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Announcement 16th July 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce that Dr John Holden passed away suddenly on 14th July 2018. The Dr’s and staff at the Surgery are understandably greatly saddened by this news and appreciate your respect and privacy during this very sad time.   Dr Holden dedicated his time to the care of his patients and this was his main focus when he founded Garswood Surgery, which will continue to be his legacy.  He will be missed by many and remembered as a thoughtful, caring, colleague, Doctor and friend.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time

There will be a candle lit vigils in remembrance of Dr Holden on Tuesday 17th July at

St Thomas Church, Ashton in Makerfield, 

from 7pm until 8pm

and

on Thursday 19th July at

Holy Trinity Church, Rectory Road, Ashton in Makerfield. from 6pm to 7pm.

All are very welcome to attend

Your kind thoughts and well wishes are much appreciated by the Dr’s and staff at this time


If you are experience problems with your Patient Access account, you can find some useful information at the following website: https://www.digitalhealth.net/2018/06/patient-access-website-and-app-went-down/

Or alternatively to can get in contact with Patient Access and/or see live updates on the Patient Access Twitter page @ptaccesshelp

Need Urgent Dental Care?

If you need help with an urgent dental problem, call our helpline, available from 9am to 9:30pm everyday, including weekends and Bank Holidays.

0161 476 9651 (Local Rate)

Local dental providers offer NHS urgent dental clinics across Cheshire and Merseyside, with urgent appointments for patients who need urgent treatment, advice and support on dental queries or referral to other services.

The service is provided according to strict clinical criteri

a and when you call you'll be assessed by a member of our clinical team to make sure your problem come under either:

  • Trauma - this is usually caused by a blow to the face, a lost filling is not classed as a trauma.
  • Swelling of the face
  • Bleeding, uncontrolled, such as after an extraction
  • Pain that can't be controlled by pain relief medicines.

If you're given an appointment and your problem doesn't fit of the above, you'll still have to pay the NHS fee but may receive advice and not treatment.

Clinic times vary.and at busy times or when your local clinic's not available you may be offered an appointment at an alternative location.

Please not: this is an appointment only service - we do not operate a "drop in" service at any of our surgeries

Non-NHS Services

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Cash payments only please.

Private Medical Certificate/Sick Note£15
Typed medical reports form medical records£89
Supplementary medical reports£25
Fitness to attend gym/exercise class/health£25
Yellow fever vaccination (including WHO Certificate)£70
Holiday cancellation form£18
Fit to Travel Certificate£18
HGV, Taxi, Pre employment medicals£89
Sea-farer's, Racing Driver, Pilot medical£95

Why do GPs sometimes charge fees? Your questions answered

Isn't the NHS supposed to be free?
The National Health Service provides most health care to most people free of charge, but there are exceptions: prescription charges have existed since 1951, and there are a number of other services for which fees are charged. Sometimes the charge is made to cover some of the cost of treatment, for example, dental fees; in other cases, it is because the service is not covered by the NHS, for example, medical reports for insurance companies.

Surely the doctor is being paid anyway?
It is important to understand that GPs are not employed by the NHS, they are self-employed, and they have to cover their costs - staff, buildings, heating, lighting, etc - in the same way as any small business. The NHS covers these costs for NHS work, but for non-NHS work the fee has to cover the doctor's costs.

What is covered by the NHS and what is not?
The Government's contract with GPs covers medical services to NHS patients. In recent years, more and more organisations have been involving doctors in a whole range of non-medical work. Sometimes the only reason that GPs are asked is because they are in a position of trust in the community, or because an insurance company or employer wants to be sure that information provided is true and accurate.

Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge their NHS patients are:

  • accident/sickness insurance certificates
  • certain travel vaccinations
  • private medical insurance reports

Examples of non-NHS services for which GPs can charge other institutions are:

  • medical reports for an insurance company
  • some reports for the DSS/Benefits Agency
  • examinations of local authority employees

Is it true that the BMA sets fees for non-NHS work?
The BMA suggests fees for non-NHS work which is not covered under a GP’s NHS contract, to help GPs set their own professional fees. However, these fees are guidelines only, not recommendations, and a doctor is not obliged to charge the rates suggested. You can read more here about BMA suggested fees.

Why does it sometimes take my GP a long time to complete my form?
Time spent completing forms and preparing reports takes the GP away from the medical care of his or her patients. Most GPs have a very heavy workload - the majority work up to 70 hours a week - and paperwork takes up an increasing amount of their time, so many GPs find they have to take some paperwork home at night and weekends.

I only need the doctor's signature - what is the problem?
When a doctor signs a certificate or completes a report, it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true. In order to complete even the simplest of forms, therefore, the doctor might have to check the patient's entire medical record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor with the General Medical Council or even the Police. 

What will I be charged?
The BMA recommends that GPs tell patients in advance if they will be charged, and how much. It is up to the individual doctor to decide how much to charge, but the BMA produces lists of suggested fees which many doctors use. Surgeries often have lists of fees on the waiting room wall based on these suggested fees.

What can I do to help?
Not all documents need signature by a doctor, for example passport applications. You can ask another person in a position of trust to sign such documents free of charge. 

If you have several forms requiring completion, present them all at once and ask your GP if he or she is prepared to complete them all at once as a 'job lot' at a reduced price. 

Do not expect your GP to process forms overnight: urgent requests may mean that a doctor has to make special arrangements to process the form quickly, and this will cost more.

 
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