Higher Folds Medical Centre
01942 481 830
telephone: 01942 481 830
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You can book a routine appointment by telephone or by calling into the practice. You can also book a telephone consultation with a doctor or nurse. The receptionist will take a message and your contact number. You can book an appointment up to six weeks in advance.
The practice runs a pre-booked appointment system, book on the day and walk in clinic but, if you feel that your condition is urgent, you can be given an appointment on the same day. You can also speak to a doctor or nurse on the telephone at the end of their surgery. The receptionist will take a message and your contact number.
Please ensure that you arrive on time for your appointment or you may be asked to re-book.
If you require a home visit from a doctor, please inform the surgery before 11am and give the receptionist the precise nature of your illness. The doctor will make a house call the same day. Home visits should be only requested when the patient is too ill to attend the practice and could only be moved by ambulance. Non-availability of public transport is NOT a valid reason for a home visit.
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.
Appointments are available with our minor illness nurse, please contact Reception for an appointment.
We also offer appointments within the community at hubs located at Bridgewater Medical Centre and Tyldesley Health Centre.
Telephone : 01942 482848
Calling Leigh Family Practice and asking to book an appointment at Higher Folds Surgery
Telephone : 01942 481 830
We offer convenient times to see our Nursing Team to suit the needs of our patients. These are:
You can book appointments up to four weeks in advance.
Our Nursing Team is available for appointments relating to:
Patients with Particular Needs
Our premises are fully compliant with DDA (Disability Discrimination Act).
EPS (Electronic prescription services)
The Practice provides electronic prescribing for ease of the patients; please nominate a local pharmacy if you are interested in this service
Requests for repeat prescriptions can be made by bringing in your repeat prescription slip (right side of your prescription) into the surgery, or online. Please ask Reception for more information regarding registering online.
Please do not request repeat prescriptions by telephone as this can result in mistakes. Please ensure we have 48 hours’ notice to check and issue the prescription.
Always request your medication in good time and do not run out!
We are now able to offer our patients, who have internet access to book, cancel and change appointments online and order medication.
If you wish to register for this service please speak to Reception staff and they will be able to advise you further.
We also provide other services which are not available on the NHS. These services include:
Sickness or Accident Insurance Forms, Private Healthcare Forms, Holiday Cancellation Forms, Fitness to Travel Certificates, HGV, Sports and Driving Medicals. Ask Reception for more details on fees.
Our Nursing Team are available for a wide range of clinics by appointment only. They offer the following clinics.
The practice has weekly antenatal clinics held at Bridgewater Clinic on a Thursday and Friday with the Community Midwife.
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.
Blood clinics are held at Bridgewater Clinic on a Monday. Please contact Reception to book an appointment, or for information on other clinics in the area.
The practice is located on The Centre in Higher Folds. Parking is available on the road outside the surgery, this is a residential area so please be considerate of our neighbours.
For those travelling by public transport, Leigh bus station is situated in the town center. The 658 bus can be used to travel to the surgery. The route is from Higher Folds – Leigh – Platt Bridge – Wigan.
If you need to access a health professional in an emergency between 18:30 and 08:00 Monday to Friday or after 12:00 on Saturday for the weekends and bank holidays, you should call NHS 111. This is a free telephone number for when your complaint is less urgent than 999.
In addition, your pharmacist may be able to help you.
Out-of-hours services are generally busy so please think carefully before asking to see a doctor and only do so if you genuinely cannot wait until the surgery re-opens.
In a genuine emergency you should call 999. Chest pains and / or shortness of breath constitute an emergency.
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
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Come and join us for weekly Yoga every Wednesday 2.00-3.00pm.
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 481 830
Follow these steps to access GP online services:
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