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Northgate Village Surgery Newsletter Northgate Village Surgery Fountains Health Delamere Street CHESTER CH1 4DS

Dr I R Minshall Dr R M Davies Dr R Banks Dr L Cooley Dr J Crasta

Telephone: 01244 564319 Fax: 01244 370762 [email protected]

Autumn Edition Welcome to the Northgate Village Surgery Newsletter.

Flu Season

Opening Hours

Winter is approaching, and with winter comes the threat of flu.

We are open from 8am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday. The Practice will be closed for staff training between 12.00pm – 5.00pm on the following days: Tuesday 22nd September Thursday 29th October Wednesday 25th November Tuesday 15th December The surgery will be closed on the following bank holidays: Friday 25th December Monday 28th December Friday 1st January On all other dates the surgery is open as normal.

All patients eligible for a free vaccination have been written to with an invitation to the flu clinics. If you have received a letter, please contact the surgery to be booked into one of the clinics listed below. You are eligible for a free vaccination if:

 You are aged 2-4, or 65 or over  You have a chronic disease, such as diabetes or heart disease  You are pregnant If you have not received a letter, but feel that you are eligible for a vaccination, please check with reception. Some pharmacies offer flu vaccinations for a fee, so if you are not eligible for a free vaccination at the surgery but you still wish to be vaccinated, you can have this done at a pharmacy. You do not need a prescription. All eligible 2-17 year olds will be offered a nasal flu spray instead of an injection. This includes healthy 2,3 and 4 year olds. If you are eligible for a free flu vaccination and you do not wish to have one, please let a member of staff know so you do not receive further invites this year.

Flu Clinic Dates: Please contact the surgery to be booked into one of following clinics.

Useful Telephone Numbers When the surgery is closed, the following services are available: Out of Hours: 01244 385300 NHS Direct is now NHS 111 In a life-threatening emergency ring 999

 Friday 2nd October

 Thursday 8th October

 Thursday 15th October

 Thursday 29th October

 Monday 5th October

 Friday 9th October

 Friday 16th October

 Friday 30th October

 Tuesday 6th October

 Wednesday 14th

 Thursday 22nd October

 Wednesday 7th October

October

 Friday 23rd October

Phlebotomy (Blood Tests) at the Countess of Chester Hospital The Countess of Chester Hospital has a drop in blood test service available Monday to Friday from 7.30am to 6.00pm (last test at 5.55pm). The Blood Test Room is located at Outpatients 3 at the hospital. On arrival you will be asked to take a numbered ticket and then you will be called in for your blood test in order of ticket number. To use this service you need to have a blood test request form issued from the surgery, and take this form with you to the hospital. If you do not bring a blood test request form with you, you will not be able to use this service. If you have lost your blood form, please contact reception and a form can be re-printed for you. Patients for fasting blood tests have priority between 7.30am and 10.00am. Patients on Warfarin are asked to attend between 7.30am and 1.00pm.

What’s Changed in the New Building? We have moved to Fountains Health on Delamere Street. The surgery is located on the first floor, which is accessible by stairs and lifts from street level and the car park. The car park beneath the surgery is Delamere Street Car Park, which is owned and operated by Cheshire West and Chester Council. The surgery acknowledges that there are new difficulties as a result of moving premises—namely the lack of signage in the car park, a parking charge, and