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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



Dr John Holden (m)

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John Holden has been a General Practitioner since 1984; for 17 years in Haydock, St Helens. On 1 May 2004 he and Jon White realised an ambition to run a small practice together as they took over the running of Garswood Surgery. John is an active member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and currently chairs their Fellowship by Assessment group. He has published a variety of medical papers, mainly about quality of care in general practice. Dr Holden now works Mondays & Tuesdays. 

John is married with three daughters, runs regularly and enjoys fell walking with his family. He is an active member of St Thomas Church and maintains links with Uganda where he worked from 1979 to 1982.

Dr Helen Parr (f)

DrParropt.jpgMB ChB MRCGP DFFP

Dr Parr qualified as a doctor in 2001 and has worked in general medicine and anaesthetics before specialising in general practice. Dr Parr works here on Mondays, Tuesdays & Wednesdays.

Married with 3 daughters, Dr Parr enjoys spending time with her family, travel, reading and enjoys participating in sponsored events for cancer research.

Dr David Lawson (m)



Dr Lawson qualified as a doctor in 2008. Dr Lawson works here on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Fridays.

Married with 2 daughters, Dr Lawson enjoys spending time with his family and watching Rugby Union.


Dr Anna Newton (f)

Dr NewtonMBChB, MRCGP, PGCert

Dr Newton qualified in 2009 from the University of Leeds she then moved back to the Northwest and completed her GP training here at Garswood, before joining us as a Salaried GP.

She works Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays. She has completed a teaching certificate at Edge Hill University and is hoping to become a GP Trainer in the near future.

Dr Newton is married and enjoys spending time with her family as well as travelling and is a keen rugby union fan.

NB: Dr Newton is currently on maternity leave.

GP Registrar

A GP Registrar is a fully qualified doctor who has decided to specialise in General Practice. As part of their ongoing training they spend up to two years working in hospitals in different departments, usually before commencing work at a GP surgery. This is compulsory experience before becoming a GP. GP Registrars work closely with their appointed trainer, who is another GP at the practice. They will usually be working with us at the practice for up to 12 months. During that time they may wish to video record the consultation, which you will be notified of and asked for your permission to do so. This is strictly confidential and is for training purposes only. This is an ideal opportunity for you to help in the development of future GPs.

Foundation 2 GP (F2GP)

Garswood Surgery is an accredited training practice; this means that when you make an appointment you may see a doctor who training to be a GP (known as a registrar) or a foundation two doctor.

A foundation two doctor is a fully qualified doctor who is in their second year of junior doctor foundation training programme.

The “Foundation Programme” was introduced by Modernising Medical Careers. It is a two year training programme for doctors following graduation from medical school. It is designed to give junior doctors a range of experience before choosing an area of medicine in which to specialise in.(1)

At the surgery we have a foundation two doctor who works at the surgery on a full time basis for four months at a time. They are normally based at Whiston hospital and spend four months of a twelve month rotation at the practice.

Working in general practice as part of their training programme is an important part of learning how to manage patients and chronic disease in the community and it is of particular benefit to those junior doctors who are considering pursuing a career in general practice, although all doctors need to experience it.

Whilst at the practice one of our most recent foundation doctors performed a patient survey to assess how satisfied patients were following their consultation and whether or not they would see a foundation two doctor again. From this survey 94% of patients were either extremely or very satisfied with their consultation and 100% of patients would see a foundation doctor again.

If you have any further questions about foundation doctors in General Practice please ask reception for more details. Most importantly if you do happen to see a foundation doctor please do not hesitate to give them some feedback, it is always appreciated.


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