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Hub Appointments With GP's & Other Health Care Professionals


If you're a patient with a chronic, complex or long term condition then in order to ensure your continuity of care it is important that you are seen by your GP here at the surgery.However, patients with non-chronic problems may get an appointment with a GP or other health care professional far more quickly or at short notice at one of the community hubs.


Monday to Friday 6.30pm - 8.00pm at Parkview Medical Practice


Saturday 8.00am - 12.00 at St Mary's Health Centre


Sunday 9.00am to 12.00am at Briarwood Medical Centre


The service offered is for pre-booked appointments and also a limited amount of appointments which are bookable on the day.Please note that once hub availability is full, you may be directed to an alternative service.


In a genuine emergency you should call 999.  Chest pains and/or shortness of breath constitute an emergency.

Welcome to

Briarwood Medical Centre

With effect from Tuesday 21 June 2022 our new telephone number will be 01772 364999.

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.

Accessing GP services

Briarwood Medical Centre is open and if you need to see a GP, please ring us on 01772 364999. 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.  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.

Not all conditions need to be seen by our GP's in a face-to-face appointment. When contacting us, you will undergo an assessment (called triaging) of your needs.  If safe and appropriate to do so the clinician may undertake your consultation via telephone or through a video consultation.  Lots of common conditions can be diagnosed using mobile devices, telephone or video thanks to the experience of the clinicians and their ability to recognise the signs and symptoms of conditions from the information you provide. However, if they judge that it is safer and more appropriate to organise a face-to-face appointment for you then this will be arranged. 

If for a number of reasons, you aren’t able to have an appointment via video technology then your clinician will arrange an alternative option – either a phone call, or a face-to-face appointment for you.  Your community pharmacy can support you with a wide range of minor ailments.

We are the Greater Preston Network Group, a primary care network within Greater Preston. A Primary Care Network (PCN) is a group of surgeries working together to build on existing primary care services and enable greater provision of proactive, personalised, coordinated and more integrated health and social care for people close to home. A new format for the access service is starting in October, creating appointments out of core hours, and on the weekends at a designated surgery on each day.   Please help us by completing the following survey:  https://forms.office.com/r/fYCgFYtjpz

Message from Dr Methukunta, Senior Partner

To keep our patients safe and prevent our staff from catching COVID or having to self-isolate, we will be doing telephone (or digital) consultations first and then inviting those patients that we need to see face to face into the surgery. In view of the extremely infection nature of this new strain we will be rigorously applying control of infection measures within the practice and ask patients to comply with these requirements.

We will do our very best to meet our patients needs but there may be times in the extreme circumstances we are now in that we have to prioritise those in greatest need. Many minor illnesses are self-limiting and do not need a clinical intervention. Patients can often seek help for such conditions from the local pharmacy. Routine care where a patient’s condition is stable may need to be delayed for a while.

We will always do our best for our patients but ask for your understanding in these most challenging of circumstances.

Covid vaccination status requests

From 17 May 2021, people in England who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can demonstrate their vaccination status for international travel. A full course is currently two doses of any approved vaccine. Vaccine status will be available through the NHS COVID Pass service from: 

  • the NHS App which you can download from app stores 

  • the NHS website 

  • 119 - by requesting a paper letter

You will need to register to use the online services, if you have not already. It may take more than a week for your identity to be checked and verified.

If you cannot access the online services, and you have had both doses of the vaccine, you can request a paper letter from the NHS by calling 119. Only call 119 if you are due to travel outside the UK in the near future and have had your second dose more than 5 working days ago. It may take up to 7 working days for the letter to arrive.

This practice is not able to provide you with a letter that shows your COVID-19 vaccination status. Please do not contact the practice about your COVID-19 vaccination status unless you have been advised to by the 119 service.

When you're planning your travel, you should check the latest information on demonstrating your COVID-19 status when travelling abroad on the gov.uk website. Make sure there is enough time to get proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status before you are due to travel.

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(Site updated 09/08/2022)
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