Welcome to John Hampden Surgery
We are confident that our website will provide clear and concise help and give our patients the information they require in an easy and convenient format. It has been designed with the patient’s needs at the forefront of everything, from checking surgery times to letting us know what you think of us. Please see our National Patient Survey results to see how fellow patients rate us.
We would like to reassure all our patients that General Practice is open and here for all who need to use our services. (Our statement about this can be found here .) Please don't hesitate to contact us and don't be put off by the Covid situation. Alternatively, use our online service AskFirst (formerly AskNHS) and don't forget, if your complaint is mild, try contacting NHS111 by phone or online or your pharmacy. Always call 999 for a life-threatening illness or injury.
Covid booster We have now come to the end of the current booster run local clinic. In light that more age groups are becoming eligible in line with government guidance all patients who are now eligible should book their own booster by either ringing 119 or going online . The NHS App now shows if you’ve had a booster: go to “Get your NHS COVID Pass” on the app.
Flu jabs We still have a small number of under 65 flu vaccines available, please contact the surgery who will direct you regarding availability and booking an appointment.
At the moment both face-to-face and remote appointments can only be booked by ringing the surgery: telephone 01494 890900. We don't want to open up the surgery to more patient visits at present: we would have to shut altogether if staff came down with Covid. But we are reviewing this regularly. Meanwhile, face to face appointments will continue where medically necessary after clinicians have triaged each patients needs.
Everything you need to know about when we are open, which GPs and nurses are on duty, and how to get care when we are closed can be found in the ‘opening times’ pages of our website. Look at ‘practice staff’ pages to see details of our GPs, nurses, practice manager, receptionists, health visitor, and adult community health care team. Our repeat prescription system is computerised and easy to use – see here.
If you come to the surgery, there’s a public car park next door. The surgery has disabled access and a disabled toilet.
Our dedicated team are here to treat those minor ailments that occur as well as providing specialist management of long-term conditions and clinics covering a wide range of healthcare issues. Once registered, patients and healthcare professionals work together to ensure the most appropriate care is provided. This partnership philosophy extends even further and our active patient group exists to make sure that patient needs and the practice offering are always heading in the same direction.
New patients: see here for information about how to register
Our clinics: we provide family planning, child immunisation, blood tests, asthma and spirometry monitoring, chronic disease reviews, heart disease and ECG monitoring, travel advice, routine injections, an ante-natal clinic, etc. Full details are on our ‘clinics and services’ pages of our website. Our receptionists are trained in care navigation, which means they can direct you to appropriate support and services.
Blood tests: unfortunately the wait for routine blood tests is now around 4 weeks. This is because of the backlog, and because tests take longer due to the need to wash down between patients. You can help by booking you test well in advance of when you need it. And if you have an urgent medical need for a test, we will support and advise where and when this can be done. At present we have enough supplies of vials for blood tests: we will update this page if in future we have to restrict routine blood tests because of the national shortage reported in the media.
Thanks to everyone who has been looking at this page for updates rather than ringing us; but do call if you have any other medical concerns - we're open for business!
We are now working toward a safe and new way of working for the future: face-to-face appointments will continue where medically necessary after clinicians have triaged each patient’s needs. See Covid page for the surgery’s full statement.
Vaccinations: information about the continuing vaccination programme can be found on the NHS website. Ring 119 if you believe you are due a first or second jab or book online using the website. The NHS have advice on going abroad – please do NOT contact the surgery.
(Site updated 06/12/2021)