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The surgery will be closing on Thursday 26th July 2018 at 10.45am

As the GPs and reception staff will be attending Dr Holden’s funeral.

The surgery will reopen from 8am on Friday 27th July 2018.

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


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:

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

Repeat Prescriptions


NHS St Helens needs your help!

You will have heard on the news that the NHS needs to make savings of £15-20 billion over the next 3 years (this is about 17% of the total NHS budget). Locally NHS  St Helens needs to save £24 million over the next 12 months.

Medicines Changes
We know some of these savings can come from prescribing without affecting patient care. Therefore your regular medication may be switched to a different product which will have exactly the same effect but will cost the NHS less. We will give you information about any changes. If you have any concerns please discuss with your GP, practice nurse or chemist.

Medicines Waste
Each year NHS St Helens spends around £60 million on medicines. However we know that at least £1.5 million worth of medicines each year are returned to chemists unused. These medicines cannot be re-used and are destroyed. Please ONLY order medication that you need and do not stockpile your medicines at home.  Furthermore, stockpiling medication is unwise as many medicines have a short shelf life and the doctor may change your prescription to a different drug.

If there are medicines on your list that you no longer take please inform you doctor, practice nurse or chemist. Thank you.

For safety reasons we do not take requests for repeat prescriptions over the telephone.

blue_yellowRepeat Dispensing

It is now possible to obtain your repeat medicines without having to see the doctor for a prescription each time. 

The service, known as repeat dispensing, is ideal for those whose medication is generally stable and is proving very popular with our patients. 

If you would like to learn more about Repeat Dispensing or apply to join the scheme, please ask at reception.

Wherever possible you should use the re-order slip attached to your prescription to order your next prescription. You can request a print out of your re-order slip from the receptionist at any time.


Here are the ways you can re-order your repeat medication:

  • Securely Online
    You can order your repeat prescription via Patient Access.
    Click here to access this facility.
  • In person
    You can drop your request off in person at any time when the surgery is open.
    Alternatively, you can put your request into the post box which is located near the entrance door to the surgery. We empty the post box daily.
  • Post
    You may post your request (if you enclose a reply paid envelope we will mail your prescription back to you).
  • Fax
    Please fax your requests to 01942 713432. Please note that we cannot fax prescriptions back.

Understanding your medicines

It is not possible for us to consider all possible side-effects of your medication during normal consultations. We therefore recommend that you read the Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) enclosed with any medicines prescribed by the NHS.

According to the MHRA (Medicine’s and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency), “Self-care, a key government objective, relies heavily on patients having sufficient high quality information on which to base their decision-making”. The PIL is intended to provide uniform, objective and up to date information to which you can refer to at all times in order to help you to participate fully in concordant decision-making about medicines prescribed, or recommended, by healthcare professionals.

They should be read regularly to check for any changes as the pharmaceutical companies do update PILs from time to time as knowledge develops.

Please discuss any matters that may arise with your pharmacist in the first instance.

What should I do if I change my Pharmacy?

If you change Pharmacy and arrange for your prescriptions to be electronically sent to them, please let the surgery know so that we can update it in your medical record.

If there is a fault with the system or if you are prescribed certain medications that cannot be sent via EPS, your prescription will be printed. In this case we need to manually update your record with your new pharmacy.

You can notify us via email at , telephone or call into the surgery.

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