Welcome to Northgate Medical Centre

 

We would like to offer a warm welcome to the Northgate Medical Centre surgery website.  The doctors and nurses at the practice in Chester take pride in offering the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare.

We run many clinics for Chronic Disease Care and offer a wide variety of other medical services such as antenatal and postnatal care, travel vaccinations, minor surgery and childhood vaccinations.

Please take time to look around our website for helpful information about our practice.

You can now register for PATIENT ACCESS which means you can book your appointments, cancel your appointments, order your repeat medication and view your medical record on-line. This is a great time saving service which is quick and simple to use. Please ask at reception for details or you can register on-line following the 'PATIENT ACCESS' button below.

Last updated 17.10.17

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Extended Hours

Do you have trouble making a GP appointment during the day due to work commitments?

Did you know that the local CCG runs a GP Extended Hours service for people that have trouble making a GP appointment because they are unable to take time off work?

Early Morning Extended Hour Appointments

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We are now pleased to offer a new service for our patients that are not able to visit the surgery during normal working hours.  From Thursday 1st December we will have appointments available between 07:00 and 08:00 every Tuesday and Thursday.  These appointments are strictly by appointment only, other surgery services will not be available until 08:00.

If you would like to make an appointment or would like further information, please speak to one of our receptionists on 01244 385553.

Please note that this service is additional to the Extended Hours service run by the CCG.

Dental Infections

Please note that we do not prescribe antibiotics for dental infections. This is following advice from the British Medical Association.
If you suspect you have a dental infection you should attend your dentist for treatment.
If you are not registered with a dentist you should phone NHS 111 for advice on emergency dental clinics or attend A&E if you feel it is an emergency.

Sexual Health

Although sexual health is in then same building as Northgate Medical Centre, we care completely separate organisations.  We are unable to connect any calls to this service from our telephone system.

If you need help with any sexual health problems, please call 0300 323 1300 or visit https://www.gosexualhealth.co.uk/

CQC Rating

Publication of Earnings

All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

The average pay for GPs working in Northgate Medical Centre in the last financial year was £65,442 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 2 full time GPs and 4 part time GPs who worked in the practice for more than six months.

Flu Clinics 2017

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Flu Vaccinations

WE STILL HAVE FLU VACCINATIONS AVAILBLE

Please phone to book an appointment after 11.30am Mon-Fri

If you are registered for Patient Access you can book your appointment on-line.

Free flu vaccinations are only available to people that have specific needs, diseases or are in a specific age group.  The NHS vaccination programme provides FREE vaccinations to the following people:-

  • Those aged 65 years or older.
  • People suffering from:-
    • Asthma.
    • COPD.
    • Chronic Heart Disease.
    • Chronic Liver Disease.
    • Chronic Kidney Disease.
    • Chronic Neurological Disease.
    • Diabetes.
    • Problems with the Spleen.
    • Those suffering with a weakened immune system.
    • Pregnant patients

We will be text messages to those with a mobile phone registered, emails and letters to all of those people that are registered at the practice and are eligible for a free flu vaccination. Please ensure we have an up to date mobile phone number for you.

If you are not eligible for a free NHS flu vaccination, you are able to visit your local pharmacy and they will be able to provide and administer your vaccination for a small fee.  Please contact your local pharmacy for more information about this service.

For more information with regards to the flu vaccine, please vist the NHS Choices website at http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/vaccinations/pages/who-should-have-flu-vaccine.aspx

Closed for Staff Training Dates 2017

The surgery will be closed for staff training on the following dates between 12:00-17:00.

Wednesday 20th September

Tuesday 17th October 

Wednesday 15th November

Wednesday 13th December

If you require urgent medical advice during this time, you can ring the surgery number on 01244 385553 and you will be diverted to GP Out of Hours or ring NHS 111.

During a staff training day, all telephone calls will be forwarded to the NHS111 service for triage before being passed to the NHS Western Cheshire GP Out of Hours Service.

Extended Hours: 0300 123 7740 – Option 3

Are you a Carer? Please read this...

 

Does we know you are a Carer? Or do you have a Carer?

Are you providing help and support to a relative, partner or friend who cannot manage because of disability, illness or frailty?

Simply complete Form 1 Registration of Carer form (available from your GP Surgery reception) or Carer's Trust

Complete and hand it back to your GP Surgery who will make an note on your medical records of the person you care for, that you are a Carer.

If you would like your details forwarded to Cheshire & Warrington Carers Trust, please also sign the bottom of the form. They will send you information such as regular newsletter, how to register for Carer's Emergency Card and help access grants and funds. They will inform you of any events happening in your area.

For further details click on this link:

http://cheshireandwarringtoncarers.org/

The Carer's Link for Northgate Medical Centre is Julia McEwen and Lynne Symms.

If you would like a form to register yourself as a Carer please ask us for a form.

 

 

Can't Make Your Appointment?

If for any reason, you are unable to keep your appointment, please let us know by calling 01244 385553.

By cancelling your appointment we may be able to offer it to somebody else.

Repeat Prescriptions

Repeat prescriptions cannot be taken over the telephone. You can order your repeat medication via:-

  • Calling into the surgery and either dropping off the printed repeat medication slip attached to your prescription or by completing a repeat medication form at reception.
  • Using the on-line Patient Access System.
  • Telephoning your normal pharmacy to order on your behalf.

Please remember that it takes us 48 business hours to process your prescription. Prescriptions handed in on a Friday will not be ready for collection until the following Tuesday.

Patient Access


Patient Access will allow you to make appointments with your doctor, order repeat medication and view a summary of your medical records.

If you have not registered for patient access, you can either register online using the button above or pop into the surgery with Photo ID so that we can issue you with your registration paperwork.

Please note, if you register online you will only have limited access to the system, you will still need to bring in Photo ID so that we can lift the restrictions and give you full access.

 

eConsult

We now offer the ability to obtain advice from your doctor via the internet using our eConsult service.

By answering a few questions, we can best direct your query to either an out of hours doctor, a pharmacy or one of our doctors at the surgery.

Click the button below to start your eConsultation.

Missed Appointments

During June 2017, approx 109 appointments were missed by patients.

Please let reception know if you are unable to attend your appointment so that we can offer it to another patient.

Ovarian Cancer Awareness

Only three per cent of women in the UK feel very confident about naming an ovarian cancer symptom. Target Ovarian Cancer want to change this.
Take a look at how to recognise the symptoms of ovarian cancer.
What are the symptoms?
  • Persistent pelvic or abdominal pain (that’s your tummy and below)
  • Increased abdominal size/persistent bloating – not bloating that comes and goes
  • Difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
  • Needing to wee more urgently or more often than usual
Occasionally there can be other symptoms such as changes in bowel habits, extreme fatigue (feeling very tired), unexplained weight loss or loss of appetite. Any post-menopausal bleeding should always be investigated by a GP.
Symptoms will be:
  • Frequent – they usually happen more than 12 times a month
  • Persistent – they don’t go away
  • New – they are not normal for you and may have started in the last year
If you regularly experience any of these symptoms – and they are not normal for you – visit your GP.
It is unlikely that your symptoms are caused by a serious problem, but it is important to get checked out. 
Find information about Ovarian Cancer visit:
http://www.targetovariancancer.org.uk