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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



ELMS Statement on Slaidburn

East Lancashire Medical Services (ELMS) are a not for profit Community Benefits Society that currently manages the GP service in Slaidburn. Dr Asif Garda is the ELMS Clinical Chair and it is his name that is on the current GMS contract.

We have maintained the service since 2014, despite the financial pressures this has created for ELMS (and previous GP Principals) due to the higher costs of delivering a service in a rural setting and reductions in the contract payments that disproportionately affected small rural GP Practices like Slaidburn. ELMS had been in discussion with the East Lancashire CCG (who buy medical services for the local popluation) about the level of funding necessary to support the service since it came to the Practice in 2014. Some progress was made recently around funding including the CCG's interpretation of the DH atypical funding guidance, for which Slaidburn was the rural model. However, the CCG did not guarantee what ELMS considered an appropriate level of long-term funding, based only on a 2-year contract and ELMS had concerns around the CCG service specification. ELMS therefore decided it had no option but to notify the CCG that it was unable to maintain the service and make losses. ELMS continues to maintain the service to patients during its six month notice period up to 30 September 2019 while the CCG seeks to identify an alternative provider and the CCG process is still in hand.

We are keen that this patient focused service is maintained long-term and ELMS will facilitate a transition to a new provider should that be the decision of the CCG;this could include a further short-term contract extension if this allows the CCG to ensure there is a viable service offer for the patients of Slaidburn for the future, but again that is a decisiuon for the CCG.



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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