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The Beeches Medical Centre

The Beeches Medical Centre

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Covid vaccination update ( posted on Feb 18, 2021 ) 


Covid vaccine update - 18.2.21



Question – When will I get my vaccination?

The practices in Halton and Warrington are following the advice of the Joint Council for Vaccination and Immunisation (the JCVI) and are going in order of cohort.  We have vaccinated groups 1 – 5.  If you are over 65 years and have not yet been contacted by the practice please ring 0151 424 3101 and let us

know.  We are now moving on to group 6.


Question – I am housebound, when will I get my vaccination

Now we have the Astra Zeneca vaccination we can arrange appointments for housebound patients.   


Question – How do I know what cohort I am in? Who decides what cohort I am in?

Cohorts are decided by your medical records based on your age and your medical condition.


Question - Why are you postponing second doses?

The UK Chief Medical Officers agreed a longer timeframe between first and second doses so that more people can get their first dose quickly, and because the evidence shows that one dose still offers a high level of protection after two weeks – 89% for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and 74% for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. This decision will allow us to get the maximum benefit for the most people in the shortest possible time and will help save lives. Getting both doses remains important so we would urge people to return for it at the right time.


Question – I am an unpaid carer, why can’t I be vaccinated now (with my relative, because paid carers can …..)

Unpaid carers fall within cohort 6; this is in line with the Joint Council for Vaccination and Immunisation priority grouping advice.  Paid carers do fall within cohort 2 which is where some of the misunderstanding on the cohort allocation appears to be occurring.  Practices will have vaccinated all those in cohorts 1 to 4 by 14th February.  We are now vaccinating cohorts 5 and 6.  


Question – I have already had Covid/ I think I have had Covid/ I am suffering from ‘Long Covid’ - do I still need to get vaccinated?   

The advice from the JCVI is that if you are in a priority group you should still be vaccinated. The MHRA have looked at this and decided that getting vaccinated is just as important for those who have already had Covid-19 as it is for those who haven’t, including those who still have mild symptoms. Where people are suffering significant ongoing complications from Covid they should discuss whether or not to have a vaccine now with a clinician.   PATIENTS NEED TO HAVE 28 CLEAR DAYS AFTER A COVID TEST BEFORE THEY ARE VACCINATED


Question - Can I pick what vaccine I want? I don’t want the Pfizer vaccine etc. 

Unless you have an allergy to a particular vaccine you will be given the vaccine that the site is using on that particular day.  We don’t know what vaccine we are getting until it arrives.  Any vaccines that the NHS provide have been approved because they pass the MHRA’s tests on safety and efficacy, so please be assured that whatever vaccine you get, it is worth the while. 


Question – I don’t want to wait until it is my cohort so can I get one privately?  

No. Vaccinations are only available through the NHS and given in priority order.  Remember, the vaccine is free of charge.


- The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.

- The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.

- The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.

- The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips. 


If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.





Invites via text message



Coronavirus vaccine update 6th February 2021


We are working through our most vulnerable patients to vaccinate these groups as soon as possible.  If you are aged 70 or over and have not yet had your vaccine invite then please contact the practice on

0151 424 3101.


If you are housebound,  our nurses will be visiting you to vaccinate on the next three Mondays in February.


For all other groups aged 69 and below we will be contacting you via text message.  The link below explains how you can book your appointment


Please click here:  https://fb.watch/3uBwHdeO1J/


You will be invited to have your vaccine at the DCBL stadium in Widnes, Lowerhouse Lane


When you receive the text just click on it and book a slot that is convenient for you.


Please do not contact the practice to book a slot as the telephones are very busy.


We will update  our patients with weekly updates via this website.


Thank you to all our patients, follow the rules and stay safe and well.




28.01.2021 - Covid Vaccination Programme Rollout (UPDATE)


The Beeches Medical Centre commenced the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine on the 16th December 2020 in collaboration with other practices within Widnes (Widnes PCN).


To date the practice has recalled or vaccinated all care home patients, patients aged 80 and patients aged 75-79.  If you are in any of these age groups and not had a vaccination or not had any contact from us, then please contact the practice as soon as possibe to make us aware of the situation.


At present, the practice is currently recalling all Group 4 patients. The cohort for Group 4 is patients aged 70-74 and any patient who is clinically extremely vulnerable.  This cohort is extremely large, so please be patient with us whilst we recall these patients.  Please do not contact the practice, we will contact you.


With regards to housebound patients, these patients will be vaccinated in early February, dependant on delivery of the Astra Zeneca Vaccination.


We will try and keep all patients up to date with the latest information.


Thank you.





11.01.2021 - COVID Vaccination Programme Rollout


Following extensive trials, the first safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in the UK and is now available to priority groups.


Vaccinations are being delivered according to priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The vaccinations may not take place at your GP practice, but rather a local vaccination service (led by GPs, practice nurses and community pharmacists) who are responsible for delivering the vaccine to people in your community.


When it is the right time for you to receive your vaccination, you will receive an invitation to come forward. This may be via the phone, or through a letter either from the surgery or the national booking system.


We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but we are asking people not to contact us to get an appointment as you will not be able to get one until you are contacted.


Thank you for your co-operation.




04.12.2020 - Update on COVID-19 Vaccine



We are getting a lot of enquiries regarding the covid vaccine, please DO NOT telephone the surgery regarding the vaccine as this disrupts the flow of urgent telephone calls.



Information to patients regarding Covid vaccine:


Who will get the Covid vaccine first?

The exact order in which a Covid vaccine will be distributed is yet to be confirmed, and will depend on which vaccines will be available, subject to them passing regulatory checks.

However, interim guidance published by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation says that care home residents and staff will be the first priority, followed by the over 80s and health and social care workers.


The vaccine will then be made available to people in 5-year age bands, from the over 75s to over 50s, with the oldest as the highest priority.





17.09.2020 - Please see below to find a useful guide for parents and Guardians with regards to COVID-19






Please click on the following HERE if you would like to save a copy of this guide.




Keeping heathly during Covid


Support for older people and those who are shielding


Please click on the link below for healthy advice on keeping active during the Coronavirus outbreak.


clickhere https://www.hdft.nhs.uk/content/uploads/2020/05/PHE-Active-at-Home-Booklet-21-May-ELECTRONIC.pdf





Patient masks when visiting surgery ( posted on Jun 12, 2020 ) 



From Monday 15. 6. 2020 government guidelines state that patients need to wear a face covering or mask when visiting their surgery.


When coming in to the surgery for any reason, or for an appointment, please ensure that you are wearing a face covering.  Masks will not be provided by the practice.


Patients who cannot tolerate a mask e.g. asthma patients or those with a respiratory condition will be exempt from wearing a face covering.


Thank you for your co-operation during the Covid pandemic.





05.06.2020 - Dedicated COVID Patient Advice Line


In line with services moving back to business and usual processes, the dedicated COVID Patient Advice Line has now transferred back to the CCG Patient Advice & Liaison Service (PALS).  


Anyone requiring support or advice should contact the PALS service via the freephone number: 0800 218 2333 or email mlcsu.customercarelancashire@nhs.net


The Helpline staff can answer administration type of  queries:-


Please contact this number as an alternative to contacting the practice.




Phlebotomy - Thursday 8am - 11.30


The Beeches Medical Centre - This is an appointment only service. Please ring 0151 424 3101 to book an appointment.  Please DO NOT attend if you have not booked an appointment.  To keep our patients and staff safe we ask you to attend unaccompanied if possible and wearing a face covering.


Whiston Hospital - No appointment necessary. The service operates Monday to Friday; 8:00am to 5:00pm


St Helens Hospital - No appointment necessary. The service operates Wendesday to Friday; 8:00am to 5:00pm


Highfield - (former hospital site) - Walk in service - Monday to Friday 8am - 11am.  Please go to rear carpark where the phlebotomy service will be signposted for access to patients.


Important Information - At all locations patients will be required to wear a mask/3 layer face covering when attending for a blood test.





Patient Notice

Please see the privacy notice below regarding summary care record during the Covid 19 pandemic by clicking here





Important changes to Widnes Urgent Care Centre - 24.04.20


Due to COVID - 19 Widnes UCC opening will be open between 8am to 8pm, seven days a week.


The service is now an appointment only service.


This means we will no longer routinely be accepting walk-in patients until further notice.


Anyone requiring urgent care for an illness or injury will need to call the centre on 0151 495 5000. Patients will only be offered an appointment after a telephone assessment.


For medical advice please continue to contact NHS 111













COVID-19 is a new illness that can affect your lungs and airways. It's caused by a virus called coronavirus.






The latest guidelines from NHS England and The Government are as follows;


Please stay at home for 14 days if you have either:


  • a high temperature
  • a new, continuous cough


If anybody in your household have these symptoms then please self isolate yourself and your household for 14 days.




If anybody in your household have these symptoms then please self isolate yourself and your household for 14 days.



If you are currently symptomatic with coronavirus symptoms and you need advice then please see the guidelines below;


Use the NHS111 online service if 


  • you feel you can not cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days
  • you have symptoms and also suffer from a respiratory condition like asthma or copd.

If this relates to you then please use the NHS 111 coronavirus service. Please click here to visit 111 online


Please only call 111 if you cannot get help online.



How to avoid catching our spreading coronavirus



  • Wash your hands with soap and water often - Do this for at least 20 seconds
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin immediately and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell

  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if you hands are not clean


Treatment for Coronavirus


There is currently no specific treatment for coronavirus.


Antibiotics do not help, as they do not work against viruses.


Treatment aims to relieve the symptoms while your body fights the illness.


You'll need to stay in isolation, away from other people, until you have recovered.


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