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Reflecting on the past six months during the Covid-19 Pandemic

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, we have remained open for your
healthcare needs by providing access in a new way.

We are now starting to reflect on the past six months and wanted to share some of the data with you, to show how we are still here for you when you need us.

Download the Practice Covid19 Activity Data Poster – Oaklands

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Covid-19 Principle Study

Oaklands Medical Centre is taking part in the national PRINCIPLE clinical trial, which aims to find low-risk treatments for older people with COVID-19 that can be taken at home.

To be eligible to join the trial you will need to have experienced symptoms that are likely to be caused by COVID-19 for fewer than 15 days.
The trial is open to people aged 65 or over, or aged 50–64 with an underlying health condition.

If you are registered at Oaklands Medical Centre and would like more information, please contact us on. You can also join the trial online, even if
you are not currently registered with our practice. For full details, visit
http://www.principletrial.org 

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Join a COVID-19 clinical trial

The PRINCIPLE trial aims to find treatments that reduce hospital admission and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19.

You could be eligible to join if

  • ​You have had these symptoms for fewer than 15 days:
  • ​​new continuous cough or high temperature or a loss of, or change in, normal sense of taste or smell
  • OR have a positive test for SARS-Co-V2 infection with COVID-19 symptoms in the past 14 days
  • You are aged 50 to 64 with a pre-existing illness
  • You are aged 65 and above

Find out more: www.principletrial.org

Download the Research Trial Poster – Covid-19

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Flu Clinics

You are entitled to a Flu vaccination if you are:

  • Over 65.
  • Over 18 and have a serious medical condition such as diabetes, asthma, stroke or are pregnant
  • This year 50-64 year olds will be also be entitled to a flu jab which should be available in November.

We will be texting patients to book an appointment over the next few weeks once the stock has arrived for your group.

Our next Clinic is on: Saturday 24th October 2020 it is for over 65s and under 65s and is by invitation only.
Patients will then need to call and book in for an appointment.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Patients attending appointments for flu clinic

If you have any symptoms a continuous cough, High temperature or fever, change or loss of taste or smell, or if anyone else in the household has any of the symptoms please do NOT attend the appointment.
· Please come to the new main entrance located next to the pharmacy at the side of the building (Cold Hub)
· Please adhere to 2-metre social distancing.
· Please wear a mask 😷 and you will be asked to sanitize your hands on arrival.
· Please wear a short sleeve shirt or blouse.
· Do not arrive early or late to the appointment arrive on time ⏰
· You may have to wait outdoors due to social distancing if it’s raining bring an umbrella ☔️
· Reception will be closed for any enquiries.
· We are operating a one-way system to keep everybody safe.

Find out more about NHS Flu vaccinations here. 

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Supporting your recovery after COVID-19

As you find yourself recovering from COVID-19 you may still be coming to terms with the impact the virus has had on both your body and mind.

These changes should get better over time, some may take longer than others, but there are things you can do to help.

Your COVID Recovery helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery. Find out more information at www.yourcovidrecovery.nhs.uk 

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Flu Vaccinations for 50-64 year olds

Please note, if you are in the 50-64-year old age group you will not be vaccinated until November and December, providing there is sufficient vaccine. No appointments will be offered for this age group until then.

This is to ensure that those who are most at risk are vaccinated first.  If you are 50-64 and you are in one of the other groups which is eligible for the flu vaccination, for example you have a health condition which puts you at risk from the flu, you will be invited earlier.

Thank you 

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Sign up if you are interested in taking part in a COVID-19 vaccine trial

If you would be interested in the NHS contacting you about taking part in coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine studies in the UK, then go to: https://www.nhs.uk/sign-up-to-be-contacted-for-research

This does not automatically sign you up to take part in a specific study but just lets researchers know you’re happy to be contacted if they think you might be suitable to take part in their studies.

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GermDefence – Simple steps to reduce viruses in your home

A new online tool has been developed by The University of Southampton giving advice on simple steps we can take at home to protect us from the new Coronavirus (Covid-19).

This advice was developed by health experts and proved to reduce illness in a study of over 20,000 people. People who followed the advice in Germ Defence were less likely to catch pandemic flu or other viruses – and if they did become ill the illness was shorter and milder on average.

How does it work?

COVID-19 is caught in the same way as other viruses. Germ Defence provides advice on how you can protect yourself using the same methods that have worked for other viruses.

It only takes around 10 minutes to go through the information – but it could protect you from the coronavirus, along with a lifetime of fewer colds and flu. Click here to take part.

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Need Emergency Dental Care during Covid-19?

Revive Dental Care offers NHS Emergency Dental Clinics across Cheshire and Merseyside, with emergency appointments for patients who need urgent treatment, advice and support on dental queries or referral to other services. 

If you need help with an urgent dental problem, call their Emergency Helpline, available from 9am to 9.30pm every day, including weekends and Bank Holidays.

0161 476 9651

Please note: this is an appointment only service – we do not operate a ‘drop-in’ service at any of our surgeries.

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Covid-19 Mental Health Help

We know that many people struggle with mental Heath; Stress, Anxiety and Depression especially at this difficult time.

Do you need urgent mental health support?

Cheshire and Wirral Partnership (CWP), has launched a new mental health helpline which our patients can access if they need urgent mental health support during the Covid-19 pandemic.

  • Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  • For all ages including children and young people 

What to do if you need urgent mental health help:

Please ? 0300 303 3972

Local NHS staff will support you to access the help you need;

The helpline is now the first port of call for mental health help – it is operated by people in your local area who will know how best to support you.


If you call NHS111 you may have to wait longer for help and will be re-directed to this local service – so call 0300 303 3972;

Please note, ?A&E and 999 are not the best places to get help for the majority of mental health problems.

You should still call 999 or go to A&E however if you have an immediate, life-threatening emergency requiring mental or physical health assistance.


Non-urgent help/wellbeing advice

For non-urgent help and general wellbeing advice, the CWP website contains information and links to resources to support people with anxiety, low mood, and worries relating to the current Covid-19 pandemic

www.cwp.nhs.uk

For children and young people, there is also a dedicated website

MyMind.org.uk