12th Dec 2023

Winter Vaccinations

  • From Friday 15 December, the national booking system, NHS App and 119 phone service will be closed for flu and COVID-19 vaccination booking.
  • We encourage you to book now so you are protected in time for the winter holidays and whilst it is most convenient to book. After this date you can book a COVID-19 vaccination directly with a local vaccination service, such as a pharmacy or visit a walkin site. You can book a flu jab by contacting your GP surgery or find a pharmacy.
5th Jul 2023

How to make a complaint about primary care services is changing on 1 July 2023

There are two ways you can make a complaint: 

  • You can make a complaint about the service you received at our practice directly to us. To do this please contact reception who will be able to assist you with your complaint.
  • You can complain to the commissioner of the service: this is the organisation that paid for the service or care you received. 

For more information click here

12th Apr 2023

Access to GP health records

People over 16 can now see new information added to their health record. This includes notes from appointments, test results, and letters. You can view this via the NHS App, NHS website, or another GP online app you use. If you don’t want to see your record, speak to your GP.

For more information click here

22nd Nov 2022


Dear Patient

Our telephone system is not working. Our telephone provider is working hard to put this right. 

thank you for your patience

Practice Manager

17th Jan 2022

Practice Newsletter

Dear Patients


Welcome to our new Practice Newsletter, we hope you find it helpful to keep you up to date with surgery news.


New Website:

Welcome to our new website! We hope you will find it easy to find what you need and that you will find some useful information on it - both about our services and about your health and how you can look after yourselves. We will be slowly adding to it over the coming months and we will keep you updated with a monthly newsletter on our ‘Practice News’ page. We would also like your suggestions on what you would want to see on our website or things that we can help you to get the information for. Please visit our ‘Complaints and Suggestions’ page and complete a form to let us know your thoughts and suggestions.

Challenges for Everyone:

This has been a very difficult 18 months for everyone, and the first thing we would like to say is how sorry we are for all of you who have lost loved ones during the COVID-19pandemic, for those who have been sick , for those of you who have lost jobs and income, for those of you who have felt the mental strain of it all. The staff at the practice have had their share of losses and illness too and extend their heart felt thoughts to you. You may have noticed that some key members of our team are not able to work at present and are sorely missed.

During the last 18 months we have had to work very differently- and we know many of you have found this hard- so have we! The necessity for it is clear though- in the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic when Italy was having a surge in cases it was recognised that the Primary Care Surgeries and healthcare centres were a major cause of spreading the virus, and in theUK it was decided that steps must be taken to stop this from happening. A waiting room like ours would be an obvious way in which the virus could spread, hence the move to talking to patients on the telephone first and only bringing patients into the building who need to be seen. We hope that in 2022 we will go back to a more traditional way of working- but keeping some of the flexibility of phone consultations that suit some situations. Time will tell!

We know that getting an appointment has been very difficult and still is but we are working hard to improve this. The reasons for this include, the fact that due to the increased pressures on the hospitals, the surgery has had to take on a lot of extra work that would normally be done by the hospitals, on top of this we have had to run the COVID-19 vaccination clinics, we do a daily virtual ward round for high risk patients with Coronavirus and we run a weekly clinic for patients with Long COVID-19 symptoms. Also, many of our patients we are seeing are sicker because they have not been able to go to the hospital clinic so they take longer to treat. Interestingly we usually see a slow down in demand over the Summer months when many patients travel abroad but due to international and national restrictions, this has not been happening this year!

What are we doing about it?

To boost our clinical workforce, we are trying lots of different things, including:

  • We are currently recruiting 2 new Doctors. 1 will start in October and we are hoping another will join us very soon thereafter.
  • We try to engage locum Doctor’s but unfortunately locums Doctors are in short supply at present and we have not been able to get as many locum Doctors as we would normally do over the summer months. We are hoping this will get better after the summer holidays.
  • We have employed a new pharmacy team who will use their skills and expertise to work with you to review your medications. The will be working with the Doctors to make sure you are on the right dosage and medication so they will be doing most of your medication reviews. This will free up Doctor and Nursing time so you can get appointments with them a little easier.
  • From September we are changing our appointment system once again to ensure we have more same day appointments as this is the greater demand at the moment. This will mean that we have fewer appointments for the Doctors and Nurses to follow up your problems, so the wait for follow ups may be a little longer than it was previously. We appreciate your understanding of this while we see if this works for everyone. We are constantly lookiing at our appointment system to ensure we are giving you the best access to our services that we can. 

What can you do to help?

If you feel unwell, do use the website page ‘Health Advice’ and click on the links to see whether there is anything you can do for yourself to help with the symptoms that you are feeling. If you have minor symptoms consider whether you should see a Pharmacy First colleague. This is a service provided by fully trained pharmacists who can advise on minor ailments such as coughs, colds, sore throat, earache etc.  All local pharmacies run this service and have private rooms for you to talk to a Pharmacist if you need to. If you have more serious symptoms please do contact us in the usual way.

You may have a problem that does not need an appointment with a clinician, such as a query about a report or about a hospital appointment these can be dealt with by our secretarial team or administration team.

  • For the secretaries, call between 08.00am and 4:00pm and press option 2
  • For medical reports, call between 8.00am and 3.00pm and press option 3

Our staff have had to work harder than ever over the last 18 months, often working very long weekdays and weekends to provide a service and to keep on top of the demanding workload. We know that some patients have taken their frustrations out on our frontline reception staff and we would like to ask for you not to do this. The lack of appointments is not their fault, this is a national problem which all GP surgeries are facing. This is sadly related to a very underfunded NHS now under strain because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Shouting and swearing at the staff causes undue stress and illness for the staff and does not help you in any way. Please try to put yourself in their shoes as we are trying to put ourselves in your shoes. We do understand your frustrations as our staff are also patients too and face the same frustrations with their own surgeries as you do with ours. We will try hard to listen to your constructive comments and make improvements as far as we are able to but abuse and aggression will not be tolerated and we will use our zero tolerance policy as we need to.


Thoughts and Prayers:

On a final note we would like to extend our heartfelt sympathies to all patients who are suffering due to the worry concerning friends and family in Afghanistan. There are no words to express how sorry we are for all you are going through and our prayers and thoughts are with you.


13th Dec 2021

Flu Vaccines

Flu Vaccinations

Flu is a serious illness and the best way to protect ourselves and others is getting vaccinated.
Watch our video which explains who is eligible and why it’s important to get the vaccine. Please watch the YouTube video below


Some children will also be offered the vaccine - find out more HERE
It’s now more important than ever that you help us to help you. Protect yourself, your family and those you care for and get the flu vaccine if you are eligible.
For more information visit our webpage

31st Aug 2021

The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service

The first call for help takes courage.  If you or someone you know is struggling with their mental health or wellbeing, expert help is available from Op COURAGE: The Veterans Mental Health and Wellbeing Service.

If you’re due to leave the Armed Forces, just left the Armed Forces or left many years ago, Op COURAGE is here to help.  You will be able to speak to people who:

  • understand the Armed Forces and military life
  • are either from the Armed Forces community or highly experienced in
  •  working with Serving personnel, Reservists, Veterans and their families
  • will work with you to make sure you get the right type of specialist care, support, and treatment.

The service can be contacted directly by yourself or you can ask your GP, a charity or someone else, such as a family member or friend, to do this on your behalf.

 What will happen when you contact Op COURAGE

To make sure you get the right care and support, you will first have an assessment by someone who understands the specific needs of the Armed Forces community.

The service offers a range of treatment, which includes:

  • working with Defence Medical Services to make sure you get mental health care and support as you transition from the military to civilian life
  • recognising the early signs of mental health problems and providing care and treatment for this
  • therapeutic treatment for more advanced mental health conditions and psychological trauma
  • intensive emergency care and treatment if you’re in a crisis
  • helping you to access other NHS services if needed, such as psychological therapies (IAPT) services and eating disorder services
  • working with charities and local organisations to support you with your wider health and wellbeing needs, such as housing, relationships, finances, employment, drug and alcohol misuse and social support.

 For more information, visit the NHS website at