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News

Health Centre website now up and running
Hello again. Thank you to everyone who responded to my article in the last edition. I have now met some very nice people who have given us some very good ideas.

By the time you read this we should be coming to the end of our special clinics for giving the H1N1 (swine flu) vaccine for those recommended to have it. If you haven’t received an invitation and think you should have, please contact the surgery.

New website and evening surgery

During these winter months, and with the increase in the population of Barrow, demand on doctors’ appointments has been great. For this reason, the doctors have decided to open the surgery one evening a week on a Wednesday from the end of March, 6.30pm to 8.30pm with two doctors on duty. These appointments are not for emergencies, but for those patients who find it difficult to get to the surgery during the working day. They will be available to book in advance, and you will be able to book some through our website. This is now up and running. If there is any information you would like to see on it please don’t hesitate to contact me. You will be able to request your repeat prescriptions and book those Wednesday evening appointments through the website:- www.barrowhealthcentre.co.uk

Telephone advice

For those who can get to day-time surgeries the best way to get an appointment is to come to the surgery for 8am or telephone at 8am onwards. We are very aware of the difficulties some of you face getting through, and that sometimes all the appointments have been taken. If this happens to you, ask the receptionist to put you on a doctor’s telephone list. You will get a call from a doctor in the morning and if he/she feels telephone advice is not sufficient, then you will be given a time to come to the surgery. We also have three highly trained nurses who are available every morning to see patients with minor ailments, but also have access to doctor appointments should they feel it necessary. We will do everything we can to meet demand.

From time-to-time we get patients who need urgent treatment. If you or someone in your family suddenly becomes breathless and or has chest pain, or you suspect has suffered a stroke please call an ambulance via 999. If you need urgent medical help and call the surgery, please tell the receptionist it’s urgent - there is always a doctor on duty who can come to the phone.

Plans for redeveloping the surgery

We are at the moment awaiting approval for plans to be passed by the Primary Care Trust to redevelop the inside of Barrow Health Centre. This will give us an extra consulting room and another treatment room. Apparently we have been at this stage four times before and the plans have never got any further. Let’s hope this time we have more success and we get the builders in!

Alison Lee (Practice Manager)