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FRIDAY 23rd April

9am-1pm walk in clinic for covid vaccines first dose only Astra Zeneca for Wythenshawe residents

People over 50 ,carers who are over 30 people who are obeses.people with learning disability.people with a chronic disease


If you are concerned that you have Coronavirus PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND the GP surgery, A&E, urgent care centre or the pharmacy.   

Please call 999 in an emergency (somebody is seriously ill or injured or their life is at risk)

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We are working very hard to ensure we offer the best possible care to all our patients during these difficult times.  Please read the guidance below.  For reliable information and advice on all matters, including non-coronavirus related problems, please use our online self help guide available through the online consultation button on the homepage or use

What to do if you have symptoms of Coronavirus

Stay at home for 10 days if you have either:

  • a high temperature
  • a new continuous cough
  • a new loss of smell or taste

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.  Contact us and we can arrange an alternative for your appointment.

You do not need to contact NHS 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

Read the advice about staying at home.

All members of you household need to isolate for 14 days from the first person developing the symptoms

If you require help with shopping or prescriptions during this time please contact the Manchester City Council helpline 0800 234 6123

If you are isolating due to a family member having symptoms please do not attend the surgery.  If you inform the doctor or nurse of this then we can rearrange for you to be seen in a special clinic if you need immediate help or after the isolation period.

Use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service if:

  • you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • your condition gets worse
  • your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

Coronavirus vaccination

We have now started to vaccinate our patients against Coronavirus in order of priority with those over 80yrs old being a priority group.  We are trying to call this group to get them booked in as soon as possible.  As you can imagine there is a lot of work going into this and we are often receiving information about vaccine delivery at very short notice.  Please be patient with us as phone lines are already busy at this time of year. 

It is important we have up to date contact information (mobile number if possible) so we can text you when vaccination appointments become available.

If you receive a text to book an appointment at Wythenshawe Lifestyle Centre then this is from the surgery and not a hoax, please go ahead and book an appointment.  Please do not turn up to the lifestyle centre without an appointment - you will not be vaccinated.

Coronavirus testing

You can now apply for a coronavirus test if you have symptoms - we cannot test at the GP surgery

If you’ve had coronavirus or the symptoms, you can donate plasma for a trial which could save the lives of people who are still ill. Click here to offer to donate.

Vulnerable patients

Isolation notes


Recovering from COVID-19

You can find advice and support at: 

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme News

You may have seen headlines in the news this week about the forthcoming plans to roll out COVID-19 vaccinations across the country. The headlines are predictably somewhat premature as there are many details yet to be finalised, but we are starting to get queries from patients so felt it best that we keep you up to date with what we know……..
Q: Headlines last week spoke of “Covid vaccine by Xmas from GPs”. What does this mean for me?
A: Whilst we certainly would want to be involved in any vaccination campaign, we don’t have any formal information ourselves yet and no dates have been set for the start of the vaccination programme, nor how exactly this will be run. We expect more information on this soon.
Q: Will you be getting paid to vaccinate us?
A: GPs hold a contract with the NHS to provide certain services. The money from that contract pays for the building, the heating and electricity, the nurses, receptionists and staff, clinical equipment and a variety of other expenses that go with providing services to patients.
If the government wants GPs to do something new, (e.g. deliver a new vaccine) it will buy that service from the GP to pay for the extra staff, clinics and hours to cover expenses. It is very unlikely that GPs will make a profit out of the Covid vaccine. Based on the limited information currently available they may well make a loss, but recognise that it is the right thing to do for their patients and communities.
But what we don’t know is what we might have to consider stopping doing to free up time to provide this vaccination service, given that we are already working at significantly higher levels than is usual for this time of year.
Q: But isn’t it just like a flu jab?
A: No, not by a long stretch.
Flu jabs are delivered in their own little syringes, and kept refrigerated. They can safely last in a vaccine fridge for several months. We can keep them and use them, either in dedicated flu clinics or opportunistically if we see you for something else. We can run the clinics a bit like a conveyor belt, as I’m sure many of you will have experienced. We can get a large number of people vaccinated in a very short period of time. People then leave the practice immediately. Once a year, job done
Q: So what’s different about a new Covid vaccine compared with the flu jab?
A: These new vaccines are not yet ready, and we don’t know yet exactly when they will be. They are completely different. They need to be stored frozen in special dry ice, much colder than a normal freezer (about -80°C). Surgeries don’t have these freezers. So they will be delivered whilst they are defrosting for use. However they can only be stored in a vaccine fridge for a few days before expiring.
They don’t come in their own little syringes. We will have to carefully draw them up from a main vial, dilute and mix them for each individual which will probably take from start to finish about 20 minutes, needing two members of staff (one to draw up, one to check – this is established safe practice with these preparations to minimise the risk error).
Once you have received your Covid jab you will have to wait in the building for 15 minutes to ensure you are then ok to go – these vaccines are brand new, and whilst there is a huge regulatory framework to ensure their safety, we will have to take extra care. This in itself will be difficult as we have to maintain social distancing and we don’t know how quickly these clinics will take place. It will be nowhere near as quick as a flu clinic.
Q: Will these clinics be happening at Barlow Medical Centre?
A: To begin with, NHS England thinks that areas will have one central Covid vaccination centre. This potentially might be in a local practice, but the practicalities of running this alongside our normal practice activities look rather complex at present. It might be in a local centre run by NHS Manchester. You may have to travel. How the chosen centre will continue to look after its patients ongoing and urgent health needs, we don’t yet know. No details of those plans have been shared yet.
Q: Is it just one jab?
A: No. You will need two jabs. They will be 3-4 weeks apart which is important to ensure the immune system responds properly to the vaccine.
Q: How many patients will get it the vaccine when it’s ready?
A: Government says it wants 40 million people vaccinated (that’s 80 million appointments). Putting that into context, every year there are 40 million A&E attendances and 360 million GP appointments. This is going to take a long time. There are no spare GPs or practice nurses, in fact there are significant shortages of both of these. We don’t yet know how we are going to plan for this on top of what we are doing now – managing hundreds of acute and chronic patients every day: on the phone, over video and being brought into the surgery where necessary.
Q: Will it be available by Christmas?
A: No one knows yet. But if it is, there will be a very small number of doses and we think the Government might suggest protecting Care Home residents first.
Whatever you read in the paper or online, don’t forget – this is going to be very difficult. We need to make sure there is a safe system and a safe vaccine first.
Even when it comes, it won’t prevent Covid-19 completely, it will only make its effects milder. So please bear with us – there is much we don’t yet know either.
The bottom line is that there is still every reason to think ‘Hands, Face, Space’ for a long time to come, well into 2021. We will share more information with you all as and when we have further details.

Shielded patients

This is the government criteria for who should be shielding

  1. Solid organ transplant recipients.

  2. People with specific cancers:
    • people with cancer who are undergoing active chemotherapy
    • people with lung cancer who are undergoing radical radiotherapy
    • people with cancers of the blood or bone marrow such as leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma who are at any stage of treatment
    • people having immunotherapy or other continuing antibody treatments for cancer
    • people having other targeted cancer treatments which can affect the immune system, such as protein kinase inhibitors or PARP inhibitors
    • people who have had bone marrow or stem cell transplants in the last 6 months, or who are still taking immunosuppression drugs
  3. People with severe respiratory conditions including all cystic fibrosis, severe asthma and severe chronic obstructive pulmonary (COPD).

  4. People with rare diseases that significantly increase the risk of infections (such as severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), homozygous sickle cell).

  5. People on immunosuppression therapies sufficient to significantly increase risk of infection.

  6. Women who are pregnant with significant heart disease, congenital or acquired

If you meet one of these criteria and you have not already received a Government letter telling you to shield then please register online 

We can give you further advice if you are unsure

Vulnerable patients 

If you are vulnerable and need further support with shopping, prescriptions or attending appointments please contact the Manchester City Council Helpline on 0800 234 6123.

Facemask advice and exemption cards

Exemption cards (for mobile phones)

Exemption cards (to print)

Rescue packs 

We have been made aware of some inaccurate information circulating regarding special 'rescue packs' for patients with pre-existing respiratory conditions such as asthma or COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).  Please do not contact the GP surgery if you do not normally have a rescue pack for these conditions.  You should manage your symptoms in the usual way and can gain further advice from  This leaflet offers some helpful advice


If you have been given instructions to self-isolate by 111, you MUST follow this advice.

You DO NOT need a GP Medical certificate (MED3) for this (see below). 

Support for those affected/Sick Pay/Medical Certificates

To support people affected by COVID-19, various new measures have been introduced including:

  • eligibility for Statutory Sick Pay from day 1
  • no requirement for a GP MED3 to evidence self-isolation where this has been recommended, and
  • measures for those applying for Universal Credit who have been advised to self-isolate.

Please see here for further information.

We will NOT be able to provide medical certificates in these situations, please direct your employers to this link if there is any doubt.

For a self isolation note please click here

Letters regarding cancellation of travel plans and working from home

We are not able to give advice about working from home (see here) or issue letters supporting cancellation of travel plans (see here).

Please do not call regarding these questions.


For advice on Universal Credit see

What can you do to reduce your risk?


  • wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds
  • always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell


  • do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

Visit NHS 111 for more information about how it spreads and how to avoid infection

Research into Coronavirus

General Practice Transparency Notice for GPES Data for Pandemic Planning and Research (COVID-19)

This practice is supporting vital coronavirus (COVID-19) planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital.

The health and social care system is facing significant pressures due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Health and care information is essential to deliver care to individuals, to support health, social care and other public services and to protect public health. Information will also be vital in researching, monitoring, tracking and managing the coronavirus outbreak. In the current emergency it has become even more important to share health and care information across relevant organisations. This practice is supporting vital coronavirus planning and research by sharing your data with NHS Digital, the national safe haven for health and social care data in England. 

Our legal basis for sharing data with NHS Digital

NHS Digital has been legally directed to collect and analyse patient data from all GP practices in England to support the coronavirus response for the duration of the outbreak. NHS Digital will become the controller under the General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) of the personal data collected and analysed jointly with the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, who has directed NHS Digital to collect and analyse this data under the COVID-19 Public Health Directions 2020 (COVID-19 Direction).

All GP practices in England are legally required to share data with NHS Digital for this purpose under the Health and Social Care Act 2012 (2012 Act). More information about this requirement is contained in the data provision notice issued by NHS Digital to GP practices.

Under GDPR our legal basis for sharing this personal data with NHS Digital is Article 6(1)(c) - legal obligation. Our legal basis for sharing personal data relating to health, is Article 9(2)(g) – substantial public interest, for the purposes of NHS Digital exercising its statutory functions under the COVID-19 Direction.

The type of personal data we are sharing with NHS Digital

The data being shared with NHS Digital will include information about patients who are currently registered with a GP practice or who have a date of death on or after 1 November 2019 whose record contains coded information relevant to coronavirus planning and research. The data contains NHS Number, postcode, address, surname, forename, sex, ethnicity, date of birth and date of death for those patients. It will also include coded health data which is held in your GP record such as details of:

  • diagnoses and findings
  • medications and other prescribed items
  • investigations, tests and results
  • treatments and outcomes
  • vaccinations and immunisations

How NHS Digital will use and share your data

NHS Digital will analyse the data they collect and securely and lawfully share data with other appropriate organisations, including health and care organisations, bodies engaged in disease surveillance and research organisations for coronavirus response purposes only. These purposes include protecting public health, planning and providing health, social care and public services, identifying coronavirus trends and risks to public health, monitoring and managing the outbreak and carrying out of vital coronavirus research and clinical trials. The British Medical Association, the Royal College of General Practitioners and the National Data Guardian are all supportive of this initiative.

NHS Digital has various legal powers to share data for purposes relating to the coronavirus response. It is also required to share data in certain circumstances set out in the COVID-19 Direction and to share confidential patient information to support the response under a legal notice issued to it by the Secretary of State under the Health Service (Control of Patient Information) Regulations 2002 (COPI Regulations).

Legal notices under the COPI Regulations have also been issued to other health and social care organisations requiring those organisations to process and share confidential patient information to respond to the coronavirus outbreak. Any information used or shared during the outbreak under these legal notices or the COPI Regulations will be limited to the period of the outbreak unless there is another legal basis for organisations to continue to use the information. 

Data which is shared by NHS Digital will be subject to robust rules relating to privacy, security and confidentiality and only the minimum amount of data necessary to achieve the coronavirus purpose will be shared. Organisations using your data will also need to have a clear legal basis to do so and will enter into a data sharing agreement with NHS Digital. Information about the data that NHS Digital shares, including who with and for what purpose will be published in the NHS Digital data release register.

For more information about how NHS Digital will use your data please see the NHS Digital Transparency Notice for GP Data for Pandemic Planning and Research (COVID-19).

National Data Opt-Out

The application of the National Data Opt-Out to information shared by NHS Digital will be considered on a case by case basis and may or may not apply depending on the specific purposes for which the data is to be used. This is because during this period of emergency, the National Data Opt-Out will not generally apply where data is used to support the coronavirus outbreak, due to the public interest and legal requirements to share information.

Your rights over your personal data

To read more about the health and care information NHS Digital collects, its legal basis for collecting this information and what choices and rights you have in relation to the processing by NHS Digital of your personal data, see:

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