Altrincham Healthcare Alliance Primary Care Network which includes Altrincham Medical Practice, Park Medical Practice, Shay Lane Medical Centre (Drs Kelman, Cranston, Naylor, Pathak and Haslam) and St Johns Medical Centre is administering vaccines at Altrincham Health and Wellbeing Centre, 31-33 Market Street, Altrincham WA14 1PF.
Our GP practices are committed to delivering the COVID-19 vaccination to our patients.
Please be assured that we are working through the official priority groupings and will be in touch with you as supplies of the vaccine become available.
We are currently inviting cohort 10 – those patients aged 40+
Please be patient as we often have short notice of the vaccine delivery. And please only attend the COVID-19 vaccination clinics if you have been contacted by your GP practice and have a confirmed appointment.
Information regarding the Covid-19 vaccination is being constantly updated – see www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
ATTENDING YOUR COVID-19 VACCINATION APPOINTMENT
How to get to Altrincham Health and Wellbeing Centre:
The pedestrian entrance is on Market Street.
Car parking: the free underground car park can be accessed from Greenwood Street with priority being given to Blue Badge holders . A lift connects the car park to the medical centre on the first floor.
Car parking system at Greenwood Street: take a ticket to open the barrier to the car park. Follow the signs for patient/disabled parking. Access from the car park to St Johns Medical Centre is via stairs or lift (press ‘1’ for first floor). Following your appointment, your parking ticket will be date/time stamped at the GP reception. Make your way to the ground floor ‘welcome desk’ via stairs or lift (press ‘0’ for ground floor) where you need to exchange your stamped ticket with a validated exit ticket to operate the car park exit barrier.
Patients receiving the COVID-19 vaccination are also able to access free parking for up to one hour at the Stamford Quarter car park (M&S). Having obtained a coin token on entering the car park, this will need to be authorised after your appointment at the ground floor ‘welcome desk’ at Altrincham Health and Wellbeing Centre to enable your exit.
The British Red Cross is also on hand to assist those who may require transport to/from home. If you wish to use this service please contact 07912 080915.
- If you are unable to make the appointment, you will have to wait for a follow-up invitation
- There will unfortunately not be time for you to ask about prescriptions or other medical issues
- Bring your patient letter/proof of text with you to your appointment
- Wear a mask and respect the social distancing advice
- Wear appropriate clothing to help the clinician administer the vaccination quickly
- DO NOT:
- DO NOT attend the appointment if you have a temperature or feel unwell
- DO NOT arrive early for your appointment
- DO NOT drive immediately after your vaccination. All those receiving the Pfizer vaccine will be asked to wait for 15 mins in a waiting area at the Health and Wellbeing Centre
Our ‘walk through’ video:
One of the GP Partners at St Johns Medical Centre has created a ‘walk through’ video which may be useful to all those with confirmed appointments who are unfamiliar with the venue.
For further information regarding the COVID-19 Vaccination please visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
OTHER COVID VACCINE UPDATES
LATEST PATIENT INFORMATION: OFFICIAL ADVICE ISSUED RE.TRAVEL AND COVID-19 VACCINATIONS
Official government advice was issued on 7 May 2021 regarding the public accessing their Covid-19 vaccination status. See full details via this link
The official advice reads:
You can access your COVID-19 vaccination status through the free NHS App from 17 May. You can access the app through mobile devices such as a smartphone or by tablet. Proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status will be shown within the NHS App. We recommend that you register with the app before booking international travel.
If you do not have access to a smartphone and know that the country you are travelling to requires COVID-19 vaccination status, you can call the NHS helpline on 119 (from 17 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. We expect the letter to take up to 5 days to reach you.
Do not contact your GP surgery about your COVID-19 vaccination status. GPs cannot provide letters showing your COVID-19 vaccination status.
For full details of advice, please see https://www.gov.uk/guidance/demonstrating-your-covid-19-vaccination-status-when-travelling-abroad
LATEST COVID VACCINATION ADVICE FROM PUBLIC HEALTH ENGLAND
Please see the links below:
- Patient Leaflet from Public Health England – What to expect after your Covid-19 vaccination
- Patient information from Public Health England Covid-19 vaccination and blood clotting
- Guide to Phase 2 of the Covid-19 vaccination programme – roll out to those under 50-years-old
Information regarding the vaccine is being continually updated. Please visit the NHS website for the latest detail www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
COVID-19 VACCINATION CARDS – TRAVEL UPDATE
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has confirmed (28/4/21) that the NHS App will be used as a ‘Covid passport/digital health certificate’ to prove whether people have had a COVID vaccination, or tested negative for Coronavirus, before travelling abroad.
He added that work is underway for this system to be ‘internationally recognised’.
Our practices continue to receive a number of enquiries from patients regarding the importance of the COVID-19 vaccination card as a ‘Covid passport’ with patients contacting us regarding misplaced/lost cards and concerns that the card may be important for travel abroad.
We would like to reassure all our patients that the COVID-19 vaccination cards do not contain secure, personal information relating to the individual patient: quite simply anyone could write/amend the details. The card only contains space for the vaccine name, batch and date. The card does not contain secure, personal, patient details. If patients have been vaccinated, all details are contained on their individual medical records.
Patients may wish to download the NHS App which enables you to access your digital medical record – including details of immunisations such as the Covid-19 vaccination – as well as offering health advice and allowing you to order repeat prescriptions. Alternatively, if you have registered for Patient Access, you will also be able to view your medical records.
COVID-19 VACCINATION SCAM ALERT – JANUARY 2021
We have been made aware of a COVID vaccine scam that is targeting patients via email/text requesting banking details/payment for the vaccine. Please be assured that the COVID-19 vaccine is free of charge on the NHS. The NHS will contact you when it’s your turn to have the coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination. We will contact you by letter, text or email with information on how to book your appointment.
The NHS will never ask for:
- your bank account or card details
- your pin or banking password
- copies of personal documents to prove your identity such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips
If you think you have been a victim of fraud or identify theft, please report it to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040.