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Ashfields is restarting the routine Smear Testing Service

 The service for routine smears was suspended during Covid-19, but we can confirm that this is now being restarted.

We ask that anyone that has had their smear postponed or knows it is overdue, to please book in we have lots of availability for appointments to catch up during July. 

Many thanks

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Coronavirus – Latest Advice

Check if you or your child has coronavirus symptoms

Find out about the main symptoms of coronavirus and what to do if you have them.

Self-isolation and treatment if you have coronavirus symptoms

Advice about staying at home (self-isolation) and treatment for you and anyone you live with.

Testing and tracing

Information about testing for coronavirus and what to do if you’re contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service.

People at high risk

Advice for people at higher risk from coronavirus, including older people, people with health conditions and pregnant women.

Social distancing and changes to everyday life

Advice about avoiding close contact with other people (social distancing), looking after your wellbeing and using the NHS and other services during coronavirus.

GOV.UK: coronavirus – guidance and support

Government information and advice

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Dr Baker is Retiring!

Dr David Baker is retiring from Ashfields at the end of May after just under 35 years as a GP. Dave has worked full-time until very recently,  and been a GP Trainer, training and developing GPs. Dave has always had an interest in medicine rather than surgery, particularly diabetes, setting up our first diabetic clinic. Dave is the go to person clinically for everyone at Ashfields, and will be sorely missed as a knowledgeable and supportive colleague.    

Everyone at Ashfields sends their best wishes for a long, happy and healthy retirement.

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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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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:
    • a continuous new or worsening cough
    • a high temperature
    • 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 visit: https://sentry.phc.ox.ac.uk/prinscreen/ASC

Or call the Trial Team on 0800 138 0880

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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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Childhood Vaccinations to continue during Coronavirus situation

The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends continuing childhood vaccinations during the current Coronavirus pandemic. This is to reduce the infection rate from vaccine preventable diseases and to prevent outbreaks of these diseases.

Please continue to  bring your child to their appointments.

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Extended Hours on hold

Please be aware that our extended hours appointments held on weekdays at 7am, Saturday mornings, and Monday evenings until 8pm, are currently on hold due to the COVID-19 situation. 

We are however open 8am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday.

Many thanks for your understanding during this time.

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How to get an isolation note for your employer

This service, at nhs.uk, is for those who have been told to stay at home because of coronavirus and you need a note for your employer.

This service is only for people who:

  • have symptoms of coronavirus and have used the 111 online coronavirus service
  • have been told by a healthcare professional they have symptoms of coronavirus
  • live with someone who has symptoms of coronavirus

If you are not sure if you need to stay at home, get the latest NHS advice on coronavirus.

If you have to stay at home but feel well enough to work, ask your employer if you can work from home. If you can work from home, you will not need an isolation note.

You can also use this service for someone else.

Get an isolation note.

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Coronavirus – Latest Advice

The NHS in Cheshire and Public Health England (PHE) are well prepared for outbreaks of new infectious diseases. The NHS has put in place measures to protect patients, our community and NHS staff while ensuring as many services as possible are available to the public.

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough, loss or change to your sense of smell or taste and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 7 days.
Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home. After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.
But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they’re at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.

If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do. 

Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.