Welcome to Urban Village Medical Practice
Ancoats Primary Care Centre, Old Mill Street,
Manchester , M4 6EE
Tel: 0161 272 5656 Fax: 0161 272 5659
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We are a progressive and caring GP Practice providing a high quality range of primary care services for a diverse population, with a focus on inclusion and equality.
We were inspected by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) in June 2015 and we are pleased to announce we were rated Oustanding in each area. The full details can be seen below:
If you are eligible for a free flu jab, we have a number of appointments available to book online via Patient Access, or we have appointments available on a walk in basis Monday - Friday.
To check if you are eligible for a free Flu Vaccination please see the information from NHS UK below:
Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.
Flu can be unpleasant, but if you're otherwise healthy, it'll usually clear up on its own within a week.
But flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:
- anyone aged 65 and over
- pregnant women
- children and adults with an underlying health condition (such as long-term heart or respiratory disease)
- children and adults with weakened immune systems
Anyone in these risk groups is more likely to develop potentially serious complications of flu, such as pneumonia (a lung infection), so it's recommended that they have a flu vaccine every year to help protect them.
Who should get the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccine is routinely given on the NHS to:
- adults 65 and over
- people with certain medical conditions (including children in at-risk groups from 6 months of age)
- pregnant women
- children aged 2 and 3 on 31 August 2019
- children in primary school
- frontline health or social care workers
Which type of flu vaccine should I have?
There are several types of flu vaccine.
You'll be offered the one that's most effective for your age:
- children aged 2 to 17 in an eligible group are offered a live attenuated quadrivalent vaccine (LAIV), given as a nasal spray
- adults aged 18 to 64 who are either pregnant, or at increased risk from flu because of a long-term health condition, are offered a quadrivalent injected vaccine – the vaccine offered will have been grown either in eggs or cells (QIVe or QIVc), which are considered to be equally suitable
- adults aged 65 and over will be offered either an adjuvanted trivalent injected vaccine grown in eggs (aTIV) or a cell-grown quadrivalent injected vaccine (QIVc) – both vaccines are considered to be equally suitable.
If your child is aged between 6 months and 2 years old and is in a high-risk group for flu, they'll be offered an injected flu vaccine as the nasal spray is not licensed for children under 2.
Talk to a GP, practice nurse or pharmacist for more information about these vaccines.
Find out more about who should have the flu vaccine
People aged 65 and over and the flu vaccine
You're eligible for the flu vaccine this year (2019-20) if you'll be aged 65 or over on 31 March 2020. That is, you were born on or before 31 March 1955.
So if you're currently 64 but will be 65 on 31 March 2020, you do qualify.
It's important that you benefit from having the most effective vaccine.
For those aged 65 or over, this is either the adjuvanted trivalent vaccine or the cell-grown quadrivalent vaccine.
Where to get the flu vaccine
You can have your NHS flu vaccine at:
- your GP surgery
- a local pharmacy offering the service
- your midwifery service if they offer it for pregnant women
Some community pharmacies now offer flu vaccination to adults (but not children) at risk of flu, including pregnant women, people aged 65 and over, people with long-term health conditions and carers.
If you have your flu vaccine at a pharmacy, you do not have to inform a GP. It's up to the pharmacist to do that.
How effective is the flu vaccine?
Flu vaccine is the best protection we have against an unpredictable virus that can cause unpleasant illness in children and severe illness and death among at-risk groups, including older people, pregnant women and those with an underlying medical health condition.
Studies have shown that the flu vaccine will help prevent you getting the flu.
It will not stop all flu viruses and the level of protection may vary, so it's not a 100% guarantee that you'll be flu-free.
But if you do get flu after vaccination, it's likely to be milder and shorter-lived than it would otherwise have been.
There's also evidence to suggest that the flu vaccine can reduce your risk of having a stroke.
Over time, protection from the injected flu vaccine gradually decreases, and flu strains often change.
New flu vaccines are produced each year, which is why people advised to have the flu vaccine need it every year, too.
Find out more about how the flu vaccine works
Flu vaccine side effects
Serious side effects of the injected flu vaccine are very rare.
You may have a mild fever and aching muscles for a couple of days after having the vaccine, and your arm may be a bit sore where you were injected.
Side effects of the nasal spray vaccine may commonly include a runny or blocked nose, a headache, tiredness and some loss of appetite.
Find out more about the side effects of the flu vaccine
How safe is the flu vaccine?
The flu vaccines used in the national programme have a good safety record.
Flu vaccines that have been licensed recently in England have been thoroughly tested before they're made available, and have been used in other countries with a good safety record.
When to have a flu vaccine
The best time to have a flu vaccine is in the autumn, from the beginning of October to the end of November.
But do not worry if you have missed it, as you can have the vaccine later in winter. Ask a GP or pharmacist.
The flu vaccine for 2019-20
Each year, the viruses that are most likely to cause flu are identified in advance and the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends which type of flu virus strains to include in the vaccine.
Is there anyone who should not have the flu vaccine?
Most adults can have the injected flu vaccine, but you should avoid it if you have had a serious allergic reaction to a flu vaccine in the past.
Read more about who should not have the flu vaccine
You can find out more by reading the answers to the most common questions that people have about the flu vaccine.
Our Healthier Manchester
In the two years since the Manchester Locality Plan started and listening to patient and public feedback, we’ve been changing things to help it work:
We’ve changed how we plan, prioritise and buy health services.
Our hospitals have merged into one new organisation that’s improving services.
There’s now more care closer to people’s homes.
Our mental health services have gained strength by joining together into a single organisation.
The changes to our structures are only part of what’s needed; the key to a healthier Manchester and to reducing health inequalities is people – like you. We must all change the way we think and act about our own health, the health of those we love and care for, the health of our wider neighbourhood, and of the communities that make up our city.
Please take the time to give us your feedback. This will help us better understand how much you know about health and care services in Manchester and what actions we need to take in partnership with you, communities, neighbourhoods and the health and care system. You can read the full update on the Our Healthier Manchester website.
What is Patient Access?
With Patient Access, you can now access your local GP services at home, work or on the move - Wherever you can connect to the internet. Whats more, because Patient Access is a 24 hour online service you can do this in your own time, day or night.
- Book an appointment
- Order repeat prescriptions
- Change your address details
- View your medical record
On 30th May 18 Patient Access was updated. With the new update a patient can:
- Sign in using their email address (or user ID)
- Quickly recover and reset forgotten sign in details
- Allow a proxy user (parents, carers and other users) to access all or part of their account and act on their behalf (not yet enabled)
- Filter sections of their medical record by date
- Add or change their nominated pharmacy
- View past appointments, as well as upcoming appointments
- Manage their profile (contact and address details, password, available services) using the new view profile section
'Greater Manchester Cancer Champions share messages that help people to quit smoking, encourage friends, neighbours and colleagues to take up cancer screening invitations or go to their GP if they have symptoms they are worried about. They also receive feedback from people to help improve patients’ experience of their treatment.
More than 2,000 individuals have signed up to become Cancer Champions since the project was launched 12 months ago, while around 50 organisations have also given their backing'. (taken from Christies Press release Feb 2018)
Meet Debra Wardle, she is the UVMP Cancer champion..!
Did you know that Urban Village Medical Practice is a Dementia friendly GP Surgery?
See below for more details...
Become a dementia friend!
We are helping to work towards a Dementia Friendly Community and help improve the experience of patients and their carers.
There are over 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this figure is set to rise. 225,000 people develop dementia every year, roughly one person every three minutes.
We have provided some links below for anyone looking for more information or interested in becoming a dementia friend.
· Alzheimer’s Society “The dementia guide” (FREE comprehensive guide)
(Site updated 21/11/2019)