The surgery will be closed on Friday 15th April 2022 and Monday 18th April 2022 for the Easter bank holidays.

The surgery will be closed on Friday 15th April 2022 and Monday 18th April 2022 for the Easter bank holidays.
The Wirral GP Out of Hours service will be available while the surgery is closed. Wirral GP Out of Hours service is accessed through the NHS 111 service and provides urgent medical help and advice for patients who are unable to wait for their GP practice to re-open.

Kooth

All age, online, mental health support is now available to our local population provided by Kooth plc.
Kooth provides mental health support to children and young people aged between 11-25.
Qwell (the adult version of Kooth but operates under a different brand name) is accessible to Wirral adults aged 26 and over.

What does the service offer?
Both Kooth and Qwell offer free emotional support including; immediate access to online counselling, self-help resources and peer to peer support. The platform also encourages assigning self-defined goals which can be measured to better understand progress/outcomes. No referral is required and people can sign up anonymously.

How can the service be accessed?
To access Qwell, visit https://www.qwell.io/
To access Kooth visit https://www.kooth.com/

Both platforms and are available 365 days a year. The chat service (including counselling support) is available 12pm-10pm Monday-Friday and 6-10pm at weekends.
The services are accessible via desktop, smartphone and/or tablet.

Help shape the future of pharmacy services in Wirral – have your say!

Wirral Council wants to hear residents’ views on local pharmacy services via this year’s Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment, or PNA for short. The Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment is a detailed review of existing pharmacy provision in Wirral.

As part of the PNA, a questionnaire is seeking residents’ views on the services and location of pharmacies, and the frequency with which local people make use of them. The questionnaire is anonymous and should only take a few minutes to complete. It will be open for comments from 1st – 30th November 2021 for all Wirral residents.

The survey is available at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GBTVKJD.

Compañeros Crisis Cafe

A new mental health crisis cafe is now open to Wirral residents.

The space, called Compañeros, has been jointly developed between NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG),  Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CWP) and local organisation, the Spider Project.

Compañeros is Spanish for companion. The name was devised by the Spider Project with help from their members and aims to capture the ethos of the service, which is a welcoming, friendly, non-clinical environment.

Compañeros offers:

The service is open from 1pm-10 pm, seven-days-a-week and located at 2a Price Street, Hamilton Square, CH41 6JN, accessible to adults aged 18 and over.

The Compañeros information poster is available: Companeros poster 1

National Shortage of Blood Test Collection Equipment

A supplier to the NHS has advised us of a global shortage of some equipment used for taking blood tests.

Anyone who needs a test for urgent health problems will still get one but, where your clinician recommends that it’s safe to do so, then you may be asked to come back for a test at a later date, or your appointment may be rescheduled.

Given the nature of the shortage, we cannot give an exact date for when the test will be rescheduled, but please be assured that if your condition or symptoms require it, then you will get a test, and we will be re-booking your test when supplies become more easily available.

If your condition or symptoms change or get worse, please contact the NHS as you would normally.

NHS Patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings

NHS Patients, staff and visitors must continue to wear face coverings in healthcare settings.
You must still wear a face covering and follow social distancing measures when visiting the surgery despite the lifting of lockdown restrictions. This is to protect those patients who may be visiting appointments because they are unwell and vulnerable, and to protect our staff.
More information is available on the NHS website:

A Rise in Delta Variant COVID19 Cases on Wirral- Symptoms

Delta Variant – Symptoms

There has been a rise in cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 in the community on the Wirral. There is also increasing evidence that COVID-19 infection due to the new Delta variant is presenting with different symptoms than previous variants.

If you have any of the following symptoms please organise a COVID test immediately, to help stop the spread.

Healthier South Wirral Newsletter

Click the link below to view our most recent newsletter:

HSW Patient Newsletter March 2021

AstraZeneca Vaccine Statement April 2021

JCVI statement on use of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine: 7 April 2021: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/use-of-the-astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine-jcvi-statement/jcvi-statement-on-use-of-the-astrazeneca-covid-19-vaccine-7-april-2021

Communicating the potential benefits and harms of the Astra-Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine, provided by the University of Cambridge: Weighing up the potential benefits and harms of the Astra-Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine

The AstraZeneca vaccine is approved for use, there are no reports of the extremely rare thrombosis/thrombocytopenia events following receipt of the second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. Patients are being encouraged to receive their second dose if they did not experience any problems with their first. The second dose will be important for longer lasting protection against COVID-19.