Welcome to Withnell Health Centre
With patients' needs at the heart of everything we do, our website has been designed to make it easy for you to gain instant access to the information you need. As well as specific practice details such as opening hours and how to register, you’ll find a wealth of useful pages covering a wide range of health issues along with links to other relevant medical organisations.
FLU CAMPAIGN 2020
Every Autumn we offer the annual flu vaccination to people at increased risk of flu. This includes:
- Everyone aged 65 and over (including those who turn 65 before 31st March 2021)
- People under 65 who have a condition that we monitor – this list includes Asthma, COPD, Diabetes, Heart Conditions, Obesity, Learning Disability, Pregnancy, Being a Carer
We order the vaccine in January and they are usually delivered towards the end of September.
Last year we vaccinated 1320 people, which is 75% of the total who are eligible for the vaccine.
This year will be exactly the same for these groups. Watch out for posters and text messages in September inviting you, if you are eligible. Please make sure the surgery has your up to date mobile number – you can email this to firstname.lastname@example.org . This year the flu clinics will of course be somewhat different as in order to keep everyone safe they will need to be run following the national social distancing guidance so minimum numbers in the building and all clinicians will need full PPE. So we would ask that you please be patient and bear with us on the day of the clinic.
The change this is year is that the government also wish to vaccinate everyone between the age of 50 and 64 as well. At present we have no further details, other than this will happen AFTER our NORMAL flu campaign – so possibly December. However, if you are aged 50-64 in an at risk group, you should not delay having your flu vaccine.
If you are eligible in this category we will contact you by text message and keep you updated as soon as we have further information. You could also speak to our partners at Withnell Pharmacy if you fall into this category and wish to have the vaccination privately this year.
WEEKEND & EVENING TELEPHONE APPOINTMENTS
Our surgery is open the first weekend of every month and some evenings between 6.30pm and 8pm for telephone calls. To book an appointment please ring the surgery number during opening hours or 01257 514300 outside of opening hours to check availability.
Coronavirus Update 03/08/2020
Withnell Health Centre is open as usual as we continue to provide care to all our patients but we still are asking you not to come to surgery unless asked to do so by a GP or staff member. We will be offering telephone appointments first to everyone, as we do our best to keep everyone safe.
If the GP or nurse decides they wish to see you face to face they will ask you attend surgery. When you arrive please wait in your car in the car park, ring reception to let them know you have arrived and the clinician will come out and get you when they are ready. Please wear a face covering.
We are now undertaking smears, B12 injections and contraceptive injections when these are due so please contact reception who can arrange these.
Blood Clinics are running on Tuesday and Thursday. We are limiting the numbers to 2 in the waiting room so please attend your appointment at your allocated time, do not arrive early as you won’t be allowed to enter. This is to keep everyone safe. Please wear a face covering and upon entering the building, use the hand sanitiser provided and wait at the table by the entrance until a staff member says it ok to go to the waiting room. At that point enter the toilets and wash your hands before proceeding to the waiting room.
Ante-natal Clinics are running on Wednesday. Please follow the procedure above as for blood clinic.
To order repeat prescriptions please email us (email@example.com), use our website www.withnellhc.nhs.uk or if registered use patient access. You can also post via royal mail or pop your request in the post box at the surgery.
If you have ordered a repeat prescription it will automatically be sent to Withnell Pharmacy for collection unless you give us an alternative pharmacy.
If you have been asked to drop off a sample please ensure it is labelled correctly and leave it on the table just inside the entrance.
If you need an appointment with a doctor or nurse please telephone 01254 282630 as usual and we can arrange a telephone appointment for you.
** MOST IMPORTANTLY PLEASE REMEMBER THE BEST WAY TO KEEP YOURSELF PROTECTED IS TO REGULARLY WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP AND WATER**
From 13th January 2018 we have been be working with other local practices (Withnell Health Centre, Whittle Surgery, Drs Baghdjian/Jacobs at Chorley Health Centre, Preston Road Surgery & Clayton Brook Surgery), to provide you with access to a Health Care Professional every night until 20.00 during the week and Saturday & Sunday at varying times. Please see the "Opening Times" page for more details.
NURSE PRACTITIONER APPOINTMENTS
We now have appointments available with our Nurse, Adrienne, who is a fully qualified nurse prescriber so when you ring for an appointment she may be able to suit your health needs and you may be offered an appointment with her instead of the GP. Her appointments are book on the day and are currently via telephone.
IMPORTANT PATIENT INFORMATION
TRAINING DATES FOR FUTURE MONTHS
At least once each month the surgery is closed for staff training and development between 12.30 and 2.00pm - please call 07727 241533 for emergencies during this times. Some months this date may vary but will be advertised.
Periodically on Tuesday afternoons the surgery will be closed from 1pm for a GP protected education sessions organised by Chorley & South Ribble Clinical Commissioning Group. If you need urgent assistance please call 111. We will re-open at 8.30am on the Wednesday.
PROTECTED EDUCATION SESSIONS - FUTURE DATES
11th February 2020 - closed from 1pm
10th March 2020 - closed from 1pm
28th April 2020 - closed from 1pm
9th June 2020 - closed from 1pm
14th July 2020 - closed from 1pm
8th September 2020 - closed from 1pm
13th October 2020- closed from 1pm
10th November 2020 - closed from 1pm
Please call 111 if you need urgent assistance
We no longer offer a telephone prescription ordering service
We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but this decision was forced upon us due to patient safety issues and reported issues of accuracy with this method of ordering.
Therefore the methods of ordering prescriptions will be : -
- Emis Patient Access
- Via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Via the link in the Prescription section of this website.
- Paper request/tick sheet
Please get in touch if you would like to be involved. New members are always most welcome, we are always keen to improve the care we give.
The Healthier Lancashire and South Cumbria ICS are encouraging parents and parents-to-be to sign-up to a new app that is packed full of advice and local information to help them through their pregnancy and beyond. The app has been developed to provide parents with a single source of trusted NHS information for all their maternity needs at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Get Well, Keep Well
Of course we’re not just here for when you are unwell. Our team of healthcare professionals and back-up staff offer a number of clinics and services to promote good health and wellbeing whatever your medical condition.
We hope you enjoy having a look around the site and familiarising yourself with some of the online features such as ordering a repeat prescription. Whatever your thoughts, be sure to let us know via our feedback function. Comments and suggestions are always a great way of helping us continue to enhance the way we look after you.
(Site updated 21/10/2020)