Welcome to The Elms Medical Practice Website
Here at The Elms Medical Practice we offer a full general practice service and run specialist clinics for diabetes, COPD, coronary heart disease and asthma sufferers and for minor surgery.
We aim to treat all our patients promptly, courteously and in complete confidence. We believe it is important that you know who you are speaking to and so our practice staff wear name badges and also identify themselves on the telephone.
View our Practice Newsletter HERE
An Update from the Partners
Things are moving very quickly in relation to the predicted surge of the Omicron variant and we want to share with you as much information as possible. We are now in a position where the government has declared a Level 4 National Incident.
In view of this there are two updates. The first regarding the position following the Prime Ministers speech, and what that means for access to General Practice, the second an update regarding booking COVID boosters.
- Following guidance from the PM’s speech and NHS England we are being asked to pause routine and non-urgent care to redeploy staff to support the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations. All General practice teams have been asked to clinically prioritise services and to deliver only urgent or emergency care and other critical services such as cancer care.
- Although this announcement has been made there has been very little specific guidance issued about what this means in practice
- The aim of this central advice is to allow Primary Care Teams to concentrate on urgent care in the very short term, alongside delivering the vaccine programme. It is important that if you feel your need is urgent that you continue to contact us. Please do not attend Accident and Emergency because you feel you cannot contact us. If you have any symptoms which you are concerned about, which you feel may be related to cancer please continue to contact us.
- If you have any doubt, please contact us and we can offer advice about whether your problem can safely wait.
- This is not a position we would choose to be in. However, it is very clear that we are now in a national emergency situation. We want to fully play our part in contributing to the ongoing delivery of the COVID booster campaign, alongside continuing to provide safe and effective care to our patient population. As always thank you for your patience and understanding at this extremely busy time.
With regard to the COVID booster programme.
- We will be putting on 2 additional clinics in the week between Christmas and New Year and Saturday 8th Jan 2022 as long as we continue to receive an adequate supply of vaccine.
- All boosters will be either Pfizer or Moderna – we will have no choice and will only be able to offer whichever vaccine has been delivered for that clinic
- At this time we are not able to offer walk in vaccinations. We have to carefully match the stock supply with invitations. PLEASE DO NOT TURN UP WITHOUT AN APPOINTMENT.
If you have a question about the booster vaccination, please refer to the link below. Please do not send a query via econsult.
Please remember that there is always the option of booking on the national booking site to take up the offer of a booster at other sites including community pharmacy. This is a real team effort across the system.
This is a challenging time for everyone and as always, we are very grateful for all the support, understanding and kindness shown to our team.
Bowel cancer screening
NHS bowel cancer screening checks if you could have bowel cancer. We offer screening every 2 years between the ages of 60 and 74. We are gradually extending this age range, and people aged 56 are now being invited as part of this process.
You use a home test kit, called a faecal immunochemical test (FIT), to collect a small sample of poo and send it to a lab. This is checked for tiny amounts of blood.
Blood can be a sign of polyps or bowel cancer. Polyps are growths in the bowel. They are not cancer, but may turn into cancer over time.
If the test finds anything unusual, you might be asked to have further tests to confirm or rule out cancer.
Always see a GP if you have symptoms of bowel cancer at any age, even if you have recently completed a NHS bowel cancer screening test kit – do not wait to have a screening test.
We as a practice will be proactively calling patients who are eligible to have this screening, and to encourage them to take part.
It’s your choice whether to take part in bowel cancer screening. This leaflet aims to help you decide. Bowel screening Leaflet
Self-refer into our Social Prescribing Service and Low-level mental health service.
Social Prescribing Link Workers help to reduce health inequalities by supporting patient to unpick the complex issues that are affecting their wellbeing.
If you require more information or to self refer please click HERE
Try the NHS App
If you’re a patient at our practice you can now use the new NHS App, a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services on your smartphone or tablet.
The NHS App also allows you to;
- View and share proof of your COVID-19 Status for Travel.
- View your vaccination details, the date, vaccine and batch number.
- Download a PDF vaccination certificate or receive a copy by email.
Please note your GP cannot provide this Vaccination Certificate
You can use the NHS App to get health advice, book appointments, order repeat prescriptions, view your GP health record and more.
For more information go to www.nhs.uk/nhsapp'
or you can watch the NHS login set up process video below
Choose if data from your health records is shared for research and planning
Your health records contain a type of data called confidential patient information. This data can be used to help with research and planning.
You can choose to stop your confidential patient information being used for research and planning. You can also make a choice for someone else like your children under the age of 13.
Your choice will only apply to the health and care system in England. This does not apply to health or care services accessed in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
For further information click HERE
or alternatively you can down the form HERE and hand/post to the practice.
Your GP cannot do this on your behalf
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The Elms are excited to announce that we can now provide eConsult for our patients.
This service is accessed via our website and will enable patients to access safe and efficient advice for their health conditions and consult with their GP from the convenience of their own home!
Please ensure that you don't attach photographs of intimate areas with your e-consult. These will be deleted and not added to your consultation.
For more information please see the following video:
e-Consult Patient Video
Connecting Patients with Care Providers in the Community
Care Hub is an online directory of services and providers that anyone can access to help improve & support self-care.
Click the image above to visit the Care Hub website and for further information.
You can now refer yourself for Physiotherapy - NO GP Appointment needed!
Click HERE for more details.
Extended Hours Appointment Service.
All patients registered with a GP Practice in West Cheshire can now book a routine appointment, up to two weeks in advance, in the evenings and Saturday & Sunday Mornings.
You will not be able to see your own GP but you will be seen by a suitably qualified health professional such as a doctor or practice nurse.
You can book an appointment up to two weeks in advance by ringing the following number:
0300 123 7743, Monday to Friday between 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.
Health Professionals that can be booked via Extended Hours Service are:
- Physio First
- Well-being Co-Ordinator
Please see the leaflet below for a list of clinic times and locations:
Extended Hours Clinic Times and Locations
Primary Eyecare provides NHS funded eyecare services across large parts of England. The services are available from the majority of local opticians.
For more information or self referral click HERE
(Site updated 18/01/2022)