Autumn / Winter 21-22 Flu Vaccination and Corona Virus Booster Dose Vaccination Update 27.9.21

We start this Saturday 2nd October vaccinating booster doses to our older and vulnerable patients here at High Lane Medical Centre - these will be given at the same time as yearly ‘flu jabs depending upon availability

​There will need to be a 6 month gap after your second Corona Virus Vaccination before you can have a booster dose

​Clinics will be on the next three Saturdays throughout October

​​Please wear a face mask when you attend and come with only one attendant if you need one and try to maintain a 2 metre social distance

​Parking If you are frail or disabled please use our car park otherwise If you live nearby please come on foot as the car park is likely to be busy otherwise please park on Alderdale Drive which is the first turn on the right towards Disley

All booster doses of the Corona Virus vaccination will be Pfizer so you will have to wait either in our waiting room if you are on your own or your car if you are accompanied for 15 minutes after vaccination until it’s safe to go

​If the appointment you have been given doesn’t suit please email so that we can book you in at a more suitable time

​Remember “Hands Face Space”

​Have a safe Autumn and Winter and thank you for using our services!

National Data Sharing
There is an information giving Webinar on Tuesday 22nd June 2021 at 18.30 hrs about this important subject - please click on the link
7th March Update


Following on from today's announcement that 56-59 year old's are now invited for a Corona Virus Vaccination the Government have not supplied us as a GP practice with enough vaccines to be able to offer vaccination to this age group until next week (beginning 15th March 2021)


If you are offered a vaccination date at a Mass Vaccination Centre beyond 15th March we suggest you  check here on or after16th March as we may be able to offer you one sooner

We ask that you do not contact us about vaccination appointments at this time unless you are in priority groups 1-5. You can see the latest guidance for each group on the Stockport Clinical Commissioning Group Covid-19 Vaccination Programme Information webpage

Latest News 28th February


Just a line to let you know how we are deploying Corona Virus Vaccines

Presently we are vaccinating those aged 16 to 63 years of age with specified additional risk factors in a decreasing age order 

If you are 40 or over with specified additional risk factor(s) you should already have been invited to one of our clinics in Hazel Grove Baptist Church

We will resume vaccinating those without risk factors on an age related basis from at he age of 62 downwards as soon as vaccine supplies allow

If you are a main carer you do qualify but we do need you to follow a procedure - please click on this link


To summarise this is where we are up to 

  1. residents in a care home for older adults and their carers Completed

  2. all those 80 years of age and over and frontline health and social care workers Completed

  3. all those 75 years of age and over Completed

  4. all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals Completed

  5. all those 65 years of age and over Completed

  6. all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality 55 yoa -64 yoa Completed 40 yoa to 54 yoa pending

  7. all those 60 years of age and over 63 - 64 yoa Completed - will be resumed when cohort 6 completed

  8. all those 55 years of age and over

  9. all those 50 years of age and over

If you have not had your vaccine and you think you qualify please get in touch by email and we will either invite you to the next available clinic of explain where you are in the queue for vaccination

Unfortunately it is impossible to predict when vaccines will become available as there is a national demand which is beyond our control - we thank you for your patience at this difficult time

 Vaccine Update Saturday 30th January
A big thank you to all whom have supported our vaccination vaccination programme - both patients and staff! We have now administered thousands of vaccines and are continuing to make good progress As of today we have vaccinated nearly all of our patients over the age of 75 so if you or a relative is a patient of ours please get in touch so that we can vaccinate you as soon as possible

The next group to invite are those aged 70 to 74 and that is imminent - the likely start dates are Thursday 4th February or Saturday 6th February If you have a mobile telephone we will message you with a date so you can book a time If you don't have a mobile we will email you or write a letter or phone on your landline

Following the 70-74 year olds we will be sending for patients who have been shielding during Covid and then patients aged below until we get down to 50 year olds

If you are under 50 and have any of the conditions detailed below we will be contacting you too when the supply situation allows

Some patients have had letters inviting them to mass vaccination centres - these letters are causing confusion because they don't refer to GP Services They are often in far off venues which are difficult to get to especially at this time of year - we encourage you to use our service which is in Hazel Grove and in some cases High Lane where you are likely to meet staff you know and we have direct access to  your medical history 

Second vaccines will be at the same site as your first vaccine Our service will provide the second vaccine 12 weeks (or sooner!) after the first vaccine

Once again thank you for supporting our vaccination programme and await our getting back in contact with you

Covid vaccination begins Saturday 16th January!


Today was our first day giving our over 80’s their first Corona Virus Vaccination – a big thank you to all of the staff involved and a big thank you to all our patients who attended and especially those who got them there!

This event happened at the Baptist Church in Hazel Grove and will continue there for the foreseeable future

At the same time we have vaccinated our care home residents and will soon be able to offer vaccination at our own surgery and in patient’s homes including Abbeyfield

If you are ambulant and haven’t heard from us and are over 80 years of age please get in touch with us and we will book you into the next available slot

By the end of this week we should have finished vaccinating our over 80’s ambulant patient population and will then be booking in patients aged 75 to 79 years of age

You will hear from us in due course if you are aged over 50 – those younger will likely be offered the vaccine in the future Those under 50 with significant health problems such as learning disabilities, cardiac conditions, stroke, diabetes, asthma, COPD, kidney disease, liver disease, serious blood disorders, rheumatoid arthritis  those grossly obese or those suffering from degenerative neurological conditions including dementia - in fact anyone who would normally qualify for the annual ‘flu vaccine will be eligible and will be sent for

Please be patient and wait to hear from us - we will contact everyone on an age descending basis apart from those with learning disabilities and one or two rare conditions who will be prioritized

We are often asked which vaccine is available and the answer is we simply won’t know until after the invitations have gone out Both Pfizer and the Asta-Zeneca (Oxford) vaccines are equally effective

The second vaccine will be 10-12 weeks after the first and you will be notified when that supply of stocks becomes available

If you have any questions please try not to phone the surgery - as you might expect we are going through a very busy period - please instead look up the Government Advise Website for further advise

Covid Vaccination Information Leaflet 

flu vaccinations autumn/ winter 20/21


due to corona virus this year’s deployment of ‘flu vaccinations will necessarily be different - we will be offering the same service as in previous years but deployed in an appropriately different way


please bear with us during these clinics as this is our first ‘flu campaign after the presence of covid 19 and we apologize in advance for any shortcomings in the delivery of this service


PLEASE don’t be impatient particularly with our staff whom will be doing their best to get you through our system as safely, quickly, and efficiently as possible


please don’t come early or late and only bring someone with you if that is essential or if they have been invited to have a vaccination with us as well


if you need to you can rearrange your ‘flu vaccination appointment please don’t “just turn up” at one of our other clinics – it’s best to phone us after 2.00pm to rearrange


-           normal face covering rules will apply so please wear a mask or other face covering

-           please observe the 1 metre plus distancing rule

-           wear as few layers of clothing as you can so it doesn’t take long to expose an arm for your vaccination

-           there will be little seating (unless in an emergency) – if you can’t stand for lengthy periods please let us know so that we can book you in for an alternative session which will be either a car park vaccination or one at home according to need

-           there will be a “one-way” traffic system through the building – please come in via the main entrance and expect to leave by the side door, with steps, or the back door via a ramp


finally, with respect to the near future there are high hopes of a corona virus vaccination becoming available to the general public. if and when it does it is highly likely that that will be delivered to our patients in exactly the same way as this season’s ‘flu vaccination


we expect supplies at the beginning will be limited so we will prioritize the distribution of these according to guidance from public health england which will be distributed at the time of distribution of the new vaccine

we encourage all of our patients whom are invited for a ‘flu vaccination to take up the offer as it is likely with short supplies those who do will have some priority over those who don’t


get vaccinated, keep safe, and save the nhs!

breaking news about corona virus covid19

friday 3rd April patient advice - covid 19 pandemic


we understand that it is a difficult time for everyone, as we adjust to different ways of working


to help us help you we would be grateful if you follow the advice and guidance below before ringing or emailing the practice:


all appointments will be via telephone, or video, with face-to-face appointments only when absolutely necessary this is to protect you and us from unnecessary risk by attending the practice


we will make sure you get the medication you need but :-

we can’t easily issue prescriptions early or give you more “just in case” - pharmacies are struggling with staffing and demand, and are working as fast as they can please be patient if you need to wait longer than normal.


if you have asthma we can’t easily give you an inhaler because you had one “a few years ago”, lots of people need these inhalers and if you get one ‘just in case’ others might not be able to get one that they really need


to help issue your prescriptions as quickly as possible we ask patients to enrol for on-line services or use the nhs app  


if you have been told to self-isolate because of corona virus, and you need a note for your employer, you can complete an on-line isolation note.


to find out whether you should or shouldn’t self-isolate please follow government guidance the government has written to some patients whom are “clinically extremely vulnerable”  to advise self-isolation for 12 weeks If you haven’t received a letter but think you are “clinically extremely vulnerable” and should self-isolate check self-register on the government website


stay safe                     stay at home                       save the nhs                        save lives

monday 23rd march


following a government  announcement this evening of a “lock-down” together with a diminishing number of staff capable of work we are restricting medical services for most problems to telephone and internet services only

from 8.00am tuesday 24th march our premises will be restricted  to urgencies only – we will however do our best to advise patients how to access healthcare and get prescriptions and sick notes remotely

please don’t come to the surgery without contacting us first we will get back to you but this may not be the same day we will priorities our work according to need – particularly we are keen to see that the newborn are protected against preventable illness so it is a priority to see that our children receive their vaccinations and receive them on time

lots of problems can be managed remotely so we will continue to triage calls to help you manage as many problems as we can. Lots of problems are self-limiting however if your symptoms  aren’t taking a course as expected do seek advise

if you develop symptoms which may be coronavirus infection there is a new service set up by mastercall which you can access through our services or nhs 111 so if you have a high temperature new cough headache chills and a loss of taste or smell you should contact nhs 111 or phone us for referral onto the appropriate services

we hope that this emergency situation is short lived and we ask for your patience in adversity

finally please be considerate to our reception staff whom are, as always, are doing their best to help you

friday 13th march 2020



as the corona virus pandemic is spreading rapidly across the uk and we are starting with cases in stockport, high lane medical centre, as a practice has met and agreed how we need to respond in the best interests of our patients.


we have decided that we need to work differently to protect the most vulnerable of our patients i.e. the elderly (over 70 years of age ) and those with significant long term conditions such as Heart disease, lung disease , diabetes, and those with reduced immunity


temporarily from monday 16th march we will no longer be offering open untriaged appointments to see a doctor or a nurse instead we will be operating a triage system whereby all patients seeking medical advice will be asked questions to determine how they can be best assisted with a view to bringing the fewest number of patients to the medical centre. at this stage we don’t  want to discourage any patients from using our services be it an urgent matter or something long standing  instead we will try and manage patient differently ,where we can, without coming for face to face consultations

to broaden the means of consultation we are happy to receive e-mail, also, we are about to introduce  video consultations via smart phone technology if that is mutually considered to be better than telephoning


as a patient you can expect a receptionist to take some details about the nature of your problem and if it  you need  it a doctor or nurse will phone you back to assist

those with likely viral infections should try and manage their symptoms at home preferably in isolation for seven days  – if symptoms don’t take the expected course advise can be found on the nhs 111 website  which should be the first point of contact for advise specific to viral infections


those with respiratory infections whom we agree to see at the medical centre will be asked to stay in their cars when they arrive in our car park and will need to phone reception on a dedicated number to announce their arrival – when a clinician is ready he or she will escort you into the building


as the pandemic spreads we may have to restrict our care to urgent matters only but that very much depends on workload and our ability to maintain staffing levels – as this is unpredictable at this stage we will post on here any change in our advice as the pandemic evolves


we thank you for your support and understanding at this mutually difficult time


Further advise about corona virus is found at

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dr bob mathewson dr jon evans  dr sarah ruck dr david williams dr sarah davies dr noshaba ahmed and dr rebecca hollingworth welcome you to  high lane medical centre website. high lane medical centre is situated in purpose built premises, in the centre of high lane, stockport, south manchester. we are committed to offering comprehensive primary healthcare services to all of our patients. please explore this site by clicking the buttons at the top and by clicking on red text. come back soon to find out our news.RichText.

corona virus covid19

if you are unwell and you think you may be suffering from corona virus it is very important that do not come into the medical centre but follow the advise published on public health england website or telephone nhs direct on 111 for up to date advise that advise is likely to change frequently so bookmark that page and check regularly

emergency care

you are entitled to phone 999 if you have a life threatening incident otherwise you should phone the medical centre otherwise you should phone 111 NHS helpline and they will advise you how to manage your problem

urgent care

if your problem is of a less serious nature you can phone 111 for advise or the medical centre both of whom will be able to advise you how you can be helped - that might include making an appointment in the medical centre rather than going to A&E

accountable gp

all patients now need to have a named GP - by default anyone who does not already have a named GP are allocated to Dr Mathewson - if you wish you can cange your allocated GP at any time to any doctor who regulary works in the medical centre by asking at reception or contacting the practice manager paula davies


if you require a chaparone during a consultation or an examination with either a doctor or a nurse you may bring a freind or a relative with you - if you would like an extra member of our staff to be present please ask - if we cannot provide someone straight away we will arrange a further appointment with you at a mutually convenient time

childrens access

if your child is ill and under 5 years of age we have a policy of seeing your child the same day - please phone as early in the day as possible if you think you might want to use this service - please use this service responsibly

a new virtual pateint particpation group is being formed on facebook to read about and to participate if youwould like to please click on the following link high lane medical centre

travel clinic

we have a practice based travel clinic which caters for many immunisation needs including diphtheria, tetanus, polio, hepatitis a, hepatitis b, typhoid and malaria prophylaxis - if you require yellow fever, rabies, japanese encephalitis, or pneumococcal b "total travel" private travel clinic whom operate from the same building will be able to assist you

NHS england have decided that by default your gp record will be available to any healt care provider you may be in contact with - you can opt out ot the information sharing but you need to sign an opt out form once signed you need to return it to the medical centre either in person or by e-mail to  so that we can record you wishes and prevent the sharing of your health information

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