ANNOUNCEMENT 29th April 2021:
Tomorrow is the last working day of our long serving Practice Manager Mrs Jane Armer.
It has been a joy to work with someone so passionate, calm, and professional all at the same time , it's clear that her dedication towards our patients and all our staff has made a huge positive impact on our Practice.
She has been a vital part of the practice and will be greatly missed.
Unfortunately, due to covid 19 restrictions, we are unable to arrange a 'farewell day' for patients to come in and pass on their best wishes. Our care navigators will be happy to pass on any messages/cards you may wish to send in.
Please do not attend surgery without speaking to care navigator first.
Kingsfold Family would like to take this opportunity to thank her for her valued service at the practice and wish her a happy, long and healthy retirement.
A message from Mrs Jane Armer :
After 17 happy years at Kingsfold Medical Centre it is time for me to leave. I am looking forward to spending time with my family, as covid restrictions ease, and taking time to relax, after what has been an extremely difficult year for us all.
I will miss everyone, staff and patients and send my sincere best wishes to you all.
AstraZeneca Covid-19 Vaccination:
The UK vaccination programme has been very successful with more than 30 million people vaccinated and more than 6,000 lives already saved.
The vaccines approved for use in the UK have met strict standards of safety, quality and effectiveness set out by the independent Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). Any coronavirus vaccine that is approved must go through all the clinical trials and safety checks all other licensed medicines go through. The MHRA follows international standards of safety.
So far, millions of people have been given a COVID-19 vaccine and reports of serious side effects, such as allergic reactions or clotting problems, have been very rare. You can find out more about this rare issue and advice for different age groups here: https://www.healthierlsc.co.uk/CovidVaccination/faqs/astrazeneca-vaccination
Getting your second dose
If you have already had a first dose of AZ vaccine you will be offered a second dose of the AZ vaccine. An alternative vaccine will not be offered for your second dose. Guidance is clear that if you have already had a first dose of AZ vaccine without suffering any serious side effects you that you should complete the course by getting your second dose. This includes people aged 18 to 29 years who are health and social care workers, unpaid carers and family members of those who are immunosuppressed. It is expected that the first dose of the vaccine will have given you some protection, particularly against severe disease.
Patients who are eligible to receive a Covid-19 Vaccination will be invited to book an appointment.
It is really important that you make arrangements to have the vaccine once invited so that together we can return to some state of normal. If you have not received a letter, phone call or text message to book a vaccine, please do not worry, we will notify everyone in priority order when the vaccine becomes available. We would be grateful if you do not telephone the practice or hospital, please wait to be invited.
Due to the coronavirus outbreak, how you contact us will be different at the moment.
This is to limit face-to-face contact whenever possible and help stop the spread of coronavirus.
Your GP practice is open and if you need to see your GP, please ring us on 01772529177
You can also call NHS 111.
Please do not come to the surgery unless you have an appointment.
If you are waiting for a check-up, please be assured we will be in touch
Appointments are being delivered face-to-face, online and over the telephone. If you are asked to come into the surgery for a face-to-face appointment, please remember to wear a face covering. Measures are in place to keep you safe from infection during your visit to the surgery.
IMPORTANT : If a medical appointment is arranged for you here at Kingsfold Medical Centre then please come prepared with your OWN face covering.
We only have a very limited supply of face masks which we need to try and preserve for our Healthcare team so that we can carry on protecting each other during this time.
Reminder: All appointments are currently telephone triaged. For urgent on the day appointments please call at 8am for morning slot and 12 noon for an afternoon slot. There are also a limited number of non-urgent pre bookable telephone appointments available, Please speak to reception.
Thank you for your support.
Key messages relating to COVID-19 Pandemic
- If you need medical help, the NHS is still here for you.
- If you need medical help from your GP practice, contact them either online, by an app or by phone to be assessed.
- If you need urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 online service. If you cannot get help online, call 111.
- If it’s a serious or life-threatening emergency, call 999
- If you are told to go to hospital it is important that you go to hospital.
- You should continue to attend your appointments, unless you have been told not to attend.
- If you are pregnant it is important that you still attend your antenatal appointments and continue to seek advice from your midwife or maternity team.
- If you are worried about your health or the health of your unborn baby, please contact your midwife or maternity team.
- It is important that you or your baby or child still have routine vaccinations. They protect against serious and potentially deadly illnesses and stop outbreaks in the community.
- If the person needing vaccination has coronavirus symptoms or is self-isolating because someone in the household is displaying symptoms, please contact your GP practice for advice.
Click here for "Guidance for Staying Safe when Self Isolating with your Abuser during Coronavirus Pandemic" (.pdf, 299KB)
If you are due for your cervical screening test please ring the surgery on 01772 529177 and speak to one of our Care Navigator’s to arrange your appointment.
We would ask that you attend surgery wearing your own face covering.
Please note that as from the 1st June 2021, you will no longer be able to order prescriptions via telephone at the surgery.
This was put in place as a temporary measure due to the pandemic, but as we have now opened our front door again, we can now start looking at reverting back to original ordering methods.
You can order a repeat prescription via email, using one of the patient app’s such as myGP or the NHS app, or alternatively we will have a prescription box in reception for you to drop your repeat slip into.
CORONAVIRUS SUPPORT SERVICE
This service from AGE CONCERN is aimed at people aged 70 years and over and who need help during periods of self-isolation.
It is aimed at helping those within self-isolation and their carers to access.
Please follow the link to access:
Kingsfold Medical Centre is situated in Penwortham, Preston, Lancashire which forms part of the Chorley & South Ribble Clinical Commissioning Group.
The Practice is currently run by Dr Gokul. Our practice manager is Sangeeta Chikhalikar. We have two Advanced Nurse Practitioners, one Practice Nurse, one Health Care Assistant and eight reception/administrative staff in addition to access to a full primary health care team.
The premises were purpose-built in 1985, and since then have benefited from a further two extensions to the property. The additional facilities provide excellent amenities for our Physiotherapy, Counselling, Antenatal and Diabetic clinics, as well as a theatre for a variety of surgical procedures. The building is well appointed, with adequate parking facilities for both patients and staff, and provides easy access for disabled patients. The practice is fully computerised and has Internet and NHS Net facilities.
Practice Survey Results
Click here to view the latest results of our recent practice survey.
Accident & Emergency or 999
As the name suggests, you should only go to Accident & emergency or call 999 if emergency care is needed.
An emergency includes:
Losing a lot of blood
Difficulty in breathing
Severe chest pains
Suspected broken bones
If you need a DOCTOR URGENTLY During DAY TIME Monday til Friday, please ring: 01772 529 177
If you need a Doctor URGENTLY When Surgery is CLOSED, please ring: 111
From 20th October access to the out of hours service will only be available by calling 111.
Calls to NHS 111 are free from landlines and mobiles
Click here to download an information leaflet about online services
Click here to download this application form and take it in to surgery with an ID Proof (.docx, 49KB)
6.30 - 7.30PM
6.30 - 7.30PM
(door locked at 6.00pm)
(door locked at 6.00pm)
(door locked at 6.00pm)
7 DAY ACCESS SCHEME
We are working with ISSA Medical Centre in Preston to provide
7 day access to Primary Care
If you need a GP appointment outside of normal surgery opening times please ring NHS 111.
NHS 111 will triage your call and may signpost you to an available GP appointment at ISSA Medical Centre in Preston.
If no appointments are available NHS 111 will direct you to an alternative service.
Please Note: Kingsfold Medical Centre run Saturday Morning GP Clinics approximately twice a month. We also run late night GP clinics on a Monday and Tuesday.
Appointments for these sessions can be pre-booked.
The Saturday clinic on the 21st of November has now been cancelled.
Extended Hours Clinics
Extended hours clinics usually take place on Mondays and Tuesdays
Out of hours ring NHS 111 (free call from landlines and mobiles)