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. 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, click here for details.

 

Patient Feedback

We are very pleased to have received excellent feedback in the September Friends and Family test. The themes are summarised in the tag cloud above, 89% of patients were either 'extremely likely' or 'likely' to recommend our services. To read more, and also see the results of our latest patient survey, please visit our Patient Feedback page.

 

Surgery News

 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a worldwide annual campaign taking place in October, involving thousands of organisations, to highlight the importance of breast awareness, education and research.

During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Breast Cancer Now aim to get as many people as possible involved in raising awareness and funds to help support life-saving research and life-changing support.

As the UK's largest breast cancer research charity, along with their supporters, they aim to do this through campaigning, raising money and an array of events across the UK including 'Wear It Pink' on Breast Cancer Awareness Day - 18th October 2019.

Staff at Garstang Medical Practice will be supporting this campaign and raising funds by 'wearing it pink' on the 18th.

For more information about the campaign and information and advice regarding being breast aware, please see the websites below:

www.wearitpink.org/about/breast-cancer-awareness-month

www.breastcancernow.org

 

Stoptober

This October the Stoptober campaign is encouraging smokers to end their relationship with cigarettes and ‘give quitting a go’ for 28 days from 1st October.

Stoptober has driven over 1 million quit attempts to date and is the biggest mass quit attempt in the country. It is based on research that shows that if you can stop smoking for 28-days, you are five times more likely to stay smokefree for good.

There are lots of ways to quit and Stoptober can help people choose what works for them. Stoptober offers a range of free support to help people on their quitting journey including an app, daily emails, Facebook Messenger and lots of encouragement from the Stoptober online community on Facebook. In addition, people can get expert face-to-face advice from local stop smoking services. Those who use stop smoking aids and who get face-to-face support from their local stop smoking service are up to four times more likely to quit successfully.

For more information, please view the Stoptober website – www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/quit-smoking/stoptober

Alternatively, please telephone 0800 328 6297 or visit www.quitsquad.nhs.uk .

 

EU Exit: Continuity of medicines supply

The government is working closely with the NHS and suppliers to help to ensure medicines and medical products continue to be available for patients if there is a 'no deal' EU exit on 31 October 2019. For more information, please click here.

 

Flu Clinics

NHS vaccines are available for patients who have diabetes, are pregnant, are aged 65 and over, and for those patients with a long-term condition affecting the lungs, heart, kidneys, liver, brain or nervous system, the immune system or the spleen.

Free NHS vaccines are also available for Carers (unpaid carers who receive Carer’s Allowance or who are the main carer for an elderly or disabled person), young carers (young people who help to carer for a family member) and patients with learning difficulties.

If you are eligible for a flu vaccine please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment. Once again there will be two different vaccines available. One for patients under the age of 65 and one for patients aged 65 and over. We will have specific clinics running throughout the Autumn/Winter months.

Flu clinics available for booking are as follows:

Saturday 26th October – 8am-4pm (this clinic is for under and over 65’s)

Please ensure that you book into the correct clinic according to your age.

Nasal vaccines will be available for children who meet the above criteria, young carers and for patients with learning difficulties. Separate clinics will be arranged.

Primary School aged children who do not have a long-term condition will be offered nasal flu vaccination via their School Nurse according to their year group.

You can call us on 01995 607399 to book your appointment, book online via Patient Access if you are already registered, or use the MyGP app which is available to download from both Google Play and the App store. 

 

Care Navigation - Ensuring the right clinician and the right appointment for you At Garstang Medical Practice we have a wide variety of highly skilled clinical staff offering different types of appointments designed to ensure that patients’ medical problems and queries are dealt with as effectively and as quickly as possible by the most appropriate clinician. This may not necessarily be a doctor.

With this in mind, we have made some changes to the way in which our reception staff have been trained to handle your enquiry.  For more information, please click here.

Online appointments - We have recently increased the variety of appointments you are able to book online (e.g. through Patient Access or the myGP app).  We believe providing this service is more convenient for our patients and also reduces demand on our telephone lines. For more information, please see click here.

Evening and weekend appointments - The Fylde Coast NHS has arranged for additional appointments to be provided outside of normal GP practice hours by the Fylde Coast Integrated Urgent Care Service. This includes between 8am-2.30pm on a Saturday here at the Medical Centre's Calder Suite. Read more...

Audiology Screening Service - We are now able to offer a free to access screening service for patients who are suffering from hearing related difficulties. This service is provided by Scrivens Audiology at Garstang Medical Practice. A limited number of appointments are available each week for patients aged 40 years+. If the screening identifies a hearing loss, patients will be referred to the appropriate Audiology or ENT service. If you believe that you are suffering from hearing related difficulties, please contact the surgery to arrange an appointment. For further information, please contact the surgery on 01995 607399 or Scrivens Patient Services on 0800 027 4487.
Please note: Audiology patients who were previously seen by PDS Medical now have the option to be transferred to Scrivens at the surgery. Please contact PDS on 0300 123 1441 (select Option 4) and ask them to transfer you to Scrivens Poulton.
Scriven Poulton will then contact you and ask if you wish to be seen by the Poulton clinic or the Garstang clinic at Garstang Medical Practice.

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...

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, please click here.

Big White Wall - This free online mental health resource for people living with depression and other conditions is now available across the whole of Blackpool, Wyre & Fylde. Big White Wall, which is available at www.bigwhitewall.com, provides a clinically safe and anonymous online community providing peer to peer support, personal assessments and self-help courses for those who need it.

Garstang Town Council Good Citizen of the Year Award - Congratulations to our Lead Nurse Helen Kerrigan-Hawkes who was given this truly deserved accolade at the Town Council Awards on 25th April 2019.  As Chair of our WREN Integrated Care Community she has worked tirelessly for our patients and for all patients across our WREN network and her dedication and enthusiasm has been both infectious and admirable. Huge congratulations Helen from all of us; we are very proud of you and all you have achieved.

For more Surgery News, please click here.

 

Other Information

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.
 

Fylde and Wyre Involvement Programme

We are proud to be part of the Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning group (CCG), who aim to ensure that our community has access to the best health services possible. As part of this, it is recognised that your input is needed to help shape the services you receive. There are many ways to get involved - visit their website to find out more.

 

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 www.cprd.com/public or click here to view our Privacy Notice.

 

The myGP app

mygp

The myGP app provides a fast and easy way to book and cancel your appointments for yourself and any dependents using your smartphone. You can also receive appointment reminders via the app, create alerts for medication reminders and track and record your weight and blood pressure to help you stay healthy. The app is available to download via Google Play and the App store. For more information, click here. To register for the app, your mobile number needs to be on your patient record so please contact reception on 01995 607399 to update your details if necessary. If you are registered for Patient Access, you can also link your accounts, enabling you to also order your repeat prescriptions via myGP. Instructions available here.

 

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.

Self care resources are available here.

 

Helpful Contacts and Links

There are a number of local organisations available to offer you support if you need it, for information and contact details please click here. If you need some extra support, for any reason, please do let us know and we can help you find the appropriate service.

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Myerscough College

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Online Services

Online Services

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NHS 111

NHS 111

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Friends and Family Test

Patient Survey

How likely are you to recommend this Surgery to friends and family if they needed similar care or treatment? Please spend 2 minutes to take the Friends and Family Test.

NHS Website

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Patient UK

Patient UK

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