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5th July 2016 at 4:40 pm
We are sorry to announce that Dr Lucinda McWhor will be leaving the Practice on the 16th of August 2019.
She would like to express her thanks and gratitude at having had the privilege of looking after such a wonderful set of patients over many years.
She has thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone at the practice and wishes both patients and staff all the very best for the future.
Practice Announcement – staff training day
Tuesday 10th September 2019. The surgery will be closed from noon for staff training and will re-open on Wednesday 11th September at 8.30am . If you need urgent healthcare advice please call 111. Apologies for any inconvenience caused.
Same day help for your poorly child
If your child has become unwell in the last few days and you would like urgent advice then please contact the surgery and we will arrange for a clinician to speak to you and if necessary to see your child, today – this could save you an unnecessary trip to A+E or a Walk-in Centre. Can we also make you aware of the Little Orange Book, which provides expert help for parents and carers on how to manage common problems in babies and small children – ask your GP for a copy, or view it online here
Heaton Road Surgery was rated as outstanding overall in May 2015. To view the report you can go to http://www.cqc.org.uk/location/1-571990671 or click on the link below.
If you think that you may need to have your ears syringed please download the leaflet below and follow the instructions before you contact the surgery for an appointment.
Heaton Road Surgery is a ‘training practice’. This means that young doctors wanting to enter general practice spend six months at a time with us as part of their training. As a training practice, your medical records may be used for educational purposes, but your confidentiality is ensured at all times.
Ordering of Repeat Prescriptions
In order to request repeat medication please use one of the following methods.
A ‘healthier lifestyle’ helps you feel better:
Register at our practice
We are currently accepting new patient registrations at the Practice.
Registration forms can be collected from the surgery or downloaded and completed in advance. Please bring the completed forms plus appropriate proof of identity into the surgery where a receptionist will check your details.
If you wish to download the registration forms please choose the relevent pack from the following:
Patient Choice Scheme for Out of Area Registrations
We are not participating in the Patient Choice Scheme for Out of Area Registrations. This is for a number of reasons, the most important of which is that we have not yet been informed of what the urgent care arrangements will be for out of area patients who are unable to attend the surgery. We believe that this may impact on patient safety so we will continue to request that patients moving out of our practice area reregister with a new practice.
Online Patient Access
You can book appointments to see your doctor, place orders for repeat prescriptions and also view a summary of your medical records online.
To do this you need to register at Reception please see our opening times. When you register , we’ll give you all the information you need to get going.
Click on the link below to see how we intend to improve this service.
Please click the link above (“Practice Leaflet”) to download our practice leaflet.
Patients are advised to refer to the guidance provided on the TravelHealthPro website:
Having read the above guidance we request that patients requesting NHS travel vaccinations download the travel risk assessment form, below, which is to be completed and returned to the surgery. Upon receipt of the completed travel risk assessment form our practice nurse will contact you to discuss your request further and, if required, offer you an appointment.
Please note that travel vaccinations do not take priority over medical appointments. We therefore advise that you submit your completed travel form in a timely manner (approximately 2 months before your date of travel).
We do not provide a private travel vaccination service therefore we are only able to offer vaccinations covered by the NHS programme. Private travel advice and vaccinations can be sought at many larger pharmacies.
Patient Participation Group
We are actively looking for patients to join our Patient Participation Group. The members meet between two and four times a year with staff members to discus practice matters and input from the members is greatly appreciated. If you are interested in joining the group please contact the surgery.
All calls to and from the practice are recorded for training and monitoring purposes. If you do not wish to have your calls recorded please notify the practice.
Booking an appointment:
To book an appointment please call in at the surgery and speak to a receptionist or telephone us on 0191 2655911. You can also book an appointment via our online patient access facility, please see our prescriptions page for a link to the user instructions and agreement.
Length of appointment:
Normally, an appointment with one of our doctors is of 10 minutes duration. However, if you feel you will need longer than this, please advise the receptionist at the time you are making your appointment.
It is helpful to bear in mind that it is difficult for the doctor to attend properly to several different issues in a single 10 minute appointment.
Cancelling an appointment:
If for any reason you cannot attend your appointment, or no longer require it, please call reception on 0191 2655911 to let us know. This allows us to offer the appointment to other needy patients and saves both time and money for the NHS.
Text message reminders are sent out 2 days before your appointment. If you would like a text reminder please ask when booking your appointment.
For information on our appointments and how they work please see our Appointment information leaflet
Please allow 48 hours for your repeat prescription to be processed. From 1st July 2018 requests for repeat prescriptions can be taken in person at the surgery, by fax, post, or by using the online patient access facility.
The online facility allows patients to order repeat prescriptions and book GP appointments this is also available via an app on your mobile phone.
Please click on the link below for the Practice Agreement and instruction to apply to for use the online facility:
User Instruction Agreement
Once the agreement is signed you will need to visit the surgery to obtain your user name and password.
You will be asked from time to time to make an appointment with a doctor or nurse to check your repeat medication to ensure that this is still the most appropriate treatment for you.