NHS App and your NHS account

Download the NHS App, or open the NHS website in a web browser, to set up and log in to your NHS account. Owned and run by the NHS, your NHS account is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services online.

NHS App and your NHS account – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Website Online Services

Due to a change in supplier, unfortunately, we have had to temporarily suspend our website online services. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. Patients are still able to request their prescriptions via the MyGP app or via patient access.
For any non-urgent admin queries, we ask that patients contact us via telephone or email – [email protected].
Please note, we cannot book appointments via email.

Your views wanted on evening and weekend appointments

The extended access service offers GP practice appointments in evenings and at weekends when our surgery is closed.

This service is currently offered from Reedyford Health Centre and Colne Health Centre.

However, from 1 October 2022, NHS England has requested that primary care networks (which are networks of GP practices across a small geographical location) take over the running of these services in their local areas. This means there may be some minor changes to the service.

We feel it is important that our patients are able to have a say in how these services are provided, and we therefore have devised a short survey so you are able to do this.

Please complete the survey at: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/JIF8XM/

NHS numbers

We have noticed an increase in patients asking for NHS numbers. Did you know you can find these details in the following ways:

– On your prescription

– Via your mobile app – Patient Access, myGP, the NHS app, etc.

– Via this link: https://www.nhs.uk/nhs…/online-services/find-nhs-number/


Vaccination Booking Service and Vaccination Centres

Questions and Answers

Q: Which members of the public are being offered the Covid-19 vaccine at the moment? The NHS is currently in the process of offering the vaccine to people in cohorts one to nine: aged 50 and over, those who live or work in care home, and frontline health and social care staff. When everyone in these groups has had the chance to get their first dose of the vaccine the programme will expand to other people that are at risk either due to their age group or medical condition in line with the advice from the Joint Committee on Vaccinations and Immunisations.

Q: What are the different ways members of the public might be contacted to get their vaccination?

1.Local hospital services–you might be contacted either to have the vaccine as an inpatient or at an outpatient appointment.

2.Local GP services–practices in your area are working together to contact and offer the vaccine to as many people as possible. This may be at a different surgery than you usually go to, or at a venue we have set up specially to deliver vaccines.

3.Through your care home–GPs and their teams are also arranging to vaccinate care home residents directly, in their homes.

4.A letter from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service to book online or by phone. Booking through this service will give you the option of having the vaccine at a special Vaccination Centre, or potentially a community pharmacy depending on whether these are available locally.

Q: I’ve already had my first jab, how do I get my second?  If you have had your first jab already through a hospital or GP services, the local NHS will contact you about getting your second.  If you have received a letter from the national booking service and you have already had your first dose of the vaccination, please ignore the letter. This service will require you to book appointments for both doses of the vaccination at the same time.

Q: I’ve contacted the national booking service but I can’t travel to one of the locations that are available, what should I do?  More locations will become available in the coming weeks so you could try again later.  Alternatively, you can choose to wait until your local GP service invites you for the vaccine.  If you are housebound and unable to leave the house to travel to any appointment, and cannot arrange for someone to help you, your local NHS services will be in contact with you.

Q: I have received a letter but I have already booked or attended an appointment at a local GP service. What should I do? If you already have a vaccination booked through your GP please ignore the letter –there is nothing you need to do.

Q: I have the letter but don’t understand how I book my appointment? If you have received a letter from the national booking centre inviting you to book your Covid-19 vaccination you can do this online or on the phone using the details on the first page of the letter.  You will need your name, date of birth and NHS number to book. At the time of booking you will be asked to book your first vaccination and your follow up vaccination for 11 to 12 weeks’ time.

Q: I have received a letter about booking my appointment. Can I contact my GP to do this? No, please do not contact your GP surgery. We cannot help you to book into the Vaccination Centre.  Please use the details in the letter to book your appointment directly.

Q: I have received invites to get vaccinated from both a local GP service and the national system, but haven’t booked with either yet. Can I choose where to go?  Yes.

Q: Will people who have had their vaccination through a hospital, GP or care home still receive a letter to book through nhs.uk or by ringing 119?  This may happen in a small number of cases. If people have had their first vaccination through a hospital or GP service, of if they are in a care home, this information will flow through to the national NHS system. If this is recorded on the national system before the national booking letter is printed then it will flag not to send that person the national booking letter. There are likely to be cases where the letter is printed to be sent and then person subsequently has their vaccination recorded and therefore is sent the national booking letter. The booking letter explains this and says that if people have already had their first dose to not book through nhs.uk or 119.

Q: My neighbours / friends have received a letter from the national vaccination centre to book their jab. Why haven’t I received mine?  The NHS is inviting people for vaccinations based on expert advice on who would benefit most. This has been set by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). At the moment we are focusing on people aged 80 and over, people who live or work in care homes, and health and social care staff.  If you are in one of these groups you will be invited to book your vaccine soon.  A vaccination programme of this size and scale will still take some time to roll out in full. Please be assured that everyone who needs the vaccine will be offered it. The NHS will be in touch with you when it is your turn to be vaccinated.  Please don’t call us before you are invited.

Q: What will the opening hours of vaccination centres be?  Standard opening times for vaccination centres will be 8am –8pm, seven days a week.

Q: What are the operating hours of the telephone booking system?  The telephone booking service will be open 16 hours a day (from 7am until 11pm), seven days a week. People will also be able to book online 24/7.

Q: What if I can’t get to the Vaccination Centre?  People who are housebound will be contacted by their GP services about alternative ways to get vaccinated. People can also wait until more locations closer to where they live become available. The NHS will follow up with people that haven’t booked their appointment, as a reminder.

Q: What staff and volunteers will be working in Vaccination Centres? The centres will be staffed by vaccinators and clinical supervisors, as well as administrative staff and stewards to ensure the effective and safe operation of the service.  These will largely be new and existing paid NHS staff, but volunteers–including from St John Ambulance or the NHS Volunteer Responder programme -will also play an important role.

Q: Are Vaccination Centres safe?  Yes. Staff at these sites will wear appropriate PPE and there will be social distancing and cleaning measures in place to keep everyone safe.

Q: I’ve received a letter but someone I live who is the same age hasn’t yet. Can we get vaccinated together?  The NHS is inviting eligible people in a phased basis as supplies of the vaccine allow. It is important that you wait for your letter from the NHS, and you will not be able to book without one.  If you have received a letter and live with someone who is also eligible but has not received a letter, it is likely that theirs will follow shortly. If you like you can wait and book at the same time. 

Q: What should people do if they can’t get through to the phone line straight away? At times, due to high demand, the phone line will get very busy, which may mean waiting on the line for a while or calling back later. You can alternatively book online.  If you need help to do this, please ask someone in your support bubble.

Q: Does this service work for people who don’t understand English well or are deaf? The phone line will have interpreters and a BSL facility available on request to help you book your appointments.

Your COVID Recovery – 19th November, 2020

“Your COVID Recovery” is an online platform useful to anyone recovering from covid-19.  The site offers general advice on recovery, returning to work and information for families and carers of patients with post-COVID syndrome (also known as Long COVID). It also signposts users to other agencies such as the British Lung Foundation and the Samaritans. 

Help the fight against COVID-19

NHS Volunteer Responders scheme extended

People who need help as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19) will be able to access support for simple but vital tasks over the coming months thanks to the successful NHS Volunteer Responders programme.

The extension comes as NHS staff continue to deal with a resurgence of COVID-19 cases.  The NHS Volunteer Responders programme was launched in partnership with Royal Voluntary Service and GoodSAM in March. More than a million tasks – including shopping and medication deliveries, lifts to medical appointments or telephone chats to combat loneliness – have already been completed by the 360,000 NHS Volunteer Responders.

To read more or to sign up click here.

Clear on Cancer -Symptoms of Abdominal Cancer Campaign

The Help Us Help You campaign for symptoms of abdominal cancer has begun. We are encouraging people to seek advice from your GP if you have symptoms of diarrhoea, bloating or discomfort that last for three weeks or more.

Self-Care Week starts on the 16th November

We’ve put together some useful leaflets that we hope will be of help over the winter months.