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Our premises are fully compliant with DDA (Disability Discrimination Act)
The Practice provides electronic prescribing for ease of the patients; please nominate a local pharmacy if you are interested in this service (see below).
Requests for repeat prescriptions can be made by bringing your repeat prescription slip (right side of your prescription) into the surgery, or online. Please ask at 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 at Reception for more details on fees.
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.
We offer convenient times to see GPs to suit the needs of our patients, these are:
You can book an appointment by:
Online Service - Ask at Reception for this service
You can book appointments up to four weeks in advance. You will have a choice of GP and can request to see a specific GP.
We offer convenient times to see our Practice Nurse to suit the needs of our patients, these are:
You can book an appointment by:
Our Nurse is available for appointments relating to:
The Practice Nurse is available for a wide range of clinics by appointment only. She offers the following clinics.
The practice has antenatal clinics on Mondays with the Community Midwife.
Please contact reception for more information.
The entrance to Lowton Surgery is located at the back of the building off the main carriageway of Newton Road. From Newton Road turn onto Laburnum Road then turn right onto Oakland Road. There are two car parks available, the first car park is located adjacent to a row of shops; it would be beneficial to take the second car park which is adjacent to a row of terraced properties. Lowton Surgery is situated within one of these terraced properties.
Should you require advice or treatment outside of surgery opening hours, there are a number of options available
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
Offers healthcare advice and treatment without having to make an appointment, take time off or rearrange your day. You can find it located in the last building to the left hand side of the main entrance at Leigh Infirmary. It is open from 07.00am in the morning to 9.00pm at night, seven days a week. Telephone number 01942 264002. Leigh NHS Walk-in Centre Leigh Infirmary The Avenue Leigh Lancashire WN7 1HW
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
The practice is an established surgery offering services under a PMS contract to patients in and around Lowton and Platt Bridge. The practice is situated in a high area of deprivation with a transient population (8%) whose first language is not English.
The team consists of 4 part-time GPs, 1 part-time female GP and a long term male locum GP. We also have a full-time Practice Nurse working at the practice. Our admin team consists of 9 female staff, 3 of which have been at the practice for over 10 years. Our practice Manager has been at the practice 5 years and the assistant practice manager over 10 years.
The practice works closely with community services both within the building and the local area. The practice has a branch surgery in Platt Bridge providing the same services.
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 Platt Bridge And Lowton in the last financial year was £41,293.61 before tax and NI. This calculation is for 2 full-time GPs and 1 locum GPs, who has worked in the practice for more than 6 months.
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 605135
Send 'cancel <your name> <date of appointment>' to 07968397799.
If you would like to be a part of our practice PPG group please contact reception and they will be able to provide you with further information.
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.