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.
Early Closure 24th and 31st December 2013 The practice will be closing at 16.00hrs (4PM) on the 24th and 31st of December 2013. At this time responsibility for your healthcare will be passed to the 111 service. 111 is an NHS telephone number which is a free call from landlines and mobiles. You will be assessed, given advice and directed straightaway to the local service that can help you best. That could be the emergency department, an out of hours doctor, a walk-in centre, community nurse, emergency dentist or a late opening chemist.
We would like to take this opportunity to wish all of our patients b
est wishes for the holidays
and for health and happiness throughout the coming year.
The practice will be carrying out staff training every Wednesday from 12.30 until 14.00 from the 20th November 2013. 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 an emergency only service will be provided and we would request that all non-emergency queries/prescription collections are done after 14.00.
The practice will be closed for clinical staff training between 12.00 and 16.30 on the 21st January 2014.
Smoking Cessation Service
Darwen Healthcare is pleased to to be working with the smoking cessation service delivered by Blackburn with Darwen Council. For more information please go to link here www.refreshbwd.com. To make an appointment to see an smoking advisor on a 1 to 1 basis, please ring 01254 587999 to make an appointment.
Important Information Patient Data Extraction
Confidential information from your medical records can be used by the NHS to improve the services offered so that the NHS can provide the best possible care for everyone.
This information along with your postcode and NHS number but not your name, are going to be sent to a secure system where it can be linked with other health information. This allows those planning NHS services or carrying out medical research to use information from different parts of the NHS in a way which does not identify you.
You have a choice. If you are happy for your information to be used in this way you do not have to do anything. If you have any concerns or wish to prevent this from happening, please speak to reception staff or read the leaflet How information about you helps us to provide better care
More information can be found here
Change of Address and Personal Details
Please remember to inform the practice if you change your address or telephone number.
Failure to do this could result in NHS England removing you from our list.
Electronic Prescription Service (EPS)
The Electronic Prescription Service enables our prescribers - such as GPs and practice nurses - to send prescriptions electronically to a pharmacy of your choice. This makes the prescribing and dispensing process more efficient and convenient for you.
- If you collect repeat prescriptions you will not have to visit our practice just to pick up your paper prescription. Instead, your GP will send the prescription electronically to the place you choose, saving you time.
- The prescription is an electronic message so there is no paper prescription to lose.
- You will have more choice about where to get your medicines from because they can be collected from a pharmacy near to where you live, work or shop.
- If the prescription needs to be cancelled the GP can electronically cancel and issue a new prescription without you having to return to the practice – saving you extra trips.
- You may not have to wait as long at the pharmacy as your repeat prescriptions can be made ready before you arrive.
Please contact your prefered pharmacy to sign up to EPS.
See the appointments page for full details of our opening and consulting times
Sexual Health Clinic Royal Blackburn Hospital
Genito-urinary medicine clinics screen and treat sexually transmitted infections known as STI’s. In addition to this staff including doctors and nurses give support and advice to anyone that is worried about acquiring an STI and also any other worries about their sexual health.
The department is open to anyone irrespective of age, gender and sexuality and is confidential and friendly. Patients can either ring for an appointment or attend their walk in clinics. Patients do not need to visit their GP first. Any information given will not be shared with any other professional without your consent. For more details on this service please follow this link
(Site updated 11/12/2013)