern, please contact NHS 111 online at https://111.nhs.uk/or via phone.
NHS 111 may then refer you to your GP Practice for further assessment via phone or video call.
If clinically appropriate, a face-to-face appointment will be booked by the practice at one of the dedicated face-to-face assessment sites which have been set up in Halton and Warrington.
As a result, you may need to go to a different surgery than normal for an assessment with a GP. The sites will not offer testing for COVID-19 and are not public testing sites.
The site Birchwood Medical Centre are currently using for the assessment of patients with suspected Covid-19 or those who have tested positive is the Covid-19 Mobile Assessment Unit based at Orford Jubilee Hub.
To ensure the safety of patients and staff, only patients who have had an appointment booked at the assessment sites will be allowed access. Patients will only be allowed to enter one at a time, they will be asked to wait in a car if possible and only enter when they are contacted by mobile phone.
Advice for patients living in a household with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms
If you have a health concern but are self-isolating because you live in a household with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms, you can contact the surgery directly via phone or by contacting the practice via an online form on the practice website (eConsult).
IMPORTANT: please make the surgery aware that you are living in a household with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms.
A clinical member of staff will call you back to provide an assessment over the phone and they will arrange a video or face-to face appointment for you if required. Face-to-face appointments for patients who live in a household with someone who has COVID-19 symptoms will take place at one of the dedicated face-to-face assessment sites.
Advice for patients who live in households that DO NOT have COVID-19 symptoms
To reduce any potential risk transmission of a Covid-19 infection, patients who live in households without any COVID-19 symptoms will be seen separately from patients with COVID-19 symptoms and members of their household.
As a result of the new arrangements, you may be asked to attend a different location for assessment if you have any symptoms which could indicate you have suspected Covid-19. Please see information on the local face-to-face assessment centres for more information.
Where can I find out more information?
Read some frequently asked questions for patients here.
More information from Warrington & Halton Hospital can be found here:
Your Covid Recovery
A new NHS website dedicated to supporting patients and their families or carers recovering from a Coronavirus infection has been set up. There are many useful resources to help yourself and your loved ones. From advice on when to seek medical help, to self care and returning to work; this is a good resource for anyone recovering from Covid-19.
You can click on the picture opposite to go directly to the Your Covid Recovery NHS Website.
If you have previously tested positive for Covid-19 or had typical coronavirus symptoms early in the pandemic before mass community testing was available - then please telephone reception to arrange a review with a GP as there are local services we can put you in touch with after some initial investigations to rule out other causes.