A warm welcome from Dr Freeman & Partners
COVID-19 Update 19th July 2021
In line with Government guidance patients are required to continue to wear a face covering in all Healthcare settings after the 19th July 2021
We're a modern and efficient practice, providing care to over 15,000 patients across 3 branches;
Oulton Medical Centre, Marsh Street Surgery and Swillington Health Practice.
Browse our site or contact our friendly staff for more information. We are happy to register new patients within our boundary.
We aim to provide personal, high quality care; offering a range of services, including telephone and online consultations, travel vaccinations and minor surgery.
Practice Mission Statement:
“WORKING TOGETHER TO PROMOTE WELLBEING FOR ALL"
We are now booking Flu Vaccinations
You can now book in your Flu Vaccination if you are 65 and over or at High Risk. Please click here to find the full list of at High Risk Groups.
- Respiratory conditions, such as asthma (needing steroid inhaler or tablets), COPD, including emphysema and bronchitis
- Heart conditions
- Chronic kidney disease
- Liver disease
- Neurological conditions
- A learning disability
- Problems with your spleen
- A weakened immune system
Covid-19 Booster vaccine programme
From 20 September onwards, the NHS in Leeds will be starting to deliver vaccine boosters. This is to help top up the protection for those most at risk as we approach the winter months. In line with the recommendations of the JCVI, these will be offered to the following people who are at greatest risk:
- those living in residential care homes for older adults
- frontline health and social care workers
- all adults aged 50 years or over
- all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 and adult carers
- adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals
If you are eligible for a booster, you will be contacted by the NHS when it is your turn, either by your GP practice or the NHS National Booking Service. We will be working through groups in the same order as the first part of the vaccination programme, starting with care home residents and staff, frontline health and care workers and people aged 80 and over. It will also need to be at least six months since your second dose, so some people will not be contacted until the New Year.
Please do not contact the practice for an appointment, we will be in touch when it is your turn to have your booster.
Third doses for severely immunosuppressed
The JCVI has recommended that people who were severely immunosuppressed at the time of their first or second Covid-19 vaccination should be offered a third dose. This is an extra ‘top-up’ dose in response to evidence showing that they may not have responded as well to the vaccine as others and will therefore have lower levels of protection against Covid-19. It includes people with leukaemia and advanced HIV and people who have had recent organ transplants.
Consultants have been asked to identify eligible patients and recommend when the best time would be for them to have their third dose. Patients will be contacted either by their consultant or GP to arrange their vaccination, starting from mid-September.
More information, including answers to frequently asked questions, is available on the NHS Leeds CCG website
Be aware of scam messages
There is a COVID pass message making the rounds with a link and a contact number, this is a SCAM.
If you would like your COVID pass you can get the NHS app and your COVID vaccines should be displayed on there.
Target training has been cancelled for September and October due to the increased demand. Our Surgeries will be open as usual
Support your GP surgery so it can be there to support you
GPs and their teams have faced an extremely challenging time during the COVID-19 pandemic. The restrictions have meant that face-to-face contact with patients has been limited in order to keep practice staff and patients safe.
The Support Your Surgery campaign provides GP practices with the tools to both manage expectations and to provide patients with the reality of issues facing general practice.
Alongside this, we have launched a petition calling on the UK Government to provide the urgent resourcing needed to increase the number of GPs in England. To find the petition please click here.
INTERNATIONAL SHORTAGES OF BLOOD TUBE PRODUCTS AFFECTING NON-CLINICALLY URGENT BLOOD TESTS
We have been informed by NHS England that there is an international shortage of blood tube products and we have been asked to reduce non-essential (non-clinically urgent) blood testing to ensure there are sufficient stocks for patients requiring urgent testing or monitoring.
We would like to reassure you that we are taking all possible actions to reduce the impact of this and we ask for your support whilst these controls are in place and we are informed when normal delivery of stocks will resume. Thank you
Patients can now self-refer to Linking Leeds.
Linking Leeds is a city-wide social prescribing service for anyone aged 16+ and registered to a GP surgery in Leeds. We are currently offering mixture of telephone and face-face appointments to link you with services and activities within your community to improve and maintain your health and wellbeing. This includes:
- Housing Matters
- Money Management Skills
- Meaningful activities
- Social activities
- Emotional and Mental Wellbeing
- Healthy Lifestyle
- Coronavirus support: If the spread of the coronavirus has left you feeling isolated, worried or without essentials including food and utilities.
You can make a self-referral via our online introduction form https://linkingleeds.com/. If you have any questions or additional support needs please contact us on 0113 336 7612.
We want to share with you some of the challenges and opportunities facing your local NHS and care services, and how you can continue to help us help you.
Pregnancy and having the covid vaccination.
It is important to have both doses of your COVID-19 vaccine to protect you and your unborn baby.
COVID-19 infection is currently circulating and can be serious for pregnant women.
Thousands of pregnant women have been safely vaccinated in the UK and worldwide.
COVID-19 vaccination of children and young people aged 12 to 17 years: Updated 15 July 2021
For for more information follow the link:
COVID-19 Update 19th July 2021
In line with government guidance patients are required to continue to wear a face covering in all healthcare settings after the 19th July 2021.
Your co-operation with this is appreciated.
Cervical Cancer Screening Awareness Week
Cervical screening is important in the prevention of Cervical Cancer and saves lives. The test checks for HPV which you can find out more about at the following link: https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/human-papilloma-virus-hpv.
We understand that there might be concerns over the safety of attending practice despite the easing of restrictions. We want to assure you that it is safe to attend practice for this important screening. The following link, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrQUAG2bNeQ, provides information on the safety measures in place to make sure it is safe for you to attend.
If you have a cervix, aged 25-49 and not had a cervical screening in the last 3 years or 50-64 and not had a cervical screening in the last 5 years, please contact us to make an appointment. This quick appointment every 3 or 5 years can save your life. Please contact us to arrange your cervical screening appointment or book online (if available).
National Data Opt-Out
Follow this link for full details on the national data opt-out scheme - www.nhs.uk/your-nhs-data-matters.
Please note we can only process a type 1 opt out in practice. To manage your national data opt-out choice follow the link above or call 0300 303 5678.
Proof of Vaccination Status
Bank Holiday Opening Hours 2021
The surgery will be CLOSED for BANK HOLIDAY on:
- Monday 27th December (Christmas Day Substitute)
- Tuesday 28th December (Boxing Day Substitute)
So please make sure you:
- Stock up on your regular medications
- Order repeat prescriptions in plenty of time
- If you need oxygen, make sue you have an adequate supply
Click here to see pharmacy opening times during the Bank Holiday.
If you need urgent medical attention during the holiday period, call your normal surgery number and you will be directed to the out-of-hours service - 111
If you require health information or advice you can also:
Log on to NHS Choices online at www.nhs.uk
They will help you get you the right treatment.
Leeds-Wide TARGET Training Days
Our surgeries will be closed from 12 noon on the following day for mandatory staff training:
- September and October training days have been cancelled due to the increased demand
Same day call-backs
If you need a call back from a GP on the same day, please call us before 9:30am. This helps us organise the day and action your request much faster.