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NHS.UK Updated guidance on Monkey Pox


NHS Digital have updated page on monkeypox. The key information is:


Call 111 (over the bank holidays) or contact a sexual health clinic if:


You have a rash with blisters and either:

You've been in close contact with someone who has or might have monkeypox (even if they've not been tested yet) in the past 3 weeks

You've been to west or central Africa in the past 3 weeks

You're a man who has sex with men

Tell the person you speak to if you've had close contact with someone who has or might have monkeypox, or if you've recently travelled to central or west Africa.

Do not go to a sexual health clinic without contacting them first. Stay at home and avoid close contact with other people until you've been told what to do.

Please can all patients wear face coverings when attending the surgery

*Please note, all of our calls are recorded for auditing purposes*

Welcome to Heywood Health

If you are calling to book an URGENT appointment to be seen on the day, please ring at 8am.

If you are calling to book a ROUTINE appointment with a GP, an appointment with a nurse or any other general enquiries, please call after 11am.

Alternatively, you can try our new online service called PATCHS.   PATCHS   

PATCHS is an online consultation system that lets you contact a GP, and by answering 4 simple questions you can get help with health advice, fit notes, medications and more. Please click on the PATCHS logo above.

(Please note, no appointments can be made through PATCHS or via email.)

If you are wanting to request a Prescription, you can either post it through our letterbox or email your request to You can also request medication via your nominated pharmacy or through online services such as Patient Access or the NHS app.


Websites of Interest

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NHS 111 online NHS 111 Online

A new digital service is live in Greater Manchester. It provides access to urgent care services for people who prefer to

engage using their computer, mobile phone or other digital device.

Provided by NHS Digital, 111 online  uses the same clinical assessment and triaging tools that support the national NHS 111 telephone service.

Non-Attendance of Appointments

If you are unable to attend your appointment please contact the surgery as soon as possible to rearrange/cancel OR reply ‘CANCEL’ to the text message appointment reminder.

Many hours of appointment time is wasted every month due to patients not attending.

Heywood Health takes a Zero Tolerance approach to patients who repeatedly miss their appointments. If 3 appointments are missed within a year the matter will be discussed and there is the possibility that the patient will be removed from the practice list.

 Important Numbers

Heywood Health Medical Centre

Phone Number: (01706) 628628

NHS 111

Telephone 111 (24 Hours) for telephone advice

 7 Day Access

Phone Number: (0161) 763 8292

Dental Urgent Care

Urgent In hours Care: (01706) 676 367

Urgent Out of hours Care: (0161) 763 8941


Patient Information


Please remember to ask the reception team if you would like to register for our on-line services.

If you have any information or communication needs that you want us to know about ie large print information - please speak to our reception team so we can record your preferred method of contact and ensure you can receive your health information in a format you can understand.


(Site updated 01/07/2022)
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