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HOSPITAL SERVICES UPDATE: Please find the below from Greater Manchester Health & Social Care Partnership in relation to non-urgent surgery and hospital appointments:
Hospitals in Greater Manchester are starting to resume non-urgent surgery and appointments.
If your appointment or surgery was recently postponed, please wait to hear from the hospital when they are able to reschedule you. There is no need to contact the hospital or your GP practice for this information.
At the beginning of January, the difficult decision was made to pause non-urgent surgery and appointments due to the impact of COVID-19 and the associated staff absence levels.
Although services remain busy, the situation has improved to the point where hospitals can start to resume non-urgent surgery.
Hospitals will initially start with day case surgery, which is where patients don’t need an overnight stay in hospital after their procedure. As the situation continues to improve over the coming weeks other types of surgery will resume as soon as they are able to.
The hospital team will contact patients directly when they can offer a new date for the appointment or surgery.
We appreciate how disappointing this will have been for patients affected by this over the past few weeks, especially for those who had already waited some time. Our local hospitals are working hard to resume services as quickly as possible so please bear with them.
In the meantime, patients waiting can visit the Greater Manchester While You Wait website (whileyouwait.org.uk) which has some information and advice on how to manage physical and mental wellbeing during this time.
COVID BOOSTER PROGRAMME
Thank you for your patience with staff as they navigate this difficult time for all NHS Services.
COVID first dose and booster vaccination clinics are also being run by the central NHS booking service. If it has been 3 months since your second vaccination, or you have a queries around your vaccination, please book online by the following link: WWW.NHS.UK Covid booking or call 119 to book your appointment.
A massive thank you to all the staff an volunteers who are making these clinics possible.
CHANGE TO FIT NOTE SYSTEM
Due to the additional pressure on GP services at this time, please note that legal guidance in relation to fit notes has changed. Patients whose sick leave started after 10th December 2021 can now self-certify their own absence with an SSP form for up to 28 days without needing a note signed by a GP. You can also apply for a covid-isolation note at https://111.nhs.uk/isolation-note/ if you absence is due to being required to self isolate due to Covid-19. Further information is available at www.gov.uk/taking-sick-leave
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