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 Regististration page.


Patient Feedback

We are very pleased to have received excellent feedback in the November Friends and Family test. The themes are summarised in the tag cloud above, 98% of patients were either 'extremely likely' or 'likely' to recommend our services. To read more please visit our Patient Feedback page.


Surgery News

Christmas & New Year

Opening times

Garstang Medical Practice will be open as usual throughout the Christmas/New Year period apart from the Bank Holidays. We will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. If you need medical assistance or advice outside of our opening hours, please call the NHS 111 service.

The NHS 111 service is staffed by a team of fully trained advisers, supported by experienced nurses and paramedics. They will ask questions to assess your symptoms, then give you the healthcare advice you need or direct you to the local service that can help you best. That could be A&E, an out-of-hours doctor, an urgent care centre or a walk-in centre, a community nurse, an emergency dentist or a late-opening chemist.

For more information please visit the NHS choices website: www.nhs.uk.


We will be running Open Surgeries every day during the festive period from Monday 23rd December to Friday 3rd January.  Patients must ring the surgery first; it is not a ‘walk in’ service.

When you telephone the surgery you will still need to give the receptionist an idea of your problem so that the clinicians can prioritise and ensure patients are seen by the most appropriate clinician.  If your problem is such that you would prefer not to pass these details to our staff, this will always be respected.  However, we do ask that this is the exception and not the norm as the doctors and nurses will be unable to appropriately assess which patients need to be seen by whom.

The receptionist will give you an allocated time window to come to surgery e.g., 9.00-9.30.  You may then come down at any time within that half hour.  You will be asked to sit and wait to be called in by the most appropriate clinician.

Patients will be able to express a preference as to  who they would like to see but this will not be guaranteed as it will depend on who is available that day and the number of patients requesting any particular clinician.  The doctors will work through the list of patients between them in order of both time and clinical priority.


As we are only closed for 3 days over Christmas and New Year, please order your repeat prescriptions as normal allowing two working days for collection.

Kepple Lane Dispensary is open every day including Christmas Day (10am-1pm), Boxing Day (10am-7pm) and New Year’s Day (10am-7pm).


Changes to Appointment System from January 2020

Following patient feedback and against a background of increasing healthcare needs, we will be introducing some significant changes to our appointment system from January 2020. 

The aim of these changes is to increase the number of pre-bookable appointments in order to try to provide more continuity of care and flexibility around appointments.

We will no longer be offering ‘same day’ accessible appointments other than for medically urgent problems.  Please be assured that if you are unwell and need to be seen that day, you will still be given appropriate medical advice and treatment. We will have a team consisting of a GP, a Nurse Practitioner and a Pharmacist each day specifically dealing with urgent medical problems.

For more information regarding these changes, please read the Changes to the Appointment system document.


Children in Need 2019

Surgery staff dressed in PJs/Onesies on Friday 15th November 2019 to raise money for this year's Children In Need campaign. Children in Need Website


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. For more information see this NHS page - getting your medicines if theres no deal exit.


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. 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 see our appointments page.

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.

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. See our Evening and Weekend appointments page...

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. See our Preventative Medicine page...

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.

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, 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.

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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 the Fylde Coast CCG 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 the CPRD Website or view our Privacy Notice.


The myGP app

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. 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 for myGP app.


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. See Self care resources


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 see our helpful contacts page. 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

Use the link below to visit our Myerscough Students page.

Online Services

Sign up to GP online services to access a range of services via your computer, mobile or tablet. For more information..

NHS 111

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.

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 (nhs.uk)

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Patient UK

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