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Welcome to Darwen Healthcare Online

Darwen Healthcare aims to provide the highest quality care to patients in the area.  Our doctors, nurses and all our other staff are dedicated to offering a professional service and this surgery website will help us to keep all our patients up to date with news and information about our practice.

As well as a source of information about our practice, the staff and the services we provide, we hope you will use this website as a useful resource for other health-related information. Please have a look around and do send us some feedback if you like. We can use your ideas to improve our online services and further develop the content of this site.

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Latest News:

The practice says goodbye to Dr Andrews who has retired after 34 years. Patients of Dr Andrews have been reallocated to other GPs within the practice and all have a named GP.

Welcome to Dr Moosa who is providing cover whilst Dr Hogarth is on Maternity Leave. Dr Hogarth will return to work in October 2016.

Patient's with Asthma

Please see our further information section on Asthma for advice on what to do if you have an attack, asthma care and reviews. 

Smoking Cessation Clinics:

Do you wish to stop smoking? Book an appointment for our Smoking Cessation clinic being held every Wednesday between 1:00 - 4:30 pm.  and on Thursdays from 3:00-6:30 pm. Contact Reception now on 01254 226691.

Seniors Social

Every Monday from 2nd November 12-2.30pm at The Old Function Room Darwen. Aim is to create wellbeing positive feelings of happiness, laughter and fun and provide support for carers. 

Are You a Carer?

Please see our link to Carers Direct under further information for invaluable information and the help & support available to you.

Named GP

All patients within the practice have a named, accountable GP. If a patient expresses a preference to change to a particular GP the practice will try to accommodate this request.

 If you are unsure who your named GP is please contact us on 01254 226691 or email:

How is your Health Record Used?

For information on how your health record is used, Summary Care Record or Care.Data please see 'Your Health Record' on the right hand side under further information.

Patient Reference Group - Update

Next Meeting is being held on Monday 16 May 2016 5.30 -7.00pm.

 The group would benefit from a diverse selection of patients: e.g. young patients, patients with a disability, patients that suffer from chronic diseases such as diabetes, asthma and COPD, patients who work, patients who are job seekers, patients who are retired and patients who are teenagers. If you are interested in becoming a member of the "PRG " then please contact either Susan Hill or Ann Neville on The Patient Reference Group is run by patients with the support of the practice.

Welcome to the second Patient Reference Group Newsletter July 2015

Previous Newsletters:


Click onto Patient Group for further details under Have your say for more information.

The PRG undertook a patient satisfaction survey.  You can view the results here and they are also displayed on our PRG board in reception.  Special thanks to the PRG for developing the questionnaire and to the patients who kindly completed it.

Free NHS Health Check

If you are aged 35-74 years you can book an appointment at the practice to have a free NHS Health Check.  Click here for more information

If You Don't Need It - Cancel it!

In the month of April 2016, 71 appointments were lost; 52 patients failed to attend their prebooked appointments and 19 failed to turn up for their emergency on the day appointment!!! Please remember to cancel your appointment so it can be offered to somebody else.

Welcome to Patient Access - online booking

If you would like to register for PATIENT ACCESS so that you can view some parts of your medical record, book routine appointments or order repeat prescriptions all online - please download a registration form to complete or alternatively ask at our reception for a pack.

Guidance for using Patient Access.docx
Registration Form for Patient Access.docx

If you have registered with Patient Access then click here to order your prescription and book appointments or otherwise click here to use the existing system for ordering your prescription.

Friends and Family Test :

The NHS friends and family test (FFT) is an important opportunity for you to provide feedback on the care and treatment you receive and to improve services. Please click on the link under 'Have your say'.

To view results click

Friends & Family Feedback February 2016

Friends & Family Feedback December 2015

Friends & Family Feedback November 2015

Friends & Family Feedback October 2015

Friends & Family Feedback September 2015

Friends & Family Feedback August 2015

Friends & Family Feedback January - July 2015.pdf 

Darwen Healthcare CQC

Darwen Healthcare successfully registered with the Care Quality Commission under the Health and Social Act 2008

Statement of Purpose

Certificate of Registration

Protected Learning Time /Staff Training 2016:

In order for the doctors and clinical staff to attend learning time in 2016 he practice provides emergency cover from 12:30 -6:30 pm on the following dates:

12 April, 28 April 16, 23 June 2016, 12 July 2016, 28 September 2016, 20 October 2016, 22 November 2016. Please note that the practice phones and reception are still manned by our administrative staff.

The practice will be carrying out  (non -clinical) staff training every Wednesday from 12.00 until 14.00.  This will ensure that our staff are trained in all aspects to give you our patients the best possible service that we can.  During these training sessions the practice is still open. Reception and telephones are still manned by administrative staff but would appreciate non emergency queries to be raised after 2:00 pm.

Practice Leaflet:

We have reviewed our practice information leaflet and this is now available to download here..

Chaperone Policy:

Darwen Healthcare is committed to providing a safe, comfortable environment where patients and staff can be confident that best practice is being followed at all times and the safety of everyone is of paramount importance.

All patients are entitled to have a chaperone present for any consultation, examination or procedure where they feel one is required. This chaperone may be a family member or friend. On occasions you may prefer a formal chaperone to be present, i.e. a trained member of staff.

Wherever possible we would ask you to make this request at the time of booking appointment so that arrangements can be made and your appointment is not delayed in any way. Where this is not possible we will endeavour to provide a formal chaperone at the time of request. However, occasionally it may be necessary to reschedule your appointment.

Your healthcare professional may also require a chaperone to be present for certain consultations in accordance with our chaperone policy.

Our Opening Hours

See the appointments page for full details of our opening and consulting times

Test results

Please contact the practice on 01254 226691 option 3 for your test results after 11am.  Please note that any investigations requested by the hospitals will be sent back to them. 

Note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.

GP Patient Survey

The GP Patient Survey is an independent survery run by Ipsos MORI on behalf of NHS England.  The survey is sent out to over a million people across the UK.  The results show how people feel about their GP practice.  To see our practice's results please click here.

Your Support Your Choice - Supporting People To Live Well 

A friendly service providing free information, help and advice.  They have a wide range of support from local organisations including workshops, taster sessions, peer support groups and drop ins.  Click here for more information or contact 01254 292620.



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