Welcome to Birley Health Centre's news page.
For up to date news see
Flu update 12th August
Covid Restriction Update 15th July 2021
Throughout the pandemic we have made the surgery as safe as possible for all our patients and staff and will continue to do so going forward.
From July 19th nothing will change at the surgery - patients will need to still wear a mask, socially distance and use hand sanitiser in the surgery and staff will continue to wear PPE. We will continue to use the door buzzer and have different arrangement for anyone with COVID symptoms. We do understand that it can be frustrating, but we know that when people come to us they are sick and vulnerable (and some cannot receive the covid vaccinations due to medical reasons) so we feel it would be wrong to not take these small precautions that can help to protect people.
Also whilst the medical risks of COVID are reduced by vaccination, the impact of self isolation due to a COVID outbreak remain considerable.
In terms of 'opening up', as many of you know, we have never been shut and in fact have consulted with much higher numbers of patients than we did pre-covid (face to face, by phone and by video), not counting giving 31,311 COVID vaccines at Beighton Health Centre since the start of the year.
We will continue to request people use AskmyGP where possible, or reception will help you if you can not. As the risks to all of COVID have reduced, the proportion of face to face appointments will increase. Knowing what your needs are is important to enable you to find the right person or service to help.
The receptionist team do a very important job for us and are following principles we have agreed as a practice. Thank for your patience and kindness with them
Birley Health Centre has come so far in trying to minimise the impact of Covid and we are sure you understand that we need to keep the surgery as safe for ALL patients as we can.
The message below is about the Prescription Order Line that will be sadly coming to an end.
One of our plans for this year was to make improvement to the process of ordering prescriptions. We will be very proactive in supporting you in this over the next few months.
Birley Health Centre.
There is more information about alternative ways to order prescriptions here.
'For some years NHS Sheffield Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) has worked with your doctors’ surgery to provide a Prescription Order Line telephone service for ordering repeat medication.
This service was set up as a test service and has only been available to a few volunteer Sheffield general practices and their patients, including your practice.
The CCG has formally looked for an NHS provider to extend the Prescription Order Line to all general practices in the city but unfortunately has been unable to find one that meets the criteria. Therefore, as we are unable to provide equal access to this service for all Sheffield patients, we have taken the difficult decision to stop providing the Prescription Order Line to all practices from 30 September 2021.
We understand that this will mean a change to how some people order their repeat medication. If you use the Prescription Order Line we want to know how this closure will affect you and what support you may need to order your medicines in the future.
Please tell us about how this will impact you by completing this short survey or go to this webpage:
The POL team will be able to send out paper copies on request and also help patients to complete it over the telephone after 3pm (there is a FREEPOST return address).'
DEMONSTRATING YOUR COVID VACCINATION STATUS.
From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca and Pfizer vaccine, or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine. Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from:
the NHS App which https://www.nhs.uk/nhs-services/online-services/nhs-app/ you can download from app stores
the NHS website https://www.nhs.uk/…/vaccination-status-for-travelling-abr…/
119 - by requesting a paper letter
You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.
If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose (or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine) more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.
This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.
When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.
Last vaccine clinic at Beighton 17th July
Update regarding face to face appointments June 2021
Goodbye to our manager Kiz
Update May 2021 about how we are managing appointments
Where to go if you are unwell.
COVID vaccine update May 2021
An apology and explanation from a Dr Ben Allen to anyone who is disappointed with us as a surgery or a profession, or who may become so in the future.
Video Practice update (and transcript)
A message from Dr Boyle about a fantastic organisation who support patients to make small changes that prevent , and help manage, health problems.
May 16th COVID update
How get travel certifcates
Covid vaccinations for people aged 18-49
COVID vaccine update 27th April 2021
How can we recover as a community from the impact of lockdown?
Covid vaccine update 4/2/20
Recommended health related books
Mass Vaccination Ventres
COVID vaccine FAQs
Stop smoking service
South Yorkshire Community Transport
COVID vaccine update 17/1
Video of Beighton vaccine site
Covid vaccine update 15/1
Warning regarding fraudulent messages regarding the covid vaccination
AskmyGP as an App
COVID-19 vaccination first phase priority groups
COVID vaccine update 8/1/21
We have now had confirmation that we are due to take delivery of our first batch of Covid vaccinations.
We will be running our first clinics on the 16th, 17th and 18th January.
Clinics will be at Beighton Medical Centre S20 1BJ.
Directions for the site are found here: https://drive.google.com/…/1h8GkgVklTqOQgf5z2De4N71Js…/view…
We will contact eligible patients by text or phone so there is no need to ring reception to book an appointment. Please do not ring to try and arrange a vaccination. We will contact you.
There is a strict priority list set by government and we will be following this closely.
Please do not worry if you don’t manage to have a vaccination in this first clinic. We are expecting the supply of vaccinations to quickly increase and we have been working hard to ensure that we can provide more and more appointments as this happens.
There is limited parking and waiting around Beighton Medical Centre so when you attend for a vaccination please don’t arrive early and please leave promptly after the 15 minute observation time that is required after your vaccination.
At the medical centre there will be strict social distancing measures in place. There are no refreshments available and patient toilet facilities will not normally be accessible on site so please be prepared for this.
You may have to que outside prior to your vaccination especially at busy times. The 15 minute observation area is inside in a waiting room and is comfortable.