These pages are not being updated at the moment due to major restructuring of Patient Participation Groups.  Normal service will be resumed as soon as possible.

Patient Newsletters

The practice has resumed the production of Patient Newsletters about four times a year. The PPG is consulted on their content and also produces some items of our own.

Newsletters will be posted on the NEWS page as soon as they are published where you will find the first two of the current series Issue 1 September 2018 and Issue 2 December 2018.

The latest Issue 2 December 2018 can also be downloaded HERE

Click the above link to download a pdf version to read on your computer.

Phlebotomy Services have changed since 1st August 2018

The Practice has been working collaboratively with Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust and 22 other GP practices from the Primary Care Wirral Federation to co-design and deliver a Phlebotomy Service that offers more appointments, more clinic locations, and more flexibility for patients.

Patients now have two choices

 1. Pre-bookable:

You can pre-book an appointment through Eastham Group Practice Reception across different days Monday to Friday (8am to 12pm) for any of the centres below.

Whetstone Lane Medical Centre                  Marine Lake Medical Centre

Spital Surgery                                               Greasby Health Centre

The Orchard Surgery                                   Somerville Medical Centre

Civic Medical Centre                                    Victoria Central Hospital

Eastham Group Practice                              St Georges Medical Centre

Sunlight Surgery                                           The Village Medical Centre

Commonfield Road Medical Centre             The Warrens Medical Centre

2. Walk-in:

Pop along to any of the Walk-in Clinics below Monday to Friday from 1pm to 5pm. No appointment is needed  you simply need to obtain a blood test order number from Eastham Group Practice and pop along to any of these clinics.  Arrive before 4.30pm, or earlier, otherwise there may already be people waiting for every remaining slot that day.

Eastham Clinic,  31 Eastham Rake, Birkenhead, Wirral CH62 9AN

St Catherine’s Health Centre,  Derby Road, Birkenhead, CH42 0LQ

Victoria Central Health Centre,  MillLane, Wallasey CH44 5UF

Dr Piggot to retire after 20 years at the Practice

Dr Pigott will be retiring in June 2018. Dr Pigott has been a GP Partner at the Practice for over 20 years and will be sadly missed by all.  The PPG wish Dr Pigott the best of luck in her future endeavours.

Please note that the Practice will no longer be able to offer dedicated Dermatology Clinics for the foreseeable future.

Latest update on GP and Nurse Practitioner provision

Dr Ken Morgan joined the practice as a GP Partner in September and will be available on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Dr Nazia Mohammed joined the practice in October and will be available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Dr Alison Hughes and Dr Jenny Taylor are currently on maternity leave and Dr Jonathon Minns replaces Dr Hughes.

There are currently two Nurse Practitioners Dawn Richards and Trish Macguire offering treatment and advice for acute “on the day” problems.  Nurse practitioners are qualified to diagnose illness, decide on treatment, and issue prescriptions. They usually see people with new illnesses and not normally people with on-going problems. Nurse practitioners treat minor illness/ailments, chest and respiratory infections, sickness and diarrhoea, sore throats, urinary tract infections, skin problems, muscle and joint pain, bites, hayfever, piles, ear pain, sinusitis, generally unwell adults and babies, abdominal pain and headaches.  You can book face to face or telephone consultations with a nurse practitioner – both on the day and pre-booked Monday to Friday.

Phlebotomy Service Redesign

Due to increased demand for their service the Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group and the Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust are currently redesigning the way bloods are taken in Practices that subscribe to their service.  Eastham Group Practice provides its own Phlebotomy Service and will not be affected by any changes to the service provided to other Practices by Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust.

However if the Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust fail to meet the standards of service, and costs, demanded by the Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group the contract with the Wirral Community NHS Foundation Trust will be cancelled. If this happens the Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group may retender for a phlebotomy service for the whole of Wirral again and our own arrangements may come to an end and will have to be included in any new negotiations.

 The PPG will be keeping an eye on developments

ADDITIONAL PPG MEMBERS SOUGHT

There is a natural turn around in membership of the Patient Participation Group and from time to time vacancies arise.  The PPG is currently overrepresented by patients of retirement age.  Members of the PPG are committed to representing all patients, not just their own views, but a wider age range would be beneficial to ensure all views and opinions are always recognised and given equal discussion.

The PPG would therefore like to recruit one or two new members to bring the benefit of a greater balance to the group.

If you can spare 90 minutes between 6.00pm and 7.30pm on the first Wednesday of every month and would like to know more please leave a reply below and we will contact you direct.