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Welcome to Garstang Medical Practice

Garstang Medical Practice

We are proud to offer a friendly a welcoming environment providing excellent local healthcare to the residents of Garstang and the surrounding area. Our clinical team of 12 doctors, 4 nurse practitioners, 6 nurses and practice pharmacists are well supported by our large reception and admin team. We are based within Garstang Medical Centre - a modern, purpose built premises, with easy access for disabled patients. We also have our own onsite dispensary/pharmacy providing a range of additional NHS services.

We are always happy to welcome new patients from people residing within the practice boundary, click here for details.
 

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IMPORTANT NOTICE

We are aware that our patients are being contacted by a number of online pharmacies, including Pharmacy2U, offering to manage your repeat prescriptions. Please be aware these companies are in no way associated to your local community pharmacies. It is also our understanding that:

  • In October 2015, they were fined £130,000 for selling its patients’ details to marketing companies.
  • In February 2017, the Care Quality Commission inspection deemed Pharmacy2U ‘not safe, effective or well led’

Please help us to continue caring for you and your family by disregarding this correspondence and continuing to use our surgery  (dispensing patients) and your local pharmacy (non-dispensing patients).

If you do choose to use such a service, please be aware that they will not be able to order your prescription on your behalf from the surgery.

 

Changes to Policy re Posting Prescriptions

As you may be aware, there are a small number of patients for whom the practice has posted prescriptions to in the past. We have had to review this policy for data security reasons and unfortunately can no longer provide this service in the future. We are advising affected patients to contact their local pharmacy who may offer a prescription collection/delivery service. If you travel within the UK and usually have your prescriptions posted to you whilst away, we respectfully request that you make alternative arrangements prior to travelling by contacting the surgery.

 

Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissiong Group

We are delighted to announce that on 1st April 2018 we joined the Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group. We asked to move from Morecambe Bay CCG last year, following their boundary extension to include South Cumbria, as we felt we were very much on the fringe and that our patients would benefit from services closer to home in Fylde and Wyre. Please follow this link for more information.

Fylde and Wyre CCG also run an Influence membership scheme for patients. If you would like to learn more about the scheme please go to: http://www.fyldeandwyreccg.nhs.uk/influence/

 

Surgery News

FLU VACCINE APPOINTMENTS AVAILABLE NOW

If you are eligible to receive a NHS flu vaccine you are now able to book your appointment for our first flu clinic on Saturday 29th September. There will be more dates available in due course. Please call the surgery on 01995 607399 to book. Alternatively, appointments can be booked via Patient Access or the MyGP app.

NHS vaccines are available for patients aged 65 and over, and for patients who are pregnant, a main carer, or who suffer from any of the following: diabetes, asthma, COPD, a long-term condition affecting the heart, the kidneys, the liver, the brain or nervous system, the immune system, or the spleen.

 

EXTENDED ACCESS TO GP SERVICES

NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group is committed to improving access to primary care services. This includes making appointments available at times that are convenient to patients.

If you:

find it difficult to attend an appointment during he working day;

are a busy parent with small children;

or rely on working carers to take you to appointments;

then this service is here to support you.Please click here for more information on when and where these are available.

 

Patient Participation Group (PPG) - Would you like to be part of a health-inspired community organisation that empowers people in Garstang and beyond to change people’s lives? We have recently relaunched our patient participation group (PPG) and we want people registered at Garstang Medical Practice to drive it forward. Please click here for more information. If you are interested in joining, please let us know by emailing fwccg.gmp@nhs.net

 

Patient Information regarding the different clinical roles - The practice has a variety of clinical staff and different types of appointments available to ensure that we can deal with patients' medical problems and queries as quickly and efficiently as possible. Our PRG suggested an information leaflet for patients would be helpful to raise patient awareness. The document is available here .

 

Cessation of Ear Irrigation Clinics - The practice has taken the decision to cease offering an ear syringing service at the Surgery. To read more please click here.

 

Shingles Vaccination - There is a vaccine available on the NHS that helps reduce your risk of getting shingles and reduces the severity of symptoms if you develop the disease. Read more...

 

Galloway's Outreach Clinic - On the third Friday of every month there will be a Sight Loss Advisor available in the foyer of Garstang Medical Centre. Read more...  Please click here to view Morecambe Galloway's e-Newsletter and What's On guide for July/August.

 

DESMOND - Diabetes Education and Self-Management courses are available for ongoing and newly diagnosed Type 2 Diabetics. Courses currently available at the Medical Centre. For more information, please click here

 

Carers' Hub Lancashire - nCompass Carers' Support Service have now been rebranded to Carers' Hub Lancashire. They offer a wide range of support to anyone looking after a family member or friend. Please click here for information about the service they provide. If you would like to register as a Carer via the surgery, or find out more information, you can read more on our Carers Support page or contact Reception to request a Carers Pack.

 

National Eye Health Week 2018 - This year's National Eye Health Week will take place from Monday 24th to Sunday 30th September 2018, promoting the importance of eye health and the need for regular sight tests for all. To find out more, please click here.

 

Other Information

Self Care

Self-care is about looking after yourself in a healthy way. It can be anything from brushing your teeth, doing some exercise, managing common conditions (like headaches, colds and flu) or living with a long-term health problem, such as asthma or diabetes.

As part of a the local 'Better Care Together' initiative which is reviewing health services across North Lancashire, a local GP has created some Self-Care Videos. We would encourage patients to watch these videos before contacting the surgery for the minor ailments covered as they offer excellent advice that may save you a trip to the surgery.

You can view the videos on the Better Care Together YouTube channel ‘BCTMorecambeBay’, or you can visit their Website here. For other information and advice about self-care, please visit the Self Care Forum website here.

Patient Information Leaflets for a range of conditions can be found here.

 

Heartbeat North West Cardiac Care

Heartbeat is a Lancashire based charity who aims to contribute to a reduction in cardiovascular disease, founded in 1978.

Situated in Preston, the charity provides a range of workshops, advice, clinical testing, rehabilitation, education and support to young people and adults across the region that have existing heart problems or at a risk of developing.

Heartbeat is an independent charity that is funded solely from donations and fundraising, it works alongside other charities such as The British Heart Foundation to deliver the best possible service to its participants.

To access their support you can be referred by a clinician or self-refer if you fit under their criteria explained on their website.

For a self referal form please click here

Find out more about the services they run at http://www.heartbeat-nwcc.org.uk/

 

Cancer Help Preston (Croston House, Garstang)

Croston House is situated on Croston Road in Garstang and accepts referrals from the local community (both self referrals and from health care professionals). Croston House is the Garstang site of the charity Cancer Help Preston (their other site is Vine House in Preston). Croston House is open on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

They offer support to:

  • People diagnosed with cancer - at any stage of their cancer journey
  • Carers of those diagnosed with cancer

  • People bereaved by a cancer death

For more information about the services they offer, please visit their website at http://www.cancerhelppreston.co.uk

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