Heatherlands Medical Centre

New Hey Road, Woodchurch CH49 9DA
Tel: 0151 677 2172 Fax: 0151 678 1242

Every Mind Matters

On Wednesday 2 November 2022, Stress Awareness Day will be highlighting the ways that stress can affect people and what you can do to manage your stress before it becomes a problem. Millions around the UK experience stress and it is damaging to our health and wellbeing. Better Health – Every Mind Matters has a range of resources both printed and digital to help you share simple steps to tackle stress and improve mental wellbeing

At its heart is the free, NHS-approved Mind Plan, available on the Every Mind Matters website. By answering five short questions people get a personalised mental health action plan, providing practical tips to help them deal with stress and anxiety, boost their mood, sleep better and feel more in control. People can also join a 4-week email support programme where they can get reminders, swap in new tips and are encouraged to make looking after their mental wellbeing part of their everyday routine. For more information or to download the app, please visit the following link:-

Every Mind Matters – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Practice Closed for Training – 20th October 2022

The Practice will be closed between 1pm and 5:00pm on 20th October 2022 for Protected Learning. NHS 111 will be taking over care for our patients during this time. Please contact NHS 111 or in cases of emergency, please call 999.

We will re-open for Prescriptions and general enquiries at 5pm this afternoon.

Thank you

PPG Members Welcome Donations

Last night we invited our PPG members to discuss the community needs within Woodchurch and how, as a surgery we can support the needs of local families.

We are looking at organising a Christmas Event, more details to follow shortly.

Thank you to the Community Hub at Woodchurch for ongoing food donations which can be collected from the practice each week.

Step Challenge Winners!

The Practice Staff at Heatherlands Medical Centre decided to take part in this year’s step challenge organised by Fiona Hanik, Health Development Officer at Wirral Council. Our main reason for taking part was to have fun and enjoy a bit of friendly workplace competition whilst increasing our fitness and activity.  We entered 2 teams, the Pink Heather’s and the Blue Heather’s both consisting of a mix of GP’s, Nursing staff and Admin Staff. We had 2 WhatsApp Groups which allowed both teams to provide support and encouragement as well as for logging daily steps (or in my case, being told by my team to get more steps in before midnight!).

Both teams were thoroughly engaged throughout the whole competition.  Steps were being logged by staff even when they were on holiday, from as far away as New York!   

At times, Pink and Blue team were neck and neck which gave an added excitement within the surgery.  Team members would be marching or pacing round the practice in order to increase their steps, we found people randomly standing up in team meetings to get more steps in and offers to do the tea round definitely increased!

Even though we entered 2 teams into the competition, it was the practice staff overall who benefited from this challenge.  This reinforced workplace friendships and improved moral, fitness levels increased, and some members reported they lost weight.

Fiona has kindly offered to donate left over pedometers from the challenge to any patients who would like to increase their activity and improve their fitness.  To request a pedometer, please email [email protected]

Thank you to Fiona for arranging this event and well done to everyone who took part!  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did! 

All staff at Heatherlands

Travelling Abroad? Here’s all you need to know about Covid Passes

Covid Passes are not issued by your GP Practice. Instead, you need to apply in advance of travelling to NHS.UK

You can download your NHS COVID Pass, print it, have it sent to you in an email or show it on your smartphone if you have one.

To get your NHS COVID Pass online or through the NHS App, you’ll be asked to create an NHS login if you do not have one already.

You can also request an NHS COVID Pass online to be emailed to you without having to create an NHS login. You can request this for yourself, or a child ages 5 years and over if you are their parent or guardian.

If you are over the age of 13, you can apply by downloading the app and your pass will be sent to you directly. For children, an adult with parental responsibility will need to apply for an email pass which could take up to 7 days to arrive.

For further advice, please visit the website where you will find all the links to the app.

Get an NHS COVID Pass – NHS (www.nhs.uk)

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Her Majesty The Queen who dedicated her life to service. Our thoughts and condolences are with the Royal Family and all of those who are mourning her passing.

The Practice will be closed on Monday 19 September, the date of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s State Funeral.

We will re-open at 8:30am on Tuesday 20th September. For medical advice while we are closed, please contact NHS 111. In cases of emergency, please contact 999.

Suicide Prevention Week

Crisis support

Our new 24/7 mental health helpline is open to people of all ages who require urgent support and are residents of Cheshire West, Cheshire East and Wirral.

If your mental or emotional state quickly gets worse or deteriorates, this can be called a ‘mental health crisis’. In this situation, it is important to get help quickly.

Please call 0800 145 6485 and our dedicated local staff will support you to access the help you need. The phone line is free to call, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages – including children and young people.

It is operated by people in your local area who will know how best to support you. If you call NHS111 you may have to wait longer for help and will be re-directed to this local service – so call 0800 145 6485

You should still call 999 or go to A&E if you have an immediate, life-threatening emergency requiring mental or physical health assistance.

 Other forms of support;

  • Text the Young Minds Crisis Messenger, for free 24/7, by texting the words YM to 85258 
  • Call the Samaritans for free on 116 123 or email [email protected]
  • Download the ‘Stay Alive’ app to your mobile phone

The NHS harmless tool can help those supporting young people to assess possible risk and can be found at www.harmless.nhs.uk/assessment

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August Step Challenge – Week 2 and 3 results!

Week 2:

Blue Heathers: 464,030,

Pink Heathers: 334,578

Week 3:

Blue Heathers: 438,712

Pink Heathers: 342,693

Week 4: Results: Blue Heathers: 678,285 – TOTAL 2,130,078

Pink Heathers: 478,605 – TOTAL 1,484,039

Blue Heathers are the WINNERS! Well done to everyone for taking part

August Bank Holiday

The August Bank Holiday takes place on Monday 29 August. So as to avoid running low on your medication  over that weekend,  it is important that you remember to order your repeat script in plenty of time. It can take up to 72 hours to process so please make sure you put in your request by Monday 22 August. 

If you require medical assistance while the surgery is closed, please call NHS 111. In cases of Emergency, please contact 999.