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Don’t forget to order your repeat prescriptions to cover the holiday season!

Please remember to order your repeat prescriptions in time to make sure you have enough medication to cover you over the Christmas and New Year period.

Repeat prescriptions will need to be in by Monday 19th December to ensure we can get it ready in time.

Your GP Practice will be closed on Monday 26th December, Tuesday 27th December and Monday 2nd January 2023.

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Happy Hearts – Together we can reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke during Covid-19

Health services, local authorities, charities and other partners across Cheshire and Merseyside are working together to prevent heart attacks and strokes.

The Cheshire and Merseyside Happy Hearts website is aimed at helping you to reduce your risk of stroke and heart attack by giving you lots of information and tips on keeping your heart happy. The website shares local, practical information on:

  • how to live healthily and stay well
  • conditions that increase the chances of having a heart attack or stroke, such as
    • atrial fibrillation
    • high blood pressure
    • high cholesterol
  • how and where you can get your numbers checked
  • how you can help to manage and control these conditions to lower your CVD risk

Visit the Cheshire and Merseyside Happy Hearts website to find out more.

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Helpline to enquire about surgery wait times

Did you know Mid Cheshire has a helpline for patients and GPs to enquire about waiting times for surgery, hospital consultation or treatment? 

The call centre can be contacted on 01270 826400 between 8.30am and 4.30pm, Monday-Friday. 

By contacting the call centre, GPs and patients are able to receive updated information about the approximate waiting times for hospital consultation, treatment or surgery, and are also able to request expedite of surgery and appointments due to worsening symptoms.

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Serious Shortage Protocol for HRT gels

The NHSBSA have released new Serious Shortage Protocols (SSPs) for HRT products.

The SSPs apply to Oestrogel pump gel, Sandrena 0.5mg and 1mg gel sachets and Lenzetto spray.

Pharmacies are now allowed to switch patients to patches if they are unable to obtain a supply of the gels.

Pharmacies are also allowed to restrict the quantities to 3 months’ supply without contacting the prescriber.

Local pharmacies have been contacted to ensure they are aware of the SSPs.

Please note that you do not need to contact your GP, your Pharmacist will be able to look into this for you.