EU Exit

As the government prepares to leave the European Union (EU Exit) on 31 October, all information for patients from the CCG will be published and updated as and when the situation may change.

Medicines, medical devices and clinical consumables and workforce Please continue to order your repeat medicines and medical devices and take your medicines as normal. It is important you don’t order more medicines than normal. If you do, it may mean that other people won’t be able to get their medicines.

National measures are in place to ensure that clinical and non-clinical goods and services that the NHS needs to function to continue to be available and that the NHS is able to maintain its staffing levels following EU Exit. Under UK legislation, qualifications of EU staff will continue to be recognised in the UK.

The government and Public Health England are also working together to ensure that vaccines will continue to be available as needed after the UK leaves the European Union.

Reciprocal care                                                                                               Following EU Exit, if you are travelling to the EEA (European Economic Area) or Switzerland on or after 31 October, please ensure you take out comprehensive travel insurance. As the situation with the using the EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) to receive reciprocal medical care in the EEA and Switzerland may change depending if we leave the EU with or without a deal. Visit https://www.ehic.co.uk/ for the latest information.

EU nationals living in the UK will still be able to access NHS care after the 31 October but EU visitors will be charged for accessing NHS care when new charging regulations come into force on 31 October.

If you are concerned or have any questions, please speak to your GP or Pharmacist or you can email us at EUexit@sthelensccg.nhs.uk

Any information published by NHS England and NHS Improvement is available on the NHS England web pages.

Patient facing messages will continue to be published on the nhs.uk website under the apropriate section.

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Updates

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We are aware of letters being sent out by NHS England with an invite to have your COVID vaccination at Blackburn Cathedral.
If you do not wish to take up this offer for any reason, please wait for our phone call to invite you to book an appointment here at the health centre.
At the moment we have no timescale, but please be aware we will contact you with an appointment as soon as we possibly can.
***IMPORTANT INFORMATION***
Please could we remind all patients not to contact the surgery regarding the COVID vaccination.
We are in the process of contacting patients in the following order of group priority:
  • all those 80 years of age and over
  • all those 75 years of age and over
  • all those 70 years of age and over and clinically extremely vulnerable individuals
  • all those 65 years of age and over
  • all individuals aged 16 years to 64 years with underlying health conditions which put them at higher risk of serious disease and mortality
  • all those 60 years of age and over
  • all those 55 years of age and over
  • all those 50 years of age and over
This is a staggered process, so please can we ask again that you wait to be contacted.
Thank you for your co-operation.