Practice News & Blogs

23rd Mar

Spring Booster Programme

Please note: Watling Vale Medical Centre are currently NOT be administering any COVID-19 vaccines as part of this programme.

The NHS will be offering further COVID-19 booster vaccinations to patients who are:

  • Aged 75 years and over
  • Living in a residential care home for older people
  • Aged 12 years and over and immunosuppressed*

 Spring Boosters will be offered to these groups six months after their last dose of COVID-19 vaccine.

The programme will start from 21st March 2022.

If you are eligible, you will be contacted by the NHS. You can then arrange an appointment at a vaccination centre by visiting or calling 119.

For more information, visit:

19th Jan

Patient Education Sessions

We are pleased to advise patients of the Consultant led patient education sessions available during 2022.  All meetings will be held via MS Teams, run for 1 hour and start at 18:30.P Please follow this like to view all of are upcoming events Watling Street Network Events | Eventbrite

Please watch this space for links to register your interest in attending our education sessions nearer to the time.


Patient Education Evening Sessions 2022







Orthopaedics’: Arthritis/Osteoarthritis

Dr Ahsan Sheeraz



Pain Management: OTC Options/when To Seek Help

Dr Sarah Aturia



Thyroid Dysfunction

Dr Asif Humayun



Men’s Health: Incontinence/Bladder Issues

Mr William Gietzmann



Menopause:What to Expect Peri/Post Menopause HRT

Ms Premila Thampi



ENT: Allergy Management

Mr Adam Shakir

Miss Alison Hunt



Knee Pain, Bursitis

Dr Ahsan Sheeraz



Most Common Conditions Seen in Under 5’s &Their Effective Treatment

Dr Basheer Peer Mohamed



Men’s Health: Prostate

Mr William Gietzmann

10th Jan

Fit for work notes ("sick note") - new Government Guidance

From 10 December 2021 if you have a new illness that requires you to take Sick Leave from work you must now self-certify your absence (for up to 28 days).

Previously you were required to self-certify for 7 days and then request a note from your GP.

GP's will no longer be issuing sick notes for any absences of 28 days or less. 

Please see full government guidance below:

Taking sick leave - GOV.UK ( 

10th Jan

Tell the NHS about coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you've had abroad

This service enables you to book an appointment to show evidence for any coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you've had outside of England. This is so the NHS can securely update your vaccination record.

We urgerg all patient who have had any part of their COVID Vaccine aminstered abroad to follow the link below 

Tell the NHS about coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccinations you've had abroad - NHS (

14th Dec 2021

COVID-19 vaccination exemptions

You may be aware that from the From 25 December, if you’re unable to get vaccinated, you’ll have to use the NHS COVID Pass in the same way that people who are fully vaccinated use it.

Some individuals are unable to be vaccinated and also, in some cases, tested for medical reasons. You can apply for proof that you have a medical reason why you should not be vaccinated or why you should not be vaccinated and tested.

If you get this proof of medical exemption you’ll be able to use the NHS COVID Pass wherever you need to prove your COVID-19 status within England.

Until 24 December 2021, you can self-certify that you’re medically exempt if you work or volunteer in a care home.

Please follow this link for more details regarding COVID-19 medical exemptions: proving you are unable to get vaccinated - GOV.UK (

Please do not contact the practcie, please call the COVID-19 Covid Pass Service on 119 to request an exemption application form from COVID-19 vaccines or COVID-19 vaccines and testing. The 119 operative will perform a non-medical pre-screening assessment and capture details about the your request, determines which GP/specialist clinician/midwife should review the exemption application, and any written communication accessibility preferences. The 119 operative will inform and explain to the you if you do not meet the pre-screening assessment criteria.

The possible reasons for exemptions are limited. Examples that might be reasons for a medical exemption are:

  • people receiving end of life care where vaccination is not in the person’s best interests
  • people with learning disabilities or autistic individuals, or people with a combination of impairments where vaccination cannot be provided through reasonable adjustments
  • a person with severe allergies to all currently available vaccines
  • those who have had an adverse reaction to the first dose (for example, myocarditis)

Other medical conditions could also allow you to get a medical exemption.

Short-term exemptions will also be available for those with short-term medical conditions and as an option that some pregnant women may choose to take.

Pregnant women can alternatively use MAT B1 certificates to show their COVID status, if they choose to use a medical exemption. Pregnant women do not need to apply for a medical exemption NHS COVID Pass if they have a MAT B1 certificate. For pregnant women the exemption will expire 16 weeks post-partum. This will allow them to become fully vaccinated after birth.

The Royal College of Obstetricians, Royal College of Midwives and the UK Tetralogy Service consider COVID vaccination to be safe. They recommend that pregnant women get vaccinated against COVID.


13th Dec 2021

COVID Booster Vaccination Programme

The Covid booster programme is only being delivered through some GP Primary Care Networks/ Practices, some Pharmacies and designated vaccination centres.

Watling Vale Medical Centre IS vaccinating for the Covid booster and so you will have a choice of where to have your vaccination.

Any patient in cohorts shown below will automatically be invited to book an appointment directly by the NHS, and will be invited by the surgery - please do not contact your surgery

  • those living in residential care homes for older adults
  • all adults aged 50 years or over
  • frontline health and social care worker
  • all those aged 16 to 49 years with underlying health conditions that put them at higher risk of severe COVID-19 (as set out in the green book), and adult carers
  • adult household contacts of immunosuppressed individuals

Once you have received your invitation you can book via the National Booking System (To book via the National Booking System click here Book or manage your coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccination - NHS ( or via the Practice booking system - please wait for an invitation to do this.  If you are unable to book online, please ring 119 who will be able to book the appointment for you.  There are NO walk-in facilities for boosters to ensure safety.

In addition to our own GP Practice, you can find a list of the Pharmacies and Large Vaccination Centres dispensing the booster vaccine on this website.