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The surgery will be closing on Thursday 26th July 2018 at 10.45am

As the GPs and reception staff will be attending Dr Holden’s funeral.

The surgery will reopen from 8am on Friday 27th July 2018.

Announcement 16th July 2018

It is with great sadness that we announce that Dr John Holden passed away suddenly on 14th July 2018. The Dr’s and staff at the Surgery are understandably greatly saddened by this news and appreciate your respect and privacy during this very sad time.   Dr Holden dedicated his time to the care of his patients and this was his main focus when he founded Garswood Surgery, which will continue to be his legacy.  He will be missed by many and remembered as a thoughtful, caring, colleague, Doctor and friend.

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time

There will be a candle lit vigils in remembrance of Dr Holden on Tuesday 17th July at

St Thomas Church, Ashton in Makerfield, 

from 7pm until 8pm


on Thursday 19th July at

Holy Trinity Church, Rectory Road, Ashton in Makerfield. from 6pm to 7pm.

All are very welcome to attend

Your kind thoughts and well wishes are much appreciated by the Dr’s and staff at this time

If you are experience problems with your Patient Access account, you can find some useful information at the following website:

Or alternatively to can get in contact with Patient Access and/or see live updates on the Patient Access Twitter page @ptaccesshelp

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

Care at the Chemist

Under the ‘Care at the Chemist’ scheme, patients may obtain free over the counter medicines from 30 pharmacies in the district if they are exempt from prescription charges. Patients are registered on the scheme and given a passport to allow them to discuss with the pharmacist minor ailments such as head lice, coughs, colds and simple pain.

The pharmacist will decide if providing a medicine is appropriate. Patients have easier access to medicines, local pharmacists are used for professional advice and GP appointments can be used for patients with more serious ailments. Our local pharmacy in Garswood is part of the scheme.

You can also speak to the pharmacist if you are suffering with a minor eye infection (not applicable to children under 1 year of age) or if you are a woman suffering with cystitis (a water infection). Under this new service your pharmacist may be able to prescribe an antibiotic to treat your symptoms.

If you normally have to pay for your prescriptions, the maximum amount you would pay is the normal prescription charge, regardless of the cost of the medication the Pharmacist prescribes. 

You can get medicines free of charge under these schemes if you:

  • Are under 16 years of age
  • Are over 65 years of age
  • Hold a current prescription exemption certificate

For further details about ‘Care at the Chemist’ please ask at Garswood Pharmacy or pick up a leaflet from the surgery.

Treat Yourself at the Chemist

Have You Got One of the Following Ailments?

Allergy/Hay feverAthletes FootCold SoresChesty Cough
ColdConstipationDiarrhoeaDry Cough
Head LiceHeadache/TemperatureIndigestionNasal Congestion
Oral ThrushSore ThroatThreadwormsVaginal Thrush

If so, you do not have to wait for an appointment with your doctor, you can go to one of the Care at the Chemist pharmacies and receive advice and treatment form your pharmacist free of charge*.

Registration onto the scheme is simple. Please ask at reception or any pharmacy.

* Medication is free of charge for those patients exempt from prescription charges.

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