England | Scotland | Wales | Northern Ireland | Ireland
Get the latest NHS information and advice about coronavirus (COVID-19)
Get tested for COVID-19
Find out about the main symptoms of coronavirus and what to do if you or your child has them.
Get a test to check if you have COVID-19, find out what testing involves and understand your test result.
Get your COVID-19 vaccination, read about the vaccines and find out what happens when you have your vaccine.
NHS COVID Pass
Find out how to get your COVID Pass to attend trial events in England or to travel abroad.
Self-isolation and treating symptoms
Advice about staying at home (self-isolation) and treatment for you and anyone you live with.
People at high risk
Advice for people at higher risk from COVID-19, including older people, people with health conditions and pregnant women.
Long-term effects (long COVID)
Find out about the long-term effects coronavirus can sometimes have and what help is available.
Advice about avoiding close contact with other people (social distancing), looking after your wellbeing and using the NHS and other services.
Using the NHS and other health services
Find out about changes to using health services, such as GPs and hospitals, because of COVID-19.
Take part in research
Find out about health research studies and how you may be able to take part.
Download the NHS COVID-19 test and trace app
Handbridge Medical CentreGreenway StreetHandbridgeChesterhandbridge.email@example.com, CH4 7JSTel: 01244 680169
Due to the COVID Pandemic how you access the surgery and see your Doctor/Nurse has changed please click here for more information.
PLEASE WEAR A MASK OR FACE COVERING TO ANY APPOINTMENT YOU ARE ASKED TO ATTEND.
If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 10 days.
Do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP Practice.
If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.
For the latest Covid-19 advice please visit www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
First of all have you considered using eConsult? Read more about eConsult below:
Telephone: 01244 680169
The surgery is open 8.00am - 6.30pm Monday to Friday and patients are seen by appointment only. The telephone is often busy early in the morning, so if your call is routine, please ring later in the day.
The current appointment system allows patients to access a doctor or nurse on the day they wish to be seen or by booking in advance. This has removed the waiting time altogether and means that far less appointments are lost to people not attending each week.
With nearly 7500 patients and the equivalent of 4 full time doctors, demand for appointments is enormous.
When you phone the surgery please explain what it is you need, be this a:
50% of our doctors appointments are available to book ‘on the day’ so that you do not have to plan your visit to the surgery weeks in advance.
However at time of high demand/low doctor availability, these on the day appointments may be strictly for urgent appointments only, and you may be asked to prebook or phone another day. (Please be aware Monday Mornings are usually our highest demand day.)
50% of our doctors appointments are available to be booked up to two weeks in advance. All of the nurses appointments are available to be booked up to two months in advance.
An easier way to receive advise and treatment can be accessed by using eConsult: https://handbridgemedcentre.webgp.com/ (you need to be a registered patient with us to use this service, but no log in is required) your symptoms can be sent through to a GP review / or you may be give self help advice, depending on what symptoms/issues you report. Doctors can arrange for you to have blood tests, prescriptions and referrals via eConsult.
Appointments are currently not available to be booked online (due to the pandemic) but we hope to be able to re-offer this service in the future.
Appointments will then be bookable up to two weeks in advance. This will be done via Patient access on the following link https://patient.emisaccess.co.uk/account/login.
Please note you do need to obtain registration details from the reception desk before being able to use the online services. Please also ensure you have checked the booking conditions prior to booking.
Please bare in mind that the busiest time of the week is on Monday morning. If your problem is not urgent it would be helpful if you would choose another time or day to telephone. The telephones and reception desk may be busy when you call, please be patient, we will help you as soon as possible. If you are unable to keep your appointment please remember to let us know so that someone else can be seen.
*Please note all times are subject to change, as our GP's can swap/change days due to the needs of the practice.
Admin session (when the doctor deals with emergency queries/ admin responsibilities such as prescriptions/sick notes etc.) are also allocated evenly to the doctors throughout the week, meaning this allocated GP will not have available bookings.
The best to way to get an accurate portrayal of the week is to speak to the reception team.
Dr S. O’Dell
Dr C.C. Jones
Dr C. Rowland
Dr N. Battersby
Dr P. Wilson
Dr. T. Spencer
08.30 – 12.00
Advance Nurse Practitioner
(off every 3rd week)
You can help us by trying to use the right sort of appointment.
Currently all appointments with the GPs begin with an initial telephone consultation, if you or the doctor feel you will need to be examined, they can subsequently arrange a face to face assessment. However doctors can arrange for you to have blood tests, prescriptions and referrals via telephone consultations. You may also be offered a follow-up telephone consultation. It has been found that many people find this new service convenient to use. Please ensure you give the receptionist a number you will be contactable on and make every effort to answer your call when it is incoming.
An easier way to receive advise and treatment can be accessed by using eConsult: https://handbridgemedcentre.webgp.com/ (you need to be a registered patient with us to use this service, but no log in is required) your symptoms can be sent through to a GP review / or you may be give self help advice, depending on what symptoms/issues you report. Doctors can arrange for you to have blood tests, prescriptions and referrals via Econsult.
Many of you know that the nurses at Handbridge are a vital part of the team and provide a wide range of services
In addition they provide routine care for a range of long-term health problems including
Appointments for the Mental Health Team are all booked in advance.
If you have a question about your medication or treatment, ask to speak to the nurse. If you are unsure whether you need a doctor appointment, the nurse will be able to advise you.
If you are too ill to attend surgery or are a housebound patient, please telephone before 10.00am to request a visit at home which will usually take place on that day.
Requests received after midday will normally be visited the following day unless medically urgent. Please give an outline of the problem to help the doctor assess its priority.
If you would like a routine appointment outside of normal surgery hours you can access the Extended Hours service. This service can offer GP appointments in our area, after our surgery is closed, for people who have trouble getting to us in our opening hours.
These appointments can be booked up to two weeks in advance. You can call book via the reception team at Handbridge Medical Centre or call the Extended Hours service direct to arrange this yourself if that is more convenient on 0300 123 7743.
The extended hour clinic also offers, nurse appointments, phlebotomy (blood test) appointments and physio appointments, please specify to the receptionist the type of appointment you require.
Opening times & venues for appointments within GP Extended Hours service are:
Monday to Friday 6:30pm – 9:30pm
Saturday & Sunday 9:00am – 2:00pm
Bank Holidays 10.00am – 3.00pm
Bank Holidays 10:00am – 3:00pm
Monday and Tuesday 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday 11:00pm – 6:00pm
Bank Holidays 9:00am – 2:00pm
Monday & Thursday 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Monday and Thursday 6:30pm – 8:00pm
Saturday 9:00am – 12 noon
**PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC NO BOOK ONLINE APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME. PLEASE CALL RECEPTION ON 01244 680169 WHO CAN ASSIST WITH ANY APPOINTMENT QUERIES.
To book an online appointment you must be registered with Handbridge Medical Centre and registered to use Patient Access, please present to the surgery with proof of ID to gain Patient Access registration details.
We currently only offer GP appointments online. But soon hope to offer:
Please ensure you have read and adhered to our booking conditions before booking; we appreciate the list is extensive, but our aim is to reduce the waste of your time and GP/Nurse time.
If ever you are unsure if online booking is appropriate please contact our reception team who can advise.
The practice reserves the right to cancel appointments that do not adhere to conditions, we try to do so with notice, but in the event an incorrect booking is not noticed until the appointment time or we have been unable to reach you, you may be declined on arrival.
These appointments are with a GP.
Example Acceptable Booking Reasons for GP:
Example Unacceptable Booking Reasons for GP:
Example Acceptable Booking Reasons for a Blood Test:
Example Unacceptable Booking Reasons for a Blood Test:
Patients are called in by letter by the Cervical Screening Programme when they are due for a smear. This is around every 3 years if your aged 25 to 49. Every 5 years aged 50 to 64. You will sent a letter by the cervical screening programme when you are due. Please do not book before you are due as the programme will reject samples taken too early.
Patients are called in by letter by the practice when they are due their annual asthma review; this is usually around their birthday month. Patients may also receive notification their asthma review is due via text reminder, verbally from practice staff or by a note on their prescription.
Patients are called in by letter by the practice when they are due their annual COPD review; this is usually around their birthday month. Patients may also receive notification their copd review is due via text reminder, verbally from practice staff or by a note on their prescription.
Patients are called in by letter by the practice when they are due their annual long term condition review; this is usually around their birthday month. Patients may also receive notification their review is due via text reminder, verbally from practice staff or by a note on their prescription.
Our 2020 flu clinics have now finished we will begin to notify patients when the 2021 vaccine roll out has began.
Patients will be contacted by the NHS when it is the right time for them to come forward for their vaccination.
When you have receive an invite, please book through the website detailed in your invite or phone 119 if you cannot use the online booking system.
Do NOT call 119 if you have not been invited.
Please also DO NOT call the surgery unless you have specifically been directed to do so.
All patients should continue to wear a face covering and follow social distancing and hand hygiene guidance as, until the vaccine has been fully rolled out, this is the most effective way to reduce transmission of the virus and help save lives.
Our practice is part of the Cheshire CCG please see their website for further Coronavirus Vaccines FAQ'S: