The doctors welcome you to Our GP practice in Blackpool
We are one of the largest and well established GP surgeries in Blackpool, serving over 11,000 patients from our Adelaide Street (Central Blackpool) and Kentmere Drive (Mereside) surgeries.
If you live in our practice area and would like to register with us, please complete one of our registration forms that are available from our reception team or you can pre-register by clicking here. You will be asked to provide identification and proof of address in order to complete your registration.
Whether you visit the Adelaide Street practice or the Harris Medical Centre, you are a valued patient of ours. Our team includes five full-time GPs, an advanced nurse practitioner (ANP) and five senior nurses, as well as our practice business manager, deputy practice manager, two senior receptionists, two secretaries and 15 reception staff. You can find out more about our staff by clicking here.
This website aims to tell you more about the practice and the people who are here to help you. It will also tell you about what services we offer and how best to use them. There is also a section on how you can look after your own family's health. We recommend that you 'Bookmark' it for quick reference.
Christmas Opening Hours
In order to ensure our patients are as prepared as possible for the Christmas period (as far as medication/health issues are concerned anyway!), please take note of the following changes to our normal opening hours over the Christmas/New Year period;
Wednesday, 17th December - 08:00 - 13:00 (13:00 - 18:30 telephone cover for medical advice provided by Fylde Coast Medical Services). Please call the usual surgery numbers for recorded message for contact details.
Wednesday, 24th December - 08:00 - 14:00
Thursday, 25th December - Closed
Friday, 26th December - Closed
Saturday, 27th December - Closed
Sunday, 28th December - Closed
Monday, 29th December - Normal hours
Tuesday, 30th December - Normal hours
Wednesday, 31st December - Normal hours
Thursday, 1st January 2015 - Closed
Friday, 2nd January 2015 - Normal hours
If you require medical assistance at any time during the times we are closed, please call the usual numbers to listen to the out of hours contact arrangements.
One of the most common problems people have over the Christmas period is running out of medication. Please, please, please take time to look at your current stock of medication and if you are likely to run out over Christmas, please put in a request for medication in good time. Please bear in mind that medication requests normally take 2 days to process, so please ensure we have them as soon as possible.
We would like to take this opportunity of wishing all of our patients a very happy Christmas and a happy & healthy 2015.
As the government announces measures to try and diagnose people with dementia earlier, we thought this video may encourage those patient with the early signs of dementia to come forward and speak to their GP.
These 3 ladies show that patients with the early onset of dementia quite rightly remain positive about their diagnosis;
If you are worried that you, or someone you know, may be suffering from the early signs of dementia, please don't put it off. Book an appointment to see your GP.
Parking at Adelaide Street site
We would genuinely love to provide parking for all of our patients, but unfortunately we don't even have enough parking for staff most of the time.
If you do not have a valid permit, please do not park anywhere around the building as you may well receive a ticket, even if you are here for an appointment.
The issuing of parking tickets is managed by an external company and the practice does not have the authority to have them rescinded.
There is on-street parking on South King Street and a large car park across the road, accessible via Leopold Grove.
Warning re LifeLine Screening Letters
We have been contacted by one of our patients who has received unsolicited mail from a company called LifeLine Screening, offering a screening test for upto 4 conditions - at a cost of £149.
The letter she received uses very emotive language such as 'Your risk of stroke is high' and are specifically worded to create unnecessary concern amongst our more elderly patients whom these letters are specifically targeted at. Furthermore, the events that you are invited to are not attended by a doctor and the results are not fed back to us at the practice.
We would urge anyone who receives one of these letters to discard it immediately and if you have any concerns regarding your health, please book an appointment to see your own GP.
Finally, the practices used by this company have featured on BBC's Watchdog programme, which you can view by clicking on the picture below.
Flu Season - who should have the jab?
In preparation for this years vaccinations, you might like to take 2 minutes to check which vaccine you will need (or even if you will need one at all).
You will only be invited to have a flu vaccination if you fall into one of the following categories;
- You are over 65 years old
- Your are over 6 months old with a serious medical condition
- You are a carer for someone with a serious medical condition
- You are pregnant
- If your child was aged 2,3 or 4 on 1st September 2014 they are also invited to attend and have the Fluenz-Tetra nasal vaccination as part of the national vaccination programme. More information
If you are not eligible to receive a flu vaccination on the NHS, but would still like to be vaccinated, there are various pharmacies and larger supermarkets who offer this service privately. Charges are usually around £10-15 per vaccine.
How your information is shared
There is a big campaign from the Government at the moment to make patients aware of how information we, as your GP's, share information about your care with other healthcare providers and service commissioners.
This information can include your postcode, your age, your NHS Number and details about the care you receive. However, it does not include your name or address.
With this in mind, you will shortly be seeing posters appearing in our reception areas that give you more information about this.
In addition to this, they have produce a leaflet to explain in a bit more detail, how the information is used. The leaflet is available from our reception team, or you can view it online by clicking here.
The leaflet also gives you information about what to do if you do not want us to share your information.
Update March 2014 - This scheme of work has now been postponed until at least Autumn 2014 to give the Dept. of Health time to make sure that the public is properly consulted. See BBC News story for more information.
Recent Measles outbreaks
If you have concerns regarding the recent outbreak of measles in parts of England and Wales and you are wondering if your child has been vaccinated, or you would like further advice, please click the following link for further information Measles MMR leafletor contact the practice.
Book appointments via your Smartphone
In addition to our popular service that allows our patients to book appointments online, we now have the ability to offer appointment booking via your smartphone!
You will need to be registered for online appointment booking already (If you're not already registered, click here and register), then simply download the 'App' to your phone.
Once you've completed your registration you will need your User ID and password to access the app via your smartphone.
The Surgery Pod has landed...
Anyone who has recently visited Adelaide Street or Harris Medical Centre could not have failed to notice the new Surgery Pod's that are located in each waiting room.
If you've been wondering what they are all about, just go up and touch the screen and follow the instructions - There is no need to make an appointment. With the Surgery Pod you can;
- Take your own blood pressure
- Complete a new patient questionnaire
- Take various health surveys on smoking, alcohol consumption, depression assessment and BMI (Weight vs Height)
What's more is that all the results are added directly to your medical record.
We hope you like the new service - please do feel free to come in and use it - and of course, let us know your thougths through our feedback page.
Booking appointments online
We would remind patients that our online appointment booking service is available and now have over 1000 patients using it on a regular basis. Why not join them? To register to book your appointments online simply ask for a registration letter at reception or you can request one by clicking this link and completing the online form.
Losing a loved one
If you have recently lost a loved one and would like more advice on who you need to inform, take a look at our end of life and bereavement page by clicking here
If you have a Facebook account, please 'Like' our new page using the button below. We will then keep you up to date on developments at the practice.
(Site updated 18/12/2014)