Briarwood Medical Centre
At Briarwood Medical Centre the staff take pride in offering the highest standard of patient-centred healthcare. We offer a wide variety of medical services including the management of chronic diseases, antenatal and postnatal care, childhood vaccinations and well-person check-ups. In addition to everything you need to know about the practice you will also find a wealth of health-related information in the menu on the right hand side. Please have a look around and do send us some feedback if you like.
COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Update
Now that more doses of Covid-19 vaccines are available, the NHS is able to open more vaccination services in Lancashire and South Cumbria, including large Vaccination Centres and, in the near future, pharmacies. People who are eligible, live near these new vaccination services and who haven’t already been vaccinated by their local GP led vaccination services or hospital hub, will receive letters from the NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service, telling them how they can book their appointment. The NHS is rolling out additional services quickly, but it remains important that the public don’t try to book or go to these services before they receive their booking letter.
If you receive a letter from the national NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service and you book an appointment, please make sure you attend it. The sooner you get your vaccination, when eligible, the earlier you will be protected from Covid-19.
Vaccination centres offer an important additional option for people who are eligible, and we expect more sites to be available across Lancashire and South Cumbria in the coming days and weeks. Please don’t delay having your vaccine, but if you can’t travel to a vaccination centre or you would rather wait for an appointment closer to home, you can choose to do that, and your local GP-led service will be in touch soon to offer an alternative.
In Lancashire and South Cumbria, we expect to put in place additional Vaccination Centres over the coming weeks in Central Lancashire, Fylde Coast, Morecambe Bay and Pennine Lancashire. As soon as these are ready and available they will appear on the national NHS Covid-19 Vaccination Booking Service.
Please do not contact us if you haven’t received an invite yet.
We are very busy at the moment and doing so could prevent a patient who needs our help from getting through. We will contact you when it is the right time for you to book your appointment.
If you are aged 65-69 (cohort 5) you will be invited to book an appointment at one of the regional vaccination centres or a pharmacy service. Local vaccination services, run by groups of GP practices will focus on inviting those aged 16-64 who are at greater risk from Covid-19 (cohort 6) to the local clinics.
If you are aged 65-69 and you haven’t already got an appointment at a local clinic you will receive a letter inviting you to book at one of the regional centres. There are multiple venues across Lancashire with one opening in Preston later this week too. Please don’t worry if you or your family member is housebound, or unable to get to one of these regional centres – contact your GP and they will organise for you to receive a vaccination locally.
If you are aged 16-64 with an underlying health condition that puts you at greater risk or are listed on your own medical record as the carer of someone who is at greater risk, you will be contacted by your GP practice to invite you for your vaccine when they have one for you. Please don’t worry if you don’t get a call straight away as there are lots of people within this cohort and it will take some time to vaccinate everyone. You will be contacted as soon as practically possible.
Issues with our telephone lines
We are sorry for the inconvenience being caused for our patents trying to contact the practice by telephone recently. You may have found that trying to reach us first thing on a Monday morning has been particularly difficult. Like many GP practices in Lancashire, our telephone system is run by a local NHS IT provider who are aware of these issues. We want to assure you these problems have been escalated and explain that fixing them is not in our control, so please be patient with us whilst they are being addressed.
We have been told that over the next few weeks, a short term fix being put in place that should ensure our telephone systems can stay online during very busy periods. In the longer term, we know that upgrades are being made to the system that should fully resolve the problems. Remember, there are other ways that you can contact the practice. Firstly if you are able please review our web pages as this is where we will provide you with the most up to date methods of contacting us or where appropriate other alternatives exist such as:-
- MyGp or PatientAccess; an app that you can download and use to order your prescription.
- Contact us via email on email@example.com
- As usual, you should dial 999 in an emergency and can access NHS111 or your local pharmacy for advice.
Patient Briefing on Coronavirus (COVID-19)
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.
Briarwood Medical Centre is open and if you need to see a GP, please ring us on 01772 529230. We are open from 8.00am to 6.30pm Monday to Friday and 9.00am to 12noon on a Sunday.
You can also call NHS 111. Please do not come to the surgery unless you have an appointment. 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.
If you wish to collect a prescription, please telephone us and arrange to set up a nominated chemist; your prescription will then be sent direct to them (in most cases). If you have a letter/form to drop off, please post it to us using Royal Mail.
Repeat prescriptions can be ordered by phoning us on 01772 529230; by email at firstname.lastname@example.org; online via Patient Access, NHS or mygp apps. If you need an access code for any of the apps, we can email this to you.
Your GP Practice cannot assist you in booking a Covid-19 test and does not provide Covid-19 testing; this can only be done via the national online booking portal or contact NHS 119 by telephone.
If you are clinically vulnerable please read the link under the "Further Information" tab on the right hand side of this page.
(Site updated 01/03/2021)