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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Important Notice - Closed Monday 4 and 25 May 2015
The practice will be closed on the above Bank Holidays:
Please ensure that you order your repeat prescriptions as follows:
If your prescription is needed for 4 May please order by Wednesday 29 April for collection on Friday 1 May.
If your prescription is needed for 25 May please order by Wednesday 20 May for collection on Friday 22 May.
Patient Reference Group
Next meeting to be held on Monday 18 May 2015 5.30 -7.00pm
Welcome to the first Patient Reference Group newsletter
Click onto Patient Group under Have your say for more information
Free NHS Health Check
If you are aged 40-74 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 March 2015 94 appointments were lost; 75 patients failed to attend their prebooked appointments and 19 failed to turn up for their emergency on the day appointments!!!
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
Darwen Healthcare has received congratulations from the Department of Undergraduate Education for providing excellant teaching to the Year 5 Medical Student. We would like to thank all our patients who gave consent for a Medical Student to be present during consultations.
New Driving Law 2 March 2015
A new driving law on driving after taking certain drugs came into force 2 March 2015. Please continue to take your medications as prescribed by your GP and visit www.gov.uk/government/collections/drug-driving for further information.
Do you attend for Annual Review Appointments?
We have lots of patients to invite for an annual review and we have recently changed the way we do this. The practice is now inviting patients in for their annual review in the month of their birthday. Therefore you may be invited in slightly earlier or later in the year than you normally would have been, please still come for your review. If you have queries please do not hesitate to contact Nichola, administrator.
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'.
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 2015:
In order for the doctors and clinical staff to attend learning time in 2015 the practice provides emergency cover from 12:30 -6:30 pm on the following dates:
20 January 2015, 25 February 2015, 19 March 2015, 28 April 2015, 18 June 2015, 7 July 2015, 23 September 2015, 13 October 2015, 19 November 2015 , . 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.
We have reviewed our practice information leaflet and this is now available to download here.
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.
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. A full list of all venues providing a smoking cessation service is below:
Current Stop Smoking Clinics Blackburn with Darwen
See the appointments page for full details of our opening and consulting times
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.
(Site updated 27/04/2015)