Handbridge Medical Centre Latest Updates
Merry Christmas & Happy New Year
Handbridge Medical Centre wishes all patients and staff a hopefully happy, healthy and safe Christmas & New Year.
We know it this year festivities will be very different and for most much more difficult than previous years, but we do strongly believe it will be a period that will help us all to reflect and appreciate what we have had and what we can hope to look forward to in the future.
We would like to thank all patients who have offered kind words and gestures to our staff during this particularly tough year.
We would also like to take this time to encourage people that if they are suffering this festive period try to reach out – even if it’s just to one person – a family member, a close friend, even a colleague.
Please see below for a number of services who have help available should you need it:
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership 24 hour mental health emergencies
0300 303 3972
The phone line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is open to people of all ages – including children and young people.
The phone line is now the first port of call for mental health help – it is operated by people in your local area who will know how best to support you.
Tel no: 0800 9177 650
BEAT (Beating eating disorders)
Helpline 0808 801 0677
Studentline: 0808 801 0811
Youth Line 0808 801 0711
One-one webchat www.beateatingdisorders.org.uk/support-services/helplines/one-to-one
BEAUMONT SOCIETY (National self-help body for the Transgender community)
If you would like to talk to someone in confidence, telephone the Mindline TRANS+ Transgender Helpline on 0300 330 5468. Confidential support on Mondays and Fridays 8 pm – Midnight.
Speak to a counsellor by calling 0800 1111 or via 1-2-1 chat between 7.30 am and 3.30 am every day.
MIND (The Mental Health Charity)
Tel no: 0300 123 3393
Mind Infoline is open 9 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday. Outside these hours you can:
Tel no: 111 however in the event of an emergency or life threatening situation still call 999.
NO PANIC (Anxiety Disorders)
Tel no: 0300 772 9844
The No Panic Helpline operates between 10 am and 10 pm every day of the year and is staffed by trained volunteers.
During the night hours the crisis message is played. This is a recorded breathing exercise that can help you through a panic attack and help you learn diaphragmatic breathing. You can also access the crisis message 24hrs a day by calling 01952 680835.
Tel no: 0808 800 5000
Under 18s should contact Childline on 0800 1111
PAPYRUS (Prevention of Young Suicide)
Tel no: 0800 068 41 41
Open 9 am–12 am (midnight) every day of the year
RAPE CRISIS ENGLAND AND WALES
Tel: 0808 802 9999
Open between 12:00-14:30 and 19:00-21:30 every day of the year.
The National Helpline is provided by Rape Crisis South London. It offers confidential emotional support, information and referral details.
Freephone 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline: 0808 2000 247
or visit www.nationaldahelpline.org.uk (access live chat Mon-Fri 3-10pm)
Tel no: Freephone 116 123 24 hours a day, 365 days a year
Due to COVID, the previous SANEline number cannot operate at the moment but you can leave a message on 07984 967 708 giving your first name and a contact number, and one of their professionals or senior volunteers will call you back as soon as possible. You can also contact them through their Support Forum, Textcare and other services.
SHELTER (England & Scotland)
Tel no: 0808 800 4444 if:
- you have nowhere to sleep, or might be homeless soon
- you have somewhere to sleep, but nowhere to call home
- you are/could be at risk of harm
The helpline is open weekdays from 9 am until 5 pm.
Calls are free from UK landlines and main mobile networks.
Infoline: 0800 050 20 20
Tel No: 0300 330 0630
Tel no: 0808 1689 111
WOMEN’S AID FEDERATION
Tel no: National Domestic Violence helpline 0808 2000 247
Offers live chat and email support: firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Philippa Cowley ♀
Dr Cowley has been providing sessions for us whilst Dr Rowland is on Maternity leave, she was such a great help to the surgery providing much needed triage clinics during the beginning of the Covid pandemic and we are so pleased she is going to continue to provide clinics for us on Tues AM's/Weds in 2020.*
Dr. John Harrison ♂
Dr Harrison used to be our GP registrar so you may remember his name/face, we are extremely happy to have him back as a salaried GP now he has completed all of his training. Dr Harrison is our only salaried male GP following the retirement of Dr Thompson. Dr Harrison is available for consultations on Mon/Thurs and Fridays in 2020.*
Dr. Megan Parry ♀
Dr Parry is our new GP registrar, and we happily welcome her to Handbridge Medical Centre; our Registrars are fully qualified doctors gaining further experience in GP practice.
* GP's days may change due to sickness/annual leave/the needs of the practice, the best way to can an accurate portrayal is to call reception and ask.
A Farewell Message from Dr Thompson
Thank you to everyone for all the donations made to my just giving page - we reached the £1000 target for the Hospice of the Good Shepherd. What a great achievement; thank you again; the page is now closed.
I was out fundraising, running the virtual Great North Run half marathon for Blood Cancer research ( To donate click - Mark’s don’t break a leg adventure) last weekend, again donations gratefully received.