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Covid Recovery

The NHS provide useful information for those recovering from Covid and for those supporting them.  Click here for information.

New GP!

We welcome Dr. Sophia Khan to Boughton Health Centre as our newest GP.  Sophia will be working Tuesdays to Fridays.

Blood Test Bottle Shortage 

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.

The Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group have updated their Website here. 

Flu Update - Winter 2021/2022 

We have not yet started our Flu Campaign and will be notifying patients by eligibility in stages, to ensure we can cope with contact demand.

Please kindly do not contact the surgery regarding the Flu as yet, we will update all here on our website and on Facebook.


Stay safe while isolating at home

Download this leaflet for patients with suspected coronavirus who have not been admitted to hospital and will be isolating at home.

Face Coverings in Healthcare Settings

Following the recent government update post 19th July, it is important to note that current infection control standards remain in place for all healthcare settings as advised by Public Health England.

From the 19th July patients will still need to wear a face mask, socially distance and use hand sanitiser in the health centre, patient facing staff will also continue to wear PPE.

We do understand you may find this frustrating however to continue with these precautions in the health centre is to protect all of our patients and practice team.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. 

New GP!

We welcome Dr. Sarah Aston to Boughton Health Centre.  Sarah will be working Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays bringing a wealth of primary care experience and knowledge to complement our current clinical team.

Bowel cancer screening

NHS bowel cancer screening checks if you could have bowel cancer. It's available to everyone aged 60 or over and is expanding to include 56 year olds in 2021.
Please call the free bowel cancer screening helpline on 0800 707 60 60 if:
• you have not had your result after 2 weeks from when you sent off your kit
• you are 75 or over and would like a kit every 2 years
• you want to know more about screening
• you do not want to be invited for bowel cancer screening
Further information can be found at

NHS Digital Proposals: GP Data for Planning and Research.

The Government has recently enacted a law requiring GPs to send copies of their patient’s records to NHS Digital, where they may be used for research and planning. This will include records going back 10 years and virtually anything new we record about you into the future.

You may be aware through the media about this scheme.  This has caused controversy, in particular with regards to the times scale to publicise this change and the lack of national information regarding this.

At a time when GP Practices are extremely busy (currently your practice continues to see about a third higher activity than pre pandemic) the lack of national information has led to a large number of people contacting the surgery in the last week understandably concerned.

As GPs we too have concerns around the implementation of the scheme and would share the points of view expressed in this letter jointly from the British Medical Association and Royal College of GPs to NHS Digital

This is a complex area and the web page below from NHS Digital does explain things quite well.

The original deadline regarding  the  need to fill in the attached form and return to us by the 23rd June may now be extended as the start date for these proposals has been moved back from 1 July to 1 September but you should consider your wishes as soon as possible.

Opt out form

We are well aware of the very tight timescales here but we would like to stress again that this is a decision made by NHS Digital and not by your practice. This issue is nothing to do with providing direct care when you need it.

If you do not want your data to be used in this way there are two ways to stop it happening.

Stop data leaving the practice, aka “Type 1 objection”.

To stop your GP records being sent from us to NHS Digital in the first place you can ask us to place a “type 1 objection” in your records. We will do this for you. Please let us know by phone, e-mail or letter. At the moment this must be done before the 23rd June (but see above extension). You can also use this form HERE. We will of course always share any records necessary for your care, such as a referral to a local hospital.

Stop NHS Digital using your data for planning or research, the “NHS Data Opt Out”.

NHS Digital also collects by default data from other sources, hospitals or clinics etc. This data can be used for planning and research including commercial research outside the NHS.  You can learn more about how NHS Digital uses your data here: General Practice Data for Planning and Research: GP Practice Privacy Notice - NHS Digital.

You have the choice to stop this happening if you wish but it has to be actioned directly with NHS Digital, we cannot do this for you. To stop data NHS Digital collects on you being used for anything other than direct care go to the NHS Digital web site and search for national opt out.  Then scroll to the bottom of the page to read how to action.

Staff Changes

Dr Iain Bailey will be leaving Boughton Health Centre at the beginning of June, to enable him to work closer to home and enjoy a balanced work/family life.
Dr Harriet Williamson is also re-locating back to the North East of England to be closer to her family.
We wish them both all the very best, they will be missed by us all.

We have successfully recruited two Salaried GPs who will be joining our practice team in the coming months. Further details will be provided in our Summer newsletter.

Covid Vaccination Status Certificates - Obtained via NHS App or telephoning 119


GP Practices are unable to issue covid vaccination status certificates, these can be obtained via the NHS App or telephoning 119.

For further information please see


Proof of your vaccination status will be available on the  NHS App which is also valuable for accessing your health records and ordering repeat prescriptions. This can be downloaded here; for iPhone for android


Alternatively you can call the NHS helpline on 119 from 17th  May and ask for a letter to be posted to you.

This must be at least 5 days after you’ve completed your course of the vaccine, please be aware the letter may to take up to 5 days to reach you.


Covid Vaccination Booking Update - 11/06/2021

Patients may use the National Booking Service or call 119 to book a COVID-19 vaccination if:

- you're aged 25 on or before 1 July 2021
- you're classed as clinically vulnerable
- you have a learning disability
- you're a frontline health or social care worker
- you get a Carer's Allowance, or your GP record shows you're a carer
- Pregnant women booking on the National Booking Service will be guided to a site that offers the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccine following a series of screening questions
To book, please click HERE

National Safeguarding Website

The website has been launched to support family and friends and encourage them to act early, share concerns and seek help if worried that a loved one is being radicalised.

It can be hard to know what to do if you’re worried someone close is expressing extreme views or hatred, which could lead to them harming themselves or others. Working with other organisations, the police protect vulnerable people from being exploited by extremists through a Home Office programme called Prevent.

Act early and tell us your concerns in confidence. You won’t be wasting our time and you won’t ruin lives, but you might save them.



Covid Vaccine Prioritisation Update (Clinical Need)

We know that many people are eager to be vaccinated as soon as possible. We also understand that some patients will be concerned that they are not in the first groups prioritised for vaccination but may feel their circumstances or condition means they should be.
The decision about which order people are vaccinated in is set nationally by the Joint Committee for Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) and are being delivered according to priority groups Your GP practice or individual GP is not allowed to vary from that priority order and is unable to make exceptions in individual cases. Your medical consultant or local counsellors are also unable to agree a variation from the national rules.
We are working together with other GP Practices to ensure we can vaccinate patients as quickly as possible and appreciate your support in this regard and your understanding as we progress through the groups for vaccinations as quickly as possible.

Please help us to deliver the COVID-19 vaccination programme safely and effectively by following this simple guidance:

1. We will contact you when is the right time for you to come forward. Please do not contact the NHS to seek a vaccine before then.

2. When you are invited for a vaccine, please act on your invite and make sure you attend appointments when you arrange them.

3. Please continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing and hand hygiene guidance as, until a vaccine has been fully rolled out, this is the most effective way to reduce transmission of the virus and help save lives.

Information on the vaccine is available on the NHS.UK

The national booking service is available online here or by calling 119.

Patient Survey 2021

Some patients registered at this GP practice will soon be invited to take part in a national survey about their experiences of local NHS services.

It covers issues that concern patients, such as access to care and satisfaction with treatment.
If you receive a questionnaire, please help NHS England by filling it in as soon as possible.

It is really important that we hear your views, even if you have received a questionnaire like this before. Your response will help us to improve GP practices and other local NHS services so they better meet your needs.

Visit to find out more.

Supporting 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. The NHSE website link below helps you to understand what has happened and what you might expect as part of your recovery. It is a website to support people with ongoing symptoms and is designed to help people recover from the long-term effects of COVID-19, provides information for family, friends & carers and includes information from rehabilitation experts about how to manage ongoing symptoms and health needs at home.

Health and Lifestyle Essentials Weight Management Programme

The Health and Lifestyle Essentials weight management programme offers an interactive and friendly online 12 week group session to support patients with weight loss and lifestyle changes.

What are we offering?

•             Weekly online interactive presentations delivered by a Health and Lifestyle Advisor.
•             The opportunity to be weighed at each group session (face to face sessions only)
•             To be provided with a welcome pack with useful resources (face to face sessions only)
•             A friendly, positive and encouraging environment
•             Direct referral on to Tier 3 specialist services if requested
We currently have sessions running online only via Microsoft teams due to local covid restrictions.
Who is eligible?
•             Patients with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 40kg/m2 or over
•             Must be registered with a West Cheshire GP Practice.

How to self refer - please click here for instructions

 Electronic Prescriptions

Most prescriptions are now signed, sent and processed electronically. Patients have 2 choices for how this works.
1. You can choose a pharmacy or dispenser to dispense all your prescriptions. When you get a prescription, it will be sent electronically to the dispenser you have chosen. You can collect your medicines or appliances without having to hand in a paper prescription.
2. You can decide each time you are issued a prescription where you would like it to be dispensed. When you are issued a prescription, you will be given a paper copy that you can take to any pharmacy or other dispenser in England. The paper copy will contain a unique barcode that will be scanned to download your prescription from the secure NHS database.
Paper prescriptions will continue to be available in special circumstances, but almost all prescriptions will be processed electronically.
Please click here for further information.




Visyon - A charity supporting the emotional health of children, young people and their families 

If you are a child or young person, Visyon can help you improve your mental health so that you feel better about yourself and the things that happen in your day-to-day life. If you are a parent, grandparent or carer, you can come to us to gain the skills to give your child the support they need.

Visyon are now offering a range of telephone and online services and releasing weekly schedules of free activities so that young people stay up to date and get involved with with what's going on.

Visit their website for further information


Number 71 Chester


Number 71 is a new mental health resource in Chester - A calm, safe and supportive venue, offering non-clinical support. Open to anyone in the Chester and Cheshire West area (18+) experiencing a self-defined crisis, looking to improve well-being and develop resilience. Members will be encouraged to bring their assets, interests, skills, experience and personality to build a creative and supportive community. 

At the moment due to social distancing, they ask that people call before attending on: 01244 393139.

Open 10am – midnight every day. From mid/late July should begin to operate some group activities that members will be able to take part in once enrolled.

Prospective volunteers can call 01244 393139 or email ( 

No.71 Leaflet

No.71 Activity Schedule



Sexual and domestic abuse web chat

Chester Sexual Abuse Support Service has increased its Live Chat service since lockdown started and is available for confidential conversations weekdays from 10am to 4pm and on Mondays and Wednesdays from 6pm to 8pm. View information at

Click here to  access the Live Chat.

 NHS Diabetes Advice Helpline

NHS England and NHS Improvement have launched a new helpline in response to disruption to normal diabetes services due to the COVID-19 pandemic and response. The service is for adults living with diabetes who use insulin to manage their condition and require immediate clinical advice. Whether you or a member of your household have caught the virus, or routine care has been disrupted, the helpline is available for immediate clinical advice to help you understand how to effectively manage their diabetes. You can access NHS Diabetes Advice via Diabetes UK’s support line on 0345 123 2399 Monday-Friday from 9am-6pm.


 Emergency Dental Treatment

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 our Emergency Helpline, available from 9am to 9.30pm every day, including weekends and Bank Holidays.

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

Emergency Telephone:0161 476 9651

Out of hours emergency dental care for patients in Cheshire and Merseyside is accessed via our Dental Helpline on 0161 476 9651 from 9am to 9.30pm every day, including weekends and Bank Holidays.

The service is provided according to strict clinical criteria, and when you call you’ll be assessed by a member of our clinical team to make sure your problem comes under either:

• Trauma - this is usually caused by a blow to the face, a lost filling is not classed as trauma

• Swelling of the face

• Bleeding - uncontrolled, such as after an extraction

• Pain that can’t be controlled by pain relief medicines

If you’re given an appointment and your problem doesn’t fit any of the above, you’ll still have to pay the NHS fee but may receive advice and not treatment.
Clinic times vary, and at busy times or when your local clinic’s not available you may be offered an appointment at an alternative location.

My Diabetes My Way

My Diabetes My Way is a website for people with diabetes and their carers. It contains information resources that can help you understand more about diabetes and explains how to manage the condition more effectively.

People who use the service say that it improves their knowledge to help them meet goals, improves motivation and acts as a reminder for discussions during appointments. The service is not a replacement for your normal care, but helps you to monitor your results before, during and after contacts with your healthcare team.

If you are interested in accessing your diabetes-related health records online, please go to the website and click the ‘Register’ button to securely enrol.

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