Astley General Practice
telephone: 01942 876339
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Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)
If you get regular prescriptions the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) may be able to save you time by saving you unnecessary trips to your GP. The Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) allows your GP to send your prescription directly to your chosen pharmacy without a paper prescription.
How using EPS could benefit you
If you collect your repeat prescriptions from your GP, you will not have to visit your GP practice to pick up your paper prescription. Instead, your GP will send it electronically to the place you choose, saving you time.
You will have more choice about where to get your medicines from because they can be collected from a pharmacy near to where you live, work or shop.
You may not have to wait as long at the pharmacy as there will be time for your repeat prescriptions to be ready before you arrive
Please speak to your nominated pharmacist to activate your EPS.
Is this service right for you?
Yes, if you have a stable condition and you:
This service is not suitable for all patients. It may not be suitable if you:
How can you use EPS?
You need to choose a place for your GP practice to electronically send your prescription to. This is called nomination. This could be a pharmacy local to your home or work address.
Ask any pharmacy or a member of the reception team to add your nomination for you. You don’t need a computer to do this.
Can I change my nomination or cancel it and get a paper prescription?
Yes you can.
If you don’t want your prescription to be sent electronically, tell your GP.
If you want to change or cancel your nomination, speak to your nominated pharmacist or dispensing appliance contractor.
It is important to tell them before your next prescription is due or your prescription may be sent to the wrong place.
Is EPS reliable, secure and confidential?
Yes. Your electronic prescription will be seen by the same people in GP practices, pharmacies and NHS prescription payment and fraud agencies that see your paper prescription now.
Sometimes dispensers may see that you have nominated another dispenser. For example, if you forget who you have nominated and ask them to check or, if you have nominated more than one dispenser. Dispensers will also see all the items on your reorder slip if you are on repeat prescriptions.
Benefits of EPS
For more information visit http://www.hscic.gov.uk/epspatients or your pharmacy.
GP of Choice Scheme - Please be informed that this surgery is not participating in the GP of Choice Enhanced Service Scheme.
Out of Area Scheme - Please be informed that this surgery is not participating in the we are not participating in the Out of Area Enhanced Service Scheme.
All consultations are by appointment only. Please phone or call in.
Please let us know if you cannot keep an appointment.
Our practice nurse is available for booked appointments only on a Monday evening until 7.30pm.
She is available for appointments relating to:
Sr. Stephanie Ackerley is available for a wide range of clinics by appointment only.
The practice has bi-weekly antenatal clinics on Wednesday morning with the Community Midwife.
The practice has regulary 'Hearing Test Clinics' which are held on a two Thursday afternoon in the month, please ask reception for more details.
Our practice nurse holds a travel vaccination clinic for our patients. Please see this page for more information and to fill in the risk assessment form.
Please contact reception for information.
The practice is located on the A572, just of the East Lancashire Road (A580) in Astley.
If you are travelling from the direction of Manchester, the practice is located on the left hand side, just after the entrance to St Stephen's School and before the mini roundabaout for Princes Road.
Our car park is at the rear of the building, entrance to the car park is at the side of the Pharmacy next door to the surgery.
Note: There are two Manchester Roads in close proximity in this area, if you are coming to the practice using a SATNAV system please ensure you have selected Manchester Road Astley and not Manchester Road Tyldesley.
During the hours the surgery is closed our calls will be diverted to NHS 111. Calls to NHS 111 are free from both mobile and landlines. If you have a life-threatening medical emergency during these times please dial 999
Please do not attend the A&E Dept. for non emergency problems. Please use the local walk-in-centre
Leigh Walk-In Centre has facilities for Minor Injuries, Minor Illness, Sexual Health and Contraception Advice
For bookable appointments on:
Saturday 10 am to 4pm
Sunday 10 am to 4pm
Monday to Friday 6.30 - 8.30pm
Please call 01942 482 848 to be seen at one of our Wigan partner hub sites
Phone number and details are here:
If you have received your invitation to have your next Cervical screening test and would like to have it done outside of practice hours, Wigan GP Alliance now offer cervical screening appointments at evenings and weekends.
To make an appointment please phone 01942 482 848
Please see this leaflet for more information
All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice. The average pay for GPs working in Astley General Practice in the last financial year was £34,348.16 before tax and NI. This calculation is for 1 full-time GPs and 2 locum GPs, who has worked in the practice for more than 6 months.
The staff at Astley General Practice held a Macmillan coffee morning on Tuesday 25th September 2018 to raise money for Macmillan cancer support we raised £145.65 in total. Thank You to all the staff and patients for your cake donations and for members of our PPG who kindly helped out on the day it is very much appreciated.
On the 10th October 2018, Astley General Practice held a fully funded paediatric first aid course which was offered to all new parents under the SSP Childhood Initiative Scheme.
This was well attended and lots of positive feedback was received from the new mums!
Astley General Practice held a carers event for all of our registered carers on Monday 13th August 2018 at St Stephens Church Hall Astley. We offered health mots, local community services were in attendance to answer any questions and provide support. It was well attended and supported by our PPG.
On Saturday the 27th October 2018 as part of a CCG incentive, we held a walk in fluathon at the practice to encourage all our 2-3 year old children to be vaccinated against the flu. During the 2 hour clinic we managed to vaccinate 19 children!
Our text-to-cancel services allows you to send a simple text message directly to your practice to cancel your appointment, allowing it to be given to another patient.
By letting us know if you no longer need an appointment, we can ensure we offer as many available appointments as possible.
Please note that text-to-cancel numbers are not answered and are used for text messaging only.
You can cancel by calling the surgery directly on 01942 876339
Send 'cancel <your name> <date of appointment>' to 07804524437.
|Patient Online Services|
|Service||What we offer patients now||What we plan to offer patients||To be available by|
|Online Appointment Booking||Yes – posters at reception||N/A||Available now|
|Online Repeat Prescriptions||Yes – posters at reception||N/A||Available now|
|Patient Access to GP Summary Record||No||Currently being configured as part of the go live process.||March 15|
|Service||What we do now||What we plan to do||To be available by|
|Summary Care Record (SCR)||Yes – posters at reception||N/A||Available now|
|Electronic Transfer of Patient Records||Yes||N/A||Available now|
The practice has a well established partient participation group who meet regular, we encourage and welcome all patients to join whether this is part of our 'face to face' group or part of the 'virual' group. This gives you the opportunity to share ideas and support the practice.
Patient Participation Group
SSP Health manages 37 GP practices across the North West and our practices have recorded some of the highest patient satisfaction levels. All SSP practices inspected by CQC are rated as Good or Outstanding. We have locations in Salford, Bolton, Sefton, Cheshire, Cumbria, Tameside, Burnley, Wigan, St. Helens and Widnes.
If you live near one of our practices, register you and your family today with an NHS doctor.
Pre-register online now and confirm your details with your local surgery.
So we can offer your appointment to another patient, please let us know if you're unable to make it.
You can use our 'text-to-cancel' service,
find your text to cancel number.