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There have been posts on via various media channels which have possibly been giving false information about opting out of sharing the data, your GP Practice holds on you, with the NHS.  The following link will give you the official guidance and will assist you in taking a decision as to whether or not you want your health data sharing outside of your GP Practice.  Please note that the responsibility to opt in or out of sharing your data, these days, is your responsibility and not something which your GP can complete on your behalf

Internet link to follow - (if the link does not take you automatically to the website, please copy and paste the link into your internet browser)

Further information can be found at (if the link does not take you automatically to the website, please copy and paste the link into your internet browser)

In order to complete opting in or out of sharing of your data, you need to: 

  • be aged 13 or older
  • have access to your email or mobile phone
  • have your NHS number or your postcode registered with your GP surgery - your NHS number can usually be found on either of the following - A prescription tear off sheet you have had issued to you previously, hospital appointment letters or paperwork relating to a hospital referral you have had or via your Practice on-line account.  If you are unable to find your NHS number, please email the surgery at when Practice staff will confirm number at their earliest convenience


If you have travelled from an area thought to have been affected by the Coronavirus, and have returned to the UK in the last 14 days, or feel you have been in touch with someone with a confirmed case of Coronavirus:

  • Stay indoors and avoid contact with other people as you would with the flu
  • Call NHS 111, by dialling the numbers 111 on your telephone keypad, to inform them of matter

You should not present yourself at the surgery premises but please contact NHS 111 for all queries relating to Coronavirus.

Face Masks - Exemption Guidance

Please use the following link if you feel you are exempt from wearing a face maskFace Masks - Exemption Guidance

Covid-19 Vaccine Passports

The UK Government recently announced that Covid19 Vaccine Passports will be made available in England from the 17th May 2021 on the NHS App – the NHS App is different from the NHS Covid19 App, therefore please do not confused the two apps.  The link below gives you details of how to download the NHS App to any internet connected computer you may have or to your Smartphone.  Please do not contact the Surgery to ask about the downloading the Vaccine Passport, as Surgery staff cannot do anything to make it visible.  If you do not want to use the NHS App Covid19 Vaccine Passport, after the 17th May 2021 you can telephone 119 to request that a paper certificate be posted to you (which will take at least 5 working days to reach you in the post).  If you feel the details shown on either your NHS App or your paper NHS Vaccine Passport are incorrect (for example your Passport may only contain details of one dose of Covid19 Vaccine, when you may have already had your second dose), in this case please feel free to contact the Surgery to discuss the matter further, when Surgery staff will aim to correct the matter.  The link for more information on the NHS App is:

Breast Screening for Ladies aged 71 and over - Screening resumed November 2020

Breast Screening self-referrals for women aged 71 years and over have now resumed - Contact us Tel: 01942 774713 if you have any queries re this Service or Email:  or look at the Website at
Please remember to book your appointment directly with us using the details below

Procedures in place for COVID-19 will be detailed in the appointment letter which you will receive from Breast Screening Service

All staff performing examinations will be wearing PPE

Covid-19 Vaccination Programme

As you may be aware, the Practice is partaking of delivering the Covid-19 Vaccination Programme as a Member of LiGA Primary Care Network (PCN).  The PCN is made up of seven other local Practices who are sharing the workload.  Work in respect of the Programme has been on-going from January 2021 and will continue for another number of months.  The first part of the Programme has been delivered at Golborne Parkside Sports & Social Club, Rivington Avenue, Golborne with thousands of vaccinations having been administered.  However, as from approximately mid-June, in an effort to allow the above Club to return to business as usual, LiGA PCN will be working from Leigh Sports Village and patients who have had their 1st dose of Covid-19 vaccination as from mid-March will more than likely be asked to attend Leigh Sports Village for their 2nd dose of Covid-19 vaccination.  We apologise for this inconvenience but we really are working hard to get as many 2nd doses completed at Parkside as feasibly possible.

Influenza Vaccinations 2021-22

Vaccination against influenza will commence mid - to late September 2021.  Please feel free to contact the surgery if you have any queries re this vaccination;  the advisable way to make your inquiry is in writing by email if you are able to as this will leave the Practice telephones open for patients who have more urgent needs - email address to correspond at is and, once your query has been considered we will advise you further.

Pneumococcal Vaccinations - available all year round to those patients at risk

A pneumococcal infection can affect anyone. However, some people are at higher risk of serious illness and can be given the pneumococcal vaccination on the NHS. These include, eligible patients are those who have not previously been vaccinated who are aged 65 and over or aged 2 - 64 years at risk which includes patients with chronic respiratory disease, chronic heart disease, chronic kidney disease, chronic liver disease, diabetes, immunosuppressed & asplenic or dysfunction of the spleen, patients with cochlear implants and patients with cerebrospinal fluid leaks.  Only one dose is required, except for individuals with no spleen, splenic dysfunction or chronic renal disease who will require boosters at five year intervals.  To find out more about pneumococcal vaccination please use the following link and feel free to speak to the Practice Nurse if you require further information.

Shingles vaccinations

The National shingles immunisation programme was introduced by the Department of Health some years ago to help protect those people most at risk from shingles and its complications. The shingles vaccine is recommended for those persons aged 70 (plus anyone in their 70’s who was born after 1st September 1942 and has not yet had the vaccination) and those persons aged 78 (plus anyone aged 79 years old who has missed out on the vaccination). Please speak to the Practice Nurse if you wish to clarify if you qualify for the shingles vaccination or not, or find further information via the following link and feel free to the Practice Nurse if you require further information. Another useful link is, if you follow this link and click on the tab for 'Shingles immunisation in England' you will find a useful calculator which, if you have not already undergone the shingles vaccination, will guide you as to your eligibility.

Read the latest Wigan Borough CCG Newsletter

New Surgery Telephone Number (01942 807600) and Telephone System as of Wednesday 11th December 2019

In line with NHS England requirements/recommendations, the surgery have moved to a new telephone system on Wednesday 11th December 2019;  this is in order to meet improved access for our patients.  As a result of the move to a new telephone system, the surgery telephone number has changed to 01942 807600.

Although the transition to the new phone system seems to have gone reasonably smoothly, we have had a number of minor system set up anomalies which have proved frustrating for our patients (and staff)  and we offer our sincere apologies for this and want to assure our patients we are working diligently to address any problems which come to our attention.  The main problem has been that, although the Practice requested a call queueing system from the system set up/providers of the telephones, this has not been put in place;  engineers are working on this and we hope to have this up and running in the very near future.

We would ask for your patience during the next few weeks but, at the same time, we would ask that you draw any concerns you have re the surgery telephone system to the attention of Reception staff who, in turn, will advice the Practice Manager so as you concerns may be looked at.

Electronic Repeat Dispensing (ERD)

As of approximately 7th September 2020, Slag Lane Medical Centre are upgrading to the next phase of the Electronic Prescription Service (EPS) EPS Phase 4 which will mean that almost all our prescriptions will be processed electronically from then on.

Electronic prescriptions help save the NHS money.

Read more about EPS on the NHS website (Information for:  Patients)

If you have any queries re EPS Phase 4, please contact Reception staff on 01942 807600 to discuss matters further.

DNA Notice For Patients 16/09/19 - please follow this link for further information

Are you a Carer?

The Practice is keen to identify more Carers so as we can put in place some preventative measures to keep you well (i.e. we will extend to you an annual influenza vaccination and offer you annual health check) and also keep you up to date on local news from Wigan & Leigh Carer Centre.  Please let a member of Reception staff know if you are a Carer for a family member, a friend/acquaintance or such so as we can record this information on the clinical system to enable reminders to be sent to you periodically and as appropriate.

The role of a Carer can be very onerous and isolating at times but help is at hand via the Wigan & Leigh Carers Centre - the following link will take you to their website where you will find a host of articles to consider/help to access/events that are coming up (look under the heading 'What's On' and choose event booking

Website address for Wigan & Leigh Carers Centre - (if the link does not take you automatically to the Carers website, please copy and paste the link into your internet browser)

Are you a Military Veteran?

If yes, we need to know about you so as we can perhaps obtain more timely appointments/services for you if appropriate in the future;  if you are a Military Veteran, you will have a Forces Service Number and we would be grateful if you would supply a member of Reception team with this so as we can enter the information on the Practice clinical system so as to allow for easy identification in the future.

LGBT Foundation

Are you aware that The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Foundation offers a wealth of support, guidance and practices to members of our LGBT Population - please follow the link below to avoid feeling that you are isolated/alone - the LGBT Foundation believes, quite rightly, in a fair and equal society through which all LGBT people can be helped to achieved their full potential

Have our say - join our Patient Group - please follow this link for further information

Read our latest Patient Group Reports - please follow this link for further information

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