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MP visits SSP's COVID vaccination centre

AN MP has praised the work of staff and volunteers delivering COVID-19 injections during a visit to a Wigan vaccination centre. Makerfield MP Yvonne Fovargue visited St Peter’s Pavilion, in Hindley, which has been turned into a vaccination centre by SSP Health in collaboration with Wigan Borough Clinical Commissioning Group. The centre, run by staff from SSP’s local practices as…

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Our Director goes live with COVID questions

SSP Health Director and GP, Dr Shikha Pitalia, was a guest of Wigan borough’s Director of Public Health, Professor Kate Ardern in her regular Facebook Live Question and Answer event about COVID-19. Members of the public submitted questions before and during the live event, which was organised by Wigan Council. Dr Pitalia answered questions on a range of issues including…

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SSP leader is a regional influencer

SSP Health Director, GP Dr Shikha Pitalia, has been named in a regional list of top influencers from the Indian community. The ‘Indian Influencers In Mcr’ list was announced on India Republic Day during an online ceremony after the jury had deliberated on all the nominations, which included leaders in business and culture as well as healthcare. Dr Pitalia has…

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Watch out for symptoms of cancer

On World Cancer Day, we are reminding our patients that it is vital to watch out for the signs of cancer, check their bodies, attend appointments for screenings and contact us if they have any concerns. Spotting cancer early gives you a much better chance of successfully fighting the disease.   For women, is important to check your breasts regularly…

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SSP vaccinating care home residents and staff

SSP Health staff have been given a warm reception when they have been out and about vaccinating staff and residents at care homes. One team from our Ince practices, in Wigan – Dr Victor Ilubaera, Practice Nurse Hannah Vose, Practice Nurse Vicky Parkinson and Admin Assistant Dionne Liptrot – were given a ‘Heroes of The Week’ award from Ash Tree…

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Carers prioritised for COVID vaccine

This information is important for carers who want to know when they will receive their COVID-19 vaccine. Unpaid carers under the age of 65 are being prioritised in Group 6 – alongside those under 65 with underlying health conditions – for the vaccine.  Carers aged 65 and above will be able to access the vaccine earlier under the previous priority…

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SSP Health GP gives advice on signs of cancer

Despite the pandemic and lockdown, your GP surgery is here for you if you are worried about something which may be cancer. You need to watch for changes to your body and contact your practice straight away if you are concerned about something. In this short video, SSP Health Lead GP Dr Zulqarnain Shah explains what to watch out for...…

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Successful start for Wigan vaccination centre

Around 1,000 people were given the COVID-19 vaccination during the first two days of a new SSP Health-led centre. St Peter’s Pavilion in Hindley has been transformed into a vaccination centre by Wigan Borough CCG in partnership with SSP. Staff from SSP surgeries across Wigan, Hindley PCN, and volunteers from the CCG, Inspiring Healthy Lifestyles and Wigan Council were involved…

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Book your smear test - despite the pandemic

A SSP Health GP is urging women to continue to book cervical screening tests, despite the pandemic. This week, it is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, which each year highlights the symptoms of cervical cancer and promotes the national screening programme which can detect early signs of the disease. All people with a cervix aged 25-64 are invited for regular cervical…

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Information about the Coronavirus vaccine

It is wonderful news that the Coronavirus vaccine is being given to people in the vulnerable groups now. But you need to play your part too. Please do not contact your GP surgery about it – you will be contacted with an offer of an appointment when the time is right for you and the vaccine is available. If you…

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