Welcome to Whittaker Lane Medical Centre
With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.
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Coronavirus - Do Not Attend The Surgery If,
Symptoms to look out for: Runny Nose, cough , Sore throat, Fever, difficulty breathing
Do not go to work, school or public areas Avoid visitors in your home and Avoid using public transport or taxis.
PLEASE SELF ISOLATE
Please follow this advice even if you do not have symptoms of the virus Visit NHS.UK for more information
We are offering Telephone Consultation's and these are available to book on line should you need further advice.
Due to the spread of Coronavirus we are no longer able to offer you a face to face appointment unless you share the reason for the appointment and have been triaged by a clinician first.
This is to ensure we minimize the risk of spreading the virus in the practice.
if you have an objection to sharing the reason for your appointment, you can ring the surgery for a telephone appointment to discuss with a doctor.
We hope to resume back to our normal booking service once the rick of Coronavirus exposure passes
If you need to order a prescription and normally do this at the surgery, PLEASE POST YOUR PRESCRIPTION REQUESTS THROUGH THE LETTERBOX
PLEASE NOTE - our doors will be closed from 12:30 PM -1:30 PM every day until further notice
Contact NHS 111 For advice
If you know you need to self isolate due to the current COVID19 outbreak and your employer has requested a note, please follow this link and NHS111 will provide the necessary certification. If the service is busy please keep trying.
HIGH RISK PATIENTS
We are receiving a number of queries with regards to what is considered high risk.
There are 2 phases to identify those of you who are at very high risk from Covid-19 and will need to follow a process called shielding which goes beyond social isolation and distancing. Shielding involves staying at home for 3 months with no direct contact with anyone unless absolutely necessary.
The first phase is being carried out centrally by the NHS and hospitals. Any patients identified as very high risk will receive a letter from these services giving advice on what measures should be taken and the support available.
The second phase will involve the practice identifying patients from our clinical system who fit the criteria for very high risk. This is currently being done with text messages, letters or telephone calls from the Doctors.
New volunteers to join efforts in Bury to support by registering with Bury VCFA
If you are interested in supporting Bury in looking after our vulnerable patients during these pressured times, please follow the link for further information on how you can help, https://www.buryvcfa.org.uk/volunteering/
Easter Bank Holiday Opening
We will be opening the surgery on Friday 10th April and Monday 13th April (core hours of 8.00 am - 6.30 pm) in support of Hospitals and Community Settings to ensure that no pressure is added on these services
This will be a skeleton service and the same rules apply for appointments and COVID-19 Guidance as stated above
DELIVERING MEDICINES TO PATIENTS
Pharmacies are receiving an increase in the
number of requests for delivery of medicines
due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please only
request delivery of medicines if you have no
other option. This will help to ensure that we
have the ability to deliver to those who are in need.
Could you ask any of the following people
to collect your medicines for you?
• Family member
• Local volunteers
Please note: Pharmacies will be open to dispense your prescriptions but please only order medication if it is necessary. Avoid ordering extra months of medication just to stockpile.
Dr Ruby Malik
Join us in wishing Dr Ruby Malik well as she jets off with her family for a 6 month sabbatical to Qatar.
We are sorry to announce that Dr Malik leaves us on the 20th November 2019 to go overseas with her family for 6 months. She will be greatly missed by all the staff and patients at the practice and we wish her every success and happiness during her time there.
We are very pleased to announce that Dr Rebecca Sheppard-Hickey has joined the practice and after training, will be taking over Dr Malik’s Family Planning commitments.
Healthy and Social Walks
Our newly appointed Patient Reference Group (PRG) Chair Person, Mr Allan Shalks has volunteered to organise Healthy and Social walks to get us all out an about and meet new people.
The walks will take approx 90 mins for a round trip, including a stop for a warm drink and rest if needed. They will occur once per month on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday (these days will be alternated on a monthly basis) the walks will start at 10.30 am from the surgery on the days specified and you can bring along as many of your friends with you whether or not they are a patient as everybody is welcome.
The Next walk is: Cancelled until further notice due to COVID-19!!
There is no such thing as bad weather ......just bad clothing !!! so get wrapped up and join us.
If this is something that your interested in please let the receptionists at the surgery know and we will ensure that you are on the contact list or keep checking the website and Facebook for further dates.
A GP surgery has become the first in Bury to attain an accreditation.
Whittaker Lane Medical Centre in Prestwich has been named the first 'Armed Forces veteran friendly' GP practice in Bury, prioritising the health, well being and treatment of veterans.
WLMC has a dedicated clinician with specialist knowledge of military-related health conditions and veteran-specific health services.
Queens Nurse, Debbie Fletcher, who has been with the practice for more than 15 years, undertook training and joined the Veteran Friendly scheme to secure the accreditation for the surgery.
Debbie has served as a RAF reserve and has a vested interest in veterans. By having a dedicated clinician, Veterans can be referred and/or directed to specialist services who have expert knowledge of specific Armed Forces related issues.
Extended Working Hours Service
The service runs 7 days and is available to all Patients registered with a GP Practice in Bury. This provides convenient access to Patients who find attending to see their GP/Nurse during regular working hours difficult and can be booked through their own Practice. (click the ‘opening hours’ tab for more information)Get Well, Keep Well
Of course we’re not just here for when you are unwell. Our team of healthcare professionals and back-up staff offer a number of clinics and services to promote good health and wellbeing whatever your medical condition.
How are you?
Below is a link to a quiz to help find the healthier you..
How Are You is for over 18s only and is only designed to point you in the right direction. It’s not a medical assessment – if you’re worried about your health you should speak to a health professional.
(Site updated 02/04/2020)