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Time for your flu vaccination?

The flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk from flu and its complications. Flu can be unpleasant, but if you're otherwise healthy, it'll usually clear up on its own in about a week. But flu can be more severe in certain people, such as: anyone aged 65 and over pregnant women children and adults with an underlying health…

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SSP Health launches Patient Newsletter

SSP Health has launched a new quarterly newsletter for patients, giving them advice, support and tips. The SSP Health Patient Newsletter will go out seasonally and the Summer edition has been released to patients across its 36 practice sites in the North West, with access via the web and social media, and links being sent out via text. The magazine-style…

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SSP Director features in best practice guide

A best practice guide has published an article by SSP Health Director, GP Dr Shikha Pitalia, about how Wigan GPs quickly changed their model of primary care to cope with Coronavirus. Dr Pitalia, who is also Chair of the Wigan GP Alliance, is featured in the Best Practice Bulletin describing how the borough's 60 GP practices in Wigan and Leigh…

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Training award for SSP Health doctor

An SSP Health doctor has been given an award for his dedication to the training of medical students. GP Dr Zulquarnain Shah received the GP Tutor of the Year 2019/2020 award from the University of Central Lancashire. His Colne Road Surgery practice, in Burnley, works with a number of students during the academic year and Dr Shah received the award…

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Exemptions to wearing face masks

The wearing of a face covering is now mandatory in shops and on public transport. This is to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus. Some groups of people are exempt from this requirement including children under the age of 11; people with disabilities; those with breathing difficulties; those travelling with someone who relies on lip reading. These groups of people,…

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Better service for picking up medication

Our practices are improving the service we give you when you have to pick up medication through a prescription. All prescriptions are always sent electronically to your chosen pharmacy for you to pick up – paper ones are only given in exceptional circumstances. But now, you can pick up your medication from any pharmacy you wish, as long as you…

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Thanks to staff for online consultation drive

SSP Health Director, GP Dr Shikha Pitalia, is thanking staff for their hard work in promoting online consultation as an extra way for patients to access our services. Almost all SSP practices have given patients the option of contacting their surgery online, with either e-consult or Online Consult tools now available. This month, a survey of clinicians across SSP Health…

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Patients can help fight Coronavirus in trial

  SSP Health's practices are urging patients to take part in NHS research to help find the next Coronavirus medical breakthrough. Our surgeries are participating in a trial to find treatments that reduce hospital admissions and improve symptoms for people with COVID-19 – and want patients to get involved. The PRINCIPLE Trial is being funded by the National Institute of…

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New GP practice joins SSP Health

Bolton’s Shanti Medical Centre now part of SSP Health. SSP Health began managing Shanti Medical Centre from June 1 after Bolton CCG decided it should be the preferred permanent provider. SSP Health manages three practices in the town: Bolton Medical Centre, Bolton General Practice and 3D Medical Centre. All SSP Health’s practices are rated as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’, with Bolton…

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COVID-19 Patient Charter

During this current crisis, our practice and SSP Health takes the protection and safety of our staff and patients very seriously. May we politely request that to help us protect you, the following points are noted: • If you have any symptoms, please do not attend surgery. Please contact us and we will rearrange. • The surgery may be limiting…

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