Handforth Health Centre

Wilmslow Road, Handforth, Cheshire, SK9 3HL

Information

Registration

If you live within our practice boundary, please ask the receptionist for a registration form for each person wishing to register at your address. The form will ask you for personal details such as your name, address, postcode, telephone number, and also for details of your previous doctor and your previous address. Without these details we cannot process your application. Once you are registered, your medical records will be forwarded to us from your last GP practice.

Alternatively, you can print off a registration form and a New Patient Questionnaire from this website.

Out of Area registration – We cannot fully register patients from outside our practice area.

Making an Appointment

You may telephone the surgery any-time during our opening hours 8.30-6.30 pm. Unless you need to be seen on the same day, it is advisable to avoid our peak call time 8.30-9.30 am. You may book an appointment up to 5 weeks in advance with the doctor of your choice, or you may ring first thing in the morning if you have an urgent medical problem (but this will not necessarily be with the doctor of your choice). Alternatively you can book an appointment online (please ask Reception for details)

All our nurse run clinics are by appointment only. Please phone the number below as soon as you know that you need to be seen by one of our nurses.

Phone line for appointments is 01625 529 421

Out of Hours

When the surgery is closed please call 01625 502999 to get through to the Out of Hours service.

Telephone Advice

There are two main ways for patients to seek telephone advice:

  1. The Receptionist sends an email to the relevant Doctor or Nurse with details of the patient’s query. The Doctor or Nurse responds by email to Reception. The Patient rings back for the Doctor’s or Nurse’s response.
  2. You may book a telephone consultation at a specific time with the Doctor or Diabetes Specialist Nurse.

The Health Visitors are available for telephone advice on minor ailments in babies and young children, Mon-Fri between the hours of 9-10am and 4-5pm, on 01625 441996.

Home Visits

These are for patients who are genuinely unable, through illness or infirmity, to come to the surgery. Please phone the surgery before 10.30 am if possible, so the doctors can plan their visits. The receptionist will ask for details of symptoms so that the doctor can decide how urgently a visit is needed. One of the doctors may phone you before coming to see you to determine if a home visit is necessary. You will not necessarily be visited by your Doctor of choice.

Please remember that a doctor can see 3 or 4 patients in surgery in the time it takes to make one home visit.

Repeat Prescriptions

Complete the repeat side (the white side) of your prescription, ticking the relevant boxes, and place it in the prescription box in the entrance porch, or post it through our letterbox if we are closed

  1. Post or fax your repeat request to us. Our fax number is 01625 536560.
  2. Request your repeat items online (please ask at Reception about signing up for online services)
  3. We regret we are unable to take prescription requests over the phone

Please allow 2 working days for the processing of repeat prescriptions. This may take longer if a Doctor is reviewing your medication, or if an item is not on repeat

Local pharmacies offer a prescription collection service. You (or your pharmacy) request your medication, they collect your prescription from us, then you collect your medication from them. Please arrange with your preferred pharmacy and then inform our Reception staff.

Many pharmacies are currently promoting a service known as EPS (Electronic Prescription Service) for repeat prescriptions. You will still have to request your medication using one of the above methods, but your prescription will then go electronically from the GP to the Pharmacy.  The advantages of this service are speed, safety, security and sustainability (no ink or paper!) Please speak to your pharmacist if you would like to sign up for this service.

Test Results

The doctor or nurse will, at the time of arranging any test, discuss with you how you will get to know the result and how soon it will be available. If  you are phoning Reception about results, please call between 2-4pm.

The receptionist  will either read out the doctor’s comment or will send a message to the doctor or nurse who requested the test. This will probably mean you will be asked to phone again for the doctor’s or nurse’s comments, or may sometimes be asked to make an appointment.

Completion of Forms & Charges for Services

The doctors are often requested to provide certain services which fall outside NHS provision. For these services the patient is liable to a charge in line with the British Medical Association recommendations. Some examples are given below:

  • Private Medical Certificates
  • lnsurance Reports
  • Legal reports
  • Certification to Private Medical Insurers
  • Driver Examinations
  • Most travel vaccinations

Please note that up to 7 working days can be needed to complete these forms.

Ambulance Patient Transport Service

This service provides transport for patients with medical and/or mobility conditions that prevent them from using other forms of transport. The service needs a minimum of 24 hours notice and patients must meet the service’s eligibility criteria. Department of Health guidance states that a clinical need for treatment does not imply a medical need for transport. Please quote your NHS number when you make the booking (available from Reception if you do not have this information already). Freephone 0800 032 3240. For further information please visit www.patienttransport.nwas.nhs.uk

Travel Vaccinations

If you are planning to go abroad and you believe that you may need vaccinations, please come into the surgery and fill in a travel form at least 8 weeks before you travel. After completing the form you will be asked to phone the surgery to speak to the Travel Clinic nurse to plan your vaccination schedule and appointment dates. She will also advise you of the charges for travel vaccinations.

Alternatively you may use:

  • Total Travel Clinic tel: 0844 995 0120
  • Nomad Travel Clinic tel: 0161 832 2134
  • Vernova Travel Clinic tel: 01625 264095
  • Well Travelled tel: 0844 846 7510
  • Wilmslow Health Centre tel: 0845 290 9209