Heatherlands Medical Centre

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

Cervical Screening Evening 26th January 5pm – 7pm

We understand the idea of visiting your GP for your routine smear is not always something that’s top of a woman’s priority list for many reasons. This could be your first smear and you are unsure what to expect? For some women they worry about the procedure being painful and/or embarrassing and for others, you may not be able to attend at the times offered due to work commitments or childcare issues.

Staff at the practice have arranged a late afternoon/evening clinic to take place on Thursday 26th January between 5pm and 7pm. There will be 2 female nurses available and members of the support team to carry out smears for those who would like to attend or, for those women who would like a bit more information or support, we are here to help.

Please drop in ion the evening or give us a call prior to book in. We hope to see you.

For more information please visit. www.jostrust.org.uk

Christmas Opening

23rd December – Open for Emergencies only

26th December – Closed

27th December – Closed

28th December – Open

29th December – Open

30th December – Open for Emergencies only

2nd January – Closed

3rd January – Open

The last date to submit prescription requests is Wednesday 21st December. Prescriptions will be ready for collection on Friday morning before 2pm.

Heatherlands Pharmacy’s opening times are:-

Christmas Eve – 7:30am – 21:30pm

Christmas Day – 10am – 12:00 midday

Boxing Day – Closed

27th December – Closed

28th December – 6:30am – 22:30pm

New Year’s Eve – 7:30am – 21:30pm

New Year’s Day – 10am – 16:00pm

Mission Christmas 2022

Thank you to our PPG Members and The Lyons for providing presents and donations so that children of the local community and patients in our local nursing homes without family will receive a gift this Christmas.

BLS Training

All staff at Heatherlands have completed CPR Training. Well done everyone and thank you to Paramedic Mark for providing the training!

Christmas Hampers

Christmas Food Hampers ready for delivery thanks to food donations from Ganny’s Pantry

Group A Strep Information

Advice for parents and carers
Group A strep in children

There are lots of viruses that cause sore throats, coughs and colds to circulate, especially over winter. These usually get better without needing any special medical treatment or medicine.  However, children can occasionally develop a bacterial infection on top of a virus and that can make them more unwell.

One of these bacteria is called Group A Strep (GAS), it’s very common, is not new and can be treated, responding well to antibiotics.  It has been in the news over the last few days as it has been found in some children who have become very sick, very quickly. Fortunately, this is still very rare. 

Most children recover well after a mild illness.  Your child may be poorly for a few days but will usually recover well. Antibiotics may help them recover quicker, but they are not always needed.  There is more GAS around this winter than in recent years, causing a lot of children to be unwell. We think this is because there is much more mixing now and these bugs are new to many young children, so they are more likely to catch and spread them. 

Signs that suggest your child might have Strep throat are: 

  • Fever within the last 24 hours 
  • White spots at the back of their throat (pus on their tonsils) 
  • Very large or red tonsils 
  • Sore (tender) lumps under their chin 
  • If they have become poorly quickly over the past couple of days 
  • No cough or runny nose  

If you are concerned that your child might have these contact 111 or GP Surgery.  You can also find more information here http://www.nhs.uk

Antibiotics are not routinely recommended as a preventative treatment and should only be taken when recommended by your doctor.

If there are cases identified in a child’s class, any child showing symptoms should be assessed by their GP and will be prescribed antibiotics if needed. Children are not infectious after 24 hours on treatment and can return to school once they’re feeling well enough after this period.

Good hand and respiratory hygiene are also important for stopping the spread of many bugs. By teaching your child how to wash their hands properly with soap for 20 seconds, using a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes, and keeping away from others when feeling unwell, they will be able to reduce the risk of picking up, or spreading, infections. 

Keep unwell children off school or nursery and away from vulnerable adults and children. 

We know that when there are lots of viruses circulating, like flu. Reducing these viruses through vaccination can help protect against GAS outbreaks and is the best way to make sure they are protected from serious illnesses. 

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