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01942 605135

Lowton Surgery

208C Newton Rd, Lowton, Wigan, WA3 2AQ

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Lowton Surgery, 208C Newton Rd, Wigan

telephone: 01942 605135

Online Services for Lowton Surgery

Online consultation is a way to contact your GP surgery through the internet.

You can get advice and information, arrange an appointment or order a prescription without having to wait on the phone or come into the surgery for non-urgent requests.

You can use online consultation on any digital device, such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer. You can access it from our practice website page or through a medical app you download to your device.

Online consultation is a modern and effective way to get the healthcare you need faster, quicker, easier and more conveniently – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Please read this information, but if you are still having problems with online consultation, please ring our admin team on 01942 605135 after 10am from Monday to Friday and they will help you.

Our practice uses Egton’s Online Consult system and to start using it see the online form on this page and click on ‘Learn more’. Then fill in the window underneath “Contact your doctor online and get health advice” with a symptom or a request.

With Online Consult you can find out about most common health problems, see information leaflets, check your symptoms, request administrative tasks (like letters, sick notes and test results). You will see general NHS-approved health advice for the condition you are concerned about so you can look after yourself at home. You can also get advice from a pharmacy.

You can also ask for an appointment from one of our clinicians by filling out an online form. The doctor or other clinician may want to see you on a video call. You will be offered a face-to-face appointment if you need one after being triaged by a GP.

To contact our practice about your problem, you need to be a patient at our surgery living in the UK. In the Online Consult form, enter your main symptom under ‘Contact your doctor and get health advice’ and read the conditions and click on the tick boxes if applicable.

Click through the forms, read the information and answer the questions. Please answer the questions accurately so we can find the best way to help you. Read any advice and then fill in the details of what you want from us and when you are available for a telephone consultation with a doctor or other clinician.

You will get a response from our surgery by the end of the next working day (or earlier) by phone call, text message or email.

For a video about how our online consultation works through Online Consult, click here.

 

PATIENT ACCESS APP

As well as using online consultation through the digital form on our practice web page, you can use the Patient Access App on your device, including a phone or tablet.

You can download the app is available free on iOS (for Apple iPhones and iPads) and on Android (Google Play Store). To use it you must be aged 12 and over and registered with our GP surgery.

After you download the app, you will need to register with your personal details to access information and connect to the surgery. For your security, you will need to create a five digit PIN number or you can log on with fingerprint detection or facial recognition if your device supports it.

You can also access the Patient Access app services from the browser on your desktop or laptop computer by clicking here.

The following services are available to all registered patients:

  • GP appointments from home
  • Book/cancel appointments
  • Order repeat prescriptions
  • Message our practice
  • View medical records
  • Update address details

If you have any issues downloading or using the Patient Access app, you can get help by clicking here

Here are a series of videos to help you register on the app, book or cancel and appointment, or request repeat medication. Just click on the one you want to watch:

Remember, online consultations give you a quick, convenient and secure alternative to visiting or phoning your GP surgery. They:

  • Save you time: You don’t have to travel to the surgery and wait for an appointment or wait in a busy telephone queue.
  • Are private: If you find it difficult talking things over face-to-face, an online consultation might be easier. It also means that you are in control and don’t have to tell anyone else where you’re going or ask someone to make an appointment for you.
  • Are safe and secure: Your online consultation and data are safe and secure. It will only be seen by staff that need it to help you.

Online consultations are not an emergency service. If it is a medical emergency, call 999. This is when someone is seriously ill or injured and their life is at risk. If you are worried about an urgent medical concern, visit www.111.nhs.uk or call 111 to speak to a fully trained adviser.

You can find out more information from the NHS about getting help at home through by clicking here.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What happens if I have more than one issue? Please submit one online form per problem. This will allow us to gather more accurate information to help you.

 

When will I get a response back? The clinician will review your response and get back to you within two working days. We will contact you by phone, text or by email.

 

What about people without the internet? They may be able to use a relative’s internet, otherwise they can call the surgery as usual on the practice telephone number.

 

What about my child? Parents or carers can submit an online form on behalf of their children if they are over 6 months old. For children younger than 6 months, please phone the surgery.

 

How old do I need to be to use online consultation? You can submit your own online form once you are 16 years old.

 

What if you want a face-to-face appointment? Your online consultation form will be reviewed by a GP or other clinician and if you need to be seen for a face-to-face appointment, you will be advised of this.

 

What happens if my condition is not listed on the Online Consult website? If your condition is not listed, please click on ‘General health query’

 

I completed an online form, but I have not heard back from the practice. What should I do? This should not happen. However, if it does and you have not heard back from the practice by the end of the next working day, please contact the surgery by phone and we will deal with this promptly.

 

I have an administrative request. How do I send it to you? You can submit admin requests such as asking for a fit note (sick note) by going through the online consultation form and search for ‘General administrative query’.

 

Take our short survey about Lowton Surgery

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CQC Information

Services Available

  • GP Appointments
  • Nurse Appointments
  • Well Person Checks
  • Elderly Monitoring
  • Antenatal Services
  • Child Health Development Clinics
  • Child Vaccinations
  • Smoking Cessation Services 
  • Travel Vaccinations 
  • Influenza Clinics (winter time) 
  • Pneumonia Vaccinations 
  • NHS Health Checks 
  • Stroke and Blood Pressure Monitorign
  • Diabetes Testing and Monitoring 
  • Weight Management, Exercise advice and referral 
  • Alcohol advice and referral 
  • Family Planning Advice 
  • Sexual Health Services and Contraception advice 
  • ECG Clinics 
  • Screening Programmes

Patients with Particular Needs

Our premises are fully compliant with DDA (Disability Discrimination Act)

 

EPS (Electronic Prescribing)

The Practice provides electronic prescribing for ease of the patients; please nominate a local pharmacy if you are interested in this service (see below).

Repeat Prescriptions

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.

EMIS Online

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.

Other Services

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.

Find out more about the Electronic Prescription Service visit http://www.hscic.gov.uk/epspatients or speak to your practice or pharmacist.

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:

  • Don’t want to go to your GP practice every time to collect your repeat prescription.
  • Collect your medicines from the same place most of the time or use a prescription collection service now.

This service is not suitable for all patients. It may not be suitable if you:

  • Don’t get prescriptions very often.
  • Pick up your medicines from different places.

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

  • More efficient and convenient for patients and staff.
  • Reduces paper.
  • Safer, faster and more efficient.
  • Patients don't have to visit their GP for a prescription.
  • Patients won't have a paper prescription to lose.

For more information visit http://www.hscic.gov.uk/epspatients or your pharmacy.

 

Enhanced Services For This Practice

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.

GP Appointments

We offer convenient times to see GPs to suit the needs of our patients, these are:

  • Pre Bookable appointments
  • On the day appointments
  • Booked appointments throughout the day
  • Home Visits
  • Telephone Consultations

 

You can book an appointment by:

  • Telephone : 01942 605135
  • Visiting the Surgery

 

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.

HCA & Nurse Appointments

We offer convenient times to see our Practice Nurse to suit the needs of our patients, these are:

  • Pre-bookable appointments
  • Booked appointments throughout the day
  • Home visits
  • Telephone consultations

 

You can book an appointment by:

  • Telephone: 01942 605135
  • Visiting the surgery

 

 

Our Nurse is available for appointments relating to:

  • Anti Cogaulation  
  • Diabetes Testing and Monitoring
  • Monitoring of Respiratory condition such as COPD and Asthma 
  • Heart disease monitoring and annual reviews
  • ECG
  • Stroke and Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Travel Vaccinations (please ring or complete our request form to find out which ones when making your appointment)
  • Childhood Immunisations 
  • Smoking cessation
  • Well Person Checks
  • Elderly Monitoring
  • Influenza Clinics (winter time)
  • Pneumonia Vaccinations
  • NHS Health Checks
  • Weight Management, Exercise advice and referral
  • Alcohol advice and referral
  • Family Planning Advice
  • ECG Clinics

Screening Programmes

Clinics

The Practice Nurse is available for a wide range of clinics by appointment only. She offers the following clinics.

  • Diabetes Testing and Monitoring
  • Monitoring of Respiratory condition such as COPD and Asthma 
  • Heart disease monitoring and annual reviews
  • ECG
  • Stroke and Blood Pressure Monitoring
  • Travel Vaccinations (please ring or complete our request form to find out which ones when making your appointment)
  • Childhood Immunisations 
  • Smoking cessation
  • Well Person Checks
  • Elderly Monitoring
  • Influenza Clinics (winter time)
  • Pneumonia Vaccinations
  • NHS Health Checks
  • Weight Management, Exercise advice and referral
  • Alcohol advice and referral
  • Family Planning Advice
  • Sexual Health Services and Contraception advice
  • ECG Clinics
  • Screening Programmes

 

The practice has antenatal clinics on Mondays with the Community Midwife.

Blood Tests

Please contact reception for more information.

Directions

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.

Out of Hours

Should you require advice or treatment outside of surgery opening hours, there are a number of options available

NHS 111

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

Leigh Walk In Centre

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

GP Alliance

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:

http://www.wigangpalliance.org/home/

Wigan Out of Hours

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

About Practice

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.

Other Practice 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 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.

Cancelling Your Appointments

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.

To cancel by phone

You can cancel by calling the surgery directly on 01942 605135

To cancel by text message

Send 'cancel <your name> <date of appointment>' to 07968397799.

Patient Participation Groups

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

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