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Covid vaccination update ( posted on Feb 18, 2021 )

Covid vaccine update - 18.2.21



Question – When will I get my vaccination?

The practices in Halton and Warrington are following the advice of the Joint Council for Vaccination and Immunisation (the JCVI) and are going in order of cohort.  We have vaccinated groups 1 – 5.  If you are over 65 years and have not yet been contacted by the practice please ring 0151 424 3101 and let us

know.  We are now moving on to group 6.


Question – I am housebound, when will I get my vaccination

Now we have the Astra Zeneca vaccination we can arrange appointments for housebound patients.   


Question – How do I know what cohort I am in? Who decides what cohort I am in?

Cohorts are decided by your medical records based on your age and your medical condition.


Question - Why are you postponing second doses?

The UK Chief Medical Officers agreed a longer timeframe between first and second doses so that more people can get their first dose quickly, and because the evidence shows that one dose still offers a high level of protection after two weeks – 89% for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine and 74% for the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. This decision will allow us to get the maximum benefit for the most people in the shortest possible time and will help save lives. Getting both doses remains important so we would urge people to return for it at the right time.


Question – I am an unpaid carer, why can’t I be vaccinated now (with my relative, because paid carers can …..)

Unpaid carers fall within cohort 6; this is in line with the Joint Council for Vaccination and Immunisation priority grouping advice.  Paid carers do fall within cohort 2 which is where some of the misunderstanding on the cohort allocation appears to be occurring.  Practices will have vaccinated all those in cohorts 1 to 4 by 14th February.  We are now vaccinating cohorts 5 and 6.  


Question – I have already had Covid/ I think I have had Covid/ I am suffering from ‘Long Covid’ - do I still need to get vaccinated?   

The advice from the JCVI is that if you are in a priority group you should still be vaccinated. The MHRA have looked at this and decided that getting vaccinated is just as important for those who have already had Covid-19 as it is for those who haven’t, including those who still have mild symptoms. Where people are suffering significant ongoing complications from Covid they should discuss whether or not to have a vaccine now with a clinician.   PATIENTS NEED TO HAVE 28 CLEAR DAYS AFTER A COVID TEST BEFORE THEY ARE VACCINATED


Question - Can I pick what vaccine I want? I don’t want the Pfizer vaccine etc. 

Unless you have an allergy to a particular vaccine you will be given the vaccine that the site is using on that particular day.  We don’t know what vaccine we are getting until it arrives.  Any vaccines that the NHS provide have been approved because they pass the MHRA’s tests on safety and efficacy, so please be assured that whatever vaccine you get, it is worth the while. 


Question – I don’t want to wait until it is my cohort so can I get one privately?  

No. Vaccinations are only available through the NHS and given in priority order.  Remember, the vaccine is free of charge.


- The NHS will never ask you for your bank account or card details.

- The NHS will never ask you for your PIN or banking password.

- The NHS will never arrive unannounced at your home to administer the vaccine.

- The NHS will never ask you to prove your identity by sending copies of personal documents such as your passport, driving licence, bills or pay slips. 


If you receive a call you believe to be fraudulent, hang up. If you believe you have been the victim of fraud or identity theft you should report this directly to Action Fraud on 0300 123 2040. Where the victim is vulnerable, and particularly if you are worried that someone has or might come to your house, report it to the Police online or by calling 101.



( posted on Feb 7, 2021 )

Invites via text message



Coronavirus vaccine update 6th February 2021


We are working through our most vulnerable patients to vaccinate these groups as soon as possible.  If you are aged 70 or over and have not yet had your vaccine invite then please contact the practice on

0151 424 3101.


If you are housebound,  our nurses will be visiting you to vaccinate on the next three Mondays in February.


For all other groups aged 69 and below we will be contacting you via text message.  The link below explains how you can book your appointment


Please click here:  https://fb.watch/3uBwHdeO1J/


You will be invited to have your vaccine at the DCBL stadium in Widnes, Lowerhouse Lane


When you receive the text just click on it and book a slot that is convenient for you.


Please do not contact the practice to book a slot as the telephones are very busy.


We will update  our patients with weekly updates via this website.


Thank you to all our patients, follow the rules and stay safe and well.




28.01.2021 - Covid Vaccination Programme Rollout (UPDATE)


The Beeches Medical Centre commenced the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine on the 16th December 2020 in collaboration with other practices within Widnes (Widnes PCN).


To date the practice has recalled or vaccinated all care home patients, patients aged 80 and patients aged 75-79.  If you are in any of these age groups and not had a vaccination or not had any contact from us, then please contact the practice as soon as possibe to make us aware of the situation.


At present, the practice is currently recalling all Group 4 patients. The cohort for Group 4 is patients aged 70-74 and any patient who is clinically extremely vulnerable.  This cohort is extremely large, so please be patient with us whilst we recall these patients.  Please do not contact the practice, we will contact you.


With regards to housebound patients, these patients will be vaccinated in early February, dependant on delivery of the Astra Zeneca Vaccination.


We will try and keep all patients up to date with the latest information.


Thank you.

Covid Vaccination Update ( posted on Jan 28, 2021 )

1.2.21 - Covid Vaccination Programme Rollout (UPDATE)


The Beeches Medical Centre commenced the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine on the 16th December 2020 in collaboration with other practices within Widnes (Widnes PCN).


To date the practice has recalled or vaccinated all care home patients, patients aged 80+ and patients aged 70 - 79.   If you are in any of these age groups and not had a vaccination or not had any contact from us, then please contact the practice as soon as possibe to make us aware of the situation.


Please note that all patients must attend the Widnes DCBL stadium for their vaccine.


With regards to housebound patients, these patients will be vaccinated in early February, dependant on delivery of the Astra Zeneca Vaccination.


We will try and keep all patients up to date with the latest information.


Thank you.

Covid Vaccination Programme Rollout ( posted on Jan 11, 2021 )

Following extensive trials, the first safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine has been approved in the UK and is now available to priority groups.


Vaccinations are being delivered according to priority groups identified by the Joint Committee of Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI). The vaccinations may not take place at your GP practice, but rather a local vaccination service (led by GPs, practice nurses and community pharmacists) who are responsible for delivering the vaccine to people in your community.


When it is the right time for you to receive your vaccination, you will receive an invitation to come forward. This may be via the phone, or through a letter either from ourselves or the national booking system.


We know lots of people will be eager to get protected but we are asking people not to contact us to get an appointment as you will not be able to get one until you are contacted.

COVID-19 Vaccine ( posted on Dec 4, 2020 )

04.12.2020 - Update on COVID-19 Vaccine


We are getting a lot of enquiries regarding the covid vaccine, please DO NOT telephone the surgery regarding the vaccine as this disrupts the flow of urgent telephone calls.


Information to patients regarding Covid vaccine:


Who will get the Covid vaccine first?

The exact order in which a Covid vaccine will be distributed is yet to be confirmed, and will depend on which vaccines will be available, subject to them passing regulatory checks.

However, interim guidance published by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation says that care home residents and staff will be the first priority, followed by the over 80s and health and social care workers.


The vaccine will then be made available to people in 5-year age bands, from the over 75s to over 50s, with the oldest as the highest priority.

Phlebotomy service at The Beeches has been suspended ( posted on Oct 29, 2020 )


The in-house phlebotomy service at The Beeches Medical Centre has been temporarily suspended due to circumstances beyond our control.  This service is provided by Whiston hospital and they have had to withdraw this service due to staff sickness during the Covid crisis.


Where can patients have their bloods done now?


Whiston Hospital  - Monday - Friday 8am - 16.45  -  no appointment necessary -       tel 426 1600


St Helens hospital  - Wednesday Thursday Friday  - 8am - 17.00 no appointment necessary - tel 01744 646 080


Highfield - Highfield Road Widnes  - 8am - 11am - No appointment necessary (go to rear car park,  phlebotomy service will be signposted)

Dr Nugent is now called Dr McKuhen ( posted on Oct 21, 2020 )



Dr Nugent has married and will be using his new name Dr McKuhen

FLU VACCINATIONS ( posted on Sep 3, 2020 )

Flu vaccination appointments are now available to book on line using Patient Access and by telephone.


Flu vaccination clinics will commence  Monday 28.9.20


Please come alone to your appointment and wearing a face covering.


Eligible groups for vaccine are:-

  1. Patients 65 years and over
  2. Patients 6 months to 65 years in clinical at risk groups
  3. Carers
  4. Pregnant women
  5. Close contacts of immunocompromised individuals

Please do not make an appointment if you are in the 50 to 64 year old age group with no underlying conditions.  Vaccines may be available for this cohort of patients depending on flu vaccine availability and further guidelines.


Nasal flu vaccines will also be available for children age 2- 3  years of age by 31.8.20


Please stick to your appointment time as waiting capacity is limited to 10 patients only.


Please do not ask the practice nurse for any other procedure as time is limited to 7 minute slots.


Thank you for your co-operation during the Covid Pandemic period.

Patient masks when visiting surgery ( posted on Jun 12, 2020 )


From Monday 15. 6. 2020 government guidelines state that patients need to wear a face covering or mask when visiting their surgery.


Patients who cannot tolerate a face covering e.g. asthma or those with a respiratory condition will be exempt from wearing a face covering.


When coming in to the surgery for any reason, or for an appointment, please ensure that you are wearing a face covering.  Masks will not be provided by the practice.


Thank you for your co-operation during the Covid pandemic.


During the Coronavirus Pandemic, please see all the latest practices updates regarding services and advice etc. in our dedicated Coronavirus webpage.


Please click on the link in the left hand menu for the latest information.

Patient care during the Coronavirus pandemic ( posted on May 6, 2020 )


During the coronavirus we will be triaging all patients.  This will mean that patients will be asked questions by the reception staff as first point of contact.  The patient will then be placed on a triage list and a doctor will then ring the patient back at an appointmented time, so that the patient will know when the doctor will ring to discuss the different options for the patient.


During the pandemic the practice nurses are working normally and in much the same way as the doctors via triage.


If you need to be seen by a nurse, a doctor or nurse practitioner during this pandemic then please contact reception on:-

0151 424 3101

a receptionist will be pleased to help direct you to the care that you need


Covid-19 - Corona virus ( posted on Mar 2, 2020 )


If you have symptoms of either a high temperature or a new, continuous cough then please DO NOT visit the GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital, even if you have a planned appointment

We have received advice that patients must stay at home and self-isolate for 14 days.  The isolation period now covers all household members. Please follow this link for further advice https://111.nhs.uk or if you have no internet access please call 111 for further guidance and advice.

Prescription requests no longer accepted via email or telephone ( posted on Jan 9, 2020 )

We no longer take prescription requests via email from patients.


Q. How do I get my medication?

A.  Register for Patient access


Please register for patient access by following the following link https://www.patientaccess.com/  Alternatively you can come in to the practice and one of our reception staff will help you to register.  You will find this a much more convenient prescription request service once you register, as your prescription will be sent electronically to your nominated pharmacy,  where you can then collect your requested medication.


If you do not want to register for Patient access then you can request your prescription on the practice website on a prescription request form by following the link below  https://thebeechesmedicalcentrewidnes.secure-gpsite.nhs.uk/repeats,67744.htm


Q.  How else can I get my prescription?

A.  Post your repeat re-order slip to:-   Prescription request, The Beeches Medical Centre, 20 Ditchfield Road, Widnes, WA8 8QS

Or pop it in the post box on the wall in reception – Monday – Friday  - 8am – 6.30pm


Please note that we do not take telephone prescription requests.  Please allow 2 working days for your prescription to be processed. 


Thank you for your support

Online Asthma Review Questionnaire ( posted on Nov 20, 2019 )

Suffer from Asthma?


Then please participate in our Online Asthma Review Questionnaire.  The purpose of this questionnaire is to check if you asthma is well controlled.


The questionnaire can be found in the left hand side menu bar or alternatively, click HERE

Update your medical records online ( posted on Nov 20, 2019 )



You can now update your medical records online. This can be found in the left hand side menu bar on our website.

Cervical Screening - Smear test ( posted on Jul 31, 2019 )


Cervical Smear test



Please make an appointment with our practice nurse if you are overdue your smear test.


You can also have a smear test at Widnes HCRC Sexual Health Clinic on:-


Monday - Thursday -  5.30pm - 7.30pm


Saturday - 12.30pm - 2.30pm


These are convenient appointment times for for working mums or those who have children to look after during the day.


Whilst no appointment is necessary it is best to call first to check that there is a nurse available that day.

telephone no 0151 495 5106


Bowel screening ( posted on Apr 30, 2019 )


If you receive a bowel screening kit then please return it as it could save your life!!!!


If you are over 60 years of age and have had a bowel screening kit but have failed to return it or mislaid it then please contact  the Bowel Sscreening Helpline  on 0800 707 6060 and request another kit to be sent to you.

NHS 111 ( posted on Apr 30, 2019 )


If you need medical attention when the practice is closed please ring 111 or follow this link by clicking here for information on the correct service to contact.


GP EXTRA ( posted on Feb 28, 2018 )


If you need to be seen by a doctor when we are closed at weekends you can be seen by a doctor at GP Extra at Widnes HCRC.


The number to make an appointment is 0151 495 5479


Please note that this number is only available on Saturday and Sunday between 9am - 3.15pm

Changes in repeat prescription ordering from November 2017 ( posted on Jun 5, 2017 )

Sign up to on line access today and order your own repeat prescriptions and book an appointment on line. 

Prior Notification for Patients

Your pharmacist will no longer be able to order a prescription on your behalf from November 2017

Currently patients have access to the Repeat prescribing System from their local pharmacies, this involves the pharmacy of choice ordering the monthly medications for the patient.


As from November 2017 this service will cease. Patients who use this service are now encouraged to order their own medications. They can still have the prescription sent electronically to the pharmacy.


Letters will be sent out out on 1.10.17 on our behalf from Medicines Management explaining the process to patients.  


Any patients who are unable to order their own medications for any reason or do not have someone who can do it for them will be managed by the surgery.


These changes will not affect patients who have blister packs.



Why not order your own prescriptions on line?


A receptionist will be pleased to help you register for this service.  You have no need to collect the prescription as it can be sent electronically to your nominated pharmcacy and they can still deliver as before.


For further information please visit patient.info/patientaccess

( posted on Apr 27, 2017 )

A New Musculoskeletal service has been launched on 3rd April 2017.  Patients no longer need to visit a GP to be referred. 


Patients can book a 10 minute slot by ringing 0151 495 5472 to discuss their symptoms .  A physiotherapy practitioner can then give patients options on the best way forward.

Patient Access to view medical record ( posted on Nov 17, 2016 )

From 31st March 2016 you can view you medical record on line in addition to ordering your repeat prescriptions and booking appointments on line.


If you would like this service then please bring two forms of identification to the practice e.g. passport or driver's licence and a utility bill confirming your address.  We will be happy to set this up for you.

Evening and weekend routine appointments!!!!!! ( posted on Dec 2, 2015 )

Evening and weekend appointments


You can now book an evening or weekend routine appointment at the Beeches Medical Centre to be seen at Widnes HCRC.  The new system is known as "GPEXTRA".


Times that patients can have appointments are:-    Monday to Friday - 6.30pm - 9pm

                                                                                 Saturday 9.30am - 12.00 and 12.30  - 3.30pm

                                                                                 Sunday   9.30am  - 12.00 and 12.30 - 3.30pm


If you cannot keep your appointment then you will need to cancel it by contacting

HCRC on 0151 495 5000, not the practice as we do not have the facility to cancel appointments


We hope this will be beneficial for patients who cannot be seen during the day in the week, perhaps due to work or carer responsibilities.


If you want to use this service please contact one of our receptionists on 0151 424 3101 to make an appointment.


Patients can now cancel an appointment by TEXT message ( posted on Nov 26, 2015 )

We have a new TEXT messaging service whereby we can remind patients of their appointments and if no longer needed the patient can cancel by texting back  CANCEL  to us.


We can also send patients a TEXT reminder for a review or flu vaccination.


If we need to cancel your appointment we can also inform you by TEXT.


Texting relies on the practice having an up to date mobile telephone number.  We would be grateful if you could let a receptionist know if you change your mobile number.


If you would like to OPT-OUT of this service then please let us know by contacting the practice on 0151 424 3101 or by emailing   Beechesmc@haltongp.nhs.uk


BREAST SCREENING ( posted on Nov 5, 2015 )

Breast screening  


If you have missed your breast screening appointment then please contact the Breast screening service on 01925 275500 for information on how to obtain another appointment.


Self Referral for Patients ( posted on Jul 2, 2015 )

You can self refer for various services without seeing your GP



Anxiety and Depression

IAPT St John's Unit , Alforde Street, Widnes, WA8 7QA

Tel: 0151 292 6954

Provides help and support for adults 18+ experiencing common mental health problems such as anxiety and depression.


Please visit https://www.nwbh.nhs.uk/think-wellbeing-halton and use the online self-referral form.


Ear syringing  - ring 0800 953 0960 for an appointment

You can be seen at clinics across Widnes

HCRC, Beaconsfield, Chapelfields


or Runcorn

St Pauls, Murdishaw, Hallwood


Physio - Please click here to download a self referral form 

Text messaging appointment reminders ( posted on Feb 7, 2013 )

We have a facility for our patients to send text messaging 48 hours before their booked appointments as a reminder.  All registered patients will be enabled for this service as a default setting, providing we have an up to date mobile number on the patient record.


If you need to update your mobile number then please email Beechesmc@haltongp.nhs.uk with your updated mobile number or you can use the "update your records" tab on the home page and complete the update form.


If you do not wish to be reminded of your appointment and wish to opt out of this service then please email the practice manager using the email address as above, or telephone the surgery or alternatively inform a receptionist when booking your appointment.

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