Message to our patients – update on the COVID-19 booster programme - The NHS and its partners are working extremely hard to roll out the COVID-19 booster vaccination programme to our communities.  All adults are eligible from Monday 13 December, and you will be able to book via the National Booking System from Wednesday 15 December.  You can book your booster for 3 months from the date of second vaccine, and you can access the National Booking System to book the appointment from 2 months. The NHS are working at pace to increase the availability of appointments so that there are plenty of options for people on the National Booking System. New appointments are being added every day across our vaccination services. Further availability will come online from Wednesday 15 December.  You can also attend a local walk in clinic - click on this link to see the latest clinic venues and times.  

We will be working with all of our sites to take further steps to increase what they can offer again, including opening later and on more days.  All of these appointments will be added to the National Booking System and so we encourage everyone who is aged 18 and over, is yet to have their booster and who is approaching 3 months from your second vaccine to use the National Booking System to arrange your appointment when you are able to do so.  In terms of any planned appointments with the doctors, nurses and other clinical staff at the surgery, there are no changes at the current time and everyone should attend your planned appointments as normal. If we need to make any changes, we will contact you directly.


National & Local Coronavirus Updates

The latest news can be found on the website

You can also find guidance on the NHS111 website 

If you have Covid-19 symptoms, please visit the government website - - use the online service to book a test. GP practices do NOT have the ability to book or perform a test for you. If you are unable to use the online service, you can contact 119. Please do not contact the surgery to organise a Covid-19 test and do NOT attend the GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital.

If you have symptoms, you should stay at home, arrange a test and not go out until you have the results back. Everyone in your household should also stay at home until the test results come back. If your test is positive, you will be advised on how long you and your household members need to stay at home for.

If are unwell and you cannot manage your covid symptoms at home, please contact NHS 111.

COVID PASS MEDICAL EXEMPTIONS - there are only very limited medical reasons why a patient cannot have the covid vaccination and only these patients will be eligible for a medical exemption pass.  You MUST contact 119 to ask for an application form. You're GP practice does have access to the form. If you are eligible, the 119 service will send you a form. For more information - please go to

Why is my GP working differently - Bolton CCG

NHS Bolton CCG - Why is my practice working differently

Government COVID guidance for ALL healthcare settings

In line with current Government guidance, patients are STILL required to wear a face covering in ALL healthcare settings after 19th July. We also ask you to continue to social distance in the surgery.

If you have COVID symptoms, you must get a PCR test and you and your household must isolate until you receive your test result. If the test is positive, you will be advised by the NHS on next steps.

Thank you for your co-operation.

April 2021 - Message from the Bolton CCG regarding planned care in Secondary Care


“Back in November our hospitals in Greater Manchester took the difficult decision to cancel some planned operations to help deal with the increased number of cases of Covid 19.

In recent weeks the number of people in hospital with Covid has started to fall, as have numbers of cases in the community. Covid will be with us for some time, but we hope we are moving permanently away from the intense pressure the NHS has seen over the last year.

Not all of planned care has been delayed; some was able to continue throughout the Covid period or start again during recent months and hospitals have been in touch with many patients already about their treatment.

Our hospitals are now able to start catching up on the backlog of people waiting. Consultants will be looking at who has the greatest clinical need and who has waited the longest, and prioritising people against these two key principles as each service gets back up and running.

Some people may be asked to see a different consultant for their treatment, or have their procedures in a different hospital to the one they may have expected to have gone to, including private hospitals in the independent sector.

We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried, but you will be contacted as soon as possible over the coming months. Please continue to bear with us.

Thank you to our patients for their continued support and patience.”

Suspected COVID19 and important information to keep safe while isolating at home

Please see leaflet below

COVID19 Isolating at Home

Self-isolation FAQs

Bolton Council has produced an extensive FAQs which explain how to self-isolate, who needs to self-isolate and how long for.

They also include information on what to do if a child is asked to self-isolate by their school.

It would be helpful if practices could share the FAQs or the link to them on their websites.

Advice for parents during Coronavirus

Please click below for useful guidance from the Royal College of
Paediatrics and Child Health.

Parent Guide COVID19

When should I worry - guide for parents with children with coughs, colds, earaches and sore throats

When should I worry Booklet

Isolation Notes

You can get a note from 111 for your employer for the isolation period by visiting

Face Masks/Face Coverings

GPs are unfortunately NOT in a position to provide individual risk assessments or letters for patients who feel that they should be exempt from wearing a face mask.  Please see the below letter for more information.

Guidance note for patients requesting exemption letters

You can download an exemption card, you will need to use the card most appropriate to your circumstances.  If you are on regular medication for one of the exempted conditions, you could also consider having a copy of your repeat medication list with you from the right hand side of your prescriptions.

Patient Mask Exemption Card Own

For - public transport - some operators such as First Bus and Arriva have their own exception cards for which passengers can apply

First Bus -

Arriva -

Coronavirus Recovery

If you have experienced a coronavirus (covid-19) infection and are still experiencing persistent symptoms, you can now access help directly to aid your recovery and rehabilitation -

Manchester COVID19 Recovery Peer Support Group

COVID19 Peer Support Recovery Group

Domestic Abuse Support Guidance during COVID

Find out how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse.

Fort Alice Bolton

Keeping yourself and your family safe from Domestic Abuse

If you need advice or support, please ring 01204 356 677

You can also contact via or on live chat via

Fortalice safety advice poster

Call 111 when you need medical help fast but it’s not a 999 emergencyNHS ChoicesThis site is brought to you by My Surgery Website