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Long-serving SSP GP urges people to have COVID-19 vaccine

SSP Health’s Dr Vinod Saksena, one of the country’s longest-serving GPs, is advising people to have their COVID-19 immunisation when it is offered after receiving it himself. Dr Vinod Saksena, a practising GP until he was forced to stand down and shield when the pandemic hit, celebrates his 84th birthday today, New Year’s Day, and was given the Coronavirus vaccine…

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Be aware of COVID-19 scams

There have been reports that people in the North West - who are not SSP Health patients - have received suspicious calls and text messages offering the COVID-19 vaccination. To protect yourself and your family members from fraud and criminals, remember the following points. The vaccine is only available on the NHS for free to people in priority groups, and…

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Nurse's plea to have COVID vaccination

A SSP Health Practice Nurse is urging patients to have their COVID-19 vaccination when it is offered to them. Nurse Amanda Bellas – who has been given the vaccine as part of the rollout to immunise those at highest risk of Coronavirus – says that the vaccination will keep individuals, their families and their communities safe from the disease; with…

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COVID-19 vaccine now being rolled out

SSP Health practice staff are beginning to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to people this week - but please don't contact us about it. The Government has said that, like flu, the most vulnerable people will be offered the vaccination first, with larger numbers of people being offered it later in the new year when more vaccine is expected to be…

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Order your medication in good time for Christmas

With Christmas fast approaching, please could all our patients order their prescriptions early enough to receive them in good time for the holidays. Please ensure any relatives know to order and pick up their medicines early too. Your pharmacy may close earlier than usual on Christmas Eve or New Year’s Eve so don’t leave it too late to collect what…

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SSP GP wins prestigious award

AN SSP Health GP has been given a prestigious award for the excellent healthcare he provides to his patients. Dr Adeyinka Adejumo – Lead GP at Bee Fold Medical Centre, in Atherton – has been named as the region’s Outstanding GP in the Royal College of General Practitioners North West annual awards. The faculty represents GPs across Greater Manchester, Lancashire…

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SSP Health Choir's virtual concert

SSP Health was disappointed that, due to Coronavirus, its choir could not visit care homes and hospices this Christmas to sing for residents and staff – but came up with the next best thing. Last year, the choir performed festive songs and carols at Wigan and Leigh Hospice, Bolton Hospice and a number of care homes but COVID-19 restrictions meant…

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All you need to know about the flu vaccine

Flu occurs every year, usually in the winter, which is why it’s sometimes called seasonal flu. It’s a highly infectious disease with symptoms that come on very quickly. Colds are much less serious and usually start gradually with a stuffy or runny nose and a sore throat. A bad bout of flu can be much worse than a heavy cold.…

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Flu vaccinations for the over 50s

From December 1, 2020, people aged 50 to 54 can get a free flu vaccination on the NHS.  Your GP surgery will contact you to book an appointment for it. If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination, you may get a phone call from the NHS Immunisation Management Service reminding you to have your jab. Please don't ignore…

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Plans for Coronavirus vaccinations

SSP Health is working with local health authorities to get ready for the delivery of COVID-19 vaccinations through GP practices. We don’t currently know when the Covid-19 vaccines will be available, but our GP practices are working with the NHS and local agencies to be ready from the start of December to give it to priority groups.  The Government has…

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