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Slaidburn Country Practice
 Slaidburn Country Practice
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Slaidburn Country Practice


Monday - 08:00-17:00

Tuesday - 08:00-17:00 

Wednesday - 08:00-17:00  

Thursday - 08:00-17:00 

Friday - 08:00-17:00


Telephone: 01200 413640 (Monday to Friday 8.00am to 6.30pm)

Outside of these hours phone 111 for medical assistance. In a medical emergency dial 999.

Email- teamslaidburn@nhs.net


Dr Asif Garda Lead GP


As you are probably aware, we are experiencing ongoing funding issues.

East Lancashire Medical Services (ELMS) notified East Lancashire CCG (the NHS body that buys medical services for the population in East Lancs) that ELMS will be unable to maintain the practice beyond 8th May 2019.  This is not something they have done lightly or by choice but results from the historic financial pressure this service has placed on ELMS and the lack of clarity around long term funding to allow the practice to effectively plan and deliver the service to patients. As a not profit Community Benefits Society, ELMS see the value in a local service and they have done all they can to maintain a service but are struggling to sustain that but they will support a transition to a new provider after that period if appropriate funding is in place.


Meanwhile at the Health Centre, it is business as usual. Clinics are being provided by our regular locum doctors. Kath Webster is running her practice nurse clinics and running the dispensary. Heather Harrison and Gail Taylor continue to look after the admin and reception work, whilst helping in the dispensary as well.


Did you know?

Extra GP and Nurse appointments are now available through this practice.


Ask our Reception staff to book you an appointment

at any of the community clinics.


Monday to Friday - 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Saturday – 10 am to 4 pm

Sunday – 10 am to 4 pm


To book an appointment, call the practice or speak to reception.


More GP appointments for East Lancashire residents

An innovative new scheme has been launched in East Lancashire to increase the number of GP appointments available to patients in the area.  The scheme, known as extended GP access was first suggested in a public consultation in 2016 when NHS East Lancashire CCG proposed to improve GP access across East Lancashire.

The GP extended access scheme has been tried and tested in Hyndburn since January this year and now will be available for residents of Burnley, Pendle, Ribblesdale and Rossendale.  Patients registered with GPs in each area will be able to benefit from extended GP access in a system set up and run by local GPs to improve access to GP services. 

Every GP practice in each area of East Lancashire will be involved in the new extended GP access system. NHS East Lancashire has commissioned a local group of GPs working across the whole of East Lancashire called the EU Federation of GPs to introduce the scheme in each area.  

The extended GP access scheme means that patients can make an appointment by telephone or face to face with their GP practice to see a GP or practice nurse, from 6.30 pm to 8.30 pm at night on week days and from 10 am to 4 pm on a Saturday and Sunday.   The system has been set up by local GPs working collectively to improve access to GP and practice nurse services.  The appointments available in these extra weekday and weekend hours are in addition to the usual GP surgery opening hours from 8 am to 6.30 pm.

 The GPs will be able to access the full medical record and history to enable a thorough assessment and course of treatment. It also means that the patients record will be updated which will provide continuity of care.  Appointments are being made for GP and nurse consultations from extended GP access hubs in Burnley, Hyndburn and Pendle. Rossendale and Ribblesdale will follow.

Burnley – St Peters via Burnley Group Practice

Hyndburn – Peel House Medical Centre

Pendle – Yarnspinners via Reedyford Practice  

Rossendale – Haslingden Health Centre via Dr Mackenzie & Partners from the 24th September

Ribble Valley – currently patients can access any of the other areas with a local site anticipated to go live by the 1st November



Care Navigation

You may have noticed that we now ask for a brief outline of your problem when you call to make an appointment at the practice. This is because we have developed a new role in the practice called a care navigator - to help you see the right health professional first time. We have trained the staff on reception to take on this new role. Our care navigators will work with you to fully understand what your needs are and ensure that we help you with your problem efficiently and conveniently. Thir goal is to ensure you get the right care at the right time in the right place with the right outcome.

For example, we can calls that can be dealt with by an optician, the pharmacist or the nurse, that you may not be aware of if you haven't visited the practice for a while by working this way, it helps free up time for GPs to care for our patients with complex or serious health conditions and it means that you will find it easier to get a GP appoinmtnet when you need one. More importantly though, it means you are seen by the most appropriate health professional that is bext placed to deal with your problem each time you visit us. The choice is up to you.

Visit the Real Ribblesdale website www.ribblevalley.realtd.co.uk to find out more about the full range of services available locally.


Resignation of Dr Massey

Slaidburn Health Centre is sorry to announce that Dr Massey has made the difficult decision to resign as a GP at the Practice.

Dr Massey will leave the practice in the first week of October 2018 and move on to follow up on new career opportunities. Dr Massey would like to express her thanks and gratitude at having had the privilege of looking after such wonderful patients since 2011 and will greatly miss them and has many fond memories. She has thoroughly enjoyed working with everyone at Slaidburn and wishes patients and staff all the very best for the future.

The surgery will become the direct responsibility of ELMS from October, as senior partners, until the best way forward for the practice becomes clearer from the anticipated report from the Local Medical Committee- this report will inform any potential service redesign and/or funding needs if the Practice is to be viable. The Practice remains open as normal and GP cover will continue to be provided by the regular GPs, supported by the excellent nurse and admin team who remain at Slaidburn.


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