Welcome to Garstang Medical Practice

Garstang Medical Practice

We are proud to offer a friendly and welcoming environment providing excellent local healthcare to the residents of Garstang and the surrounding area. We have a large clinical team who are well supported by our 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.

Our Mission Statement

To deliver high quality health care to our community with purpose and kindness, ensuring easy access to excellent patient services. Providing an open and supportive environment for patients and staff, promoting a culture of fairness and equality to all.

We are always happy to welcome new patients from people residing within the practice boundary. See our Registration page.


🎉George Cross Medal awarded to Garstang Medical Practice🏅🎉

We are very excited to be able to announce that, following nomination by one of our lovely patients, Angela Mather, we have received the George Cross Medal from the Queen!! 🎉🥳🍾

This honour was given to the NHS as a whole last year, but only those who are specifically nominated receive their own George Cross Medal.

Angela Mather applied for our medal in appreciation of the great work we do. She especially recognised our contribution during the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccination programme.

Thank you Angela! We are overwhelmed by your support and this great honour. 💙


Patient Feedback

We are very pleased to have received excellent feedback in the April Friends and Family test. The themes are summarised in the tag cloud above, 93% of patients were either 'extremely likely' or 'likely' to recommend our services. To read more please visit our Patient Feedback page.


Important Patient Updates



Nurse Lesley Hardman retired at the end of March after 34 years of service at Garstang Medical Practice. We would like to wish her a long, happy and healthy retirement and thank her for her many years of outstanding contribution to patient care in our community. She will be missed by colleagues and patients alike. 



We continue to experience staffing difficulties due to the ongoing pandemic. We would like to apologise to all patients if your appointments are rescheduled at short notice. We will always do our best to accommodate you on the same day, but occasionally this is not possible. We would like to thank you for your ongoing patience and understanding.  

Whilst appointments are affected by staff sickness, pressure is also put on appointment availability when patients fail to attend pre-booked appointments. In the past month alone there have been 154 patients who have booked an appointment but did not attend or cancel. This includes both face-to-face and telephone appointments. We respectfully request that you contact the surgery to inform us if you are unable to attend your appointment. This will free appointments up for other patients who need to access our services. 


Face Mask Policy

Although face masks are no longer a legal requirement, as a clinical healthcare setting, all staff and patients must continue to wear masks within the surgery until further notice.

Infection rates of Covid-19 are still high, especially in our locality , and we feel it is imperative that we protect our most vulnerable patients and our workforce.  This is essential if we are to continue to provide patients with a local primary care service. The Omicron variant is highly contagious and has the potential to spread quickly in confined areas. We simply cannot risk acting as a focus for infection. 

We thank patients for their understanding and co-operation. In the hopefully unlikely event that a patient refuses to respect this request, or if they are unable to wear a face mask for medical reasons, they will need to be seen either in our Car Port or in a specific room within the Calder Suite. 

Thank you.


COVID-19 Vaccination 

The Spring Booster campaign is now underway for all patients aged 75 and over and for those aged 12+ who have a weakened immune system. For up-to-date information on local vaccination sites and availability, please see the Fylde and Wyre CCG website:  Home - Fylde Coast Clinical Commissioning Groups . Alternatively, please call 119 or go to www.nhs.uk to book an appointment.  

All appointments for vaccination are being managed by the National Vaccination Service. Please call 119 to book your appointment. Alternatively, you can book online at www.nhs.uk where you can also find further information regarding eligibility via these methods.


Evidence of vaccination (Digital NHS COVID Pass)

People in England who have satisfied vaccine requirements against COVID-19 can use the NHS COVID Pass to demonstrate their COVID-19 status.

If you’re aged 18 or over, you can get an NHS COVID Pass for domestic use where certain venues and events in England choose to use COVID-19 certification.

If you’re aged 12 or over you can get an NHS COVID Pass for travel abroad but you should follow the entry requirements of the country you are travelling to. See the GOV.UK website for more information about the NHS COVID Pass for children.

A full course is currently two doses of the Moderna, AstraZeneca or Pfizer vaccine, or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine. Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from: 

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores 
  • the NHS website 
  • 119 - by requesting a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose (or one dose of the Janssen single-dose vaccine) more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.


COVID-19 in Pregnancy

If you are pregnant and you receive a positive test result for COVID-19, please inform your midwife or GP.

It is important that you are assessed for any additional risks and referred to the local pulse oximetry at home service. This is for your safety and the safety of your baby - even if you have mild or no symptoms.

Pulse oximeters are being provided to patients as part of the NHS response to COVID-19. A pulse oximeter is a small medical device that is put on the tip of the finger, to check someone’s oxygen levels.  Pulse oximetry can help with earlier detection of silent hypoxia, where people have low oxygen levels in the absence of significant shortness of breath. This can help ensure more timely hospital treatment if required.

For more information go to ➡   https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/people-at-higher-risk/pregnancy-and-coronavirus/ 


Surgery News

Take a look at our Surgery News page for more information on the following.

  • NHS Breast Screening
  • Medical Records update
  • Doctorlink
  • Digital Diabetes Education Resource
  • NHS Diabetes Helpline
  • Audiology Screening Service
  • Age Concern Hospital Aftercare Service


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Veterans Priority NHS Treatment

All patients who have served in the armed forces are entitled to priority access to NHS care (including hospital, primary or community care) for conditions associated with their time within the armed forces (service-related). This includes veteran-specific services like prosthetics and mental health. Please let the surgery know if you are a veteran so that this can be recorded in your medical record. For further information, see NHS page - priority NHS treatment for veterans.

Garstang Medical Practice is an Armed Forces Veteran Friendly Accredited GP Practice.


Wyre and Fylde Rural Extended Network (WREN)

On 1st July 2019 Garstang Medical Practice officially became part of the Wyre & Fylde Rural Extended Network (WREN). This is a new collaboration between the five practices in Kirkham, Great Eccleston, Preesall and Garstang. The network is part of the new NHS Long Term Plan and aims to develop over the next few years.

The initial stages will focus on building strong working relationships with the other practices to collaborate on improving services and access.

As the network matures we have been asked to develop a better understanding of our shared population. This will allow us to work with our local community health services to improve quality of care to our patients. This will continue to support and extend the WREN Integrated Care Team that is led by our lead nurse Helen Kerrigan-Hawkes.

Within this we have also been asked to work closely with the local authorities and voluntary agencies to improve the health and care of the whole population. Through the ICT we already have good relationships with the agencies and will look to build and strengthen these.

Dr John Miles has been chosen as the Clinical Director for the network and as such has responsibility to work for all of the practices towards these aims and objectives. We will also be sharing learning with the other local networks across the Fylde Coast and working with the wider health economy to ensure that we meet these aims and objectives.


Clinical Practice Research Datalink

This practice contributes to the Clinical Practice Research Datalink (CPRD). Information in patient records is important for medical research to develop new treatments and test the safety of medicinces. This practice supports medical research by sending some of the information from patient records to the CPRD.

CPRD is a Government organisation that provides anonymised patient data for research to improve patient and public health. You cannot be identified from the information sent to CPRD.

If you do not want anonymised information from your patient record to be used in research you can opt out by speaking to your doctor. For more information about how your data is used visit the CPRD Website or view our Privacy Notice.

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