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Slaidburn Country Practice
 Slaidburn Country Practice
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Slaidburn Country Practice


Monday - 08:00-17:00

Tuesday - 08:00-18:00 

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 Amy Bonner GP



You may now all have heard that Dr Amy Bonner of Bowland Health has been awarded the contract commencing from the 1st October to run Slaidburn Country Practice.

Patients should notice very little difference to the services provided, with Dr Bonner, Dr Ballard and Dr Emerald continuing to provide regular clinics.

We look forward to working with the local population to provide a service which works for everyone and we invite any suggestions and comments as to how we can move forwards.

On behalf of Dr Bonner and all the practice staff we would like to thank the patients for the huge amount of support received over the past couple of months.


ELMS Statement on Slaidburn – 30 September 2019

East Lancashire Medical Services (ELMS) are a not for profit Community Benefits Society that has maintained this patient focused service since 2014, up to 30 September 2019.

ELMS did not feel able to bid in the procurement process conducted by East Lancashire CCG.  Following that process, the Practice will transfer to Bowland Health Limited under Dr Amy Bonner, with effect from 1 October 2019.   

ELMS have been happy to work with Bowland Health to facilitate a smooth transfer of the service and staff and we are glad that GP service at Slaidburn are to be maintained. 

ELMS would like to thank the staff for their loyalty, commitment and professionalism and patients for their support, since 2014.

We wish the patients of Slaidburn, the staff and Dr Bonner well for the future.



Flu season is here again. Again this year, there are two different kinds of vaccines that are targeted at specific age groups. To avoid confusion we are running separate clinics as detailed below. The over 65 year olds will receive one vaccine and patients under this age who fall in the at risk categories will receive a different one. We will also be offering the flu nasal spray to 2 and 3 year olds and the at risk patients under 18 years.


Patients Over 18 and Under 65 at risk

Friday 11st October        10.30am -12.30pm

Tuesday 15th October      10.30am -12.30pm and 2.30pm – 6.00pm




We are also offering the shingles vaccination to patients who are aged 70 to 77.5 years of age and from their 78th birthday until their 80th birthday.  If you would like the vaccination and are unsure if you are eligible please contact the health centre. Unfortunately Government guidelines state we can only give the shingles vaccine to patients in these age groups. This is a one off vaccination and doesn’t need to be repeated.




This vaccination is offered to patients aged over 65 years of age and those in the at risk groups. For most people it is a one off vaccination but certain at risk patients may need it on a more regular basis.


Both the pneumococcal and shingles vaccination can be given at the same time as the flu vaccination.





Extended Access Appointments


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.



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