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Patient Group Meeting

The next Patient Group meeting will be held at the surgery at 6:30 on Wednesday 6th December 2017. Everyone welcome.

This meeting provides an opportunity for patients to understand and influence the way we deliver services to patients.

Please note: The Patient Group Meeting is not a forum for individuals to raise personal issues. The Comments, Concerns and Complaints procedure should be followed in such instances.

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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