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 COVID-19 vaccines at Altrincham Health and Wellbeing Centre, 31-33 Market Street, Altrincham WA14 1PF
Park Medical Practice is working with our Primary Care Network colleagues and we are all 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 soon as supplies of the vaccine become available.
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 programme is being continually updated. For further information please visit www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
ATTENDING YOUR COVID 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 and priority is being made available 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 are 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/confirmation 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 minutes in a waiting area in 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 VACCINATION UPDATES
BLOOD CLOTTING INFORMATION AND ‘PHASE 2’ OF THE VACCINATION PROGRAMME
- 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 COVID-19 vaccine is being continually updated. Please visit the NHS website for the latest detail www.nhs.uk/covid-vaccination
COVID VACCINATION CARDS AND TRAVEL
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed on 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.
We 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.
We would like to reassure all our patients 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 personal patient details. If patients have been vaccinated, all details are contained on their medical records.
You 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.
Any patient still wishing to receive a COVID-19 vaccination card when they attend their vaccine appointment will be given one, however, for those who have lost or did not receive a card, please be assured that all details of your immunisations are contained on your personal, medical records.
COVID VACCINATION SCAM – JANUARY 2021
We have been made aware of a COVID vaccine scam which 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.