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Please note that the surgery is closed from 12.30pm on Wednesday 25th April 2018 for mandatory staff training.

The surgery will reopen as usual from 8am on Thursday 26th April 2018.

Need Urgent Dental Care?

If you need help with an urgent dental problem, call our helpline, available from 9am to 9:30pm everyday, including weekends and Bank Holidays.

0161 476 9651 (Local Rate)

Local dental providers offer NHS urgent dental clinics across Cheshire and Merseyside, with urgent appointments for patients who need urgent treatment, advice and support on dental queries or referral to other services.

The service is provided according to strict clinical criteri

a and when you call you'll be assessed by a member of our clinical team to make sure your problem come under either:

  • Trauma - this is usually caused by a blow to the face, a lost filling is not classed as a trauma.
  • Swelling of the face
  • Bleeding, uncontrolled, such as after an extraction
  • Pain that can't be controlled by pain relief medicines.

If you're given an appointment and your problem doesn't fit of the above, you'll still have to pay the NHS fee but may receive advice and not treatment.

Clinic times vary.and at busy times or when your local clinic's not available you may be offered an appointment at an alternative location.

Please not: this is an appointment only service - we do not operate a "drop in" service at any of our surgeries

Information for Registrars

We are a new practice with almost 2800 patients situated in the village of Garswood between St.Helens and Wigan. John Holden was formerly a trainer in Haydock for ten years. Jon White initially trained in surgery before deciding that he could offer more personal medical care in general practice. 

We aim to deliver high quality general practice for our patients [see annual report on our website]. We give registrars a taste of what general practice can be, and demonstrate some of the ways of delivering excellent care. To do that we are committed to developing and continually auditing our practice, and expect registrars to join in that too. It is our experience that good planning and effective systems for repeat prescribing and so forth can reduce the stress that so often detracts from the enjoyment of medical practice.

We believe in enabling all members of the practice team to develop their careers as far as they wish. Communication is enhanced by our monthly primary health care team meetings, and daily discussions about the challenges of practice. Health visitors, podiatrists, district nurses, phlebotomists, pharmacists and mental health workers visit the practice and demonstrate what a community-based team can achieve.

St.Helens Primary Care Trust is committed to replacing the present temporary premises with purpose built building, probably by late 2007. 

Registrars have weekly tutorials which should enable them to grasp the essentials of general practice. You need to pass summative assessment and we shall try hard to enable you to do this, along with the MRCGP exam. Tutorials concentrate on clinical problems, with practice management being taught by our manager, Sharon Greenwood. 

Garswood is a friendly village where many people have lived for most of their lives. Social isolation is rare, but significant illness is not. We will compliment that experience by some sessions at the out-of-hours GP cooperative in St.Helens where a completely different range of problems are encountered.

If you are interested in being our registrar we should like to meet you. We currently have registrar vacancies from February 2008. Please phone us to arrange a visit.

Click here to go to the University of Liverpool Postgraduate General Practice Education website.

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