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 vaccination status requests
We are understandably receiving lots of enquiries from patients regarding how they can prove their covid vaccination status. A number of the online apps (Patient Access, NHS App, MyGP etc.) give patients the ability to view vaccines that have been given, including covid vaccinations.
If you do not have access to these, you can request a letter from the NHS providing your vaccination status by calling 119 from 17th May.
For further guidance on the Gov.uk website, click here. We would ask that our patients take note of the guidance below which is stated on the Gov.uk site.
COVID-19 Vaccination Programme Update
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.
Please do not contact us if you haven’t received an invite for your 1st vaccine, OR for your follow up 2nd vaccine. WE WILL CONTACT YOU IN DUE COURSE.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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 email@example.com; 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 10/05/2021)