119 Church StreetWesthoughtonBoltonLancashire, BL5 3SFTel: 01942 813678
Darren is our Musculoskeletal Practitioner and is a Chartered Physiotherapist. He is able to assess musculoskeletal problems (joints, bones and muscles) and provide you with a diagnosis and treatment plan. You can now book an appointment directly with him either via the online booking service or reception without needing to see the GP first.
Some of the conditions he can see are:
- Joint pain
- Back and neck pain
- Muscle, ligament, tendon injuries
- Sports injuries
- Work related injuries
If you require a period of treatment or rehabilitation from a physiotherapist then Darren can refer you into the local services directly. If necessary, he can also refer you on for further investigations (blood tests/x-rays etc.) or for specialist consultations such as with Orthopaedic or Rheumatology consultants
Appointments should be made via reception for regular monitoring of these conditions.
Our Immunisation Clinic is Tuesdays, 09:30 to 11:00.
There are a variety of methods of contraception available to you. Please discuss these with the doctor or nurse. If you need the morning after pill the sooner you take it the more effective it will be. Please make an appointment with the doctor as soon as possible.
These are held by the health visitors at Winifred Kettle Centre and Horwich Clinic. Please contact Westhoughton Clinic on 01204 335040.
Bolton GP Federation provide evening and weekend appointments on behalf of practices across Bolton.
You can book appointments in one of the hubs from 6.30pm until 9.30pm Monday to Friday by contacting Stable Fold Surgery.
Weekend Appointments available:
There are two hub centres in Bolton. Deane Medical Centre, 155–157 Deane Road, Bolton BL3 5AH and The Halliwell Surgery, Lindfield Drive, Bolton BL1 3RG.
You may be offered an appointment at one of the hubs if the practice has no available appointments.
If you require any vaccinations relating to foreign travel you need to make an appointment with the practice nurse to discuss your travel arrangements. This will include which countries and areas within countries that you are visiting to determine what vaccinations are required. Please note as of 7th January 2019 we are no longer a yellow fever centre and will only be offering travel cover to European countries.
There is further information about countries and vaccinations required on the links below:
It is important to make this initial appointment as early as possible - at least 8 weeks before you travel - as a second appointment will be required with the practice nurse to actually receive the vaccinations. These vaccines have to be ordered as they are not a stock vaccine. Your second appointment needs to be at least 4 weeks before you travel to allow the vaccines to work.
Some travel vaccines are ordered on a private prescription and these incur a charge over and above the normal prescription charge. This is because not all travel vaccinations are included in the services provided by the NHS.
Travel Health Questionnaire
To help us offer the appropriate advice, please fill out the online form before coming to see the nurse.
Travelling in Europe
If you are travelling to Europe the EU has published useful information for travellers on the European website.
The NHS provides most health care to most people free of charge but there are exceptions. Charges have to be made for services not covered by the NHS treatment, for example, medical reports for insurance companies.
It is important to understand that GPs are not employed by the NHS, they are self-employed, and they have to cover their costs - staff, buildings, heating, lighting etc. - in the same way as any small business. The NHS covers these costs for NHS work, but for non-NHS work the fee has to cover the doctor's costs. All this work requires time on the part of the doctors and their secretarial staff.
Examples of non-NHS services for which our GPs charge their NHS patients are:
Whenever possible, we try to complete such forms and reports within two weeks of receipt. Sometimes this can take a little longer - the relevant GP might be away on holiday for example. The GPs have to find time to complete this sort of paperwork in amongst all their other duties and it can take time to read through a patient's set of notes in order to answer the questions raised.
Although it may seem that a form requires no more than a doctor's signature, it is a condition of remaining on the Medical Register that they only sign what they know to be true. In order to complete even the simplest of forms, therefore, the doctor might have to check the patient's entire medical record. Carelessness or an inaccurate report can have serious consequences for the doctor with the General Medical Council or even the Police.
For fees for Non-NHS Services please click here or enquire at reception.
If you need to ring the surgery to check results (blood, smear, X-ray etc.) please ring after 11.30am.
A framework to help deliver a 'gold standard of care' to all people with advanced illness.
For more information please view our Palliative Care leaflet.
For advice on unplanned pregnancy:
4 & 5th floor Nelson House
Bolton NL1 1JT
T: 01204 521400 or 0845 359 6666
We want to get better at communicating with our patients. We want to make sure you can read and understand the information we send you. If you find it hard to read our letters or if you need someone to support you at appointments, please let us know.
We want to know if you need information in braille, large print or easy read.
We want to know if you need a British Sign Language interpreter or advocate.
We want to know if we can support you to lipread or use a hearing aid or communication tool.
Please tell the receptionist when you arrive for your next appointment, or call us on 01942 813678.
The Accessible Information Standard in our NHS contract directs and defines a specific, consistent approach to identifying, recording, flagging, sharing and meeting the information and communication support needs of patients, service users, carers and parents, where those needs relate to a disability, impairment or sensory loss.
The Accessible Information Standard directs and defines a specific, consistent approach to identifying, recording, flagging, sharing and meeting the information and communication support needs of our patients, service users, carers and parents, where those needs relate to a disability, impairment or sensory loss.
Stable Fold announces it has pledged to improve patient safety as part of the national campaign, Sign up to Safety.
Sign up to safety is a national patient safety campaign to help the NHS in England build a safer NHS and address the problem of unsafe care and avoidable harm. So far, over 360 organisations have pledged support and are committed to improve the safety of healthcare through locally led, self-directed safety improvement.
Stacey Walsh, Practice Manager at Stable Fold said: ' By joining Sign up to Safety, Stable Fold is demonstrating its commitment to focusing on patient safety so that all patients and the staff that care for them are free from avoidable harm. We will achieve this by both designing our care processes so that they support safer care and by focusing our efforts on a small number of priority areas where avoidable harm can be reduced for the majority of patients.'
The five Sign up to Safety pledges
About Sign up to Safety
Sign up to Safety is a national initiative helping organisations and individuals working across all healthcare settings provide the safest possible care to their patients.
At the heart of Sign up to Safety is the philosophy of locally led, self-directed safety improvement. We believe in the balance between nationwide solutions and local improvement; that adapting tools to fit local context and working on things that matter to frontline staff are crucial.
We believe in a positive safety culture; where staff are supported when things go wrong. Through our actions we aim to help people feel proud of what they do. We see each day and every action as an opportunity to learn and improve and we welcome everyone who wishes to get involved.
Our approach is to enable people to help each other work together and celebrate progress; importantly we help people share what they are doing for others to learn from.
Our role is to provide practical support and guidance through digital channels and social media; making it quicker and easier for our members to find what they need to know, to be inspired and motivated to keep going.
For more information visit www.signuptosafety.nhs.uk
About patient safety in England
Sign up to Safety is one of a series of safety initiatives launched by the Department of Health, borne out of recent reviews into safety in the NHS including The Francis Review and Professor Don Berwick’s report A Promise to Learn a Commitment to Act which highlighted the need for the NHS ‘to become, more than ever before, a system devoted to continual learning and improvement of patient care, top to bottom and end to end’.
Several initiatives are working in partnership to establish and deliver a single vision for the whole NHS to become the safest healthcare system in the world. For a summary visit www.signuptosafety.nhs.uk.
Apps present a fantastic opportunity to not only improve the quality of our healthcare, but also help us to live healthier lives. The market is awash with apps, though, and we have no ability to see whether what is being downloaded will actually improve our health or if our personal data will be stored safely.At the Practice, we want to ensure that if you are using apps to look after yourselves or manage any conditions you have, or if you are looking to start using them, you can find the best and safest ones available.For this reason, we would like to make you aware of bolton.orcha.co.uk - essentially a comparison website for health and care apps. On there you can see how an app performs along three main strands: user experience, clinical effectiveness (i.e. how well it works) and data security (because we know how seriously we all take this these days).
As a Practice we will be working to support you with using apps to support your self-care - so next time you're in, if it feels appropriate, we might well ask if you're interested in using an app to help you live more healthily.
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