Alert: Staff Training - Monday 2nd October

The practice is closed for staff training between 12noon and 3pm. Please ring back after 3pm. For anything urgent that cannot wait until 3pm, please ring the emergency number 0161 727 3627.

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Non-urgent advice: Appointments Notice

From Monday 16th October we are changing the way in which you access clinicians for advice and appointments. You will no longer need to call the surgery for an appointment. We are implementing a total triage model whereby you will initially be able to contact the practice via the practice website through an online form. Don’t worry if you don’t have IT access, you can call us and members of our admin team will fill it in online on your behalf.  

This change is in response to NHS England’s plan for General Practice to modernise it’s way of working due to the extreme pressure it is already under and will continue to face. We will aim to use the information provided in this online triage form to advise people how best to manage their issue. It will enable us to prioritise and allocate appointments safely and equitably with our clinical team, promote continuity of care so people where possible and necessary are managed by the same clinician. It will also allow us to make best use of other primary care services available and identify minor ailments which may be best managed by self-help or local pharmacy advise.  

Please help us by first using the NHS online websites to ensure that your problem is one that needs help from your General Practice team. There may be other advice these websites can offer you to try first. Secondly when completing the online form, provide as much information as you can about your condition in that first contact. This will then be triaged by a member of our clinical team and the most appropriate course of action and advise given. If an appointment is needed, this will be then booked, depending upon urgency either that day or later, on a different day. You will receive contact from the practice in the form of a text message or a phone call. All appointments will only be able to be booked in this way from the 16th October.  

The link will become available on the 16th October, more information about the form that will appear can be found here: 

Non-urgent advice: COVID-19 Notice

Please continue to wear a mask if you are asked to visit the practice for an appointment and keep a safe distance from others. This keeps other vulnerable patients safe and ensures our practice team stays well and is here to help you.

Out of Hours and Emergencies

111 is the NHS non-emergency number. It’s fast, easy and free. Call 111 and speak to a highly trained adviser, supported by healthcare professionals. They will ask you a series of questions to assess your symptoms and immediately direct you to the best medical care for you.

NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones.

In case of a life threatening emergency please dial 999

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communications between the GPs and our patients

Online services allow you to:

  • book, check or cancel appointments with a GP, nurse or other healthcare professional 
  • order repeat prescriptions
  • see parts of your health record, including information about medicines, vaccinations and test results
  • see communications between your GP surgery and other services, such as hospitals

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