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COVID 19 - Question & Answers

Please click on the link below to access the Q&A document produced by the 3 practices at Mowbray Square Medical Centre

Common COVID 19 Queries

COVID 19 - Update regarding Second vaccinations (As at 07/01/2021)

Due to new national guidance, second Covid-19 vaccine appointments are going to be rescheduled to 11 -12 weeks following your first dose. Please do not contact the surgery regarding your second vaccination. We will contact you to book your appointment at a later date.


COVID 19 Vaccinations

Colleagues across the NHS have excelled themselves over the past 10 months, and they are stepping up yet again to lead the way in delivering this safe and effective vaccine.


The public have an important part to play to help them do this:

  • please don’t contact the NHS to seek a vaccine, we will contact you;
  • when we do contact you, please attend your booked appointments;
  • and please continue to follow all the guidance to control the virus and save lives


Influenza vaccinations for patients aged 50-64


" Influenza vaccination appointments for patients aged 50-64 who do not already fall into an "at risk" group now available on Tuesday 15th, Thursday 17th and Tuesday 22nd December. Where possible please book your appointment using SystmOnline. If you do not have online access, please call our designated 50-64 'Flu booking telephone line 01423 813619 between 9am and 3pm, Monday to Friday.  This line is likely to be busy so thank you for your patience. We realise the clinics are short notice but are committed to vaccinating as many patients as possible before Christmas.


When attending for your vaccine, please wear a face covering and DO NOT attend if you have Coronavirus symptoms or have been advised to self-isolate for any other reason.


There will be huge pressure on the car park, so please walk if you can.


The vaccine that has been made available is Flublok. This vaccine is being used "off-label". This means it does not have UK marketing authorisation but has been authorised for temporary supply in the UK by the MHRA and is therefore being offered in accordance with national guidance. It has been licensed and used in the US since 2013."

Wuhan Coronavirus - Advice for the General Public

Please follow this link for up to date information on the Wuhan Novel Coronavirus outbreak

Please also see the attached flier - Wuhan Novel Coronavirus Flier

Should you suspect you have any symptoms of the coronavirus please do not attend the surgery.

NHS 111 is experiencing very high call volumes so request that patients use their online links for more information, advice and common questions.


Patients should follow this link:


For patients concerned that they may have coronavirus or may have come into contact with someone who has, the NHS 111 online service has created coronavirus pages that tell patients what they should do based on their particular circumstances. 

These can be accessed at: 



Repeat Prescriptions: Understanding the changes that affect you

As from 1st September 2019 your local pharmacy will not be able to request repeat medication for you from the surgery. The local Clinical Commissioning Group have produced a fact sheet containing information and the answers to some frequently asked questions about these changes. Please click on the link below to access the CCG website and the FAQ document.

Click Here

Taxi Medicals

We regret to inform patients that, during the Summer period, we are unable to undertake HGV and Taxi medicals. This is due to the current and expected demand for NHS appointments.

There are alternative organisations that are able to provide these services within the Leeds and York areas, these include:


Please note that the practice is providing these details for information purposes ONLY, other organisations are available. The Surgery does not endorse any of the organisations mentioned. It is entirely up to you who you choose to provide these services for you.

Your Accountable/Named GP May Have Changed

The practice is required by the Government under the terms of the latest GP contract to allocate all patients a named accountable GP (identified as your usual GP on your medical records).

Due to changes in our GP Team over the last 12 months, your named GP may have changed. Please note there is no need to telephone the practice, it is for information only. You can find details of your named GP on the home page of your Systmonline account alternatively, please feel free to ask the reception staff when you next visit the Surgery who your named doctor is.

Our named Accountable GP's at the practice are:- Dr T Chiddick, Dr D Ganesh, Dr E Goldstein, Dr M D Hammatt, Dr A K Handley, Dr S K I Hay,  Dr K Hunter,  Dr E L Maw, Dr S Peachey, Dr J K Shacklock & Dr C J Wright

Where a patient expresses a preference as to which GP they have been assigned, the practice will make reasonable effort to accommodate this request.

Having a Named Accountable GP does not prevent you seeing any other doctor in the practice.

Travel Vaccinations

Spa Surgery and a number of other local GP practices have partnered with MASTA (Medical Advisory Service for Travellers Abroad) to provide a specialist Travel Health service for our patients and patients in Harrogate, Knaresborough and the surrounding area.

The Travel Clinic is an accessible, expert service located on the ground floor of the Mowbray Square Medical Centre, Mowbray Square, Harrogate, HG1 5AR. Vaccines available free of charge on the NHS will remain free of charge (where booked at least 48 hours in advance of the appointment date / for patients registered at participating practices). Non NHS vaccines that were charged privately previously, will continue to be charged privately.

Please obtain a copy of your vaccination history from the surgery prior to attending your appointment.

To book an appointment please:

  • visit the MASTA website Click Here You can use the vaccine checker on the website prior to your appointment to identify possible vaccination requirements for your trip.
  • alternatively call MASTA on 0330 100 4156.  This number is charged at local rate.
  • The MASTA clinic at Mowbray Square is unable to book appointments.

A full range of travel health vaccinations, anti-malarials and retail products are available at the clinic. 

Clinic opening Times:

  • Monday 8am - 4pm
  • Tuesday 8am - 6pm
  • Wednesday 8am - 4pm
  • Thursday 11am - 7pm
  • Friday 8am - 4pm
  • Saturday 8am - 4pm

Letter from a Patient

Please find below a heartfelt letter from the dad of one of our patients. He wanted us to share his experience when his baby daughter became very ill so that parents can be aware of the symptoms to watch for and how important it is to follow advice from healthcare professionals.

Having an ill child can be a very scary experience. If you understand more about the illness it can help you to feel more in control... you can download a very helpful booklet from the following website which gives information about common infections in normally healthy children. You can also find a link to the booklet on our website on the ‘family health’ page.

Letter from Parent

Online Services have changed

Access to Online Services have changed, please read or print our patient information leaflet to find out more;

Online Services Information Leaflet

If you do not already have access to online services but would like to register, please print and compete the appropriate application form and return it to the surgery with the necessary photographic ID

Over 16s Online Services Registration Form

Parental Proxy Application for children aged 0 - 10 years

Please note: Online services and Proxy online services are not available for children aged 11 - 16 years.


New Vaccinations for Children

This year there have been changes to the vaccination schedule with the introduction of the Men B and Men ACWY vaccines.

Private Vaccines:  Unfortunately, it has been widely reported, there is a national shortage of the vaccination Bexsero (against Men B) and as such we are unable to obtain a private supply.  We would, therefore, recommend that parents wishing to vaccinate privately keep in touch with the larger private clinics who will most likely be the first to obtain stock when it becomes available.

This supply issue does not affect our younger patients currently being or due to be vaccinated against Men B as part of the NHS Vaccination Programme.

To find out more about the vaccines and read the eligibility criteria please click on the link below:

Vaccination schedule age checklist


Local Bus Service to Mowbray Square Medical Centre

Connexions buses run the X4 service from Harrogate Bus Station to Harrogate Hospital & Wedderburn via Westmoreland Street every hour from 9:45 - 3:45. Click on the link below to view the X4 Timetable

X4 Bus timetable 


IBD Service – Flare Line

Harrogate Hospital has set up a “Flare Line” which is now active. This will allow prompt access to a specialist clinician and urgent review in the outpatient setting where necessary and is for patients who are going through an active flare up. The flare line is a voicemail service where patients are encouraged to leave their name, hospital number, contact number and a brief summary of their current symptoms for a return call. Patients can leave a voicemail message on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays between 2.30pm and 3.30pm on 01423 555 3223

Outside of these times, if patient’s symptoms require urgent attention they should contact their own GP or if symptoms are severe / life threating to attend local A&E Department.

Harrogate Hospital have developed a web page on the trust internet on which patients will find useful links to Crohn’s Colitis UK & IBD Passport -

Do you suffer from Arthritis or other long term pain

Are you interested in participating in a research study to understand a link between the weather and pain.  If, 'yes', please follow the link:- Cloudy Poster

WHICH Magazine - 10 ways to get the best from your GP

Please following the link below to view this recently published article in WHICH magazine


Did you know that Harrogate and District has one of the worst rates of alcohol misuse in the UK - often hidden or secret drinking in our middle-class population. Here are some interesting facts about alcohol and its associated cancer risks:

• Not everyone who drinks alcohol will develop cancer, but

• Some cancers are more common in people who drink more alcohol , and

• Every year alcohol causes 4% of cancers in the UK, around 12,800 cases(1)

• The highest proportion of cases linked to alcohol were in mouth and upper throat cancers (around 30%)(1)

• But bowel cancers accounted for the greatest overall number of cases linked to alcohol (around 4,800 cases a year)(1)

• In fact, alcohol is associated with 7 types of cancer

• Whether it’s in wine, beer or spirits it’s the alcohol itself that leads to the damage

• Drinking and smoking together are even worse for you

• If the current trends in alcohol consumption continue over the next 20 years it is estimated it will cause

 o  135,000 cancer deaths(2)
 o  £2Bn in cancer costs to the NHS(2)
 o  1.2m hospital admissions(2)

 So, the less alcohol you drink, the lower the risk of cancer

• UK Government guidelines for low risk (not safe) drinking recommend that men and women who drink regularly do not exceed  14 units of alcohol per week(3)

WANT TO KNOW MORE? Following this link:

1. Parkin, DM et al., Cancers attributable to the consumption of alcohol in the UK in 2010. Br J Cancer. 2011. 106(S2):S14- S18

2. Angus C, Holmes J, Pryce R, Meier P & Brennan A (2016) Alcohol and cancer trends: Intervention studies University of  Sheffield & CRUK
Department of Health. Alcohol Guidelines Review – Report from the guidelines development group to the UK Chief Medical Officers. 2016 (January)

Measles Outbreak

There has been an increase in the number of measles cases reported nationally this year and an outbreak occurred recently in Leeds during 2017/18, involving 34 confirmed cases. Currently there is also an ongoing outbreak in Bradford.

In recent days there has also been a spread to Harrogate, Hebden Bridge, Barnsley and Leeds. We may well expect to see further cases across the region. Despite good levels of MMR vaccination across the region some sections of the population remain vulnerable including recent new entrants who may not be up to date with MMR including those from European countries where there are on-going outbreaks.

Measles is a serious illness that can be unpleasant and lead to complications, especially in vulnerable, immuno-compromised or pregnant patients

Measles is highly infectious to anyone who is not immune—being in the same room as someone with measles for more than 15 minutes is a significant exposure.

If you suspect you may have measles please telephone the surgery and if you need to been seen you will be shown to a side room to avoid contact with other patients.

Measles symptoms can include:

High fever

Sore, red, watery eyes

Coughing and/or runny nose

Small red spots with bluish-white centres inside the mouth

A red-brown blotchy rash, which appears after several days

Musculoskeletal Practitioner Service

The MSK Practitioner service is a new service, where Specialist Musculoskeletal Physiotherapy is offered as an alternative to seeing your GP for a back, neck, muscle or trapped nerve pain. The specialist physiotherapist can assess, diagnose and offer advice and guidance on how to manage your symptoms.

Our MSK Practitioners are experienced specialist physiotherapist who also work at Harrogate District Hospital. They can also refer you to the hospital for further investigations or specialist treatment.

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