~ Old Hall Noticeboard ~

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Latest status

Following recent retirements Old Hall Surgery has had difficulties in recruiting replacement GPs. This is a common problem now, widely reported in the media, for most GP Practices across the UK. Rapidly rising workloads & longer working hours are the concerns being raised by the BMA on behalf of all GPs. In the interim period we have had to rely on the services of Locum GPs, more than usual, in order to meet patient demand for access to GP and Nurse Appointments.

We would also confirm that we have been receiving excellent help and support from both NHS England and our local West Cheshire Clinical Commissioning Group.

Dr. Alan Birch, our Senior Partner, will now retire 31st March 2017; Dr Griffiths will also be stepping down as Partner.

With this in mind we are now pleased to announce that five new GP Partners will take over the running of Old Hall Surgery and our NHS Contract from 1st April 2017. These Doctors will be DR Tracy Shaw, Dr Emily Morton and Dr Marc England from the Whitby Practice and Dr Andy McAlavey and Dr David Thorburn from the Great Sutton Practice. The new Partners will continue to work at their own practice but will oversee the running of Old Hall Surgery, with this in mind they will recruit salaried Doctors to carry on with clinical work at Old Hall Surgery.

We will be recruiting further replacement Doctors in the coming months. There will be many changes with Doctors in the coming months so please bear with us whilst we are in the recruiting period and the changeover of Partners.

Join our Patient Participation Group!

The PPG is made up of a group of volunteer patients and staff from the practice, they meet on a regular basis to discuss the services on offer, and how improvements can be made for the benefit of patients and the practice.

Our next PPG meeting is 31st January, 2017 at 6.30 pm. All welcome. more details here.

Welcome to Old Hall Surgery

Old Hall Surgery is a GP Practice serving 5,700 patients in and around Ellesmere Port.

The practice doctors are Dr Alan Birch, Dr Karen Griffiths, Dr Martyn Phipps and Dr Josephine Hutchinson.

In addition to our GP surgeries we offer a wide range of services designed to support patients during illness and schemes to help their general health such as stopping smoking and preventing heart disease.


Out of Hours / Emergencies

Our practice is open from 8am to 6.30pm, Monday to Friday, when the surgery is closed, for urgent problems please call NHS 111, this is a free call from landlines and mobiles. This is also the number for the Out of hours service. This is a GP led service provided by local Doctors.

Accident & Emergency Department

Please do not use this instead of the Practice. A&E Departments should only be used in a critical or life threatening situation, they provide immediate emergency care for people who show symptoms of serious illness or who are badly injured.


New online Appointment Booking System

From June 2016 we will be changing our appointments system to EMIS appointments. Access to order your prescriptions and book appointments will be on the same system.

If you currently have access to order your prescriptions online then you can book your appointments using the same access details.

If you wish to register to book your appointments online then please follow this link to register but for these services you also need to register at the surgery in order to be allocated your log in and password.

  • You will be required to provide 2 forms of identification. One that gives your current address and one with a recent photograph
  • Please bring the required documents into the surgery to register and we will provide you with your log in and password.
  • To register for these services you must be over 16 years of age.

Once you have your log in details you can order repeat prescriptions by following this link.


Self help on your phone!

Download this useful document on books, website links and mobile phone apps relating to common problems such as anxiety stress and wellbeing.

The apps are for Smart phones, iPads and Blackberry.